MPavilion 2017 – Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, OMA

It was indeed a privilege to speak with Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten at the opening of MPavilion 2017 in Melbourne earlier this monthAs a special interview for, this was an opportunity to explore the ideas of both Rem and David and their juggernaut practice, as well as the ideas behind the design of this year's MPavilion, an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation.  Below are two iterations of the interview a short and a long version.

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Architecture and Education - Professor John Redmond

In this new series, Architecture and Education, for I speak with Professor John Redmond Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney  about his role educating the next generation of architects at his university.  It was a pleasure to talk with John who is engaging, passionate and articulate.

This is the first of many interviews with Heads of Architecture and Design faculties from around the country and each offers an in-depth perspective of the role their institution plays within today's education landscape. 

Shigeru Ban at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)

It was a pleasure to interview Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for when he visited the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) to open his exhibition. He has become known for his innovative shelter designs for disaster relief victims creating homes from recycled materials, in particular cardboard and talking to the architect was enlightening.

Justin Art House Museum, Melbourne

The Justin Art House Museum (JAHM) was a fabulous place to visit for and talking with Elisa Justin from Justin Architecture and her father Charles Justin about JAHM was a privilege and a pleasure. It takes a special type of person to open his or her home to the public to share an art collection and Charles spoke of JAHM with such passion for the sharing that I was truly impressed. JAHM offers all of us an opportunity to see a wide variety of modern art in a fabulous setting and if you are in Melbourne you must pay a visit.

Glenn Murcutt and The Australian Islamic Centre

It was a pleasure and a privilege to talk with Glenn Murcutt for when he was in Melbourne for the opening of The Australian Islamic Centre exhibition, Architecture of Faith at the National Gallery of Victoria. He was passionate about this project that has been some 10 years in the making and spoke with great respect about his colleague and collaborator Hakin Elivli, the journey of the project and the people in the Islamic community that he has worked with during the process. Glenn Murcutt is a man of passion and through his inimitable style he has made an indelible print on the architectural landscape within Australia and beyond.

The Developers – Lance Chu and Chenghan Tan – SC Land

In the series The Developers for I speak with Lance Chu and Chenghan Tan who together established SC Land in 2000. Their high-end developments are boutique and detailed with each project more successful than the last. They have a passion for design and great respect for architecture and it was a pleasure to talk with them to discover what it takes to be a successful developer.

Gijs Bakker

It was so good to talk with Gijs Bakker for when he visited Australia last year to talk at the National Gallery of Victoria. Gijs has always been a bit of a hero to me, a real maverick, and as co-founder of Droog Design (with Renny Ramakers), he revolutionised Dutch design in the late 1990s. His pragmatic view of life and design was evident as we talked and I wish the interview could have gone on for hours!

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