Architecture by Hand & Mind : 60 Years of Architecture at UNSW

Architecture by Hand & Mind : 60 Years of Architecture at UNSW

In 2015, UNSW Built Environment celebrated the 60th anniversary of its Architecture program. 

Architecture by Hand and Mind: 60 Years of Architecture at UNSW was an exhibition, curated by Dr. Ainslie Murray, celebrating excellence in architectural practice from a diverse range of UNSW Architecture alumni and associated practices. The exhibition featured a range of drawings, models and artifacts from some of Australia’s best-known architects.

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

The exhibition focused on the diversity of architectural practice evident across multiple generations of graduates from the mid-1950s to the present day. Projects that had already been published were re-presented through rarely-seen sketches, developmental models and other fragments of the design process to reveal a collective spirit of agility across architecture and allied disciplines.

High profile projects from Architectus, CO-AP, Hassell, JPW and Lippmann Partnership reflected a significant and enduring contribution to our contemporary urban landscape.

Glenn Murcutt’s iconic dwellings were considered against a contemporary restoration of his Ockens House by Scale Architecture in a fascinating dialogue involving an exchange of objects and ideas between the architects and the client.

Co-housing projects from Chenchow Little and Benn + Penna address the contemporary evolution of our urban lives and Casey Brown, Nobbs Radford and Vivianne Marston showed a range of exceptional high-end residential projects.

UNSW graduates continue to make leadership contributions to the Anganwadi project and present a range of insights into their collaborative community-oriented process for developing preschools in India. Constructive Dialogue continue a strong commitment to social process with a range of projects in greater Sydney and Allen Jack + Cottier re-present Clubbe Hall in Mittagong, nearly 50 years after it won the prestigious Blacket Award.

Cracknell Lonergan work across disciplines and showed elements of their major collaborative public art projects with indigenous artists. Tzannes Associates explored a significant new art-architecture typology with their Dangrove project for Judith Neilson and Sam Marshall reflected upon his iconic MCA redevelopment.

The newly-established practice of Stewart Hollenstein showed their innovative Green Square Library and Aileen Sage shared aspects of ‘The Pool’ as they prepared to represent Australia at the 2016 Venice Biennale.  

Other works in the exhibition focussed on regional projects by Jimmy Lim Design and Ronald Lu & Partners and on practice beyond architecture including sonic works from composer Basil Hogios, colour works from Lymesmith, textile works from Shhorn and ceramic works from Natalie Rosin.

Professor Alec Tzannes AM, Dean of UNSW Built Environment and Professor Xing Ruan, Director of Architecture, invited hundreds of VIPs to help celebrate this milestone. Professor Iain Martin opened the exhibition and Leighton Hall hosted the speakers, Glenn Murcutt AO, Harry Stephens, Felicity Stewart, Matthias Hollenstein and Annie Tennant.

Below you will find image galleries from the evening and audio and visual recordings of the speeches and lectures.

Lecture - video


Lecture - audio



Image Gallery - launch and lecture



Image gallery - exhibition



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