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National Architecture Conference: Experience

This year's National Architecture Conference spotlights the real, sensed experience of architecture


This year’s National Architecture Conference theme is ‘experience’, shining a spotlight on the real, sensed experience of architecture within its natural and constructed settings and the experience of designing and making architecture.

‘Experience’ is critical of the ways contemporary viewers are seduced by form, surface and pattern, and how we are often lured by new images and novelty.

The creative team organising the conference said of the theme: “‘Experience’ takes the long view of architecture. We need reminding to be wary of beauty that is merely skin-deep. Beyond the first blush of encounter, the twittering hubbub of excitement, the web’s ‘like’ at first sight, we ask an old question – will we still respect this building tomorrow? Will this remain an inviting place to stop, an enjoyable building to occupy, an uplifting residence to dwell in or a great city to inhabit as it ages? Will it provide delight throughout the day, comfort through the seasons and be of lasting significance across generations?”

The event will argue that, as the world faces rapid population growth, urbanisation, resource depletion, environmental degradation and climatic challenges, this is not the time to be beguiled by baubles and gilt.

A group of local and international speakers have been invited to the conference to discuss their experience of buildings, the experience of their settings, design and construction, the experience of the buildings’ users and inhabitants, and the enduring experience of architecture.

Speakers include:
Wang Shu
Kjetil Thorsen
Peter Rich
Anuradha Mathur
Dilip da Cunha
Inaki Abalos
Luis Feduchi
Richard Kirk
Paul Finch
Rachel Neeson
Koji Tsutsui
Kathryn Findlay
Kevin Carmody

The Creative Directors for ‘experience’ are Shane Thompson, principal of Shane Thompson Architects, Michael Rayner AM, principal of Cox Rayner Architects, and Peter Skinner, current president of the AIA Queensland chapter.

For the first time in over 20 years, the conference returns to Brisbane in 2012. In addition to the conference, this year’s Creative Directors have organised a number of tours and events to be hosted by Queensland’s leading architects – allowing delegates to experience some of south east Queensland’s most significant private and public architecture of recent years.


May 10, 2012 @ 9:00 am
May 12, 2012 @ 5:00 pm


Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets
South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland 4101 Australia
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Australian Institute of Architects

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