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Reading on Vocation with Ramona Koval: Architects


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Being a reader isn’t about sitting in an ivory tower, turning your back on the world. The relationship between life and the page is more fluid. We’re shaped by what we read; at home, in our world views and in our careers.

In this monthly series the Wheeler Centre and Radio National’s The Book Show aim to uncover those links between work and words. Presented and chaired by acclaimed broadcaster Ramona Koval, the discussions will feature high-profile professionals – doctors and physicists, musicians and comedians – talking about the books that have been important to them and have influenced their profession.


Melanie Dodd

Melanie Dodd is Associate Professor and Program Director in Architecture at RMIT University

She has previously taught at London Metropolitan University, the Royal College of Art and Cambridge University.

Peter Davidson

Peter Davidson is a director at LAB Architecture Studio which designed Melbourne’s Federation Square.

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer who has worked as a journalist and broadcaster. Her most recent books are A Letter to Layla: Travels to our Deep Past and Near Future, Bloodhound: Searching For My Father, and By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life (all published by Text). She was the editor of two volumes ... Read more

Peter Slifirski

Peter Slifirski is a director at Architectus Melbourne. His significant projects include Australian Synchrotron, Melbourne and he won a 2009 National Architecture Award for the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy.


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