School of Architecture

UQ International Architecture Lecture SeriesTogether with the State Library of Queensland, the UQ School of Architecture hosts the UQ International Architecture Lecture Series. 

This series brings together forward-thinking global architects, designers and intellectuals who each generate new knowledge, ideas and strategies within the international architecture industry.

While COVID-19 has prevented us from presenting these talks in 2020, video recordings of the 2018 and 2019 lecture series are available to watch below.

2019 Series

Marta Pozo, Director of MVRDV

Marta is an architect, licensed BREEAM assessor and LEED Green Associate. She has worked at MVRDV since 2007. In 2014 Marta relocated to Shanghai to head the firm’s Asian office to expand MVRDV's profile in the Asian market as well as to oversee Asian projects.

Watch the lecture (Vimeo, 1hr 14min).

Maggie Ma, Director of DOMAT Hong Kong

Maggie Ma shares Domat's works for people living with limited means, including modifications to subdivided homes and new social housing developments in Hong Kong. 

Watch the lecture (Vimeo, 54mins 18secs)

Marijn Schenk, Principal of NEXT Architects

Marijn graduated in 1999 from the Technical University of Delft, Faculty of Architecture. Together with Bart Reuser, Marijn received the first prize of the ARCHIPRIX 2000 for the project 'The Layered Land'.

Watch the lecture (Vimeo, 1hr 19mins)

Milinda Pathiraja, co-founder of Robust Architecture Workshop (RAW) in Colombo, Sri Lanka

​Using Robust Architecture Workshop’s own architectural projects in Sri Lanka as case studies, this lecture presents a broader definition of technology, which considers how the socio-cultural underpinnings of building production can be understood and utilised as policy-making parameters.

Watch the lecture (Vimeo, 1hr 10mins)

2018 Series

Gurjit Singh Matharoo, Matharoo Associates

Gurjit has played a significant role in reviving the Indian architectural scene. In 2013 he was awarded an International Fellowship by The Royal Institute of British Architects, one of the youngest recipients of this lifetime honour.

Matharoo Associates is a 25 year-old practice that began operations in Ahmedabad, India. Their projects are injected with a potent dose of wit so that buildings are not sterile but playful and fun to be in.

Watch the lecture (Vimeo, 1hr 11mins)

John Hardwick-Smith, Athfield Architects

John graduated from the Wellington School of Architecture in 1992, and has been a Director of Athfield Architects Ltd (AAL) and of Wraight Athfield Landscape and Architecture (WALA) since early 2000’s. In these roles he has led and/ or collaborated on the design of a broad range of architectural and landscape projects. John has particular interests in conceptual design, design development, and design coordination phases. His work is often collaborative and cross-disciplinary, and traverses public, private, institutional and commercial interests.

Watch the lecture (Vimeo, 1hr 25mins)

Amalie Wright, Landscapology

Amalie is Director of Landscapology, a Brisbane-based design studio committed to achieving positive change through good design. Registered as both a landscape architect and architect Amalie brings a broad perspective to private and public realm projects. 

Watch the lecture (Vimeo, 1hr, 4mins)

Simone Robeson, Robeson Architects

Simone Robeson is the Director of Robeson Architects, an intentionally little company focusing on residential architecture, interiors and commercial fit-outs. Keen to work on her own residential projects and run them in an efficient way, Simone started the business when she was 27. Simone designs and is involved in every project, and is passionate about the development of cities, modern lifestyles and flexibility related to housing.

Watch the lecture (Vimeo, 59mins, 48secs)

Rachel Neeson, Neeson Murcutt Architects

Rachel Neeson formed Neeson Murcutt Architects Pty Ltd with her late partner Nicholas Murcutt in 2004, and has recently been joined by Stephen Neille, formerly Pendal + Neille in Perth. The work of Neeson Murcutt Architects Pty Ltd has been recognised locally and internationally through publications, exhibitions and awards.

Watch the lecture (Vimeo, 1hr 30mins)

Peter Walker, Cumulus Studio

Peter is a registered Architect and director/ co founder of Cumulus Studio. With 20 years experience working in Architecture, Peter has been responsible for the design and delivery of a number high profile Tasmanian project - particularly within the tourism sector and in the adaptive reuse of existing buildings.

​Watch the lecture (Vimeo, 1hr 18mins)

James Legge, Six Degrees (Melbourne)

One of the founding directors of Six Degrees Architects, James has developed the practice, with his partners, over the past 25 years into a nationally recognised design firm. Six Degrees is widely recognised for engaging and rich design in of hospitality, multi residential, tertiary education and civic fields, urban design, place making and precinct development. The practice continues to develop ideas around human needs, community, raw materiality and memory.

Watch the lecture (Vimeo, 1hr 21mins)

Michael Banney, m3architecture (Brisbane)

Michael’s philosophy involves building up cases for projects based on anecdotal evidence – anecdotes that corroborate one another and reveal a conviction for a project around which architecture can be formed.
The projects of m3architecture confirm its practice conviction based on managed multiplicity, that has now produced almost two decades of interesting work.

Watch the lecture (Vimeo, 1hr 22mins)

Kelly Shannon, OSA Urbanism & Architecture at the University of Leuven (Belgium)

Kelly received her architecture degree at Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh), a post-graduate degree at the Berlage Institute (Amsterdam), and a PhD at the University of Leuven, where she focused on landscape to guide urbanisation in Vietnam. She currently teaches urbanism at the Department of Architecture, University of Leuven.

Watch the lecture (Vimeo, 1hr 23mins)