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Some of Australia’s foremost architects will exhibit rarely seen sketches and models in an exhibition celebrating 60 years of UNSW graduate excellence.

Architecture by Hand and Mind: 60 Years of Architecture at UNSW which opens next week, is curated by Dr Ainslie Murray to celebrate six decades of architecture education through the work of a diverse range of UNSW Architecture alumni and associated practices.

The exhibition features a range of drawings and models from some of Australia’s most prominent architects including award-winning UNSW alumni and Professors of Practice Ken Maher and Richard Johnson, and Pritzker Prize winner and current Seidler Chair in the Practice of Architecture, Glenn Murcutt.

Dr Murray said the rarely seen sketches, developmental models and other fragments of the design process “reveal a collective spirit of agility across architecture and allied disciplines”.

"Collectively, the works speak of a wonderful diversity of architectural trajectories, and of a generous and collaborative spirit that continues to define architectural education at UNSW," she said.


ANZAC Memorial, Centenary Project, Sydney an ongoing project by alumnus and UNSW Professor of Practice Richard Johnson from Johnson Pilton Walker

UNSW Director of Architecture Professor Xing Ruan said the 60th celebration has provided an opportunity for the faculty to reflect on its legacy.

“UNSW Architecture has always struck a balance between teaching students about architecture as a social art, and focusing on the intellectual and technical artifice of architecture and the city – which reflects UNSW’s motto, ‘knowledge by hand and mind’.

“We can see from the exhibition that our graduates continue to be major contributors to the advancement of architecture at every level of endeavour, and in both local and global contexts. Their achievements in turn inspire our current students.”

High profile projects from Architectus, CO-AP, HASSELL, JPW and Lippmann Partnership reflect a significant and enduring contribution to contemporary urban landscape, while Glenn Murcutt’s iconic dwellings are considered against a contemporary restoration of his Ockens House by Scale Architecture.

Cracknell Lonergan work across disciplines and show elements of their major collaborative public art projects with indigenous artists, and Tzannes Associates explore a significant new art-architecture typology with their Dangrove project for Judith Neilson, while Sam Marshall reflects upon his iconic MCA redevelopment.

The newly-established practice Stewart Hollenstein show their innovative Green Square Library, and Aileen Sage share aspects of ‘The Pool’ as they prepare to represent Australia at the 2016 Venice Biennale. 

Sonic works from composer Basil Hogios, colour works from Lymesmith, textile works from SHHORN, and ceramic works from Natalie Rosin focus on practice beyond architecture.

Featured architects in Architecture by Hand and Mind include:  Aileen Sage, Allen Jack + Cottier, the Anganwadi Project, Architectus, Basil Hogios, Benn + Penna, Casey Brown, Chenchow Little, CO-AP, Constructive Dialogue, Cracknell Lonergan, Dunn Hillam, Hassell, Jimmy Lim Design, Johnson Pilton Walker, Lippmann Partnership, Lymesmith, Marston Architects, Glenn Murcutt, Natalie Rosin, Nobbs Radford, Ronald Lu & Partners, Sam Marshall, Scale Architecture, Shhorn, Stewart Hollenstein, Tzannes Associates.

Find out more here 

What: Architecture by Hand and Mind: 60 Years of Architecture at UNSW

When: 19 – 25 October 2015

Where: Ground Floor Gallery, Red Centre West Wing, UNSW Kensington campus