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Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Griffith professor documents 30 years of architectural history

A new book documenting the past 30 years of Gold Coast architectural history is free to the public.

Professor Andrew Leach of Griffith University’s Urban Research Program is the lead author of GC30+: Documenting the Gold Coast Architecture Awards, 1984-2013, a record of nearly 300 architectural projects and more than 500 spectacular images. He collaborated with Gold Coast architects Katherine Rickard and Finn Jones.

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Griffith Professor Andrew Leach has made his book documenting the history of architecture on the Gold Coast free to the public. (Photo credit: Griffith University)

The content covers buildings, interiors and master planning works from the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers region that have been completed since the early 1980s and have received formal recognition from the Australian Institute of Architects.

“This book reflects the changing landscape of architectural, urban, cultural and environmental issues that have shaped Gold Coast architecture and how it is regarded,” Professor Leach said.

“One of the clearest lessons that came out of working on this book is the high level of variability in the criteria by which we judge architecture over time.”

Professor Leach said the major change he had noticed over the past 30 years was how Gold Coast buildings have come to demonstrate a much higher degree of professional control.

“The Gold Coast has always had a great mix of rough and ready projects and highly considered buildings, but with time the rough and ready aspect of architectural practice in this region is has quietly made way for work that seems more tightly managed,” he said.

“As the city grows, we can weather economic change better than we did in past decades. The evidence suggests that there are always opportunities for architects to work, even if they are hard won.”

Beach Resort at Coolangatta, the Abri Home for the Aged in Southport, and St Kevin’s Catholic Primary School, at Benowa. Professor Leach said the Awards were knowns as the “Oscars of Architecture.”

He added that he was offering the book online for free to recognise the generosity of architects, photographers and owners in contributing photographs and drawings. It also offers a way to open up a discussion on the region’s recent architectural history.

In compiling the book, Professor Leach said he enjoyed discovering works of architecture that had previously received little critical recognition. He cited work by architects Bill Heather and David Theideke, known for designing St Vincent’s Parish Centre in Surfers Paradise.

The book will be available for custom print version orders soon. The research was supported by Griffith University in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Architecture and extended with the support of the Australian Research Council and Griffith’s Urban Research Program.

Griffith Master of Urban and Environmental Planning

The Master of Urban and Environmental Planning is Australia’s only postgraduate program that equips you with the qualifications to work as a traditional town planner as well as an environmental professional.

Taught by leading Australian and international academics in urban and regional planning, environmental planning, transport planning, social and cultural planning, and tourism planning, the programs cover the theoretical knowledge and practical skills planners need to deal effectively with contemporary planning and development challenges.

Program: Master of Urban and Environmental Planning
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 – 2 years

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor degree from a recognised university (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing). Planning-related bachelor degrees will be assessed by the Program Director to determine whether the degree is appropriate for admission. Students with a planning-related bachelor degree may be eligible for up to 40 credit points of credit.

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Would you like more information about studying architecture, or urban planning and other environmental sciences degrees at Griffith? Contact OzTREKK Australian Environmental Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Griffith Architecture student honoured

Plaudits continue to come the way of final-year Griffith University Architecture student Miyuki Suzuki.

An image arising from Miyuki’s already award-winning gatheRING, a “green bridge” design concept for the City of Gold Coast, has received the Student Award of Distinction from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI).

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Study architecture at Griffith University on the Gold Coast

The selected image will now be published in ASAI’s annual Architecture in Perspective catalogue and may be included in a travelling exhibition linked to the catalogue.

Architecture in Perspective is regarded as the pre‐eminent exhibition of architectural illustration in the world and Miyuki’s image is one of 15 selected from a field of 125 international student entries. It is also one of 87 images chosen from an overall field of 506 professional, observational and student entries.

“This is such a great honour that reflects the support I have received during my studies at Griffith University and it serves as another incentive to continue my journey towards a career as an architect,” said Miyuki.

gatheRING imagines a bridge between Chevron Island and the proposed Gold Coast Cultural Precinct at Evandale. Its standout features include a striking use of Corten Steel latticework and an arch that, when reflected in the water below, gives the appearance of a ring.

After gatheRING won the 2014 French Embassy Award—conducted through Griffith University and City of Gold Coast—Miyuki travelled to France and spent two weeks working alongside Masters students at the renowned Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Strasbourg.

“It was such a rich and intense experience,” the Griffith architecture student said. “The Strasbourg students were doing their final year projects and I was able to help them and learn from them.

“I saw different approaches to design, as well as emerging trends and ideas, and this is already having a big influence on my own work.

“The ASAI distinction is an extension of that and has given me more confidence to keep improving and diversifying my skills while in my final year at Griffith and then beyond.”

Griffith University Architecture School

Griffith’s Master of Architecture program helps prepare students for their place in the world, not just the local region. Students are exposed to both international and domestic practices, inspiring teachers, have access to dedicated state-of-the-art studios, and have the opportunity to undertake industry integrated experience. This architecture program is the first to be delivered on the Gold Coast.

Apply to Griffith University Architecture School!

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Find out more about studying architecture at Griffith University Architecture School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Architecture Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Griffith University Architecture School

Griffith University believes in architecture that improves people’s lives. Through their internationally acclaimed teaching and research, Griffith explores the philosophical, historical, social, spatial and environmental implications of architecture.

Griffith University Architecture School

Study architecture at Griffith University

Griffith’s architecture program will prepare you for your place in the world, not just the local region. You will be exposed to both international and domestic practices, inspiring teachers, have access to dedicated state-of-the-art studios, and have the opportunity to undertake industry integrated experience. This architecture program is the first to be delivered on the Gold Coast.

Griffith Master of Architecture graduates have been employed in various architecture-related organisations including private practice, consulting firms and in local and state government. You may choose to become a ‘general practitioner’ or you will have the option to specialise in a building type, in an aspect of building design or construction procurement or with further experience and study you can specialise in urban design or research.

Master of Architecture at Griffith University Architecture School

Program: Master of Architecture
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February and July
Duration: 2 years

Admission requirements

Graduates of an approved undergraduate pathway degree in architecture with a minimum GPA equivalent to a Griffith GPA of 5.0 across the second and third years of their undergraduate 3-year degree program will be eligible for admission to the Master of Architecture.

Apply to Griffith University Architecture School!

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Find out more about the Master of Architecture program at Griffith University Architecture School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Architecture Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 to find out how you can study in Australia!