Sometimes a story is too good not to capture.
Our 20 Stories series captures some of the most interesting voices in Australian Architecture.
Chasing the sky: 20 stories of women in Architecture
In Chasing the Sky: 20 Stories of Women in Architecture the concentrated voice of some of Australia’s most dynamic practitioners and their exceptional projects are presented. Distilled in this volume is a palpable sense of women in architecture, of the jobs and challenges of a creative professional and the culture of making. Themes and questions run across the publication to reveal commonalities and differences. We read varied views on education, craft and technology; on collaboration and inventive processes; on formative influences and entrepreneurship; and, on the relationship between architecture and society. As acclaimed practitioners and as a diverse collective, they offer an incisive glimpse into the richness of contemporary Australian architecture, of the spirit that galvanises the profession and cultivates its future. Common themes and questions run across the volume to reveal commonalities and differences. We hear varied views on education, craft and technology; on collaboration and inventive processes; on formative influences and entrepreneurship; and, on the relationship between architecture and society. As acclaimed individuals and as a diverse collective, they offer an incisive glimpse into the richness of contemporary Australian architecture, of the spirit that galvanises the profession and cultivates its future buoyancy.
Emma WilliamsonEmma is a founding director of CODA Studio. A practice she started with her husband Kieran straight out of university twenty years ago. The practice has grown from humble beginnings to complete award-winning projects across all scales from urban design and master planning to architecture and interiors.
Camilla BlockCamilla Block graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours) in 1991 and joined Neil Durbach in practice in 1992. In 1998, the office of Durbach Block Architects was established.
Hannah TribeHannah Tribe is the founder and principal of TRIBE Studio Architects. A passionate architect, student of literature, art collector, painter, traveller and object designer, Hannah studied at the University of Sydney and then Cornell University before returning to Australia and establishing her own practice more than a decade ago.
Rachel NolanRachel Nolan set up her practice with Patrick Kennedy in 1999. Kennedy Nolan has since developed a reputation as a design-focused practice with a distinctive approach to built form. The practice is dedicated to the production of architecture that is highly responsive to its context and seeks to form a strong relationship with landscape.
Stephanie LittleStephanie Little is a founding partner of Chenchow Little Architects. She graduated in Architecture from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) with honours in 1994. Chenchow Little have received many awards for their work including the Australian Institute of Architects National Robin Boyd Award, the NSW Aaron Bolot Award and the Australian House of the Year.
Tara VeldmanTara Veldman has experience in design across Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. From early in her career she has had an interest in social architecture; completing her thesis at the University of Melbourne on Cohousing.
Penny FullerPenny Fuller is a founding partner of Silvester Fuller, an emerging architecture studio based in Sydney. Following several years working internationally Penny established her practice with Jad Silvester in 2008.
Sarah BallSarah leads Woods Bagot’s Global Education sector. Her passion and leadership across Australia and beyond is exemplified by an extensive architectural and interior design portfolio of successful and innovative projects, many of which having been acknowledged with education and design industry awards.
Debbie RyanDebbie Ryan is an owner of McBride Charles Ryan with vast experience in the design of commercial, institutional and domestic projects. Her scientific and intuitive design abilities, acute sense of composition and extensive product knowledge has given her a wide and renowed reputation.
Rachel NeesonRachel Neeson studied architecture at the University of Sydney, graduating with the University Medal in 1993, and completed a Masters of Architecture in Barcelona. She formed Neeson Murcutt Architects with her late partner Nicholas Murcutt in 2004.
Sue CarrSue Carr is the founder and principal director of Carr Design Group, a practice representing over forty years of work. Since co-founding the pioneering interior design firm Inarc, Sue’s name has been synonymous with Australian design.
Melissa BrightMelissa Bright is the owner and founding director of MAKE architecture—an emerging practice that has already gathered a collection of built work that displays a striking conversation with Melbourne architectural heritage. With its work predominantly in residential building—alterations and addition — the careful understanding of occupational use is complemented by an intrinsic interest in material specificity.
Lisa-Maree CarriganLisa-Maree studied architecture and graduated from the University of Newcastle with First Class Honours in 1992, and then went on to work in large practices in Sydney and London. She returned to Sydney in 2001 and joined GroupGSA, where she has been a director for the last decade.
Clare CousinsClare Cousins studied architecture at RMIT and took a semester at the TU in Berlin. Since establishing Clare Cousins Architects in 2005, the practice has grown organically and works across diverse cultural and commercial projects. Clare Cousins Architects are specialists in small to large scale residential projects.
Abbie GalvinAbbie Galvin is a principal at BVN, one of Australia’s largest and most highly-acclaimed architectural practices. Among her portfolio of work are the Taronga Zoo Upper Entrance Precinct, the Braggs Research Institute, the UTS Campus 2020 Masterplan, the HMAS Creswell Redevelopment in Jervis Bay, and the Royal North Shore Hospital.
Ingrid RichardsOperating in her home town of Brisbane, Ingrid Richards co-founded Richards & Spence with the aim of choreographing vibrant public spaces from private commissions. A graduate of the University of Queensland, Ingrid was an associate with Cox Rayner Architects before commencing private practice in 2008.
Annabel LahzAnnabel graduated from the University of Queensland with Honours and received the Queensland Institute of Architects Medallion, the Board of Architects Prize and the University Medal. Before establishing lahznimmo architects in 1994, she worked at Lindsay Clare Architects and Lawrence Nield and Partners Australia.
Christina Na-Heon ChoChristina is an Associate at Cox Architecture in Brisbane. Continually widening her horizons, Christina’s creativity is underpinned by a philosophy of participatory democracy, driving change throughout the global design community and wider society.
Kerstin ThompsonKerstin Thompson is principal of Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA)—a Melbourne-based architecture, landscape and urban design practice with projects n Australia and New Zealand. She is an advocate for architecture in her role as member of the Office of Victorian Government Architecture, Design Review Panel, an occasional writer, curator, and jury member.
Virginia KerridgeVirginia established her practice in 1995 and has embraced a diversity of projects ranging from single dwellings to apartment buildings, extending to hospitality, retail and art galleries.
From the Ground Up: 20 Stories of a Life in Architecture
From the Ground Up: 20 Stories of a Life in Architecture brings together 20 of Australia’s leading architectural practitioners to reveal, in their own words, what drew them to their calling. Their reflections offer an insight into the values and ideas behind some of the country’s most innovative and important buildings. Richly designed and illustrated, the book includes sketches and other conceptual material to provide a glimpse of how each practitioner realizes and fleshes out their ideas. A photographic chronology of key works also presents a snapshot of every architect’s career and accomplishments to date. Sometimes humorous and often surprising, the stories in From the Ground Up show us just what it takes to succeed in the demanding and intensely competitive profession of architecture. More importantly, though, they provide an understanding of the very human influences shaping our buildings, our cities, and our societies.