Generation Exchange
Event Details
8:00 am AEST Monday 17/04/2023
Brickworks Design Studio Melbourne
EmAGN Generation Exchange - 'On Site'

The site is a physical environment and certainly no place for the feint-hearted. It can be a tough place for young architects. Intimidating and even scary at times.

The nice clean, straight, neat drawings that we all love to make can quickly become lost in a stew of imprecision and uncertainty and seemingly minor errors can cause major headaches.

Not all of us make it to the final siren. ‘Wide open’ is the football term. The etymology of the word architect – ‘arch’ meaning ‘head’ or ‘chief’ and ‘tecton,’ ‘builder,’ suggests that the site is our home ground, our turf.

In all but a few instances now, however, procurement models have reduced and even removed altogether our roles as inspectors and administrators.

Often nowadays architects work for builders, rather than our clients. Our profession now regularly wrestles for relevancy on site and yet the value that we can bring to our clients and the community throughout the construction phase of any project is immeasurable.

The pleasure of working with a committed team of builders, artisans, consultants and patrons to achieve a successful piece of architecture is unparalleled. As young practitioners, our careers can be forged on site - we just have to make it through all four quarters uninjured and finish the game. To do this we need our older team mates to look out for us.

- Sean Godsell March 2023.

Sean Godsell
Sean Godsell - MC Founder, Sean Godsell Architects

Sean Godsell was born in Melbourne in 1960. He graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne in 1984

He spent much of 1985 travelling in Japan and Europe and worked in London from 1986 to 1988 for Sir Denys Lasdun. In 1989 he returned to Melbourne and worked for The Hassell Group. In 1994 he formed Godsell Associates Pty Ltd Architects.

He obtained a Masters of Architecture degree from RMIT University in 1999 entitled ‘The Appropriateness of the Contemporary Australian Dwelling.’ His work has been published in the world’s leading architectural journals including Architectural Review (UK), Architectural Record (USA), Domus (Italy), A+U (Japan), Casabella (Italy), GA Houses (Japan), Detail (Germany), Le Moniteur(France), and Architect (Portugal).
Gregory Burgess
Gregory Burgess Principal Designer, Gregory Burgess Architects

Since 1972 Gregory Burgess has been the principal designer for Gregory Burgess Architects, with an emphasis on architecture as a social, healing and ecological art. His international reputation has been established through a body of work including housing, community, cultural (including indigenous), educational, health, religious, commercial, exhibition design and urban design projects.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the national Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings, the Victorian Architecture Medal for the best building of the year, the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal for distinguished service by an Australian architect, the Robert Mathew Award for outstanding contributions to the development of architecture in the Commonwealth, and the international Kenneth F Brown Asia Pacific Culture and Architectural Design Award.

He has taught and lectured at many Australian and international universities and his work has been exhibited at major galleries and museums locally and in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Shanghai, Bombay, Edinburgh, the Middle East, and America. It has been widely published in books and journals, including most major international architectural journals.

Gregory Burgess was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Architecture, University of Melbourne acknowledging his significant artistic, social, environmental and intellectual contribution and Life Fellowship of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 2005.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday 2011 Honours List, for his service to architecture in the area of environmentally sensitive building design, and to the community.

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Peter Sanders Founding Director, Peter Sanders Architecture

Peter practiced as an architect and planner from 1962 and established a firm in 1966.

The practice included work for institutions such as aged care, gallery/museum design and multi residential projects. Peter is now semi-retired and focus’ on painting and sculpting to satisfy creative urges.
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Maggie Edmond Co Founder, Edmond & Corrigan

Maggie Edmond is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and was awarded a Doctor of Architecture Honoris Causa from the University of Melbourne in 2015.

Together with the late Peter Corrigan, she practiced for 40 years in a city-based office as Edmond & Corrigan Architects. She now runs an architecture studio in Carlton North and is learning to play chess.
Max May
Max May Founder, Max May Pty Ltd Architects

Max May worked as a sole practitioner from the final years of study through to 1973.

In this time he completed several buildings of good standing. In 1974 Max was awarded the Royal Australian Institute of Architects; Victorian Chapter Medal for House of the Year for what was known as the Rattle House, Rowallan Road, Harkaway.

Architects Group was then formed in 1973, and consisted of four main members being Osric Spence, Kevin Borland, Phillip Cohen and Max May. Architects Group was in operation through to 1977.

Max May Pty Ltd Architects has been in operation since 1977.

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