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Above: (1) Hotel Endemico by Gracia Studio; (2) Magma Art & Congress by Fernando Menis Architects, photo by Simona Rota; (3) Falcon Beach House by iredale pedersen hook, photo by Peter Bennetts; (4) Arrowtown House by Kerr Ritchie, photo by Paul McCredie
The Queensland chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) will launch a new architecture conference focusing on the state’s regional architecture this September.
Called Spirit of Place, the two-day event will be held in Cairns, and is the first in a biennial series of regional program of Regional Architecture Conferences the AIA will be hosting, in order to offer more to the Institute’s regional members.
Stephen de Jersey, director of Stephen de Jersey Architect based in Townsville, assumes the role of Creative Director for the event. De Jersey says the conference will build on the discussions of the 2012 National Architecture Conference, Experience (directed by Brisbane architects Michael Rayner, Shane Thompson and Peter Skinner).
“In recent times, the effect of distance has been dramatically changed with the advent of immediate communications systems as well as cost-effective travel,” de Jersey says. “Regional communities can now be serviced in a multitude of different ways; however, in many respects, responding directly to the uniqueness of a regional place is becoming increasingly at risk.
“The aim of the conference is to excite and inspire the practice of architecture in regional Australia. Our country is in its infancy, and we believe that it will be of significant benefit to future generations for us to acknowledge and respond to the unique ‘spirit of place’.”
Speakers confirmed for the event include Australians Robert Morris-Nunn (Circa Morris-Nunn, TAS), Alice Hampson (Alice Hampson Architect, QLD), Thomas Bailey (Room11, TAS), Stuart Harrison (Harrison White Architects, VIC), Don Watson (State Library of Queensland, QLD) and Adrian Iredale (iredale pedersen hook architects, WA).
International guests already confirmed include Hua Li (Trace Architecture Office, China), Fernando Menis (Fernando Menis Architects, Spain), Jorge Gracia (Gracia Studio, USA/Mexico), Kevin Low (Small Projects, Malaysia) and Bronwen Kerr and Pete Ritchie (Kerr Ritchie, New Zealand).
Spirit of Place
5-7 September 2013