Dr Janina Gosseye Research Fellow at UQ School of Architecture is curator of the 2018 UQ Architecture lecture series.
Learn more about Janina and find out what you can expect to hear at this year’s eight-lecture series which commences on Tuesday 13 March.
Tell us a little about your background, and what attracted you to curating this series?
I was trained as an architect in Belgium before moving to Australia nearly six years ago. Since then, I have been on a steep learning curve, discovering new Australian architectural gems every day.
The previous editions of the UQ Architecture lecture series have been an essential part of my Australian architectural education, and have also introduced me to a range of foreign architectural practices. Needless to say I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to curate the 2018 edition. It has not only enabled me to invite some of those practices/architects whose work I have come to admire over the past few years, but it has also given me the perfect excuse to spend several hours (if not days) trolling the websites of dozens (if not hundreds) of architectural practices, both in Australia and beyond, whose work I was keen to learn more about.
What can audiences expect to hear and take away from this year’s lecture series?
The theme of this year’s lecture series is ‘in-terre-vention’; terre being the French word for ‘earth’.
For this UQ Architecture lecture series, I chose to invite practices who, I believe, through their interventions (either small or large) succeeded in generating an impact beyond the project’s site. So, I sincerely hope that it is precisely this power of good architectural design, to cause reverberations in a larger context (and the different ways in which this power can be wielded), that attendees will take home.
Where do you go for design inspiration?
Design is everywhere and anywhere, so I don’t feel the need to go to (or look) in any particular place.
What is the best advice you have ever received in your professional/personal life?
It is difficult to single out ‘the best’ advice that I have every received, as I draw on different pieces of advice depending the circumstances. However, one general piece of advice that I will never forget (by one of the best poets/musicians ever to grace this earth), is: ‘Never make a decision when you need to pee.’
What would only a Brisbane local know? (Best coffee haunts, favourite place to visit etc.)
Another difficult question. I wonder if I can already pass as a ‘Brisbane local’? But, if so, I’d say the Spring Hill Baths on a hot summer’s day.