2013 AIA Architecture Conference Directors announced

May 15, 2012

Sandra Kaji-O’Grady and John de Manincor appointed as Creative Directors of the 2013 AIA National Architecture Conference.

Academic Sandra Kaji-O’Grady and architect John de Manincor have been announced as the Creative Directors of next year’s Australian Institute of Architects’ (AIA) National Architecture Conference.

Kaji-O’Grady, Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney, and de Manincor, founding director of De Manincor Russell Architecture Workshop (DRAW), said the 2013 theme would be ‘Material’ – an idea that has evolved from their own research into the topic.

The Sydney-based duo said following the announcement: “Those working in the industry are all too familiar with traditional building materials. Our intent is to go beyond what is known, to stimulate a reconsideration of ‘material’. Given the opposition between the material and the conceptual – between doing and thinking – we want to restore theory to questions of materiality.”

The conference will explore a number of different contemporary material experiments and applications, with speakers encompassing architectural practitioners as well as researchers working in material laboratories.

The couple added: “Creative disagreement and discussion about architecture is central to our partnership. We consider debate and open-ended enquiry to be an essential part of architectural culture and are confident that this approach will enrich the 2013 National Architecture Conference.”

The 2013 conference, Material, will be held in Melbourne from 30 May until 1 June, co-located with designEX.

Image Sandra Kaji-O’Grady and John de Manincor, photo by Adam Russell

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