2017 Droga Architect in Residence

 

Photo: Jan Kopetzky
Photo: Magma Architecture

Photo: Torsten Seidel
 

 

Martin Ostermann – Magma Architecture

The Australian Institute of Architects Foundation is delighted to welcome talented German architect Martin Ostermann to the 2017 Droga Architect residency. Martin will collaborate in the residency with Lena Kleinheinz, designer, co -founder and director of their Berlin-based practice, Magma Architecture.

Magma Architecture have earned international recognition for their 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.

During their residency period – from 24 July to 24 October – Martin and Lena will also engage with Australian university students in design workshops hosted by architecture schools nationally.

Magma Architecture’s first public event will be a floor talk held in Perth on Thursday 27 July, at 6pm, at the Institute’s WA Chapter Office. Details and tickets are available here.

We will keep you updated with further events and program details.

 

 
   

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.