School of Architecture

Monday 18 December 2017

Students from UQ Architecture attend the 33rd Australasian Student Architecture Congress.
Students pitched for Brisbane to host the 2019 Congress.

A number of UQ Students attended the 33rd biannual Australasian Student Architecture Congress (ASAC) in Sydney, NSW including recipient of UQ's Women in Action Fund, Christina Solomon, and 2017 Valedictorian, Paul Violett.

With the theme of Agency: Agency to cultivate, Agency to act and Agency to catalyse, the students were emersed in workshops and speakers from around the globe for the week, discussing the topic of a collective force tackling the key issues facing the architecture industry. Workshops were anchored by leading practitioners and academics from Australia, New Zealand and around the world including Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Atelier Bow Wow) and UQ Architecture's own Adjunct Professor Virginia San Fratello (Rael San Fratello).

UQ students banded together with fellow Queensland architecture students in a pitch for Brisbane to host the next congress in 2019 with the topic of identity in South East Queensland.

"Being a part of the student run congress has opened my eyes to the potential of my future in the field of architecture and the possibility for it to expand beyond the confides of professional practice. The congress topic of Agency was expansive and covered a spectrum of values and ideals highly relevant to my career development, now and in the future," Christina said.

"The congress was highly rewarding professionally and academically as it allowed me to converse with my peers about the future of architecture, in Australia and beyond; forming long lasting friendships invaluable as I kick-start my career," she said.

"The unexpected opportunity to bid for a Brisbane based congress allowed us to collaborate with other Queensland architecture students, and establish and deliver a dialogue and presentation around why we believed architecture in Queensland was important and should be shared with the Australasian region."