The changing role of Risk in architecture

Feb 22, 2015 Architecture

Donald Bates, Hamish Lyon and Andrew Mackenzie have partnered to explore the changing role of risk in architecture for this year’s National Architecture Conference, which takes place in Melbourne, 14-16 May, 2015.

‘No one wants to be a safe architect; to be conventional and predictable. Yet what client would choose the risk of the unknown over the safety of the known?

‘Risk explores this troubled nexus; between the professional necessity to take calculated and creative risks and a world incapacitated by risk minimisation,’ the creative team said.

The conference focuses on four aspects of risk within the profession: risks related to cultural relevance, architectural pedagogy, professional practice and the discipline of architecture.

The conference brings together a range of keynote speakers from Europe, America, Asia and Australia, and, in an effort to expand the conversation outside of the profession, from across the built environment professions.

Speakers confirmed include:

  • Thomas Bailey, Room 11 (Aus)
  • Camilla Block, Durbach Block Jaggers Architects (Aus)
  • Caroline Bos, UNStudio (Netherlands)
  • Anthony Burke, University of Technology Sydney (Aus)
  • Minsuk Cho, Mass Studies (S Korea)
  • John Choi, CHROFI (Aus)
  • John Daley, Grattan Institute (Aus)
  • David Gianotten, OMA (HK)
  • Kristin Green, Kristin Green Architecture (Aus)
  • Cheong Koon Hean, Housing and Development Board (Singapore)
  • Ben Hewett, NSW Government Architect’s Office (Aus)
  • Kasper Jensen, 3XN and GXN (Denmark)
  • Jeremy McLeod, Breathe Architecture (Aus)
  • Juliet Moore, Edwards Moore Projects (Aus)
  • Paul Morgan, Paul Morgan Architects (Aus)
  • Gregg Pasquarelli, SHoP Architects (USA)
  • Finn Pedersen, iredale pedersen hook (Aus)
  • Deborah Saunt, DSDHA (UK)
  • Mitchell Silver, City of New York (USA)
  • Jeremy Till, Central Saint Martins (UK)
  • Hannah Tribe, Tribe Studio (Aus)
  • Suzannah Waldron, Searle x Waldron Architecture (Aus)
  • Charles Wright, Charles Wright Architects (Aus)

About the Creative team:

Professor Donald Bates is a Director of LAB Architecture Studio in Melbourne and is Chair of Architectural Design at the University of Melbourne. Widely published, he has completed works in a variety of countries across Asia, the Middle East and Great Britain, in addition to local projects including Melbourne’s Federation Square precinct. Donald has participated in lectures, seminars, reviews, workshops and programs at over 95 universities and schools of architecture and professional venues.

Principal of NH Architecture, Hamish Lyon leads the firm’s design thinking and direction. He is involved in projects of all scales within the office and has completed a wide range of architectural projects, urban initiatives and masterplans including Melbourne’s world class 6 Star Green Star Convention Centre on the Yarra River and the redevelopment of Myer’s flagship Bourke Street store in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. He began his architectural career with the national Robin Boyd Medal, awarded under the chairmanship of the pre-eminent Australian architect, Glenn Murcutt. His ongoing commitment to architecture as a public advocate was recognised in the Age’s 2009 poll where he was voted one of Melbourne’s 100 most influential people.

Andrew Mackenzie is Director of CityLab, a consultancy he founded in 2011. His clients include Major Projects Victoria, Monash University, Gold Coast City Council, Waterfront Auckland and Integrated Design Commission South Australia. He is also an independent publisher of architecture and design books under the imprint Uro, which publishes practice monographs as well as architectural history and theory. He is also an architecture writer for the Australian Financial Review and a Contributing Editor to Architecture Australia.

Story supplied by the Australian Institute of Architecture.  Conference early bird rate is available until 26 March – find out more at wp.architecture.com.au/risk/

Image: Joining the speaker lineup  is Minsuk Cho founder of Mass Studies (South Korea), this is Osulloc-Tea Stone, Korea (Completed 2012), photographer Yong-Kwan Kim.