Saturday 10 June 2023
2.00 pm – 4.00 pm (AEST)


Level 3, 12 Creek Street ‘The Annex’
Brisbane Queensland 4000
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Narrative has become an integral part of an architectural direction, but how often do built outcomes fulfil their promise? Join Kevin O’Brien, BVN, and Raukura Turei, Monk Mackenzie, in a conversation that explores and compares truths of practice, process and projects in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.



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Food Stuffs North Island Headquarters by Monk Mackenzie. Photography by Thomas Seear Budd.


Kevin O’Brien

Principal, BVN

Kevin O’Brien is a Brisbane-based architect. In 2018 he joined BVN as a principal, becoming part of one of Australia’s largest and most highly acclaimed architectural practices.

In 2020 he was appointed an adjunct professor at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney, where he had previously been a professor of creative practice. He was also a board member of the La Boite Theatre from 2015 to 2020, and the Institute of Modern Art from 2017 to 2019.

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Raukura Turei

Principal, Monk Mackenzie

Raukura Turei is a multi-disciplinary artist, architect and designer of Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki and Ngā Rauru Kītahi iwi, based in Aotearoa, New Zealand. She is a principal at Monk Mackenzie Architects in Tāmaki Mākaurau (Auckland), where she leads projects working with iwi that range from large-scale masterplanning of Papakāinga (Māori Housing), to Marae and community-focused developments. She was awarded Emerging Designer at the NZ Interior Awards 2022 and is an advocate for the expression of Te Ao Māori in the built environment.

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