1. Are houses designed to be lived in 24/7?Across the country everyone is spending as much time at home as possible and suddenly the masses can see that some houses are designed better than others. Poor design and a focus on profits or a speedy build may have once been able to hide behind an active lifestyle but now these flaws are coming to light. What can we learn and how can we ensure those lessons are not forgotten? Wednesday 20 May 12:30 pm Speakers: Brent Calow, director at Havwoods Michelle Orszackzy, architect + co-founder, Clayton Orszackzy Rob Mills, director, Rob Mills Architecture & Interiors Shannon Peach, director, Milieu Moderated by Holly Cunneen, editor of Habitus
2. At home 24/7 doesn’t mean available 24/7A round table with the team, contractors or clients can be an invaluable exercise to tease out a brief, advance a project, work through sensitive topics, and resolve roadblocks. But as we all know some meetings could be emails. Where we were once limited by a preference to speak in person, the rise in video conferencing and inability to be anywhere other than home means we are all theoretically available at any time. Wednesday 3 June 12:30 pm Speakers: Fiona Hayball, studio director, Hayball Tristrim Cummings, design operations leader, Hassell Moderated by Holly Cunneen, editor of Habitus
3. What does our new need to source locally say about our previous priorities?Up until recently sourcing local materials, finishes and furniture may have been a preference but not a priority. Now, it might be the only option. Is the local design and manufacturing industry set up to serve the whole country, and will this reinvigorate our local industry or overload them with undue stress? What will happen when the international supply chain reopens? Wednesday 17 June 12:30 pm Speakers: Jennifer McMaster, principal, TRIAS Nick Karlovasitis, co-founder, DesignByThem Richard Munao, founder & managing director, Cult Moderated by Holly Cunneen, editor of Habitus
4. We are already set up to work in a virtual world.With high speed internet, high res photography, advanced technology and a pre-existing willingness to take on international or interstate projects, architects and designers are known to be agile, flexible workers. What has changed recently is the need to work remotely compared to the ability to do so to in order to travel for work or research. Wednesday I July 12:30 pm Speakers: Carla Middleton, director Carla Middleton Architecture James Garvan, director James Garvan Architecture Moderated by Marcus Piper, art director, Habitus
5. What does a safe future for architecture look like?The dust has settled and the new normal feels just that: normal. Projects continue to move forward and the industry adjusts to video conferencing clients, physically spaced out site visits and remote working. But in this new environment how can we make sure we’re continuing to pursue new work not just maintain what’s currently on the books. Moreover, will this pandemic change client briefs in both the residential and commercial sphere? Wednesday 15 July 12:30 pm Speakers: Angela Ferguson, Managing Director, Futurespace Koichi Takada, Principal, Koichi Takada Architects Moderated by Holly Cunneen, editor of Habitus
6. The way we design our homes is about to changeAs residentially focused architects and designers spending our days in our own home, what are we learning about modern ways of living and how can we use these insights to inform our future projects. A “nice to have” balcony or courtyard has proved essential, as has access to natural light and ventilation. Will study nooks be replaced with flexible home offices and how will dead spaces be transformed in the future to ensure usefulness? Wednesday 29 July 12:30 pm Speakers: Luke Fry, architect + interior designer, Luke Fry Architecture & Interior Design Nicholas Gurney, architect, Nicholas Gurney Moderated by Holly Cunneen, editor of Habitusabc
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