RMIT has hosted a major exhibition and symposium on architectural urbanism and the sustainable future of cities in the Asian-Pacific.
Architectural Urbanism: Seoul/Melbourne at RMIT Design Hub was the second stage of a cross-cultural exhibition of award-winning architects from South Korea and Australia.
The first event took place in Seoul in 2013, where five Australian practices exhibited.
The Design Hub exhibition involved five architectural practices from Melbourne and six from Seoul.
Architecture lecturer and event co-curator, Anna Johnson, said the RMIT Architecture and Design was fortunate to have the Korean architects in Melbourne for the exhibition and accompanying symposium.
"This collaborative event between formative architects from Seoul and Melbourne is continuing an exchange which was started by RMIT in 2012," she said.
As well as Ms Johnson, the exhibition was curated by RMIT Professor of Architectural Design, Sand Helsel, Seoul-based Professor Jongkyu Kim and independent curator Lee Sung Min.
Ms Johnson said the event promoted critical issues of sustainable urbanism related to culture, climate and environment, and has continued to foster close relations between Melbourne and Seoul.
"The event was incredibly valuable for students and staff, but also the broader architectural profession, who saw the exhibitors work in the large scale dynamic format at the Hub, as well as enjoy the insightful lecture and discussion program."
All of the Australian industry professionals invited to discuss their work at the symposium were directly or indirectly related to RMIT including:
- Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright, directors of Baracco + Wright Architects. Mr Baracco is a former staff member of the RMIT Architecture program, and currently the Deputy Dean of Landscape Architecture. Dr Wright is an alumnus of RMIT, where she was awarded her doctorate in Architecture.
- Kerstin Thompson of Kerstin Thompson Architects, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture and Design
- NMBW Architects, which include Nigel Bertram, former staff member of RMIT Architecture, and Marika Neustupny and Lucinda McLean, sessional tutors within the Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs.
- Professor Martyn Hook of Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, formerly a staff member of RMIT Architecture and currently Dean of the School of Media and Communication.
- Amy Muir and Bruno Mendes of Muir and Mendes Architects, RMIT Architecture alumni.
The exhibition and symposium were supported by funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade initiatives, the Australia International Cultural Council and the Australia-Korea Foundation.
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