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23 Sep 2019 at 6:30 pm EDT

The Australian Institute of Architects International Chapter would like to welcome you to a discussion with principals of three esteemed US-based architecture firms Koning Eizenberg, DS+R and SHoP, about the challenges and opportunities they have experienced while working on prestigious projects in Australia.

The evening will start with a brief introduction from each firm about their projects in Australia and will continue with a round table discussion.

Drinks will be served at 6.30pm with the panel discussion beginning at 7pm.

Guest speakers

The panel will feature guest speakers with a range of global experience.

William Sharples

As a founding Principal, William Sharples has been at the centre of SHoP’s collaborative practice for nearly twenty years, leading technological, commercial, and educational initiatives across the studio. He holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Pursuing his interest in the design of spaces that define how we work and learn today, William has served as lead partner on a wide range of projects, including 447 Collins in Melbourne, the National Veterans Resource Center at Syracuse University, the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone, and SHoP’s work for the U.S. Department of State. William lectures widely at academic institutions and has held prestigious teaching positions at Cornell University, Yale University, and the Parsons School of Design, where he brings SHoP’s message—about the unity of technological invention, artistic inspiration, and public responsibility—to students across the country and around the world.

Charles Renfro

Charles Renfro is a partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R). He joined the studio in 1997 and was named a partner in 2004. Charles led the design for a number of projects including the James Beard Award-winning restaurant The Brasserie in New York and the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston. He was also partner-in-charge of Zaryadye Park, a 35-acre park adjacent to the Kremlin in Moscow. Charles has also led a number of academic projects at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and Brown University and is currently designing new facilities for Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Toronto. Outside of the Americas, Charles is leading the design of the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro; the Tianjin Juilliard School in China; and Adelaide Contemporary, a new gallery in Australia. Charles is the recipient of WSJ’s 2017 Architecture Innovator Award, the Texas Medal of Arts Award, and is a National Academician. He is a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts.

Julie Eizenberg

​Julie Eizenberg, FAIA, LFAIA (Aust) is a Founding Principal of Koning Eizenberg and holds a B. Arch from the University of Melbourne and an M. Arch from UCLA. She brings design vision, leadership, and expertise in working with cities, non-profit agencies, institutions and private developers to generate inventive master plans and public places. She is an astute observer leading investigations that reshape the way we think about conventional building typologies. Her focus on the user experience, whether it is an individual, underserved community or the public at large brings an empathetic perspective that translates seemingly mundane programs into places of ease and generosity. Julie teaches and lectures around the world, has been a frequent advisor to the U.S. Mayor’s Institute on City Design and on the board of Public Architecture and the School of Architecture at Taliesin. Her most recent book, titled “Urban Hallucinations,” offers more insight into the philosophy and work of a practice that aligns humanist values with inventive architectural form making. Under her leadership, Koning Eizenberg has earned over 160 design and sustainability awards and been widely published. The practice has been honoured as AIA California’s Firm of the Year, and she and founding partner Hank Koning were awarded the 2019 Australia Institute of Architects Gold Medal and the 2012 AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal in recognition of a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. In 2016, Julie was awarded an Honorary PhD in Architecture from the University of Melbourne.

This event is hosted by International Chapter Councilors – Grant Marani, Partner at Robert A.M Stern Architects and Wei Jien, Senior Associate at L’Observatoire International.

FLOS lighting have kindly donated a door prize of a Toio matte black limited edition floor lamp designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni.


Email international@architecture.com.au today to secure your place today.


23 Sep 2019
6:30 pm
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