Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
School of Architecture

100 Years of Architectural Education in Queensland

This symposium seeks to build understanding of architectural education in Queensland since the establishment of the Diploma of Architecture at the Central Technical College (CTC) in 1918. It will examine the historical context of this educational setting, relationships with the profession, and personalities and circumstances that shaped its formation, with a focus on the period up 1975. Of particular interest is the circumstances surrounding the close proximity and inter-relationship between the CTC and the University of Queensland that lasted nearly twenty years (1937 -1956). This overview will then form a backdrop to discussions about approaches to architectural education in Australasia, and the student experience today, culminating in a moderated discussion between heads of architecture of the region.

Conference Convenor: Andrew Wilson 

Registration fee for this symposium is 90AUD, and will open soon. 

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 and Andrew McNamara, "Karl and Gertrude Langer."

Session Chair: Elke Couchez

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 SESSION 3

7          Elizabeth Musgrave, "John Dalton."

8          Fiona Gardiner, "Ian Sinnamon."

9          Eddie Codd, "Former Head QIT."

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.

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.  

14:00 – 15:30 SESSION 5: Australasian Perspectives

11        Chris Knapp, UWS New Program.

12        Julia Gatley, University of Auckland.

13        Francesca Hughes, UTS.

Session Chair: Elizabeth Musgrave

15:30 Afternoon Tea


16:00 – 17:00 SESSION 6: Experiences

Indigenous / Bruce / SONA (UQ, Bond, Griffith, QUT)

Session Chair: Paul Trotter


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

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

Session Chair: Richard Kirk


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.