2011 National Architecture Conference

December 14, 2010

A host of leading international architects confirmed as speakers for the AIA’s 2011 conference, Natural Artifice.

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The Creative Directors of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2011 National Architecture Conference have confirmed eight leading international architects will be speaking at next year’s conference.

The headline speaker at the Natural Artifice conference in April 2011 will be Japanese architect and Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki, principal of Tokyo firm Maki and Associates and architect of buildings including the Spiral Building in Tokyo, the Kaze-no-Oka crematorium and World Trade Center Tower Four, currently under construction in New York City.

Alongside Maki will be fellow speakers Jahani Pallasmaa, Finnish architect and founder of Juhani Pallasmaa Architects; Spain’s Luis Mansilla of Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos; French architect François Roche, director of Paris firm R&Sie(n) and Colombian architects and landscape architects Luis Callejas and Sebastian Mejia of Paisajes Emergentes. US-based Lisa Iwamoto of San Francisco firm Iwamoto Scott and Portugal’s Manuel Aires Mateus, of Aires Mateus & Associates, complete the star-studded list of architectural heavyweights.

Alongside the international line-up will be a selection of prominent Australian architects and thought leaders, who are yet to be announced.

Creative Directors Angelo Candalepas, Andrew Scott and David Neustein said next year’s conference would explore the natural alongside the artificial. “While humankind is as reliant as ever on nature, our experience of what is ‘natural’ is mediated by technology. From birth, this artifice is intrinsic in all encounters with nature.

“There are amazing results now evident in a world where designers are apprehending the powerful relationship between that which is natural and that which is artificial in a contemporary and meaningful way for our time.”

The conference will bring together a diverse range of architects from different regions, ages and ideologies, they added, “each of whom has a potent vision for how we might locate nature in an artificial world”.

*AIA 2011 National Architecture Conference: Natural Artifice
Melbourne Convention Centre
14-16 April 2011*

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