Alumni Survey Series: Greg Burgess

Aerial view of Uluru

Dulux Gallery, Ground Floor, Glyn Davis Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus

  • Exhibition

For over 50 years, Greg Burgess has explored architecture as a way to move into a deep relationship with client, country, and purpose. He sees it is an inner and outer path to materialise spaces and buildings filled with meaning and spirit. The process is highly collaborative, relying on deep listening as well as being iterative, handmade, and experimental. The resultant building – an animated, responsive presence rather than an object – emerges through the third space of encounter and in turn, converses with sky, with country and with those who meet it.

For Greg, there is a correspondence between the seeking self and a building’s capacity to gesture, speak and resonate. He sees inner work and connection of body, soul and spirit as key elements to enable creative presence. Life and work can then be filled with the drama of challenge and also open to generative, playful responsiveness.

This is an unmissable exhibition dedicated to the architectural career of celebrated Australian-based architect Greg Burgess. He is an innovative and internationally-recognised architect with his work celebrated for its complex geometries, material and spiritual insights.

Exhibition partners

The Seeking Resonance: the life-architecture of Gregory Burgess exhibition is a collaboration with the Robin Boyd Foundation and Avington Merino.

Special thanks to Gabor Jakus of erbauer and Julian Featherston of Two Feathers.

Exhibition open

Dulux Gallery, Ground Floor
Glyn Davis Building, University of Melbourne
15 September - 19 October 2022
Open Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm

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What's On

In conversation with Greg Burgess
Wednesday, 21 September 2022
B117 theatre, Basement, Glyn Davis Building
Free - book your ticket here

Floor Talk with Greg Burgess
Thursday, 29 September 2022
Dulux Gallery,  Glyn Davis Building
Free - book your ticket here 

Floor Talk with Greg Burgess
Wednesday, 5 October 2022
Dulux Gallery, Glyn Davis Building 
Free- book your ticket here

Workshop with Greg Burgess and Tanya Coburn
Seeking Resonance: What's coming to meet you from the future? 
Saturday, 8 October 2022
10am - 1pm
Dulux Gallery, Glyn Davis Building 
Please contact if interested in this event

Floor Talk with Greg Burgess
Wednesday, 12 October 2022
Dulux Gallery, Glyn Davis Building
Free - book your ticket here 

Visiting the exhibition? Identify the exhibited material with these guides:

Major partner

Gregory Burgess: From the Coalface

This sister exhibition is showing concurrently with Seeking Resonance: the life-architecture of Gregory Burgess.

Noel Shaw Gallery
Baillieu Library
Parkville Campus
Learn more 

Visit both exhibitions on your visit to the Parkville campus - get directions from the Dulux Gallery to the Noel Shaw Gallery here via Google Maps.

Gregory Burgess: From the Coalface celebrates the donation of the archive of Gregory Burgess Architects to the University of Melbourne’s Archives and Special Collections. This acquisition of more than four decades of drawings, plans, models and concept sketches from the practice of one of Australia’s premier architects will be the first of our architectural collections to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The exhibition team would like to acknowledge the work of Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning students in the archiving project.