AA Prize for Unbuilt Work 2021 - Panel Discussion

AA Prize for Unbuilt Work
AA Prize for Unbuilt Work

Dulux Gallery,
Melbourne School of Design,
Glyn Davis Building (133),
University of Melbourne

  • Melbourne Design Week

Can schematic ideas provoke real world solutions to crises present in the world today? Will the value of the unbuilt ever be as influential as a built project? During a time when business is not as usual, architects are positioned to lead the way by collectively drawing on a unique capacity for imagination and pragmatism.

To celebrate the relaunch of the AA Prize for Unbuilt Work after a decade-long hiatus, Architecture Australia presents a discussion that explores the many ways in which architects engage with serious world challenges. Rory Hyde, 2021 AA Prize for Unbuilt Work juror, will be joined on the panel by Julian Anderson, director at Bates Smart and winner of the 2021 AA Prize for Unbuilt Work; Lauren Garner, architect at Kerstin Thompson Architects and shortlisted entrant; and Jacqui Alexander, director at Alexander Sheridan Architecture and shortlisted entrant.

Panel discussion

  • Katelin Butler (AA), Chair
  • Rory Hyde (MSD), Moderator
  • Julian Anderson (Bates Smart). Winner - A Treasure Trove of Space - Rethinking Melbourne’s Car Parks
  • Lauren Garner (Kerstin Thompson Architects). Shortlisted - Civic Interruptions
  • Jacqui Alexander (Alexander Sheridan Architecture). Shortlisted - Tenancy does not equal title


KATELIN BUTLER: Katelin is the editorial director at Architecture Media. Prior to her appointment as editorial director, Katelin was the design portfolio manager at Architecture Media, editor of Houses (2010-2018) and assistant editor of Architecture Australia (2005–2009). She has coedited three books, been a peer juror, exhibition curator, guest university critic and speaker at various industry events and conferences.

JACQUI ALEXANDER: Jacqui Alexander is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Monash Art Design and Architecture, and Director of Alexander & Sheridan Architecture. Jacqui is also founding editor of POST Magazine, an independent Melbourne and Paris based architecture magazine. Her doctoral research explores the influence and potentials of digital platforms to shape future living and future practice.

JULIAN ANDERSON: Julian Anderson is a Director at Bates Smart and has extensive experience in leading large architectural teams. With experience in Australia and the UK, Julian has a passion for projects that provide an opportunity to shape our cities and improve how our communities work, live and play. His broad sector experience incorporates commercial, residential, hospitality, infrastructure and urban design projects.

LAUREN GARNER: Lauren is an Architect at Kerstin Thompson Architects. She has undertaken practice, research, and studies both in Melbourne and overseas. She is interested in the role infrastructure plays in the making of societies, and how to find meaning in modern times. Lauren gained substantial experience working for Snohetta on the proposed masterplan and redevelopment of Arts Centre Melbourne, QPAC in Brisbane, and is currently working on the Whitehorse Performing Arts Centre. She is a sessional tutor at RMIT University, where she received the inaugural Peter Corrigan Medal for her Thesis, Civic Interruptions, the project of her extended investigation, and AA Unbuilt submission.

RORY HYDE: Rory Hyde is an Associate Professor in Architecture (Curatorial Design and Practice) at the Melbourne School of Design, in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. Before joining the Faculty, Rory spent seven years working as the Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Throughout his career as a designer, writer and curator, Rory’s areas of interest have always been grounded in the ways in which new forms of design practice can benefit the public good, and how the role of the contemporary designer can be redefined.

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