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11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Monday 15 October 2018

Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, London, UK, 2009. Contributor/ Luke Hayes / View Pictures/ Alamy Stock Photo





SESSION 1: 11:00AM–12:15PM

Professor John Macarthur and Dr Susan Holden, University of Queensland, ‘Pavilion Propositions’


SESSION 2: 12:15 PM–1:15 PM

James Grose, BVN Architecture Studio, SCAF x BVN Fugitive Structures Series


LUNCH: 1:15 PM–2:15 PM

Tea and coffee are served with an assortment of pastries, fruit, canapés and other gourmet bites in the SCCI garden courtyard.


SESSION 3: 2:15 PM–3:30 PM

Sandra Bender, Executive Director of Activation & Precinct Management, Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA), with Camilla Block, Durbach Block Jaggers Architects, SCCI x BDA Barangaroo Structures


SESSION 4: 3:30 PM–4:30 PM

Pritzker Prize winner Ryue Nishizawa, co-founder SANAA, Tokyo; Sydney Modern Project, introduced by Michael Brand, Director, The Art Gallery of NSW

Emerging in the 18th Century, the pavilion has been a highly significant building type in the work of major architects of the 20th and 21st centuries. The recent commissioning of the $340 million Sydney Modern extension to the AGNSW, which comprises three cascading pavilion structures, is a case in point. The temporary pavilion is now also emerging as a cultural phenomenon: the celebrated Serpentine Galleries' summer pavilions in London, national pavilions at the various Architecture biennales including Venice and, locally, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s Fugitive Structures series are some notable examples. These inventive and idiosyncratic structures blur the boundaries between art and architecture

In this special one day seminar series, including VIP international special guest, Sydney Modern architect Ryue Nishizawa, leading experts discuss the pavilion in its various manifestations, as building type and as temporary structure that that experiments creatively with form and disrupts architectural convention.

An exciting new commission of a major pavilion series at Barangaroo will be announced at the seminar.




Booking Information

Paid event $60. Ticket covers the full day of Pavilions, four individual sessions including the Sydney Modern keynote with Ryue Nishizawa. This event is booked through AGNSW.

Monday 15 October 2018
11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
AGNSW Art Gallery Road The Domain


Ryue Nishizawa

Architect. Professor at Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture Y-GSA.

1966, Born in Tokyo, Japan.1990, Graduated from Yokohama National University with Master’s Degree in Architecture and joined Kazuyo Sejima & Associates.1995, Established SANAA with Kazuyo Sejima.1997, Established Office of Ryue Nishizawa.

Main Awards: 1998, 2006, The Prize of Architectural Insititute of Japan, Tokyo,Japan*. 2004, Golden Lion for the most remarkable work in the exhibition Metamorph in the 9th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia*. 2007, The Kunstpreis Berlin (Berlin Art Prize), Berlin, Germany*. 2010,Pritzker Architecture Prize 2010*. 2011,Officier de L’ordre des Arts et des Letters, France. 2012, 25th Murano Togo Prize, Tokyo, Japan. 2012,The Prize of Architectural Insititute of Japan, Tokyo, Japan.

Professor John Macarthur

John Macarthur is Professor of Architecture at the University of Queensland where he teaches history, theory and design. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and a Life Member of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. His research on the intellectual history of architecture has focused on the conceptual framework of the relation of architecture and the visual arts from the Picturesque to the present. John has written or edited seven books and published over 140 papers. Recent publications include the book Pavilion Propositions (Amsterdam: Valiz, 2018) with Susan Holden, Ashley Paine and Wouter Davidts; and an essay “The Banality of 240cm” on the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018.

Dr Susan Holden

Susan Holden is an Architect and Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Queensland. Her research on the relationship between architecture and art has considered mid-twentieth century practices concerned with a synthesis of the arts, civic form and monumentality, and the competition to design the Centre Pompidou. Recent work on contemporary pavilions has been published in Architecture Australia and the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art. Susan is author, along with John Macarthur, Ashley Paine and Wouter Davidts of Pavilion Propositions (Amsterdam: Valiz, 2018), a major outcome of the Australian Research Council funded Project: Is Architecture Art: A history of categories, concepts and recent practices.

Camilla Block

Camilla Block graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) in 1991, and joined Neil Durbach in practice in 1992. In 1998, the office of Durbach Block Architects was established. Camilla has been a design principal in all of the major projects of Durbach Block Jaggers, including Tamarama House, UTS Thomas Street Science Building, Roslyn Street Kings Cross, the Brickpit Ring, Homebush Bay North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, House Holman, House Spry, Commonwealth Place, Canberra and Sydney Amenities Buildings Homebush Bay.

Durbach Block Jaggers has received a number of awards for residential, commercial and institutional work, including the Robin Boyd AIA National Award for Residential Architecture and AIA Wilkinson NSW Award for Residential Architecture three times.

Camilla Block has taught, lectured, exhibited, judged awards and been published both nationally and internationally. In 2014, Camilla received an Honorary Appointment as Adjunct Professor from UTS: University of Technology, Faculty Design Architecture and Building.