Students unite to shape future of our cities and the profession

On Wednesday 3 July, 250 student delegates will converge on Newcastle for Nexus, the Australian and New Zealand Student Architecture Congress, for three days of discussion and activity designed to challenge and shape the future of the profession and our cities.

The largest student gathering in the architecture calendar, Nexus 2013 has been coordinated by Creative Directors Rianda Barnes, Thomas Marshall and Joe Larkings, graduate and final year students of the Master of Architecture at the University of Newcastle.

‘Our congress is based on the premise that sprawl, globalisation and the digital age have changed the way we engage with the city; that 20th century models no longer address the world in which we live in.

‘Nexus is an opportunity to reflect on our ideas of the city, experiment with the urban condition and imagine viable alternatives for what the city may come to mean,’ the Creative Team said.

Presenting at the event are 24 local, interstate and international speakers, including practice directors, government consultants, architectural critics and journalists.

Speakers include:

Chloe Beevers (Local Government NSW, Sydney)
Jan van Schaik (Minifie van Schaik Architects, Melbourne)
Kerry and Lindsay Clare (Clare Design, Sydney)
Lindsay Johnston (University of Newcastle, Newcastle)
Annabelle Pegrum (Pegrum Judd, Canberra)
Peter Tonkin (TZG, Sydney)
Magela Geraldo Pereiera (Government of the Federal District, Brazil)
Marcel Acosta (National Capital Planning Commission, USA)
David Gordon (Queen’s University, Canada)
Timothy Moore (Sibling, Melbourne)
Hedwig Heinsman (DUS Architects, the Netherlands)
Philippa Tumubweinee (Izuba in Africa Architects, South Africa)
Doina Petrescu & Constnatin Petcu (AAA Architects, France)
Ian Athfield (Athfield Architects, New Zealand)
Ingrid Richards & Adrian Spence (Richards and Spence, Brisbane)
Clare Cousins (Clare Cousins Architects, Melbourne)
Richard Francis-Jones (FJMT, Sydney)
Marcus Westbury (Renew Australia, Melbourne)
Rory Hyde (Rory Hyde Projects, Melbourne)
Stuart Harrison (Harrison and White, Melbourne)
Melonie Bayl-Smith (BIJL Architecture, Sydney)

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