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SCCI Architecture Hub Weekend

In partnership with SCCI: Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas, we invite you to the Architecture Hub Weekend.

Across the weekend, join leading figures from Australia’s built environment community to explore forward-thinking approaches to addressing urban, rural and regional architectural needs.

With a focus on historic structures and their contemporary re-imaginings, learn about climate-positive residential design, bold large-scale infrastructural visions and compassionate small-scale architectural interventions.

Bundle tickets are available or pick your favourite talks from the programme listed below.

SCCI Fashion and Architecture Hubs in London are supported by the UK/Australia Season Patrons, the British Council, the Australian Government and Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22.

Please note that the keynote and talks will happen in person at the Design Museum and won't be live-streamed or recorded.

Isabelle Toland, Aileen Sage The Pool Venice, Photo by Brett Boardman

Cameron Bruhn's Book 'MMXX: Two Decades of Architecture in Australia'

John McAslan, Sydney Central Station, Photo by Martin Mischkulnig

William Smart, SDS 1202 Indigo Slam 125 Pool

Carmody Groarke, British Library Archive

Mark Jacques, Openwork

David Kaunitz, Biripi Clinic, photo by Brett Boardman

Andrew Burns, Australia House 5, Photo by Brett Boardman

Nikos Kalogeropoulos, New Acton, John Avery Gardens in Canberra

Phillip Rossington, Pitt St hotel, Central Station Precinct

Don Cameron, 'Untitled Desk with Drawer (frontal) Translations 2022

The Programme

Opening Keynote: MMXX: Australian Architecture

In this keynote address, Professor Cameron Bruhn, author of 'MMXX: Two Decades Of Architecture In Australia', will be in conversation with Head of Curatorial and Interpretation Priya Khanchandani. This talk opens the weekend of events and introduces us to Australia’s transformation into an architectural destination over the past twenty years.

Location: Bakala Auditorium

Historic Sites and Contemporary Access

The SCCI Architecture Hub panel series kicks off by exploring how everything old is new again. Discover how Australian innovators are bringing contemporary architectural custodianship to historic structures across the region and beyond, in Historic Sites and Contemporary Access. Moderated by Stephen Todd (Design Editor of the Australian Financial Review, Creative Director of Sydney Design Week) with Kevin Carmody (professor and architect founder of Carmody Groarke) and Isabelle Toland (architect and Co-founder of Aileen Sage).

Location: Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery

The Regional Reimagined

This panel conversation will take you from the coast to the desert, up mountain ranges and down rainforests, to explore how regional locations have become the backbone of Australian infrastructural development. Moderated by Professor Cameron Bruhn with Andrew Burns (architect founder of Andrew Burns Architecture), Ka Wai Yeung (architect co-founder of Kaunitz Yeung Architecture) and Phillip Nielsen (architect co-Director of Regional Design Service).

Location: Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery

Keynote: Australia–UK Connections

In this keynote, British architect John McAslan presents his future-perfect vision for Sydney and Australia’s largest transport infrastructure program, Sydney Central. Its architectural reimagining is poised to regenerate the urban fabric of Australia’s biggest city. McAslan appears in conversation with SCCI Global Emissary, Dolla Merrillees.

Location: Bakala Auditorium

Design For Difference

How can architects shape social change? Join a panel conversation moderated by Phillip Rossington (architect and principal for BVN) with David Kaunitz (architect co-founder of Kaunitz Yeung Architecture) and Isabelle Toland (architect co-founder of Aileen Sage Architects) to investigate how Australian architects embrace the experimental and the inventive to ask more of their buildings, themselves, and us all.

Location: Bakala Auditorium

Elevated Interiors

In this panel, the speakers will explore how designers are broadening how we think about interior space and will discuss their aesthetics and ethics in architectural spaces. Join a revealing conversation moderated by Stephen Todd (Design Editor of the Australian Financial Review, Creative Director of Sydney Design Week), featuring Carolyn Jackson (Head of Creative at Aesop) and William Smart (Creative Director founder of Smart Design Studio).

Location: Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery

Private Lives and Public Spaces

With Australia’s growing population and the scarcity of building stock, this panel will ask how architects, landscape architects, developers and master planners are addressing the question of impending densification to put roofs over more and more heads. Hear from architect Mark Jacques (urban designer, landscape architect founder of Openwork and Professor at RMIT University) and Nikos Kalogeropoulos (Director and co-owner of Molonglo Group) on this urgent conversation moderated by Dolla Merrillees (writer, curator and cultural producer).

Location: Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery

Designers, Artists and Artisans

In this closing panel, we will celebrate the built environment as the work of many hands. In the Australian approach to designing the interior space, new forms of collaboration have taken root, flourishing across art, industrial design, film, textiles and beyond. Join Stephen Todd (Design Editor of the Australian Financial Review, Creative Director of Sydney Design Week), Don Cameron (director, designer and artist) and Brodie Neill (designer) to explore new ways of working.

Location: Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery

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Booking information

You can book a bundle ticket for Saturday and Sunday talks, or book individual talks listed above.


Friday keynote: £5

Individual talk: £5 each

Bundle ticket (All Saturday + Sunday talks, excludes Friday keynote): £15

Bundle ticket + Friday keynote: £20

Members go free

Our members enjoy free entry to all exhibitions, exclusive events, and discounts in the shop and café.

About The Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI)

SCCI is a Hub series fashioned as the newest evolution of the re-named Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF, 2008-2017). SCCI launched in April 2018 with its inaugural Fashion and Architecture Hubs, returning in 2019 with highly acclaimed programming. The Foundation’s deliberately intimate and high-impact events explore intersections with these disciplines and the cultural, social, aesthetic and economic life of contemporary Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

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A weekend of talks with thinkers, makers and designers in fashion and wearable applied arts present Australia's fashion and future trends in textile innovation, raw materials and garment construction and their impact on art, politics, international diplomacy, commerce, education and speculative futures.

Background image: PAMS Healthcare Hub, Newman Courtyard, by David Kaunitz, Robert Frith Acorn Photography.