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Library Architecture

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

Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT), Surry Hills Library and Community Centre, Sydney, Australia, 2009. Photographer: Andrew Chung. Contributor: FJMT Design Director, Richard Francis-Jones.




Caroline Baum (author and broadcaster): moderator; with architects Ninotschka Titchkosky (BVN – Woollahra Library) and Richard Francis-Jones (FJMT – Surry Hills, Craigeburn Libraries), Suzanne Buljan (Manager of Library and Information Services, City of Sydney), 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.



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  • Tickets are free
  • However, if you book and don't attend your credit card will be charged $25. (Tickets are transferrable if you can't make it).
  • Tickets available September

This ticket covers the two Architecture Words sessions, Words That Made Me: Architects On Reading and Writing A Sense Of Place. This event is booked through SCCI.

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


Richard Francis-Jones

Richard Francis-Jones received his architectural education at the University of Sydney (where he was awarded the University Medal in Architecture) and Columbia University in New York, through an ITT Fellowship. He has led a distinguished architectural career, designing many highly-awarded buildings and winning several international architectural competitions. He is Design Director and the nominated architect of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT), a highly acclaimed practice noted for its commitment to the public domain.

Bunjil Place wins the William Wardell Award for most outstanding work of public architecture in Victoria

Bunjil Place wins The IDA International Design Award for Architecture of the Year

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.

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.

Ninotschka Titchkosky

BVN Principal, strategic champion digital innovation and robotics

BSc(Arch) BArch