Architects and architecture enthusiasts joined us for the third lecture in the 2014 UQ Architecture lecture series, presented by the University of Queensland School of Architecture and the Asia Pacific Design Library.
Chris Knapp from Bond University and Built Environment Practice and Dr Mathew Aitchison from University of Queensland presented as part of the series on Tuesday April 8 on the topic of ‘Prefab… a potted history’. Together they will discuss and debate what “prefab” really means to the profession.
Date – Tuesday, 8 Apr
Time – 6:00pm for a 6:30pm talk (cash bar and cheese)
Venue – Auditorium 1, Level 2, State Library of Queensland
More about the speakers…
Professor Chris Knapp is an architect, educator, and builder. He is Assistant Professor and Architecture Discipline Leader at Bond University. His teaching focuses upon architectural design, digital fabrication, drawing and representation, and construction technology. Chris is currently pursuing his PhD at the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT in the invited, practice-based design research stream.
Concurrent to his teaching Chris is the director of Built Environment Practice, a design studio based in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. His professional work has appeared in Houses Magazine, Metropolis, Abitare, Bauwelt, Interior, Renovate, and Casa Naturale, and online at Detail Daily, Australian Design Review, Arch Daily, designboom, Design Milk, Gestalten, and FRAME.
Chris is engaged in public and professional discourse via writing and criticism which appears in Architecture Australia, Architectural Review Asia Pacific, MARK, and Futurespace Magazine. His recent article “The End of Prefabrication”, published in Architectural Review Asia Pacific and on the international architecture blog ArchDaily, received comment from a broad range of people, both concurring with and challenging his position.
Dr. Mathew Aitchison is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland’s School of Architecture. He is a researcher, teacher and designer with extensive international experience in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the U.S.A. and Australia. Building on international award-winning design experience, Mathew maintains a wide-ranging design practice, which includes competition schemes, research consultancies, building projects and design research collaborations with private and public bodies.
He has published widely, in international journals such as the AA Files, Journal of Architecture, and Fabrications, along with numerous book sections and conference papers. He was editor and contributing author of Nikolaus Pevsner’s posthumous Visual Planning and the Picturesque (Getty, 2010). Forthcoming publications include the edition, The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial Building (Ashgate, 2014), of which Mathew is editor and contributing author.
His recent research focuses on the architecture of industry and prefabricated housing in Australia. Mathew is currently leading an expert team on an Australia Research Council Linkage research project entitled, “The Design and Construction of Quality, Sustainable and Affordable Pre-Made Housing in Australia – Optimisation and Integration”.
Presented by The University of Queensland’s School of Architecure and SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library.