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3 OVER/ 4 UNDER – On Thinking Laterally
5 Nov 2020 at 6:00 pm AWST$10 – $15
EmAGN WA (the Institute’s Emerging Architects and Graduates Network Committee) are pleased to invite you to participate in the 18th annual ‘3 Over / 4 Under’ forum to be held on Thursday 5th November this year at The Flour Factory.
Since 2003, 3 Over / 4 Under has provided a successful forum for 3 established and 4 emerging practitioners from architectural and related disciplines to voice their concepts, opinions, practice philosophy & design strategies through a series of short presentations.
On Thinking Laterally’ is the theme for this year’s event, the 18th in the ‘On’ series. The year 2020 has very quickly become a landmark for social and political reform – with change becoming the norm and every voice being heard, we have had to ask ourselves if the way in which we approach our daily life, profession and the future, does right by others and the planet. We have had to assess each activity and its consequence with meticulous care. We can no longer get away with being responsible for only ourselves, but now need to consider the lasting impact our actions today will have
on people as soon as tomorrow.
But with great change, comes great responsibility (paraphrasing here) and we have seen individuals rise to the challenge, with each profession stepping outside their jurisdiction to assist in taking on the bigger picture – and architecture is not exempt from this.
As designers, we have always been at the forefront of problem-solving and adapting to change, thinking laterally forms part of our process, it is the very thing we ask of our users – let’s think differently, together.
Please be advised the ticket price includes food but not drinks.
Ben Braham and Elliot Moore – Besk
Benjamin Braham and Elliot Moore make up the dynamic duo behind Besk Bar, West Leederville’s go-to gastro-pub hot spot, combining forces to tackle fairly complex problems surrounding community culture and hospitality, and building in many different business model opportunities into the design to allow for future proofing and changing markets (seen clearly in the adaptation to COVID-19).
Ben is the principal of Braham Architects, with 15 years of international experience across a diverse range of project types. He graduated from studies at Curtin University and the University of Oregon in 2001. Ben continues to cultivate new ideas and ways of thinking through his practice and by regularly teaching Architectural Design at both UWA and Curtin University across all year groups
Elliot Moore has owned and developed Mane Liquor for over 10 years, assisting in the creation and development of Perth’s craft beer culture and identity. This can be seen in Besk Bar’s considered and rotating selection of beer wine and spirits from local, national and international producers
Brook McGowan and Jessika Hames – Hames Sharley
Jess and Brook have each been with Hames Sharley for 17 years and have seen the multi-disciplinary practice grow to almost 200 staff across 6 locations. They bring complimentary skill sets to the delivery of projects across a broad range of typologies in Australia and South-East Asia.
Since presenting at the inaugural 3 Over 4 Under in 2005 they have lived and worked in Hames Sharley studios in Perth, Darwin and Brisbane giving them a unique insight into the practice as a whole.
Brook’s current role as the Perth Studio Leader has led to a deeper understanding of people and the day to day challenge that goes with managing 80 diverse and individual creatives. Jess is more project focused and is currently working on the design of Hames Sharley’s new CBD studio which aims to create a sense of belonging for staff and embody the aspirations of a people first practice.
David Smith – Hames Sharley
David is a design technology specialist with a focus on computational design, workflow creation, architectural software development, BIM processes, and technology. Problem solving through applied research is at the core of David’s position, as such he works to enable professionals to achieve their objectives by reducing the barries of entry in the uptake of new technology as well as leveraging data to drive decision making.
With an architecturally trained background, David has worked in public art, architecture, architectural visualisation, fabrication, software development, education, and applied research. This unique experience, mindset and set of skills has allowed him to innovate across all stages of the architectural process creating bespoke solutions for a vast array of challenges.
David is currently working for Hames Sharley as a Design Technology and Production Specialist. David loves all things architecture and has a passion for innovation, he is always happy to chat about what the future of the architectural profession might entail and is keen to assist others in embracing change and technology.
Isaac McCormack – GHDWoodhead
Isaac McCormack is a Graduate of Architecture at GHDWoodhead and Casual Academic at Curtin University, where he also completed his Master’s degree in 2018. Upon graduation, he received the EG Cohen medal and Peter Hunt travel prize. Isaac developed a passion for narrative and speculative architecture during his final year of university, centering his thesis project (The Library of Make-Believe: An Augmented Fanasty) around these concepts. He wishes to tell stories about form and experience of space, using both the written and drawn mediums. During his travel with the Peter Hunt prize, he explored New Zealand, Canada, and the United States, in order to understand their First Nations’ architectures and they ways in which they are integrated or divided from the architecture of colonization. If all that’s too grandiose, Isaac is a massive sci-fi and fantasy nerd and spends his free time making images that he would someday like to hang on his wall
Kevin Mitchem and Wade Smith – CO-
As a graduate of architecture and CO-founder, Kevin’s interests lie at the intersection of architecture and business. Arguably the architectural industry is a gig economy in its own way. We all know that architectural projects and turnover are precarious at best, and we all know the gig economy is challenging conventional labour market institutions and organisational structures around the world, yet we haven’t been able to fully embrace the trend.
At CO- we want to help small firms challenge the traditional modes of work and explore how working in the gig economy with better collaboration can create more sustainable and rewarding careers and a resilient design community. After successfully establishing CO- in 2020 and receiving support from a number of start-up programs such as Curtin Ignition, Plus Eight, Spacecubed, CERI, and the Town of Victoria Park, the CO-team are excited to present insights that may challenge the industry’s perceptions on how we think about working in 2020 and beyond.
Jessica Mountain and Emily van Eyk – Mt Eyk
Mt Eyk is an emerging architecture practice owned and operated by Jessica Mountain and Emily Van Eyk. The practice began in early 2018 and was established on a strong working relationship, and a friendship.
Mt Eyk produces architecture of a small nature and their works include residential, public buildings and installation. Mt Eyk are not bound to one locality, and they continue to deliver services in the Perth metropolitan area, the regions and interstate. Their architecture celebrates everyday ritual and values being in the background.
In addition to running their practice, both Emily and Jessica teach at UWA and have also been involved in the professional practice program at Notre Dame.
Jane Wetherall – With Architecture
Jane is Director at With_ providing project leadership across a range of building types and scales, and undertaking the role of Managing Director within the studio. Her unique mix of experience, accumulated over 24 years in the industry, commenced with a series of exploratory residential projects completed with Geoff Warn in the mid 90’s that were awarded and published internationally. In progressing to larger scale commissions Jane has maintained her drive to uphold design excellence throughout all project phases.
In the capacity of Project Leader, Jane has overseen the design and delivery of numerous projects for With_, playing a pivotal role in project definition, client/stakeholder management, and schematic design phases. Her interest in urban connections combined with a natural ease for the stakeholder engagement process and a passion for effective communication, have seen her lead a diverse consultant team for Murdoch University’s Strategic Masterplan.Jane manages the Carbon Neutral program and accreditation at With_ and is a certified GBCA Green Star Associate
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