School of Architecture

Tuesday 2 October 2018

Masters Students Genevieve Quinn, Georgia Sewell and Jeremy Wooldridge discuss the model exhibit by Diller Scofidio + Renfro at Arsenale, Venice. Photograph by: Nicola White

Last month, thirteen students from the School of Architecture had the opportunity to travel to the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy for a week-long research studio and workshop.

Working closely with students from ETH Zurich and The University of Tsukuba, they engaged in an intense drawing and paintings study workshop held at the Japanese Pavilion in Giardini.

The workshop was led by the Japanese pavilion’s curators; UQ’s Adjunct Professor Momoyo Kaijima from internationally renowned architecture practice Atelier Bow-Wow, and Chair Dr. Laurent Stalder of ETH Zurich with assistance from Andreas Kalpakci.

Headed by Senior Lecturer Andrew Wilson, the travel studio was intended to investigate the students' own research topics within the city of Venice and the Architecture Biennale topic of Freespace whilst participating in the workshop, with both findings to be shown at the end of year exhibition.

Teams of students from the three universities were to study a well-known Venice Veduta, which is a highly detailed painting of a city scape, and then hand draw an axonometric of that scene.  

Kaijima and Stalder guided the teams, as they attempted to represent the same emotions and ideals in a new format. Some scenes included the Rialto Bridge, Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco to name a few.

“The group drawing was a new and challenging experience, where I learnt to merge ideas of research methodology with drawing techniques to express and convey an ever-changing occupation of space,” said Masters of Architecture student Nicola White.

Students also had the chance to see a number of museums and galleries by local and international academics including the Museo Correr, Carlo Scarpa’s Museo Querini Stampalia and Gallerie dell'Accademia, all housing a number of the selected Vedutes.

The students worked within the Japanese pavilion in addition to on-site during the week, and were able to explore the Venice Biennale during the day. The drawings will be displayed as an exhibition at ETHZ, Switzerland in late October with hopes of bringing it to UQ for the end of year exhibition.

Article written by Jeremy Wooldridge
UQ Masters of Architecture