The international event series “Architects, not Architecture” comes to Australia with events in Melbourne and Sydney! Three different distinguished architects will be participating in each of the cities as the format, which has been acclaimed in more than 10 European countries since 2015, makes its way to Down Under for the second time.
On Thursday, March 9, 2023 at The Edge at Fed Square in Melbourne, AnA will bring together three of the most renowned Australian architects, who will talk about their personal experiences and the influences that impacted them as architects in the most important creative periods in their lives:
– Sean Godsell, Sean Godsell Architects, Melbourne – www.seangodsell.com
– James Russell, James Russell Architect, Brisbane, www.jamesrussellarchitect.com.au
– Mel Bright, Studio Bright, Melbourne – www.studiobright.com.au
“Architects, not Architecture”, or “AnA”, gives guests the chance to get to know world-renowned architects on a more personal level as there is only one golden rule: speakers are not allowed to talk about their architectural projects. This has allowed audiences around the globe to enjoy unique personal content since the format was introduced in 2015.
Doors open at 18:00 AEDT.
The talks start at 19:00 AEDT.
“Doors open” & Get-Together
19:00 – 19:10
Speakers (20-minute talk & 10-minute interview)
21:00 – 21:20
Round table discussion & Q&A
21:20 – 23:00
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The event venue
The Edge is the glass theatre crown jewel of the Fed Square in Melbourne, Australia. Its extensive glazing provides views of some of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks, such as the Yarra River, The Alexandra Gardens, Victoria Arts Centre spire and surrounding parklands. The intricate steel lattice work also offers a unique backdrop that envelops the interior, while still maintaining the unobstructed views of the city.
About the Speakers
Sean Godsell was born in Melbourne in 1960. He graduated with First Class Honours from The University of Melbourne in 1984. He spent much of 1985 travelling in Japan and Europe and worked in London from 1986 to 1988 for Sir Denys Lasdun. In 1994 he formed Sean Godsell Architects. His work has been published in the world’s leading Architectural journals and he has lectured and exhibited in the USA, UK, China, Japan, India, France, Finland, Germany, Italy and New Zealand as well as across Australia. In July 2002 the influential English design magazine wallpaper listed him as one of ten people destined to ‘change the way we live’. He has received numerous local and international awards. He is adjunct professor of architecture at Deakin University. He is the recipient of the 2022 AIA Gold Medal. www.seangodsell.com
James Russell was born in 1971, and founded the Brisbane-based design practice James Russell Architects. His design approach incorporates three elements into every project, people, place and making.
The practice is composed of an architect, students, a landscape architect and an engineer that use building as a tool for investigating and developing our knowledge of a material and the way we put it together. James is known for approaching architecture in its simplest form, a shelter, and encouraging people to interact with their surrounding environments. Through using architecture and building as a method of investigation, James is able to question common practices and break the mold of architectural design by exploring what it means to not have complete control over your environment.
Mel Bright is the owner and founding director of Studio Bright, a Melbourne based practice that she started in 2006. Before this, Mel worked in numerous local and international design practices. Across London, Europe, South East Asia and China, this broadly-based lineage of work experience has allowed Mel a long gestation of the ethos that underpins Studio Bright today. Studio Bright values innovative design thinking, thoughtful material explorations, respect for heritage, deference to civic context and rigorous acknowledgement of environmental influences. Mel has amassed a portfolio of significant and award-winning projects that have been widely published and recognised at State and National levels. As a member of the AIA, Mel actively contributes her time as a speaker, juror and in other leadership roles. www.tribestudio.com.au