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Creating a City with Meaning


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A panel of leading Melbourne architects including Kerstin Thompson, Shelley Penn, Rodney Eggleston and Jon Clements, will give their expert local perspectives on the built environment in our city.

They’ll explore whether our national architectural (or cultural) identity has been sacrificed to modernity. How do we house and cater to a population forecast to dramatically boom, while retaining our built heritage? How has Melbourne’s architecture come to define our city? And what role do architects have to play?

Hosted by Michael Heyward.

Presented in association with Naomi Milgrom Foundation and the Australian Institute of Architects. Image: Webb Bridge, by Denton Corker Marshall in collaboration with artist Robert Owen.


Michael Heyward

As well as being an author and editor, Michael Heyward is the managing director and publisher for Text Publishing, a multi-award-winning independent publishing company in Melbourne. Text publishes Australian and international authors, including Barack Obama, Kate Grenville, Helen Garner, Tim Flann... Read more

Shelley Penn

Shelley Penn is a Melbourne-based architect whose work includes strategic advice to government and the private sector on architectural and urban design for public places across all scales, with her major focus being design evaluation and review. Her project work has been published and exhibited nati... Read more

Rodney Eggleston

Rodney Eggleston is an architect and founding director of March Studio. Eggleston trained and taught at RMIT University, followed by a short but informative two-year stint working for Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam. He returned to Australia and in 2007 and set ... Read more

Kerstin Thompson

Kerstin Thompson is principal of Kerstin Thompson Architects – a Melbourne-based architecture, landscape and urban design practice with projects in Australia and New Zealand. She is also professor of design in architecture at VUW and adjunct professor at RMIT and Monash Universities. Her work has ... Read more

Jon Clements

Jon Clements is a founding director of Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCB). JCB was established in Melbourne in 1998 and the practice currently employs approximately 40 architects and interior designers. JCB have delivered a very diverse range of projects throughout Australia and overseas and ... Read more


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