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Library Architecture

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday 20 October 2018

BVN, Woollahra Library, Sydney, Australia, 2017. Photographer: John Gollings. Contributor: BVN Principal, Ninotschka Titchkosky


Caroline Baum (author and broadcaster): moderator; with architects Ninotschka Titchkosky (BVN – Woollahra Library) and Elizabeth Carpenter (FJMT – Surry Hills, Craigeburn Libraries), and specialist library interior designer Cecilia Kugler (CK Design International).

Libraries are having a high-visibility cultural moment as community hubs and centres of cultural, intellectual and social activity – a nexus where the local and global, the physical and the digital meet. While retaining their traditional function as a space for quiet reading, research and scholarship, libraries are now a meeting place, a conduit to global digital information, and even a home for ‘makerspaces’ where people gather to produce handmade objects. In this session, leading architects and information specialists explore the 'renaissance' of the library as a vibrant cultural institution and discuss challenges and innovations in library design to meet evolving community needs.


Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) gratefully acknowledges BVN for its generous support of women professionals' participation in SCCI Architecture Hub 2018, helping ensure greater than 50% representation.



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Library Architecture
Saturday 20 October 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
SCCI 20 Goodhope Street Paddington


Caroline Baum

Journalist Caroline Baum is the author of ONLY: A Singular Memoir. She writes about culture and aspects of contemporary life for the Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald and other publications. She is the Inaugural Reader in Residence at the State Library of NSW and has a longstanding personal interest in contemporary architecture.

Ninotschka Titchkosky

BVN Principal, strategic champion digital innovation and robotics

BSc(Arch) BArch

Ninotschka is a Principal of BVN and Strategic Champion of Digital Innovation and Robotics. She is interested in future scenarios and possibilities that can emerge through a project that have global currency. She is passionate about the role architects play in shaping our interactions, communities and cities and continually seeks to effect change through projects. Ninotschka is interested in the changing nature of architectural practice and the potential for new ways of engaging in the design and construction process. She is leading BVN’s research into robotics, which explores live site collaborations with the robot using woven carbon fibre systems. Her most recent projects are the rebuilding of the heart of the campus at ANU, Canberra with 6 new buildings, two of which are timber buildings under construction with fully pre-fabricated facades and a new STEM school for 2000 students. Ninotschka’s work has been recognised through numerous awards nationally and internationally including a RIBA International Award and a World Architecture Award commendation. Ninotschka is a member of the AIA, a Registered Architect in NSW and VIC, Nominated Architect in NSW 9356.

Elizabeth Carpenter

Managing Principal

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours. She has extensive professional experience in Australia and south east Asia having led many multi-award winning projects for both public and private clients. Her ability to successfully move between various typologies allows her to operate across a wide span of projects, including educational, museums, performing arts complexes, residential and commercial. Elizabeth acts as the Managing Principal, Discipline Head – Architecture, and Studio Leader of the Sydney studio.

Elizabeth was awarded the 2014 University of Sydney Alumni Award for Professional Achievement and the 2005 NAWIC (Australia) Stockland Award for Achievement in Design. Highly-respected within the profession, she continues her involvement in education through her role as guest critic, juror and tutor at various Universities and institutions as well as championing gender equality in Architecture. She is currently serving a two-year term in the NSW AIA Chapter Council.

Cecilia Kugler

Cecilia Kugler B.A. is the founder and director of CK Design International (1999); an Interior Architecture and Design firm focusing on planning and designing libraries, education and community facilities. These typologies are often merging, and their social importance is at the core of the firm’s values.

With over 90 library and community projects completed over the past 30 years, Cecilia is focused on the user’s experience, working closely with stakeholders to improve operations, find efficiencies and achieve cost effective solutions for projects large and small. CKDI projects have received recognition and awards for Interior Design and Sustainability, such as Katoomba Library and Rockdale Library & Customer Centre.

Cecilia Kugler B.A. (Int. Des) UTS (SCA). In the 1980s the interior architecture course was offered by Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) in their School of Design (they also had a School of Arts). During Kugler’s 4th year SCA was split, the School of Design merged with UTS and School of Arts joined Sydney University inheriting the name Sydney College of the Arts.

Cecilia has presented at many national and international conferences on library design and contributed chapters to various publications for IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations).


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