Architects thinking locally acting globally.

Architecture Conference

Melbourne Conference

‘Diversity + Community 2017'


10 - 12 FEBRUARY


good people and good architecture : all together

 The Architecture Foundation Australia is a not-for-profit organisation

Supported by the National Gallery of Victoria as part of the Victorian Design Program


Drawing speakers from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America and Australia, Diversity + Community is a unique opportunity to join with ground-breaking architects to explore some of the less-charted terrains of architectural practice and to consider the role of architecture as a positive force in uncertain times.

Looking globally, thinking locally, this 2-day conference provides a range of informative and inspirational talks revealing the shifting priorities and emerging opportunities for responsive, culturally and socially engaged architecture.

Emphasising architecture that is open-minded, context specific and capable of empowering diversity and community, this event reveals an optimistic band of highly-engaged architects, who are working across diverse conditions, scales and geographies.

Following the success of the Deerubbin conferences on the Hawkesbury River (2014, 2016), Diversity + Community breaks with conference traditions to offer a relaxed social environment for delegates to meet and engage directly with speakers.

Diversity + Community is developed in partnership with the NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture and is stimulated by the current exhibition Architecture of Faith – exploring the people, process and implications of Glenn Murcutt’s much anticipated Australian Islamic Centre in Newport, Victoria.

Day-3 offers delegates the unique opportunity to tour the soon to be completed Australian Islamic Centre guided by architects Glenn Murcutt AO and Hakan Elevli of Elevli Plus.

This event is open to the architecture profession, students, and interested others.

Supported by the National Gallery of Victoria as part of the Victorian Design Program.


Diversity + Community brings together a wonderful mix of speakers from around the world, all of whom have spent time before in Australia. Speakers have been selected for their focus on community in all its guises. Delegates can expect a diverse cross-section of socially and culturally interesting work, representing a mix of scale and experience.

International Keynote Speakers :

Marina Tabassum (Bangladesh) recipient of a 2016 Aga Khan Award for her Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh


Níall McLaughlin (Ireland and UK) recipient of the 2016 RIBA Charles Jencks Award for an architect 'who has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture'   


International Speakers :

Meredith Bowles (England) award winning architect, residential, urban housing, projects in Taiwan executive architect with Alain de Botton’s ‘Living Architecture’ program  


Mphethi Morojele (South Africa and Lesotho) leading indigenous practice, Berlin Embassy, Freedom Park Pretoria, exhibitions at RIBA, Venice Biennale


Per Arnold Andersen (Denmark) one of the editorial ‘troika’ of the provocative journal ‘Daylight and Architecture’ Velux     


Wim Goes (Belgium) award winning practice, public and residential buildings, community project for client with degenerative ALS, exhibitions, publications. Winner of the AR (UK) 2016 'Pop-up' Architecture Award.   


Mette Lang (Denmark and India) award winning architect, projects in denmark and iceland, modular mini house system, moveable schools, floating and tent schools in India


DiegoDiego Montero Espina (Uruguay and Argentina) “all that moves me – literature, art, music, lifestyle and, of course, architecture”  


Bijoy Ramachandran (India) emerging major practice, residential, housing, master planning, film making  


Erik Sommerfeld (USA) university of colorado design and build program with students  


Piers Taylor (England) award winning practice, residential and institutional projects, design build studio with AA students, tv programs  


Camilo Moraes Zambrano (Chile) young practioner, tourist projects in Atacama Desert and Cochiguaz, voluntary emergency housing in Valparaiso after the fires


Special Guests :

Glenn Murcutt (Australia)

Professor Brit Andresen (Australia)

Richard Leplastrier (Australia)

Peter Stutchbury (Australia)

Convenor :

Lindsay Johnston 

Conference Details

Friday 10 February : – NGV International, Clemenger Auditoriu

8:00am – Arrival and registration

8:45am – Welcome

1:00pm - 2:30pm – Lunch break (lunch not provided, participants can access lunch in adjacent cafés and restaurants)

6:00pm – Close

7:30pm – 10.00pm – Social event (admission included in your ticket price). Friday Night at the NGV, Live band 'No Zu' and DJ, free admission to David Hockney Exhibition and Viktor&Rolf Fashion Artists Exhibition, rendezvous at 'Car Wash' Pavilion in the NGV Gardens by M@Studio Architects. 

Saturday 11 February : – NGV International, Clemenger Auditorium

8:45am – Arrival

9:00am – Open

1:00pm - 2:30pm – Lunch break (lunch not provided, participants can access lunch in adjacent cafés and restaurants)

6:00pm – Close

7:30pm - 10:00pm – Social event (Included in your ticket price) at University of Melbourne Boat Club, Alexandra Gardens, overlooking the Yarra

Sunday 12 February : – Guided tour, Australian Islamic Centre, Newport

10:00am – Bus departs Federation Square Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne

Guided tour by Glenn Murcutt AO, Hakan Elevli of Elevli Plus and members of the Islamic community.

1:00pm – Tour concludes and coaches depart back to Federation Square.

2:00pm – Drop off at Federation Square, Melbourne

AIA Refuel CPD Points - 11 Formal 3 Informal

Part of the Victorian Design Program


Q. Is the conference open to members of the public?
A. Yes of course

Q. Is there a one-day booking option?
A. Unfortunately no – due to limited seating capacity.

Q. Can we opt out of the social events?
A. No way! We are trying to encourage mingling and discussion.

Q. Are there any concession or student rates?
A. YES, student fee AUS$375 (inc GST). Student ID card required at admission.


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