2017 Droga Architect in Residence


Photo: Jan Kopetzky
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Magma Architecture, Berlin

The Australian Institute of Architects Foundation is delighted to welcome architect Martin Ostermann and designer Lena Kleinheinz, to the 2017 Droga Architect residency. 

Their Berlin-based practice, Magma Architecture, has earned international recognition in producing a number of innovative and award-winning designs, including the Olympic Shooting Arena designed for the 2012 London Games (American Institute of Architects UK, Excellence in Design).

The recurrent theme in their practice is the unconventional ephemeral notion of architecture, producing designs that are temporary, lightweight, changeable, adaptable and even mobile buildings, in small and larger scales.Their 12-week residency project, titled Permanent Temporary: Realising Change in Australian Cities, aims to question the permanence of architecture and develop prospects of a new or revived mobile understanding of architecture.

Their research by design project will culminate in a public exhibition to be held in Sydney, during the week commencing 18th October.

From 24 July24 October, Martin and Lena will engage in a series of talks, which will be listed on this page when bookings are open.  

Perth – 27 July
Melbourne – 6 Oct  Register here
Sydney – 12 Oct   Register here

Martin and Lena will also engage with Australian university students in design workshops hosted by architecture schools nationally.  Further events and program details to come.

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Upcoming Events: 

Melbourne Lecture

Date: Wednesday 6 October, 2017

Pre drinks: 6pm
Lecture: 6.30 – 7.30pm 
Venue:  Australian Institute of Architects, 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

Book here


Sydney Lecture and Exhibition

Date: Thursday 12 October, 2017
Pre drinks: 6pm
Lecture: Lecture:   6.30 – 7.30pm
Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Points.

Book here



Droga Resident April 2017 –

Dr. Alberto Pérez-Gómez

In April 2017 we were delighted to welcome distinguished architect Dr. Alberto Pérez-Gómez to the Droga residency.

Alberto holds the position of Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture. Founding Director of the post-professional M.Arch. and Ph.D., History and Theory of Architecture Option, School of Architecture, McGill University, Montréal, Canada.

For his residency, Alberto delivered six lectures nationally, commencing May until late June.

Lecture 1
Venue: Art Gallery of SA
Lecture Date: Saturday 13th May
Time: 2-3.30pm
Event Description: Attunement: Architecture after the Crisis of Modern Science
Lecture 2
Venue: National Gallery of Australia
Lecture Date: Thursday 18th May
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Event Description: Architecture as Performing Art
Lecture 3
Venue: University of Sydney
Lecture Date: Thursday 25th May
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Event Description: Architecture as Urban Space: The Place of Participation
Lecture 4
Venue: University of Western Australia
Lecture Date: Wednesday 7th June
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Event Description: On Beauty and Justice in Architecture
Lecture 5
Venue: State Library of Qld
Lecture Date: Wednesday 14th June
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Event Description: The Problem of Context in Contemporary Architecture
Lecture 6
Venue: National Gallery of Victoria
Lecture Date: Wednesday 21st June
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Event Description: Place and Architectural Space

Alberto has an extensive teaching background, and has published widely, including his most recent publications:

  • Attunement: Architectural Meaning after the Crisis of Modern Science, (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2016).
  • Timely Meditations, Selected Essays on Architecture 2 volumes, (Montreal: RightAngle International, 2016).
  • CHORA: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture volumes 1-7, series editor, co-edited with Stephen Parcell (Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2016). [Winner of a 1994 American Association of University Presses design award; vol. 5 selected in 2008 by the Association of American University Presses for public and elementary School libraries.]
  • Built upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2006).
  • Architectural Representation and The Perspective Hinge, co-author with Louise Pelletier, (Cambridge: The MIT Press 1997). [Winner of a 1998 Association of American University Presses design award.]

His numerous awards include the Alice Davies Hitchcock Book Award, 1983, granted by the Society of Architectural Historians for Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science. The publication was attributed as “the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of architecture published in North America between Nov. 1, 1981 to Oct. 31, 1983.”

Alberto’s (short version) CV is attached here.