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Above image: Risk Creative Directors, Hamish-Lyon, Andrew-Mackenzie and Donald-Bates.
This year’s 2015 National Architecture Conference, organised by the Australian Institute of Architects, will examine the changing role of risk in architecture.
Curated by Hamish Lyon, Andrew Mackenzie, and Donald Bates, the conference explores the troubled nexus between the architectural necessity of risk-taking, and a building environment predicated by risk minimisation and business.
‘No one wants to be a safe architect… Safety is conventional and predictable,’ the organisers state, while adding contentiously, ‘few buildings, developers or government departments aspire to risk taking.’
The conference will feature an impressive line up of over twenty keynote speakers from Europe, America, Australia, and Asia. In addition, extended panel discussions, short sessions, and fringe events will bring together the work and ideas of many Australian architects.
‘These exciting speakers come from within and outside the profession, small practices and large practices, public sector and private sector, creating a diverse conversation to push our profession forward at a time when our role is challenged,’ the Creative Directors announced.
The conference speakers will break down the topic of risk into four aspects relating to the architectural profession: cultural relevance, architectural pedagogy, professional practice, and the discipline of architecture.
Caroline Bos – UNStudio, Netherlands David Gianotten – OMA
Hong Kong Kasper Jensen – 3XN
Denmark Cheong Koon Hean – Housing and Development Board
Singapore Gregg Pasquarelli – ShoP Architects
USA Deborah Saunt – DSDHA
United Kingdom Mitchell Silver – City of New York
USA Jeremy Till – Jeremy Till
United Kingdom Thomas Bailey – Room11
Australia Camilla Block – Durbach Block Jaggers
Australia Anthony Burke – University of Technology Sydney
Australia John Choi – CHROFI
Australia John Daley- Grattan Institute
Australia Kristen Green – KGA Architecture
Australia Ben Hewett – NSW Government Architect’s Office
Australia Jeremy McLeod – Breathe Architecture
Australia Juliet Moore – Edwards Moore
Australia Paul Morgan – Paul Morgan Architects
Australia Finn Pederson – Iredale Pedersen Hook
Australia Hannah Tribe – Tribe Studio
Australia Suzannah Waldron – Searle x Waldron
Australia Charles Wright – Wright Architects, Australia
The conference will take place from 14 to 16 May 2015. For more information, click here.