Thinking of You: Projects by MGS Architects
explores the work of the well-known Melbourne-based practice MGS Architects
and their process-driven approach of the practice.
Dulux Gallery: 18 Jul - 25 Aug 2023
Founded by University of Melbourne alumni Rob McGauran and Mun Soon, the practice seeks to realise projects which make a significant contribution to the culture of design.
This exhibition asks: ‘what happens after a project is turned over to the people who use it?’
It asks us to be in solidarity with those people; foregrounding their voices through resident interviews and other interactive displays giving visitors an insight into the collaborative, process-driven approach of the practice. Key projects to be showcased include innovative community housing, education and urban precinct redesign.
These demonstrate the practice’s commitment to creating places that meet the demands of living well and living sustainably, coupled with the desire for individual expression and the need for community.
MGS ARCHITECTS ACKNOWLEDGES THE TRADITIONAL OWNERS OF THE LAND WHERE THIS EXHIBITION IS TAKING PLACE; THE WURUNDJERI WOI WURRUNG AND PAYS ITS RESPECTS TO THEIR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE LEADERS.
MGS PROJECT TEAM:
GILDA JONES - CINEMATOGRAPHER AND EDITOR
ELI GIANNINI - INTERVIEWER
JAMES RAFFERTY - SOUND RECORDIST AND GAFFER
PETER BENNETTS, PATRICK BINGHAM-HALL, ROBERT COLVIN, BRETT CORNISH, JOHN GOLLINGS, SEBASTIAN GOLLINGS, ROBERT HAMER, KANE JARROD, ANDREW LATREILLE, ANDREW LLOYD, CHRIS MATTERSON, TREVOR MEIN, MARK MUNRO, ANDREW RICHEY, RHIANNON SLATTER and JEREMY WRIGHT.
MGS ARCHITECTS WOULD LIKE TO THANK DONALD BATES WHO STARTED THE CONVERSATION WITH US FOR A POTENTIAL ALUMNI EXHIBITION; RORY HYDE WHO STEERED THE CURATORIAL TEAM; JAMES RAFFERTY WHO LENT US HIS TIME AND EXPERTISE TO CONDUCT THE INTERVIEWS; PHILIPPA KNACK WHO ORGANISED US AND PATIENTLY ANSWERED ALL OUR QUESTIONS AND THE WHOLE OF THE MSD CURATORIAL AND INSTALLATION TEAM FOR THEIR PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE, PATIENCE AND HARD WORK.
REVOLUTION BY DESIGN
credits and project timeline
These panels were installed at the entrance to the Dulux Gallery; they feature a timeline of all major projects completed by MGS Architects, as well as all the team members that have practiced with them since its inception in 1985.
This collection of films features six significant projects by MGS Architects, they focus on the stories, experiences, and perspectives of the individuals who reside in them. With insights from the design team, these films offer a unique glimpse into the lives and livelihoods thriving within the heart of these projects.
MONASH CLAYTON, XAVIER COLLEGE, OZANAM HOUSE, RUSHALL PARK, ROSANNA STATION and NORTH RICHMOND.
Also included in the exhibition was a timelapse of the Xavier College construction and a audio discussion between Rob McGauran and Eli Giannini about the history of MGS Architects.
XAVIER CONSTRUCTION TIMELAPSE
MGS FOUNDING DIRECTORS DISCUSSION
Public Lecture Recordings Floor Talk: Design for Impact Panel Discussion
The Victorian government has set a target of 70% of all new dwellings in existing urban areas, in response to the cost (to us all) of continuing to sprawl. But where and how does this take place? And what community benefit will come from it? A formidable panel will discuss what this means for Victoria.
PANEL: Katherine Sundermann (Director, MGS Architects), Dr Catherine Brown (CEO, Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation), Dr Jonathan Spear (CEO, Infrastructure Victoria), Robert Papaleo (National Director Build-to-Rent, Colliers), and Rob McGauran (Founding Director, MGS Architects).
Floor Talk: Design with Purpose
"Design goes beyond aesthetics and function; it encompasses a deeper dimension – purpose."
Join Elliet Spring and Catherine Ranger as they delve into the concept of cultivating purpose through the design process at MGS Architects.