From the CEO

12 Oct

Architecture for the people
Sydney Architecture Festival was a great success last week, and the Festival of Architecture and Design is taking place in Adelaide as this goes out (it closes tomorrow). Still to come, a host of Open House events around the country, including Tasmania, Perth and Queensland, as well as Design Canberra in November.
Our new campaign Where I’d Like to Live shifts up a gear this week with the launch of a social media competition. We are inviting the public to share where they’d like to live (and tell us why they want to live there) through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win a design delights package of homewears, appliances, books and magazines.
We have also launched our People’s Choice Award as part of the National Architecture Awards program. Members of the public can vote for their favourite residential project from the 2015 National Architecture Awards shortlist. This year, 11 diverse and inspiring homes are in the running for crowd favourite. The winning project will be revealed on Friday 30 October ahead of the National Awards, which are held on Thursday 5 November in Brisbane (tickets for the Awards presentation event are now on sale).


Droga Architect in Residence
This month we welcome our newest Droga Architect in Residence, Nick Wood, to our shores. Nick is the founder and director of How About Studio, based in London. During his three month residency will present a range of talks, lectures and workshops around the country in addition to a research project focusing on the role of the awning in inner urban environments.
Wood’s work explores the intersection between art and architecture, with an investment in the fabrication process of combining craft and digital technologies to create new and engaging experiences. He has worked with large cultural institutions and international arts festivals to create a diverse portfolio of high quality interventions. Wood has been a visiting critic at a number of London schools and teaches at Brighton University.
For more information, visit the website.


Australia Award for Urban Design
The winners of the 2015 Australia Award for Urban Design were announced at the end of September, with Western Australian projects and programs taking two of five main awards.

South Australia, Victoria, and Queensland also each take an award. Brookfield Place, an inner-Perth city block takes out the main gong – the award for a large scale delivered outcome. The project transformed a block left vacant for 30 years into an inviting and engaging public realm.
Read more for a full list of winners.


Kind regards,

David Parken, CEO