Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
School of Architecture

100 Years of Architectural Education in Queensland

This symposium seeks to consolidate our understanding of architectural education in Queensland, to mark the establishment of the Diploma of Architecture at the Central Technical College (CTC) in 1918. It will examine the historical context of this moment, relationships with the profession, and the events and personalities that shaped its trajectory, focussing on the period up to 1975. Of particular interest are the circumstances surrounding the close proximity and inter-relationship between the CTC and University of Queensland that lasted nearly twenty years (1937 -1956). This historical overview will provide a backdrop to discussions about student experience and approaches to architectural education today, culminating in a moderated discussion between heads of architecture of the region. With the pressures on tertiary education that are a by-product of ongoing uncertainties about levels of university funding, greater student mobility, and challenges faced by the profession, how might architecture schools most effectively privilege student agency and moments of assembly, advance a strong architectural culture, and foster effective platforms for research and practice in the built environment?

Conference Convenor: Andrew Wilson 

Registration fee for this symposium is 90AUD for the two days or 45AUD for one day and is now open in Eventbrite.

Day 1 Historical Turns

Thursday 22 November

Held at Gardens Point Campus, Lecture Theatre S403

Practitioners can claim 6 formal CPD points for attending the 4 sessions held on this day. 

9:30 – 11:00 SESSION 1

1          Don Watson, "Architectural Education in Queensland to 1934."

2          Kirsty Volz, "Women at the Central Technical College."

3          Marissa Lindquist and Paul Sanders, "Charles Fulton as Educator."

Session Chair: Nicole Sully

11:00 – 11:30 Morning Tea

11:30 – 13:00 SESSION 2

4          John Macarthur, "Architectural Education in Inter-war Brisbane."

5          Deborah van der Plaat, "Robert Percy Cummings, Radio Talks (1933-1937)."

6          Andrew Wilson, "World War Two and Architectural Education in Queensland."

Session Chair: Antony Moulis

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 SESSION 3

7          Elizabeth Musgrave, "John Dalton."

8          Fiona Gardiner, "Ian Sinnamon."

9          Edwin Codd, "QIT and Disciplines of the Built Environment."

Session Chair: Gordon Holden

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 – 18:00 SESSION 4

Happiness is a Three-Legged Dog, QIT Student Film re-edited by Janina Gosseye, ETH Zurich. Directed by Toney Airey, starring Robert Martin, original script by Robert Riddel.

10        Elke Couchez, "Objects and Sites of Schooling."

Discussant: John Macarthur


Day 2 Architectural Education Today

Friday 23 November

Held at Australian Institute of Architects, QLD Chapter

Practitioners can claim 4.5 formal CPD points for attending the 3 sessions held on this day.  

13:00 – 14:30 SESSION 5: Australasian Perspectives

1        Chris Knapp, UWS New Program.

2        Julia Gatley, University of Auckland.

3        Francesca Hughes, UTS.

Session Chair: Richard Kirk, National President AIA

14:30 – 14:30 SESSION 6

4        Judy Watson, Artist, Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at Griffith, "Scenarios for Indigenous Education."

5        Sarah Mills, The Leeds School of Architecture UK, Cinematic Commons, Mumbai.

6        Alexandra Brown, Monash and Andrew P Steen, University of Tasmania, "Devices and Desires."

7        Amarinda Blazey (SONA), Sarah Manderson (Bruce), "Aspects of Student Experience."

Session Chair: Elke Couchez 

15:30 Afternoon Tea

17:00 – 18:30 SESSION 7:  Schools of the Region and Plenary Session 

8         Paul Sanders, QUT, Cameron Bruhn UQ, Adrian Carter, Bond, Joerg Baumeister, Griffith

Session Chair: Elizabeth Musgrave


EmAGN Committee invites attendees to the after party located at Wandering Cooks.


This event is organised by ATCH in collaboration with QUT and the Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland chapter. 

Practising architects can claim formal CPD points for attending this event. For more information, click here.