AnA | Melbourne Edition

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Starting in November 2020, we will take a Virtual World Tour and “visit” selected countries around the world to meet some of their most relevant architects. Now that we can not meet you and our speakers at a fully booked auditorium, we will bring the speakers directly to your homes and offices! 

At our second event of the tour, we will “visit” Melbourne and meet two of its most remarkable architects.

On Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 live from 20:00 – 21:30 AEDT, Melbourne time (10:00 – 11:30 CET, Berlin time), the two Australian architects will talk on our virtual stage about their personal experiences and important creative periods in their lives and, as always at “AnA“, not a word may be lost about their projects. 

Kerstin Thompson, Kerstin Thompson Architects, www.kerstinthompson.com 
John Wardle, John Wardle Architects, www.johnwardlearchitects.com

There will be a rerun (not live) from 19:00 to 20:30 CET, Berlin time.

This event is kindly supported by the Australian Institute of Architects.

Media partners: designboom & design anthology.



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Programme live 

19:45 (AEDT, Melbourne time) – “Doors open”
20:15 – 20:10 – Welcome
20:10 – 21:10 – Speakers (20-Minute talk & 10-Minute interview)
21:10 – 21:30 – Discussion with questions from the audience

Rerun stream (replay, not live)

18:45 (CET, Berlin time) – “Doors open”
19:00 – Welcome
19:10 – 19:10 – Speakers (20-Minute talk & 10-Minute interview)
19:10 – 20:30 – Discussion with questions from the audience

Information about the format Architects, not Architecture.

Architects, not Architecture aims to bring to the stage what we normally don’t see. We invite well-known architects, who instead of talking about their award winning international projects, are asked to talk about themselves. They speak about their path, their influences and experiences, and dive deeper into their intellectual biography. This makes possible a better understanding of their work, without them even mentioning it.


Information about the speakers

Kerstin Thompson is Principal of KTA and Adjunct Professor at RMIT and Monash Universities. A committed design educator she regularly lectures and runs studios at various schools across Australia and New Zealand. In recognition for the work of her practice, contribution to the profession and its education, Kerstin was elevated to Life Fellow by the Australian Institute of Architects in 2017.

She plays an active role promoting quality design within the profession, and the wider community, through her position as Panel Member on the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Design Review Panel and Board Member for Melbourne Housing Expo, a research group led by The University of Melbourne. A passionate defender of civic space and advocate for extracting new life from our built heritage KTA’s redevelopment of the Broadmeadows Town Hall won the 2020 Victorian Architecture Medal.

Current works focus on education and cultural programs and include a Gallery, Collection Store & Visitor facilities for the Bundanon Trust at Riversdale NSW and the Jewish Holocaust Centre.

John Wardle has an international reputation as a design architect. His process builds upon ideas that evolve from a site’s topography, landscape, history and context. The founder of John Wardle Architects, which has studios in Sydney and Melbourne, John is attuned to the importance of detail – it is through the detail that the nature of material, the fit to function and the experience of occupation is expressed.

The work of JWA is tailored to place and highly experiential in nature. Diverse in scale and typology, the firm’s portfolio spans domestic dwellings, university buildings, museums and large commercial offices. John speaks regularly at national and international conferences, most recently as keynote at the 2018 World Architecture Festival. The practice has won coveted national and international awards for education, residential and civic design. 

John was honoured in 2020 with the Gold Medal, the Australian Institute of Architects highest individual distinction. In 2018, the practice was recognised with the RIBA Award for International Excellence. In 2018, JWA’s Somewhere Other was the first Australian work to be presented in the Arsenale at La Biennale di Venezia.