2015 UQ Architecture Series

Are you interested in architecture and design thinking?

The UQ Architecture series will bring together forward-thinking architects and provocateurs who are each engaged in the generation of new knowledge, ideas and strategies within the field of architecture. Featuring internationally renowned speakers, the weekly lecture series will provide an opportunity to widen your knowledge base, be inspired and gain valuable insight into the design processes and solutions of the contemporary architect.

Architectural professionals who attend the series will be eligible for 2 formal continuing professional development points (CPD).

Part One


10th March – speaker announcement coming soon
17th March - Callum Fraser, Elenberg Fraser
24th March - Penny Fuller, Silverster Fuller
31st March - Mel Bright, MakeArchitecture

Time: 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start – 7:30pm

Where: The Edge Auditorium, Stanley Place, Cultural Centre, Southbank

Register: Eventbrite 

Part Two


14th April – speaker announcement coming soon
21st April - Michael Rayner, Cox Rayner
28th April - Paul Jones, OMA (HK)
5th May - Eunice Seng - SKEW Collaborative (China)

Time: 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start – 7:30pm

Where: Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library of Queensland

Register: Eventbrite

The UQ Architecture Lecture Series is proudly presented in partnership with the UQ School of Architecture. Register for tickets via Eventbrite.

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Melbourne International Design Week – 2015 Expressions of Interest Now Open

Melbourne International Design Week 2015 is a week-long celebration of design excellence, showcasing the best of design in the State of Victoria and internationally between 11-17 May 2015.

The pinnacle event on Australia’s design calendar, Melbourne International Design Week provides an opportunity to highlight your design capabilities, ideas, products and services.

We encourage you to get involved by submitting an Expression of Interest for a design related activity, including; exhibition, short course, studio tour, installation or party.

To be accepted into the program, the event must:

  • Be unique and clearly design related, or support, build on and/or collaborate with existing programs
  • Occur in Victoria within event dates, 11-17 May 2015

We encourage content that builds collaboration between design disciplines, industry sectors, and the local and international community.

If you would like to get involved, please submit your Expression of Interest to be considered for inclusion in the Melbourne International Design Week 2015 program via the Design Matters Victoria portal.

Inclusion in the 2015 program is free, and all content accepted by Friday 6 February 2015 will be included in the official event guide and extensive marketing campaign.

Visit the website for a preview of the exciting program and participants confirmed so far.

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Auxiliary Design School

In the face of global instability, business today must find new and innovative ways to prosper. Demographic change, new technology and restricted resources have disrupted the marketplace making it far more complex and competitive. Industrial design as a discipline is built on a deep understanding of these disruptors and has the ability to proactively steer business to be prosperous and sustainable on a social, economic and environmental level. With the rising recognition of the value of design comes a greater demand for skilled design practitioners, leaders and entrepreneurs.

As a linchpin in the product development process, the industrial designer must balance not just the disciplines of art and science but also that of business, no matter where in the world they choose to practice. Compared to Europe and the United States, Australia’s product development and manufacturing businesses are small, yet achieve so much with limited resources. This naturally places an immense amount of pressure on the Australian industrial designer. However the gap between education and industry preparedness is growing, as government funding increasingly rewards universities on academic research, not employability.

A new independent product design school, AUXILIARY, a new design school based in The Fabrication Lab at The Edge, State Library of Queensland, is set to educate and engage emerging designers with industry. Built on a unique experiential learning framework, AUXILIARY is more educational agency than university, more studio than class room and more factory workshop than clean room. The 14 week course aims to expose students to AUXILIARY’s extensive design, manufacturing and corporate network, allowing them to produce portfolio design projects using industry leading strategy, practice, process, tools and techniques. Rigorous skills such as sketching, physical model making and CAD will not only ground projects in reality but potentially lead them into further commercial development and production by their industry sponsor. For the inaugural 2015 programme this industry sponsor will be Sunbeam Australia.

AUXILIARY’s co-founders Neil Davidson, Carolyn Yip, Leon Fitzpatrick and Leo Yip share a background and ongoing practice of industrial design, with a combined 40+ years of rigorous experience. While diverse in roles, experiences, clients, companies and global locations, the AUXILIARY team converge at one key point: a deep respect for the importance of a practical, grounded design education. This comes from the belief that design is not a noun – it is not something to be only studied, memorised and analysed via lectured content – rather it is a verb, something that can only be learned from doing.

To find out more about AUXILIARY, visit auxdesignschool.com.au.

Design in Flux Exhibition

Design in Flux is an exhibition about the state of current and future design practice, taking design as an unfinished entity. It features exploratory design work in 2D, 3D, analog and digital media, representing ongoing design research at Queensland College of Art.

The exhibition aims to shed light on the presumptions that lie behind current design processes, and provoke us to think about new ways forward. Each piece sheds light on the current trends in design as well as its steady climb to new heights in the near future.

Date: From 12 January 2015—31 January 2015

Time: Open Monday—Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday—Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Where:  Asia Pacific Design Library, level 2, State Library of Queensland

APDL Connect Project – Call for Proposals

We are giving designers from the Asia Pacific an opportunity to develop and display their work in the Asia Pacific Design Library.

We are seeking proposals for an installation of a new and innovative work that demonstrates connections between Australia and the Asia Pacific region through design. The Asia Pacific Design Lounge—where this installation will be located—is the place to read the latest and greatest design publications, present design proposals, collaborate, research, meet to share and exchange ideas.

Designers are asked to explore the future of one of our key areas of collection — better living, communication, design thinking, fashion, and public places — and reflect on how it can be used to foster connections between the Asia Pacific and Australia. Designers will also be required to provide insight into their design process from concept to completion. In doing so, we hope the project will provide inspiration for our visitors as an exemplar of design in action.

Proposals close at 5pm, Friday 6 March 2015. The successful applicant will work with the Asia Pacific Design Library team to develop their work and have it on display for 12 months from June 2015.

For more information, including details about the Installation Design Brief and and Proposal Requirements, please visit APDL Connect Project – Call For Proposals.

Design Minds PD day with Cooper Hewitt fellow

Learn how design education can help develop creative intelligence and 21st century skills in your classroom!

This new workshop will provide teachers with an interdisciplinary platform to explore design education in their classroom, through teacher-to-teacher dialogue, panel discussion and hands-on participation.

Four panellists from a range of educational, creative and cultural organisations, will present varying perspectives on 21st century approaches to education, as the impetus for teachers to generate future strategies for design as a pedagogical framework.

Terry Deen, who has recently returned from his fellowship at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, will also share his key insights and learnings.

This workshop is suitable for teachers who want to introduce and develop design-based education, be a part of Queensland’s design education community and implement Design Minds in their classroom!

Date: Fri 27 February

Time: 7:30am – 4:00pm

Where: The Edge Auditorium, State Library of Queensland

Ticket: $195, bookings via Eventbrite

Putting STEAM into STEM

Dr Kathy Mackey, Manager of the Queensland Academies, will be undertaking a Smithsonian Fellowship in 2015 as part of her ongoing research into how the cultural and education sectors can partner more effectively in order to influence the development of design thinking as a more explicit form of inquiry based pedagogy across all areas of the curriculum.

The Queensland Academies, as leaders in education for highly capable students in Queensland, engage with a range of cultural and scientific stakeholders as core business. The Queensland Academies Partnerships Online Program for students in years 5 – 9 is based on three interrelated forms of inquiry processes – scientific inquiry, research methodologies and design thinking. Kathy’s Fellowship aims to develop an innovation thinking strategy that combines elements of these process as a new form of contemporary pedagogy that places the role of cultural partners central to this innovation inquiry; thus driving contemporary education discourse in Queensland around STEM into STEAM.

She will investigate key strategies employed by the Smithsonian Centre for Learning and Digital Access, their particular charter of partnerships between museums and education and the innovative communication platforms they use to reach larger regional audiences. Her Fellowship will focus on the effectiveness of professional development opportunities that draw on cultural capital and how classroom teachers use their experiences of museum engagement to drive innovation inquiry in the classroom.

She will undertake this project by  participating in, analysing and evaluating SCLDA’s teacher professional development and other programs including SPARK!LAB at the Lemelson Centre for Innovation and Invention for relevance to the Queensland setting. She will also be co-facilitating student web conferences within the Queensland Academies Partnerships online framework. Her involvement will focus on innovation thinking as a pedagogical driver through a range of transdisciplinary projects that will draw from Smithsonian’s collections in Art, Science and Design.

These projects will also make reference to the history of photography and mapping and its relationship to global conflict given the context of the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. Her research will track a though line via the processes utilised by early 20th century photographers in the field as well as the messages within the images themselves.

Kathy is particularly interested in making contact with teachers in regional areas who would like to be involved as the project as it goes live between April and July 2015.


Book Review – Nurturing Dreams: Collected Essays on Architecture and The City by Fumihiko Maki

Celebrated architect Fumihiko Maki has put together a collection of his own essays that document the evolution of architectural modernism and his fifty-year intellectual journey in his tome Nurturing Dreams.

In this book, Maki has brought to his writings on architecture a perspective that is both global and uniquely Japanese. Born in Tokyo, educated in Japan and the United States, and principal of an internationally acclaimed architectural practice, Maki has been at the forefront of his profession for decades, thus providing each essay with an overarching sense of personal and professional recollection and reflection. Throughout the text, Maki reflects on his observations of Tokyo as a child, his exposure to modern architecture and his memories of certain buildings, which reveals his strength as a sharp observer and his tendency towards mild retrospective nostalgia. In addition, each essay deals with an issue that concerned him from early in his career until today.

Describing the content of his book, Maki says “This collection of essays is intended to be a meaningful-if incomplete- presentation of thoughts on cities and architecture that I myself have seen and experience over the past half-century.”

There are 21 essays organised into four parts: Formative Years, Collective Form, On The City, On Architects and Architecture. They are not arranged chronologically, but in groups that indicated Maki’s priorities among issues. Formative Years concerns his own life experience from the 1950s to the early 1960s, including his decision to study architecture to the opening of his own practice. His personal history is interwoven into a discussion about his participation with the avant-garde movement called Metabolism – the post-war Japanese architectural movement that fused ideas about architectural megastructures with those of organic biological growth. Collective Form includes Maki’s studies during his early years on the relationship between architecture and the city, which he says have inspired and guided much of his work as a architect. On The City is a much more direct look at the city, and Maki presents a group of essays that describe and analyse qualities of urban form, organization and perception. Much of these were originally published in Japanese but now appear for the first time in English translation. The final chapter looks closely at the theme of modernism, especially modernism in Japan.

Maki’s collection of essays in Nurturing Dreams are selected to appeal to practicing architects, to students and scholars of modern architecture and urban theory, as well as to a general audience of readers. We are very lucky to have a signed copy by Fumihiko Maki in our Design Lounge, which you can find in the Asia Pacific Design Library, level 2 of State Library of Queensland.

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Book Review – Happy: Creating joyous living spaces through design by Amanda Talbot

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and the end of human existence.” – Aristotle, Ethics.

Can design help us lead a happy life? In this thought-provoking tome, author Amanda Talbot immerses herself in the science and psychology behind the concept of ‘happy design’. Throughout the pages of Happy, Amanda shows us that thoughtful design can contribute to growing confidence, boosting optimism, reducing stress, improving relationships and helping to conquer negative thoughts. She demonstrates how architecture and interior design at their best can make us safer, healthier, more efficient, enlightened and productive – all contributing to a fundamental sense of wellbeing. She reveals how designers and architects are striving to understand the complexities of what makes us happy, and creating intelligent, joyous living spaces that speak to our hearts as much as to our heads, through strategic planning and execution and by using carefully chosen colours, textures, quality of materials and finishes.

The book brims with ideas. As well as interviews with designers and home owners and rich inspirational images, it also features case studies, checklists, reflections and up-to-the-minute research. Happy is divided into 15 chapters; About Happiness, Colour, Communal Living, Downtime, Edit, Flow, Humour, Lighting, Location, Memories, Nature, Order, Play, Senses and Spontaneity. If you’re intrigued to learn more and do a bit of your own research, Amanda has put together a comprehensive list of sources, from references on colour and some background information on happiness, to humour, flow and lighting.

 This book is for anyone who is looking to give their home a 2015 New Year spring clean, renovate, decorate or rethink. Amanda has set out to give you the ideas and inspiration needed to make your house the happiest place you have ever lived in. After reading this you’ll be challenged to take stock and start down the path to creating our own happy home. 

If you’re feeling inspired to read this book, Happy, you can find it in our Design Lounge, level 2 of the State Library of Queensland.

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2014 in review… As APDL prepares to turn five in 2015!

As my first five months as Manager clicks over, and we head into the celebratory year that APDL turns five, I thought it was timely to stop for a minute, check in, remind us of the amazing year that was, and look ahead to exciting things to come for the Asia Pacific Design Library community in 2015!

We are grateful for your continued support and engagement in 2014, which has allowed the APDL to again expand its reach and the services that we offer and create together. We hope that, after a restful and reflective holiday, you are again ready to help us grow bigger and better in 2015. We’ll present the usual favourites, some new additions to the Design Pulse and Design Minds calendars, and hopefully broaden our regional scope – so lots to look forward to!

Where did 2014 go? Let’s look back on some of the highlights, achievements and experiences from the past year:


  • Design Minds launches 2 new Graphics Toolkits created in collaboration with Smith Family Partnership Brokers & Hames Sharley Architects
  • 20-21 Design Minds launches the first of its Little Designer Workshops – Little Designer: Placemaking


  • 19-20 Design MindsGraphics PD Days


  • 3 Design MindsGraphics PD Day, Townsville
  • A Space for Spirituality: Dutton Park Community House student exhibition features in Kuril Dhagan
  • 25 2014 UQ Architecture Lecture Series commences
  • 30 UR{BNE} Films: The City Dark Event as part of UR{BNE} Festival


  • 7 APDL attended DIA Vision Function
  • 30 Design Minds Introduction to Design Thinking in Education PD Day


  • 21 2014 UQ Architecture Lecture Series wraps up for another successful year with the first ever regional event in Townsville!


  • 5 APDL Manager interviews
  • 18 APDL Online Content Coordinator interviews
  • 19 Christian Duell farewells SLQ as APDL Manager and jets off to Iceland!


  • 1 DIA Dialogues Forum 1
  • Ashley Tucker joins the team as the new APDL Online Content Coordinator
  • Terry Deen commences his 2014 Fellowship at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York
  • 9 Hot Modernism Exhibition opens at SLQ
  • 18 QUT Adspace Challenge 2014 commences in conjunction with QUT Faculty of Business, ATOM and the Communication Council
  • 22 International Journal Design and Technology Education publishes (Duell, Wright & Roxburgh, 2014) article on Design Minds
  • 25-27 Design Minds Little Designers: Typography workshop as part of Out of the Box Festival


  • Chenoa Pettrup attends Open Set Dutch Graphic Design Summer School
  • 5 Natalie Wright joins the team as the new APDL Manager
  • 5 DIA Dialogues Forum 2
  • 11 APDL visits Kelvin Grove State College for White Shirt Fashion Workshop with QUT’s Dean Brough
  • 14 Natalie guest MC at DIA Queensland Branch AGM
  • 26 Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival lecture


  • 16 DIA Dialogues Forum 3
  • 17 Natalie judges HIA/DIA Interior Design and Decoration Regional & State Awards
  • 18 Living City 2014 Design Minds Workshop with Kelvin Grove State College and Brisbane City Council
  • 19 APDL attends Creative3 Forum


  • 5 Terry Deen returns from his Cooper Hewitt Fellowship in New York
  • 6 APDL turns 4 and we celebrate with the SLQ CEO and birthday cake in the Design Lounge
  • 7 AIA Gold Medal Lecture at SLQ Auditorium
  • 9 APDL represents Design Minds at Schools Connect Australia ‘Building a Culture for Partnering’ Workshop
  • 14 Paul Pholeros Think Outside Masterclass and Think Outside 2014: Identity + Society Forum 1
  • 16 Architecture Media’s landscape architecture Siteseeing Exhibition commences in Design Lounge
  • 16-18 APDL hosts inaugural AILA Forecast Festival of Landscape Architecture
  • 20 APDL facilitates Design Minds Workshop at Dept Education & Training Teacher Librarian PD day – Creating Future Libraries Conference
  • 28 Natalie attends book launch and features in QUT 2014 Design Led Innovation The Beginnings End
  • 30 APDL hosts DIA National AGM in Design Lounge


  • 1 Object: Australian Design Centre’s CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade Exhibition opens at SLQ
  • 5 Think Outside 2014: Identity + Economy Forum as part of G20 Cultural Celebrations Program
  • 7-8 APDL hosts 105 year 5/6/7 students at Design Minds 2 Day CityWorkshop as part of G20 Cultural Celebrations Program
  • 9 Design Minds 2 Day City Workshop Exhibition as part of G20 Cultural Celebrations Program
  • 17 Artisan’s Tinker Tailor Solider Sailor final exhibition commences in Design Lounge
  • 28-30 APDL supports the QCA Showcase Exhibition


  • 5 APDL hosts UQ merge Graduate Architecture Exhibition
  • 11 APDL attends ‘Auxiliary’ Opening
  • 18 Natalie participates in Artisan’s Burst Open: Open Exchange Panel Discussion on open source design at IMA
  • Design Minds launches School & Community Partnerships Toolkit created in collaboration with Smith Family Partnership Brokers

More and more to come in 2015! We are so excited to share the year ahead with you and can’t wait to see old faces and new at APDL!

- Natalie Wright, Asia Pacific Design Library Manager

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