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Hearing Architecture

Hearing Architecture is a podcast featuring professionals from within the built environment, sharing what they do, and why it's important. In this podcast, we'll be interviewing architects, builders, and designers from around Australia who will tell us about the work they are doing to improve our cities and neighbourhoods.

Tracks

Rory Hyde - Learning architecture
Our guest in this episode is architectural critic, writer and educator, Rory Hyde. Rory is an associate professor of architecture, curatorial design and practice at the University of Melbourne. After working in architectural practice, Rory’s career has excelled in many areas connected or adjacent to traditional practice. In this interview, Rory shares his thoughts on architecture career pathways, the importance of doing things other than architecture that broaden our experiences and understanding of the world, the place of passion projects in an architect's career, and how some side projects become main projects. This interview is conducted by Nicole Mesquita-Mendes, the 2022 National SONA President based in Queensland.
38:47 09/12/2022
Louise Wallis - Learning architecture
Our guest in this episode is architectural educator Dr Louise Wallis from the University of Tasmania. Louise is an architectural education specialist and chair of the School of Architecture and Designs learning and teaching committee. In this interview, Louise shares how complex the education of architects is, the progressive consolidation of architecture competencies within education curriculums, and the advancements in education delivery such as the development of cadetship or apprenticeship architecture courses in the UK. This interview is conducted by Nicole Mesquita-Mendes, the 2022 National SONA President based in Queensland.
61:06 09/08/2022
Lindsay and Kerry Clare - Learning architecture
Our guests in this episode are registered architects and educators Lindsay and Kerry Clare. Lindsay and Kerry are directors of the award-winning practice Clare Design based in Queensland, and in 2010 won the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, particularly for their work in the advancement of architecture. Lindsay and Kerry share the story of the organic opening of their office, the way they like to educate by doing, and also share how a student can extend the experience outside of university hours. This interview is conducted by Nicole Mesquita-Mendes who is the 2022 National SONA President based in Queensland.
45:15 09/05/2022
Shaneen Fantin and Belinda Allwood - Sustainability and Tech
Our guests in this episode are architect Shaneen Fantin and Belinda Allwood, directors of People Oriented Design based in Cairns in North Queensland. In this interview, Shaneen and Belinda share how green technology works in the tropical climate of Queensland, the importance of material selection with regards to durability, and how computer modelling and understanding shade and prevailing winds are vitally important in the warmer climate that’s omnipresent in the northern parts of Australia. This interview is conducted by Callum Senjov, an EmAGN representative based in Queensland.
43:54 09/01/2022
Tristan Morgan - Sustainability and Tech
Our guest in this episode is designer, researcher and educator Tristan Morgan from Aurecon. In this interview, Tristan speaks about digital tools that can be enabled within homes, what some of the opportunities and barriers are concerning automation, and some of the projects that exemplify computational design at Aurecon at the moment. This interview is conducted by Ryan Berut, an EmAGN representative based in Western Australia.
39:31 08/29/2022
Jacqui Mills - Sustainability and Tech
Our guest in this episode is alternate energy specialist Jacqui Mills. Jacqui is an Energy Engineer and head of New Energy at Clipsal Solar. Before working at Clipsal, Jacqui was the virtual power plant lead at the Australian Energy Market Operator, which manages electricity and gas systems and markets across Australia. In this interview, Jacqui shares how adding solar to people's homes affects the grid, how large and small-scale batteries are being integrated into the overall energy system, and how important energy efficiency is to a home before solar and batteries are added. This interview is conducted by Daniel Moore, an EmAGN representative based in Victoria.
38:31 08/25/2022
Stephen Choi - Sustainability and Tech
Our guest in this episode is Stephen Choi. Stephen is a UK-qualified Project Architect and Australian-qualified Project Manager. He co-founded the not-for-profit environmental building consultancy, Architecture for Change, and has been a long-time ambassador for the Living Future Institute in Australia. In this interview, Stephen shares what the Living Building Challenge is, the importance of buying products that are either local or being produced ethically, and he talks about some of the fantastic initiatives behind the Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre, which has been certified as one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. This interview is conducted by Hilary Duff, an EmAGN representative based in Victoria.
39:45 08/22/2022
Kevin Hui - The Grand Tour
Our guest in this episode is an architectural educator and co-founder of archimarathon, Kevin Hui. Kevin has organised architectural tours all around the world for two decades, and as an educator and architecture lover, knows that to understand and appreciate architecture truly, people have to go and visit buildings in the flesh. Kevin shares how construction becomes less cryptic when visiting buildings in person, how much planning and preparation goes into an archimarathon tour, and how Kevin has opened a studio next to Austin Maynard Architects in Melbourne where students can truly experience how architecture takes place in a working architecture office. This interview is conducted by Daniel Moore, an EmAGN representative based in Victoria.
45:38 08/18/2022
Bonnie Herring - The Grand Tour
Our guest in this episode is Bonnie Herring from Breathe Architecture. Bonnie is the director of architecture and sustainability at Breathe and was the project architect of The Commons, which was the precursor to the groundbreaking sustainable apartment development model, Nightingale Housing. Bonnie participated in the Dulux Study Tour in 2015, where she visited Japan, Paris, and the UK. In this interview, Bonnie shares how intense the reporting and reflection during the Dulux Study Tour was, the difference between studying buildings in books at university compared to experiencing buildings in person, and the sustainable learning outcomes Bonnie gained while visiting extra-large scale projects as well as at famous architecture studios. This interview is conducted by Daniel Moore, an EmAGN representative based in Victoria.
47:33 08/15/2022
Ben Peake - The Grand Tour
Our guest in this episode is Ben Peake from Carter Williamson Architects. Ben was the recipient of the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship in 2014 and participated in the Dulux Study Tour in 2019. In this interview, Ben shares how taking part in a travelling scholarship while he was still studying opened doors to the profession of architecture, how experiencing buildings overseas in person has impacted his design work now, and how the relationships he established on the deluxe study tour are still essential for him to today. This interview was conducted by Sally Hsu, an EmAGN representative based in New South Wales.
35:34 08/12/2022
Dino Vrynios - The Grand Tour
Our guest in this episode was the recipient of the National and South Australian 2021 emerging architect prize, Dino Vrynios. Dino is an architect and director of Das Studio based in South Australia, founded by his wife and business partner, Sara Horstmann, in 2018. In this interview, Dino shares his experience travelling overseas via the Jack Hobbs McConnel Travel Fellowship, how Dino’s trip informed his decision to start the modular construction consultancy MDLR, and how travelling was a clear milestone in Dino’s career that clarified what he wanted in his career. This interview is conducted by Renata Gabara, an EmAGN representative based in South Australia.
52:07 08/08/2022
Milot Zeqiri and Brittany Gribben - Public engagement
Our guest in this episode is Milot Zeqiri and Brittany Gribben. Neither Milot nor Brittany are architects but they are the founders of a new web-based platform that helps the public find and connect with great architects in Australia and New Zealand. In this interview, we hear about their experience getting their own house built that lead them to create the platform, how ArchiPro aims to use the power of graphic design and clear communication to promote architect’s skills and services beautifully, how using an architect can save time and money, and how D.I.Y. information on the web can mislead people about how to get high quality and well-considered buildings. This interview is conducted by Daniel Moore, an EmAGN representative based in Victoria.
41:34 08/04/2022
Rachael Bernstone - Public Enagagement
Our guest in this episode is Rachael Bernstone. Rachael is a journalist, editor and communications advisor to architects, who has specialised in communicating about architecture and sustainable design for over 20 years. In 2016, Rachael founded the consulting agency “Sounds Like Design” to help architects communicate in a way that brings in more of their ideal clients and projects. In this interview, Rachael talks about the similarities between filmmaking and architecture, how Rachael delivers marketing, business development, and CPD services in the architecture profession, and the importance of communicating effectively, so an architecture firm’s vision is accessible and understood to the public. This interview is conducted by Kimberely Hui, an EmAGN representative based in Victoria.
57:49 08/01/2022
Elizabeth Farrelly - Public Engagement
Our guest in this episode is Elizabeth Farrelly, who, although not being a registered architect, has had a prolific career contributing to the architecture profession through many disciplines. Elizabeth is an author, journalist, critic, educator and former public servant for the City of Sydney. In this interview, Elizabeth shares her incidental entry into the study of architecture, her thoughts on architecture criticism in public media outlets, the importance of getting “placemaking” right in Australian cities, and Elizabeth also expands on some of the themes in her latest book “Killing Sydney”, which addresses some of the significant issues of expedited development in Australia’s biggest metropolis. This interview is conducted by Sally Hsu, an EmAGN representative based in New South Wales.
46:55 07/28/2022
Tim Ross - Public Engagement
Our guest in this episode is one of Australian architect's greatest champions, modernist fanatic and comedian Tim Ross. In 2019 Tim was awarded the National President’s Prize, where the jury said, “Tim is one of our industry’s most passionate activists and champions. Not only has he raised the profile of heritage and design in general, he also promotes Australian architecture in his unique voice in popular culture”. In this interview, Tim shares why he started his performance tour “Man About House” staged in significant residential architecture, how Tim uses his unique experience and narratives to connect almost anyone to the Australian built environment, and how buildings say something important about the time in which they were built in. This interview is conducted by Daniel Moore, who is an EmAGN representative based in Victoria, and Sally Hsu, who is an EmAGN representative based in New South Wales.
48:48 07/26/2022
Scott Verdouw - Empathy in architecture
Our guest in this episode is Scott Verdouw from Jaws Architects, based in Tasmania. Scott is a registered architect and has practised architecture in Tasmania and Europe, with much of Scott's work being located in remote places that require sensitive responses and minimal impact. Scott shares how they approach accepting sensitive commissions from their clients, what Jaw’s went through working on the public accommodation huts on the Three Capes Track in the Tasman Peninsula National Park, and how the discussion and debate that takes place during a contentious project is part of a healthy design process. This interview is conducted by Abby Hibberd, who is an EmAGN representative based in Tasmania.
34:38 07/21/2022
Tania Davidge and Christine Philips - Empathy and architecture
Our guests in this episode are Tania Davidge and Christine Philips who are based in Victoria. Tania and Christine have been involved in multiple campaigns highlighting when the public should be better engaged and recognised in developing the built environment. Tania and Christine share some stories about revealing the difficulties of navigating the city through the “Urban Tactility” program with Open House Melbourne, working with Indigenous communities designing for country with RMIT, and the importance of listening and action for underrepresented groups. This interview was conducted by Kimberley Hui who is an EmAGN representative based in Victoria.
45:21 07/18/2022
Sean Godsell - Empathy in architecture
Our guest in this episode is Sean Godsell from Sean Godsell Architects, based in Victoria. Sean is one of Australia’s most celebrated architects who won the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2022 for his contribution to the profession. In this interview, Sean shares what he went through designing projects for people without housing, how producing these projects provoked conversation and debate around the associated issues of housing people in need, and how working on the smaller projects affected the design of some of Sean’s larger public projects. This interview is conducted by Hilary Duff who is an EmAGN representative based in Victoria.
42:02 07/14/2022
Sarah Paddick - Empathy in architecture
Our guest in this episode is Sarah Paddick from Total Space Design based in South Australia. Sarah shares how she became a specialist in the design of security architecture working on buildings that include prisons, what considerations go into the design for criminals and the staff that monitor them, and how prison design has evolved to increase the efficacy of what these buildings are meant to achieve. This interview is conducted by Renata Gebara who is an EmAGN representative based in South Australia.
59:41 07/11/2022
Fred Holt - Unbuilt Projects
Our guest in this episode is Fred Holt from 3XN Architects. 3XN Architects is a multi-national architecture firm with its head office in Copenhagen Denmark, and Fred is a partner in their Sydney studio. 3XN also has a sustainability and research arm to their studio called GXN where they rethink architecture, spaces, and materials. Fred shares with us how 3XN approaches their built and unbuilt projects, how 3XN integrates their research work into their architectural services, and how the Australian architecture market compares to the speculative and competition work taking place overseas. This interview is conducted by Sally Hsu who is an EmAGN representative based in New South Wales. 
32:29 07/07/2022
Kathrine Vand - Unbuilt Projects
Our guest in this episode is Katherine Vand who is a graduate of architecture who at the time of recording was working at Core Collective Architects in Tasmania. Kat, and her beautiful Danish accent, received an honourable mention in the 2022 Architecture Australia Unbuilt Prize for her project “A Rare Relation” an interpretation centre for the Antarctic heritage of Tasmania. Kat shares with us why she chose to submit her project to the competition, what she went through designing the project in her final year of university, and why it’s important that architects and the public get exposure to unbuilt projects and the ideas behind them. This interview was conducted by Abby Hibberd who is an EmAGN representative based in Tasmania. 
47:35 07/04/2022
Anna Jankovic and Andre Bonnice - Unbuilt Projects
Our guest in this episode is Anna Jankovic and Andre Bonnice from the speculative architecture practice Simulaa. Anna and Andre are registered architects and academics who designed a project for the NGV Architecture Commission as part of the environmentally regenerative movement “A New Normal” called Gas Stack. Even though their submission didn’t win the commission, their unbuilt design won the 2022 Architecture Australia Prize for Unbuilt Work. Anna and Andre share what they built into the design of Gas Stack, how working on speculative projects contributes to their emerging practice, and how design research and teaching allow an architecture practice to investigate and explore ideas that might not be possible at the same scale in practice. This interview was conducted by Max Leegal Wight who is an EmAGN representative based in Victoria.
46:05 06/30/2022
Peter Edwards - Unbuilt Projects
Our guest in this episode is Peter Edwards from Archipelago Architects based in Queensland. Peter is a registered architect and director of Archipelago Architects, a practice that works across all scales from city-making through to small multi-residential projects. Philip shares his thoughts on the unrealised potential of unbuilt projects, how the new city of Brisbane interfaces with country and its indigenous culture, and how people design differently with regards to reformed legislation, such as liquor licence changes, or destroyed buildings, such as Notre Dame, and they’re forced to look at existing conditions differently. This interview is conducted by Bridie O’Toole who is an EmAGN representative based in Queensland.
68:25 06/27/2022
Philip Vivian - Unbuilt Projects
Our guest in this episode is Philip Vivian from Bates Smart Architects. Philip is a registered architect and director of Bates Smart at their New South Wales office who has worked on some of the practice's largest urban growth projects. In this episode, Philip shares the different types of unbuilt work that Bates Smart take on, why the practice has taken on some of these projects as pro bono projects, and how projects focused on a vision of the future can help inspire governments to make our built environment better. This interview is conducted by Sally Hsu who is an EmAGN representative based in New South Wales.
48:33 06/23/2022
Meaghan White - Gender Gap
Our guest in this episode is Meaghan White. Meaghan is a registered architect and director of Meaghan White Architects based in Western Australia. Meaghan shares some of her difficult experiences as a young female architect developing her skills in large practices, how having children changed her approach to residential architecture, and how specialising in architecture can be freeing when you know what you want. This interview is conducted by Aileen Chew and Ryan Berut who are EmAGN representatives based in Western Australia.
28:32 06/20/2022
Brian Clohessy - Gender Gap
Our guest in this episode is Brian Clohessy from BVN Architects in New South Wales. Brian is a registered architect and head of people and character at BVN leading the development of the practice’s vision, strategy and structure for all things people-related. Brian shares how BVN approach the issues of gender equity within their practice, how leaders and staff should talk about their capabilities, competencies and skills, and how mental health can be affected by career progression. This interview is conducted by Sally Hsu who is an EmAGN representative based in New South Wales.
43:01 06/16/2022
Jess Murphy - Gender Gap
Our guest in this episode is Doctor Jess Murphy who is the convenor of the Champions of Change architecture group, which was formed in 2015 to address the acute underrepresentation of women in the senior levels of the architecture profession at the time. The Architecture Group now has 14 practices actively participating to increase the representation and influence of women at the highest levels of the profession. Jess shares how important it is for practices to be transparent about what’s happening with regards to gender equity, the change that can come from formal and informal leadership, and the effect that the systems inherent in architecture have on people that lead to so many people leaving the profession. The interview is conducted by Sally Hsu who is an EmAGN representative based in New South Wales.
43:57 06/13/2022
Ellen Buttrose - Gender Gap
Our guest in this episode is Ellen Buttrose who is a registered architect and associate with People Oriented Design in Cairns, working across the diverse climate and cultures of Queensland and the Torres Strait. In 2020, Ellen was the recipient of the Emerging Architect State prize in Queensland for her work that brings a local lens to global issues including climate change, indigenous empowerment and housing affordability. Ellen shares what informed her choice to become an architect, rising to the occasion as a woman in architecture, and how the progression of women in architecture has highlighted the issues of work/life balance. This interview is conducted by Bridie O’Toole who is an EmAGN representative based in Queensland.
36:50 06/09/2022
Naomi Stead - Gender Gap
Our guest in this episode is an architectural academic, critic, and advocate Naomi Stead. At the time of recording, Naomi was the Director of the Design and Creative  Practice Enabling Capability Platform at RMIT in Melbourne. Naomi was also a founding member of Parlour, one of the most successful research-led community groups that focus on the active exchange on women, equity, and architecture in Australia. Naomi shares the origins of Parlour, mental wellbeing in the architecture profession, the issues facing architecture education and making sure architecture graduates are prepared for practice. This interview is conducted by Kimberley Hui who is an EmAGN representative based in Victoria.
32:59 06/06/2022
Keith Westbrook - Relationships with clients
Our guest in this episode is Keith Westbrook who is a registered architect and director of Cumulus Studio which have their Head Quarters based in Tasmania. We caught up with Keith just after he arrived back from the 2022 Dulux Study Tour where he spent two weeks travelling around Australia visiting some of the country's best projects and successful practices. Keith shares his experience of working with repeat clients, developing a shared understanding with a client when they return, and growing a client's confidence after proving that an architect can successfully deliver bold architectural choices.
35:14 06/02/2022