Event : ACAHUCH + AIA 2021 Awards for ‘Heritage’ Discussion Panel

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Theo Blankley


    AIA 2021 Award Recipients

    Join Professor Philip Goad (Co-Director of The Australian Centre of Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage and Melbourne School of Design Chair of Architecture),  and jurors of the AIA Heritage Architecture panel Peter Malatt (Six Degrees), Louise Goodman (FJMT Studio) and Chris Jones (Decibel Architecture) in discussion with AIA 2021 award winners in the categories of Heritage  — Kerstin Thompson of KTA,  Patrick Kennedy of Kennedy Nolan, Brett Nixon of NTF Architects and Williams Boag Architects. Panellists will discuss their winning projects, the process the AIA takes in adjudicating these awards, and share their thoughts on current issues in heritage, conservation and renewal,. This will be followed by an open discussion and the opportunity for questions from audience members to panellists.

    Awards and Speakers:

    Kerstin Thompson in collaboration with James Stockwell Design

    Photographer : Dylan James

    Kerstin Thompson is Principal of KTA and Adjunct Professor at RMIT and Monash Universities. A committed design educator she regularly lectures and runs studios at various schools across Australia and New Zealand.  In recognition for the work of her practice, contribution to the profession and its education, Kerstin was elevated to Life Fellow by the Australian Institute of Architects in 2017. She plays an active role promoting quality design within the profession, and the wider community, through her position as Panel Member on the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Design Review Panel and Board Member for Melbourne Housing Expo, a research group led by The University of Melbourne. A passionate defender of civic space and advocate for extracting new life from our built heritage KTA’s redevelopment of the Broadmeadows Town Hall won the 2020 Victorian Architecture Medal.

    Patrick Kennedy, Kennedy Nolan

    Photographer : Derek Swalwell

    Kennedy Nolan was established in 1999 by Patrick Kennedy and Rachel Nolan, and has since developed a reputation as a design focused practice with a distinctive approach to built form. The practice is dedicated to the production of architecture that is highly responsive to its context and seeks to form a strong relationship with landscape.

    Design at Kennedy Nolan is generated drawing on the optimistic precepts of modernism - rational, utilitarian, empowered by technology - and a positive view that the design and arrangement of spaces can support and reinforce relationships, can add piquancy and zest to life.

    Less tangibly, the practice is also compelled to distil the impalpable – to draw on the reaches of memory, the evocative power of recognising form, colour, texture and light, the resonance of shared memories, of history and landscapes.

    Brett Nixon, NTF Architecture
    Project: D'ESTAVILLE
    Photographer : Tom Blachford 

    Brett was attracted to architecture as a profession because it is grounded in reality yet would allow him to express his creativity. The first step was studies at Melbourne University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in planning and design and another in architecture (with honours).

    Over the following two decades, before co-founding NTF, Brett worked with various practices, gaining experience on a wide range of assignments including terminal buildings for Qantas and other airlines, and major projects in the educational, local government, commercial and residential development sectors.

    For Brett, architecture is not only about design skills but having deep knowledge of function, form, materials and processes, and the ability to plan, negotiate and manage. That’s all requisite for what he believes is the key part of the architect’s role: communicating with the client and being up front about the realities of the process. Then it’s a matter of trusting his instincts in developing the solution.

    Williams Boag Architects

    Photographer : Fred Kroh

    WILLIAMS BOAG architects (WBa) is a Melbourne based architectural firm providing expertise in the fields of architecture, planning, urban design and interior design. WBa was established in 1975 and has built an enviable professional reputation based on carefully designed and finely crafted architectural solutions.

    WBa practices with an alignment of purpose, personal commitment and accountability, and share one common goal: the provision of fit-for-purpose design solutions from concept to hand over. Clients enjoy responsiveness, personal commitment, and agility in project delivery brought to their project.

    WBa's commitment to a sustainable future is without question. The company's approach to responsible design is to address sustainability in an holistic manner through all project typologies acknowledging the different facets of sustainability - social, cultural, ecological, and economic and responding to the various challenges with a considered approach to their impact on the design and delivery process.​


    Philip Goad

    Professor Philip Goad is internationally known for his research and is an authority on modern Australian architecture. Chair of Architecture in the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne, Philip has also worked extensively as an architect, conservation consultant, and curator. He is an expert on the life and work of Robin Boyd, and has held visiting scholar positions at Harvard University, Columbia University, Bartlett School of Architecture (London) and UCLA (Los Angeles). Philip is a past editor of Fabrications, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, and co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture.

    Peter Malatt

    Peter Malatt is an architect and founding director of Six Degrees Pty Ltd, with over 25 years experience in the built environment.  He has been project leader for many of the large institutional projects completed by Six Degrees, most notably for the University of Tasmania, the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of Arts, RMIT, and many other projects with retained heritage fabric. Peter was elected to the National Council of the AIA in 2013, and served as Victorian President from 2014-2015.

    Louise Goodman

    Louise is a Graduate of Melbourne University with Honours and has played an important role in the foundation of the Melbourne Studio since her commencement with FJMT Studio in 2007. Louise has considerable experience as a Project Architect on a range of project types including civic & community,  educational, commercial, and residential. As team leader for the Port of Sale Precinct redevelopment, and the Moe Railway Revitalisation Project, Louise has thorough experience working with multiple government stakeholders, and large sub-consultant teams. Louise is a strong advocate for Women in Construction and an excellent mentor for junior staff at FJMT.

    Chris Jones

    An architect with over twenty years’ experience in Melbourne, Sydney and London, Chris is an Associate and Project Architect at design practice Decibel Architecture. During his time at Decibel, Chris has worked on a wide array of project types from residential to commercial, tourism to cultural. Prior to his current position, Chris was a Senior Architect at Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design where he led a number of adaptive reuse projects and was project architect on the award-winning Parliament of Victoria Members Annexe project. Chris is a passionate advocate for good design, striving for excellence through the lenses of quality, longevity, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement.

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