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Architecture Australia May 2021

Ask architects which Australian magazine they choose to read or to publish their work and the answer is most likely Architecture Australia. If you want to be up to date with the best built works and the issues that matter, then Architecture Australia is for you. Its commissioned contributors are independent, highly respected practitioners, architectural thinkers and design commentators and each article is supported by images from leading architectural photographers. Provocative, informative and engaging – it is the national magazine of the Australian Institute of Architects.

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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
a final reflection – and a thank you

As a historian and practitioner, I believe that the most cogent way of visualizing the future is by looking at its reflection in the past. By surveying pertinent chapters of social and architectural history in this column over the last 12 months – and with something akin to an abridged serialization of J. M. Freeman’s classic record of our Institute’s inception and early development – I have consistently drawn attention to the potency of design in transforming lives. This is my sixth and final foreword. I have been writing for a full year, despite the shortest presidential term on record – a mere 10 months, due to a COVID-delayed handover, which made me acutely aware that I would need to work doubly hard to achieve my term’s milestones. Although COVID vastly disrupted…

3 min
celebrating inclusive practice

This issue of Architecture Australia announces and celebrates the recipient of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2021 Gold Medal – Donald (Don) Watson. Our tribute (page 77) is the centrepiece to the announcement of the Institute’s suite of National Prizes (page 69). Until we embarked on preparing this Gold Medal coverage, I hardly knew Don, although I appreciated his work. I soon learnt of his humble nature, quick wit and encyclopaedic knowledge of Queensland architecture. Don likes to champion what he calls the “backroom boy” – and, in his modest way, this is how he sees himself. However, reading through the anecdotes from Don’s colleagues, friends and mentors collected here, it is clear that his comprehensive contribution to Queensland architecture and design is widely and affectionately recognized. Although Don has practised as…

8 min
architects after architecture: alternative pathways for practice

In architecture as in many professions, we glamorise, celebrate and expect an attitude of unwavering self-confidence in our practitioners. This type of bold, assertive character is an inherent part of the paradigm of ‘success’ as we have learned to perceive it; a stereotypically white, male, middle-class character who need never experience self-doubt. — Philip Watson1 Do you suffer from impostor syndrome? Do you worry that others are more talented, diligent, stylish, well-connected or business -savvy than you? Do you struggle to attract Instagram followers? Does office work – erm, studio culture – wear you down? Is the Climate Crisis eroding your faith in architecture? Are you quietly less-than-convinced that designing beautiful, timeless buildings for an elite few is a worthwhile pursuit? If you answered yes to any of these questions, congratulations! As…

8 min
indigenizing practice: documenting indigenous projects for publication

Many of the projects that built-environment practitioners will undertake in their careers will have a direct impact on Indigenous peoples, and every project will have an impact on the Country it resides within. Built-environment practitioners have the capacity to create places that improve the lives of all living beings and to make stronger connections with an Indigenous worldview via a genuine engagement process. However, not every project can engage with the appropriate Indigenous representatives, and the scope of possible engagement is often dependent on the procurement process established prior to an architect’s involvement. And even where Indigenous engagement has been undertaken, it is too often not reflected in the way the project is articulated in the media. At the very least, for any project, we should acknowledge the Country on and…

10 min
leverage: diversity as a disruptor in construction

Emma Williamson: How did you start out in architecture and where has it taken you? Andy Fergus: I came to architecture as an outsider, from a background studying planning. However, after working for a few years as a graduate, I found myself much more engaged with the spatial implications of policy. It was only after volunteering with the Robin Boyd Foundation that the public advocacy aspect of design drew me back to study architecture. But my studies were mostly a source of personal frustration. I spent most of my classes debating with tutors and resisting the pressure to disregard my planning DNA in favour of form-making. I was lucky to be taught by Rory Hyde around the time that his book Future Practice1 was published. Rory demonstrated an expanded conception of practice where…

8 min
gunyama park aquatic and recreation centre andrew burges architects, grimshaw and tcl

Built on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation We architects are hopeless romantics about ocean pools. I think we like the way they sit halfway between the constructed and the natural world. We build them in places that are already pool-like, adding a breakwall and a set of stairs. They are a collaboration with the landscape that is sadly lacking in so much of our architecture and infrastructure. Now, think about indoor pools. My memories conjure up a hot fog of chlorine, a soup of Band-Aids and hair and the reverberating assault of kids squealing and macho swim coaches barking through their moustaches. Between the beautiful ocean pools and the deplorable indoor pools there is a third way – the marvellous tradition of the outdoor public pool. Most country…