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Modern Architecture: The Sydney School (sold out)

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Thursday 18 October 2018

Smart Design Studio, Indigo Slam, Chippendale, Australia, 2016. Photographer: David Roche. Contributor: Smart Design Studio, Founder and Creative Director, William Smart

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With Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) President Ken Maher (former principal of HASSELL Studio); design historian and curator of 20th century Australian interior design and decoration Catriona Quinn; and practising architect William Smart (Smart Design Studio).

Deeply influenced by European emigré architects and designers, a group of young Sydney architects of the mid 20th century adapted the traditional bungalow to suit the topography of Sydney's coast-clinging suburbia through site-specific linear buildings erected in stone and wood, creating an enduring influence on Sydney's urban landscape. Colloquially labelled The Sydney School, a small and influential group has created a lasting impact on our city’s aesthetic identity. Three specialists unpack this unique moment in Sydney's distinctive post-war domestic home and interior design.


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

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Modern Architecture: The Sydney School (sold out)
Thursday 18 October 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
SCCI 20 Goodhope Street Paddington


Ken Maher AO


Ken Maher AO is an architect and landscape architect with a strong interest in sustainability and the design of cities. His recognition is reflected in the numerous awards received for projects he has led. Maher is an Honorary Professor of Practice at UNSW Built Environment and HASSELL Fellow. He is President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and a former National President of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Maher chairs the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory Panel, is a member of Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel, and a board member of the CRC for Low Carbon Living. He was awarded the 2009 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, and was recently appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

William Smart

William Smart is the founder and Creative Director of Smart Design Studio and is directly involved in every project. His buildings have received critical acclaim, many prestigious awards and have been widely published. Smart Design Studio, founded in 1997, is a multi-disciplinary design studio with a portfolio including master-planning for urban centres, multi-unit residential developments, private dwellings, public and commercial buildings as well as product design. William, and the Studio's approach to design is holistic, combining both architectural and interior design with a passionate attention to detail.

Catriona Quinn

Catriona Quinn is one of Australia's most respected design historians and a specialist in all aspects of 20th century Australian interior design and decoration. Formerly a curator with Sydney Living Museums, Catriona is currently a PhD candidate and scholarship holder at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Built Environment. She was a contributing author to the ground breaking The Other Moderns, Sydney's forgotten European design legacy (New South 2017) and in September 2018 presented a paper on migrant clients of Australian post war interior decoration at the Design History Society's conference at the Parson's School in New York.


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