The Architecture Symposium: Small

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Leveraging limit. Curated by Anita Panov and Andrew Scott.

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The Architecture Symposium: Small presents an inspired collection of Australian architects whose projects demonstrate a manner of working deliberately within limit – be it size, budget, material, country or community – to enable profound impact. Each of these architects will reflect on a recent project or process that, although not necessarily small, involves divergent practice methods developed over many years to produce an enviable economy of architectural means.

Beginning 6 October, the three sessions in this edition of The Architecture Symposium will be streaming live over three weeks through the Design Speaks Virtual Portal and will be available to view on demand until 19 November.


Wednesday 6 October, 1.00 – 3.00 pm AEDT

Session 1 – Small: Making Urban

John Choi, Chrofi (Sydney, NSW)

Mel Bright, Studio Bright (Melbourne, Vic)

Amelia Holliday and Isabelle Toland, Aileen Sage Architects (Sydney, NSW)

Olivia Hyde, office of the Government Architect NSW (Sydney, NSW)

Wednesday 13 October, 1.00 – 3.00 pm AEDT

Session 2 – Small: Making Suburban

Nigel Bertram, NMBW Architecture Studio (Melbourne, Vic)

Simon Pendal, Simon Pendal Architect (Fremantle, WA)

John Ellway, John Ellway (Brisbane, Qld)

Mat Hinds and Poppy Taylor, Taylor and Hinds (Hobart, Tas)

Wednesday 20 October, 1.00 – 3.00 pm AEDT

Session 3 – Small: Making Community

Jennie Officer, Officer Woods (Fremantle, WA)

Matthew Eagle, ME (Gold Coast, Qld)

Rachel Nolan and Patrick Kennedy, Kennedy Nolan (Melbourne, Vic)

Alexander Symes, Alexander Symes Architect (Sydney, NSW)

Each presentation is followed by a live panel discussion led by curators Anita Panov and Andrew Scott, Panov Scott Architects (Sydney, NSW).

Program updates are available here.

Continuing Professional Development

If you are an architect you can accrue 6 formal CPD points for attending this symposium.


All details are correct at the time of publication, however changes in format, content and speaker line-up may become necessary, at the discretion of Architecture Media.

Header image: Loftus Lane by Studio Bright. Photography: Rory Gardiner.

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Under the Design Speaks brand, we present these seminar programs and forums: The Architecture Symposiums, Artichoke Night School, AA Roundtable, Our Houses, Work Place/Work Life, Old School/New School, Health Care/Health Design and Housing Futures.

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