16 Oct 2015

Leading Australian architects celebrate 60 Years of Architecture at UNSW with rare sketches

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Some of Australia’s best-known architects will come together at a unique exhibition to celebrate 60 years of UNSW graduate excellence.

Architecture by Hand and Mind: 60 Years of Architecture at UNSW will feature rarely seen sketches and models by award-winning UNSW alumni and Professors of Practice Ken Maher and Richard Johnson, and Pritzker Prize winner and current Seidler Chair in the Practice of Architecture, Glenn Murcutt.

To open next week, Architecture by Hand and Mind: 60 Years of Architecture at UNSW is curated by Dr Ainslie Murray to celebrate six decades of architecture education through the work of a diverse range of UNSW Architecture alumni and associated practices.

According to Murray, the rarely seen sketches, developmental models and other fragments of the design process “reveal a collective spirit of agility across architecture and allied disciplines”. She observed that the works speak of a wonderful diversity of architectural trajectories, and of a generous and collaborative spirit that continues to define architectural education at UNSW.

UNSW Director of Architecture Professor Xing Ruan said the 60th-year celebration has provided an opportunity for the faculty to reflect on its legacy. According to Professor Ruan, UNSW Architecture has always struck a balance between teaching students about architecture as a social art, as well as focusing on the intellectual and technical artifice of architecture and the city. The title of the exhibition reflects UNSW’s motto, ‘knowledge by hand and mind’.

The exhibition will showcase high profile projects from Architectus, CO-AP, HASSELL, JPW and Lippmann Partnership that reflect a significant and enduring contribution to contemporary urban landscape, while Murcutt’s iconic dwellings are considered against a contemporary restoration of his Ockens House by Scale Architecture.

Highlights also include Cracknell Lonergan’s major collaborative public art projects with indigenous artists; Tzannes Associates’ Dangrove project for Judith Neilson; and Sam Marshall’s iconic MCA redevelopment. Stewart Hollenstein, a newly-established practice, will show their innovative Green Square Library and Aileen Sage will share aspects of ‘The Pool’ as they prepare to represent Australia at the 2016 Venice Biennale.

Sonic works from composer Basil Hogios, colour works from Lymesmith, textile works from SHHORN, and ceramic works from Natalie Rosin focus on practice beyond architecture.

Featured architects in Architecture by Hand and Mind include: Aileen Sage, Allen Jack + Cottier, the Anganwadi Project, Architectus, Basil Hogios, Benn + Penna, Casey Brown, Chenchow Little, CO-AP, Constructive Dialogue, Cracknell Lonergan, Dunn Hillam, Hassell, Jimmy Lim Design, Johnson Pilton Walker, Lippmann Partnership, Lymesmith, Marston Architects, Glenn Murcutt, Natalie Rosin, Nobbs Radford, Ronald Lu & Partners, Sam Marshall, Scale Architecture, Shhorn, Stewart Hollenstein, and Tzannes Associates.

Architecture by Hand and Mind: 60 Years of Architecture at UNSW will be held 19 – 25 October 2015 at the Ground Floor Gallery, Red Centre West Wing, UNSW Kensington campus.

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