Melbourne School of Design: Dr Karen Burns
“We have a travelling studio. So the students go overseas and work – from the Galapagos Islands to places in South America. It’s a real opportunity for students to experience what it’s like to work in another culture and have to produce design in that context.” Dr Karen Burns, senior lecturer in Architectural Design at MSD, discusses the school’s architecture course.
Big World Home: like IKEA for houses
“We’re excited to be launching one of the most progressive, socially oriented, community driven housing projects that Australia has ever seen, at a time when new options in affordable housing have never been more vital,” says architect Alexander Symes. The Big World Homes can be built in days using only a hammer and a drill.
Ruyton Girls’ School
The school’s design, by Woods Bagot, follows a model that prioritises natural light, flexible furniture, technology-enabled teaching, and learning spaces for task-based, student-centred flexible learning.
Bijoy Jain’s 2016 MPavilion officially opens in Melbourne
“MPavilion is a space for the people of Melbourne to gather, talk, think and to reflect,” said Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai’s design, at the official opening of the 2016 MPavilion this week.
The Smile puts timber to the test
“I wanted to create something that uses tulipwood CLT in its largest format possible.” The AHEC has collaborated with Alison Brooks Architects, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a giant, cross-laminated tulipwood structure that showcases the true strengths of timber.
Five minutes with Branch Studio
“I feel like our best ideas often come from a slightly whimsical yet critical analysis of a situation,” says Brad Wray of Branch Studio Architects, one of the practices in the running to take out Zenith’s Emerging Designer category at IDEA 2016.
“Our interest in Kevin Borland’s architectural approach took expression in our work via a lens of interpretation and transformation,” says Melbourne-based practice Mihaly Slocombe, discussing their Chamfer House project – a ‘sensitive infiltration’ of a 1970s Kevin Borland design.
Emerging practice: Mihaly Slocombe
Warwick Mihaly and Erica Slocombe began their practice at the same time as starting a family in the wake of the GFC. Sandra Tan speaks to the partners in life and work for AR, and discovers their true passion for place and craft.
Melbourne School of Design graduates: Danielle Savio
“Nothing can replace work experience. It will make everything in your course more relevant.” Danielle Savio graduated from the Master of Architecture in 2010, and now works at Brookfield Multiplex while running a blog for women in the built environment. She offers her advice for those coming up in the field.
On infrastructure and risk: Larisa Moran
“There’s something fascinating about being part of something that’s physically built. And you can touch and feel when the end product is complete. There’s a buzz that you can get out of that that you can’t get in many other industries.” Larisa Moran is chief operating officer at Woods Bagot, and discusses her role with AR.