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Pavilions 1

11:00 AM – 1:15 PM
Monday 15 October 2018

Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Fugitive Structures, Green Ladder, 2016. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney. Contributor: the architect.



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.


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, Andrew Burns, Principal, Andrew Burns Architecture, Robert Beson, Founding Director, AR-MA.

Fugitive Structures was the first series in Australia to explore the potential of temporary pavilions as tools for experimentation, and for testing new concepts and construction techniques.  BVN partnered with the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) for five years to support the exhibition of their architecture programme: ‘Fugitive Structures’.

12:15 – Introduction – James Grose to give overview of the Fugitive Structures Series and introduce all pavilions

12:25 – Andrew Burns will discuss the Andrew Burns Architecture designed pavilion

12:40 – Robert Beson will discuss the AR-MA designed pavilion

12:55 – Discussion between James, Andrew and Robert

1:15 – Finish


Following Fugitive Structures session there will be a brief announcement presented by Barangaroo Delivery Authority.

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

An exciting new commission of a major pavilion series at Barangaroo will be announced – Barangaroo Structures, a project of Barangaroo Delivery Authority in partnership with the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI).


With special thanks to Pavilions event partners Barangaroo Delivery Authority, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Australian Institute of Art History, and Fugitive Structures partner BVN.




Booking Information

Paid event $20. This ticket covers both Session 1 and Session 2 on Fugitive Structures Series. This event is booked through Eventbrite.

Pavilions 1
Monday 15 October 2018
11:00 AM – 1:15 PM
SCCI 20 Goodhope Street Paddington


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.

James Grose

Working across a full range of project types and scales, James Grose has consolidated a position of accomplishment in the architectural profession through design innovation, built works, awards, professional leadership and publications. Starting at the end of the 1980s with his own practice, Grose Bradley Architecture, before becoming a Principal of BVN through a merger in 1998, James was appointed CEO in 2006. James has led the BVN project team in a number of benchmark projects across his 20 years as part of the BVN leadership team.

Robert Beson

Robert Beson is a registered architect and founding director of AR-MA. Robert has led AR-MA as a transdisciplinary architectural practice, merging award-winning design with proven expertise in the delivery of challenging buildings. This mixture responds to changing supply chains affecting how we design, manage and manufacture buildings for construction. Throughout his career, Robert has been involved in architectural research and teaching. He has taught at various architecture schools in Australia since 2006, and continues to lecture worldwide. Robert studied architecture at the University of Sydney, where he received his Bachelor of Design (Architecture), and the University of Technology Sydney, where he received his Master of Architecture. Prior to studying architecture, Robert studied Classics (Latin and Greek) at the Colorado College. He wrote his thesis on the origins of the novel and received his Bachelor of Arts in 2000.

Andrew Burns

Andrew Burns graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004. Since establishment in 2008, his practice has compiled a diverse and expanding portfolio of work across a wide range of project types including private houses, multi-residential, cultural, hospitality and educational projects. In 2011, the practice received first prize in the Australia House design competition for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Japan, selected by Tadao Ando from an international field of 154 entries. In 2012, the practice was awarded first prize in an invited competition to transform a forgotten pocket at Gibbon's Rent into London's newest park and selected for the inaugural Fugitive Structures project at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, since installed permanently at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Current projects include the Hyde Park Cafe, a major rural school campus for Cranbrook School, a series of remote hiking lodges in Tasmania and a series of multi-residential projects for leading developers committed to city transformation.


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