New arrivals at AR Asia Pacific

April 2, 2013

AR welcomes contributing editors Austin Williams & Marissa Looby, plus Stuart Harrison as Program Consultant on the soon to be unveiled Advisory Board.

Above: ‘Elements’ Lecture by AR editor Michael Holt and contributing editor Marissa Looby at Bond University. Photo by Chris Knapp.

Architectural Review Asia Pacific editor Michael Holt has brought in two new contributing editors to the magazine – Austin Williams and Marissa Looby – with Stuart Harrison becoming program consultant on the soon to be unveiled Advisory Board. The contributing editors will provide editorial insight from their respective locations, together with regular contributions to the magazine and online platforms.

Austin Williams – Contributing Editor (China)
Austin is currently director of the Future Cities Project, lecturer in architecture at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China and director at FCP Ltd – an independent filmmaking production unit specialising in architecture and the built environment. He is also the lead Advisory Group member at Dongqian Lake Institute & Museum of Learning, Ningbo, China; and the founder of mantownhuman [Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism], “the first radical architecture manifesto for a generation”. He is an established author, notably The Enemies of Progress: The Dangers of Sustainability, and co-editor of The Future of Community. He produced two Shortcuts books, described by the RIBA as “an eclectic mix of at-a-glance guides to the minefield of regulations, new materials, and technologies that confront building designers today”. In 2011, he convened the first international masterplanning conference in China, Masterplanning the Future. He was Technical Editor of the Architects’ Journal and architecture critic with BBC London, and transport commentator on the Daily Telegraph.

Marissa Looby – Contributing Editor (Australia)
Marissa is a practising architect at Woods Bagot (Sydney), currently working on the Wynyard Walk project and has a wealth of experience writing for numerous architectural publications in North America, Europe and Australia. She is a graduate of the post-professional Advanced Architectural Design degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (2010) where she was awarded the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize and an Honor Award for Excellence in Design. Marissa has also been the recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Architecture (2009-2010) and the Dyason Bequest Art Travelling Scholarship (2010). Prior to her time in the US, she studied at University of Technology Sydney where she now teaches a design studio based on the research series she is currently co-authoring, published on Domus. She has previously practised at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Rafael Vinoly Architects and Sydney’s De Manincor Russell Architecture Workshop (DRAW).

Stuart Harrison – Program Consultant, Melbourne
Stuart is widely known for The Architects radio show on Melbourne’s 3RRR for which he is a founder and co-host. His architecture practice, HAW, is an award-winning Melbourne-based office that facilitates his ideology on design, architecture and urbanism. He consults nationally as a design review expert and procurement advisor and has previously taught at RMIT. His recent book, Forty-six Square Metres of Land Doesn’t Normally Become a House promotes compact and innovative housing in Australia and New Zealand. He has also contributed to a number of publications and is a regular correspondent for Australian Design Review and Architectural Review Asia Pacific. As Program Consultant, Stuart will be an executive member and Chair of the Melbourne Advisory Board that will meet up periodically at AR HQ.

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