Australasian Student Architecture Congress
Australasian Student Architecture Congress (ASAC) is a students-organised event held biennially in Australasia since the 1960s. It brings architecture practitioners and students together in a series of events, encouraging collaboration, networking and critical thinking. Past speakers include Harry Seidler, Buckminster Fuller, Glenn Murcutt, Paul Pholeros, Christopher Alexander, Peter Cook, Wolf Prix, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Jeremy Till, Richard Leplastrier, Sarah Wigglesworth, or Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
- 1 Past Events
- 1.1 c. 1960/61 Sydney
- 1.2 1963 Auckland
- 1.3 1964 Melbourne
- 1.4 1965 Sydney
- 1.5 1966 Perth
- 1.6 1967 Brisbane
- 1.7 1968 Hobart
- 1.8 1969 Adelaide
- 1.9 1970 Sydney
- 1.10 1971 Auckland/Warkworth
- 1.11 1974 Brisbane to Munduberra
- 1.12 1975 Lae, PNG
- 1.13 1976 Canberra
- 1.14 1977 Sydney
- 1.15 1979 Brisbane
- 1.16 1981 Canberra
- 1.17 1983 Auckland
- 1.18 1985 Perth
- 1.19 1987 Hobart
- 1.20 1989 Canberra
- 1.21 1991 Brisbane
- 1.22 1993 Adelaide
- 1.23 1995 Perth
- 1.24 1997 Geelong
- 1.25 1999 Sydney
- 1.26 2004 Hobart/Launceston
- 1.27 2007 Wellington
- 1.28 2009 Canberra
- 1.29 2011 Adelaide
- 1.30 2013 Newcastle
- 1.31 2015 Melbourne
- 1.32 2017 Sydney
- 2 References
c. 1960/61 Sydney
''When I was a final year student (around 1960 or 1961) a group of us went to a Congress in Sydney about which I don’t remember much except spending a night in the Phillips Street Jail after 3 of us went on an all day crawl attempting to visit every pub in Sydney -which we regarded as a great achievement at the time." - Anonymous Professor of Architecture
Title: Housing Developments around the Pacific; or “Social Aspects of New Housing”
Speakers: Aldo Van Eyck, Mike Austin, Peter Dalton, Max Clark, Graham Sheather, David Carr, R.M. Waite, G.J. Fielding, Jeremy Beckett, Keith Sinclair, Gerhard Rosenberg
Title: New Materials, New Architecture
Title: City Synthesis
Title: AASA Adelaide Convention
Speakers: Balkrishna Doshi, Gary T Moore, Jane Abercrombie
The number of registered participants at the 1969 convention was 254, of which 244 were students. This was approximately 6.8% of the architecture student population in Australia and New Zealand, and about the same proportion as attended Hobart convention in 1968.
(Planned “Sing Seventy” Singapore congress was abandoned that year.)
1974 Brisbane to Munduberra
Brisbane train congress in 1974 started in Stradbroke, continued to Gladstone and then back to Brisbane through Munduberra and Many Peaks. Organisers wired the train for sound.
1975 Lae, PNG
Speakers: Alvin Boyarsky
Peter Cook, John Dalton, Paul Oliver, William Turnbull, Wolfgang Preisser, Peter Myers, Peter Corrigan, Martyn Chapman, Russell Hall, Peter O'Gorman, Gabriel Poole, Bob Nation, Phillip Cox, David Biernoff, Brian Woodward, Peter Bycroft, Adrian Boddy, Steve King, Ian Sinnamon, Pancho Guedes, Chris Paris, Kenneth Browne, Graham Thiedeke, Peter Skinner, Rod Carmichael, Tone Wheeler, Phil Gibbs
The Army loaned the students large tents for accommodation. The tents were set up on the oval adjoining the Bardon Professional Development Centre, the venue for the conference.
Title: The Next Wave
Speakers: Ross Brown, Roger Walker, John Mainwaring, Karl Fender, Everard + Kloots, Peter Stronach, Noel Robinson, Peter Myers, Russell Hall, David Mitchell, Gabriel Poole, Kai Chen, Edmond and Corrigan, Brian Klopper, Ian Athfield, Richard Leplastrier, Rex Addison, Gary Forward, John Scott
The conference structure was divided into two parts: emerging architecture in the morning with each architect speaking for up to one hour on his/her work. These sessions run in parallel. In the afternoon the workshops took place.
Title: Gone to Kiwi
Title: May West
Title: The Jam
Speakers: John Scott, John Andrews, Ajit Manger, Prue Cotton, Michael Barnett, Lindsay Clare, David Hensel, Andrew Conschens, Robert Morris-Nunn, Adrian Fitzgerald, Peter Wilmott, Annabel Bicevskis, Krzysztof, Peter Skinner, Troppo, Keith Weatherly, Design Makers Cooperative TAS, Leigh Woolley, Keith Streames, David Morris, Patrick O'Carrigan, Barry McNeill, Tim Sinatra, Gary Forward, Geoff Warn, Bevan Rees, Rory Spence, Russell Hall, Christine Vadasz, Spence Jamieson, John Gollings, Paul Pholeros, Tone Wheeler
Title: Beyond The Face
Speakers: Richard Murphy, Douglas Cardinal, Peter Skinner
Wolf Prix, Erick van Egeraat, Stephen Perrela, Ken Yeang, Vito Acconci, Christine Boyer, James Wines, Mark Wasuita (Diller&Scofidio), Richard Goodwin, Michael Tawa, Peter Brew + Michael Markham, Lynn Churchill, Kerry and Lindsay Clare, Julie Cracknell + Peter Lonergan, Peter Davidson + Donald Bates (LAB), Brian Donovan + Timothy Hill, Peter Droege, Pia Ednie-Brown, Tony Fry, Janet Laurence, Merrima, Gabriel Poole, Leonie Sandercock, Rewi Thompson, Peter Stutchbury, Mackenzie Wark, David Week, Kriz Kizak-Wines,
Title: States of Mind
Speakers: Nathaniel Corum, Liang Jingyu, Ou Ning, Alexis Rochas, Bruce Stewart, Hugh Tennant, Mark Leong, Natalie Butts, Andrew Maynard, Ian Cassels, Nicky Hager, Rau Hoskins, Andrea Rickets, Ellen Anderson, Gregory More, Wan Azhar, Martmut Seichter, David Trubridge, Eoghan Lewis, Regan Gentry, Judy Cockeram, Mark Burry, Timothy Hill, Peggy Deamer, Jeffrey Inaba, Sam Kebbell, Ray Cole, David Mitchell
The first ASAC running concurrently in both physical and virtual worlds (online). Congress took place over 6 days.
Speakers: Chris Bosse, Mahmoud Saikal, Barry Maitland, Alex Tzannes, Andrew Maynard, Louise Cox, Howard Raggatt, Howard Tanner, Jim Birrell, Karl Fender, Andrew Andersons, Wendy Lewin, Richard Johnson, Peter Tonkin, Tone Wheeler, Todd Rohl, Marcus Trimble, Antionette Trimble, Andrew Nimmo, Graham Dix, Megan Dwyer, Nathan Judd, Chris Milman, Bronwyn Jones
Speakers: Ken Yeang, Nathaniel Corum, Charles Holland, Richard Briggs, Lara Calder, Esther Charlesworth, Stuart Harrison, Benjamin Hewett, Luke Jones, Peter Mallat, Andrew Maynard, Paul Pholeros, Brian Porter, Michael Rayner, Gerard Reinmuth, Melonie Bayl-Smith, Patrick Stewart, Rewi Thompson, John Wardle.
The congress theme centred on the position of the architect in the face of societal and environmental change, and economic crisis.
Speakers: Jan van Schaik, Hedwig Heinsman, Constantin Petcou & Doina Petrescu, Ian Athfield, Philippa Tumubweinee, Marcus Westbury, Rory Hyde, Richard Francis-Jones, Ingrid Richards & Adrian Spence, Clare Cousins, Cassandra Stronach, Timothy Moore, Stuart Harrison, Kerry and Lindsay Clare, Peter Stutchbury, Chloe Beevers, Lindsay Johnston, Peter Tonkin
Nexus reflected on the past, experimented with the urban condition and imagined viable alternatives for what the city may come to mean. Invited speakers presented their experiences and thoughts on city and place making, associated experimental architecture, interdisciplinary practice and grassroots urban renewal.
Speakers: Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Julie Eizenberg, Stacie Wong, Peter Rich, Virginia San Fratello, Marc Vlessing, Kieran Wong, Emma Williamson, Rober Besson, Jeremy Till, Julian Bolleter, Clinton Cole, Clare Sowden
Workshops: The Bays, Cave Urban, BTB Architecture, Jiri Lev, COX Architecture, Stewart Hollenstein, Peter Rich Architects, Sydney Architecture Walks, CHROFI, Candelapas Associates, Scale Architecture, Lendlease, Durbach Block Jaggers, CplusC Architectural Workshop, BVN, Architectus, Rena Architects, Lahznimmo Architects, Johnson Pilton Walker, AR-MA, WeLiveHere, Save Our Sirius, Terroir, MADE by Opera House, Miguel Rodriguez Casselas
Agency 2017 explored three sub-themes: Agency to cultivate, Agency to act and Agency to Catalyse. Each Session run across a whole day and was anchored by practitioners and academics from Australia, New Zealand and around the world.
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