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, with a focus 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, geopolitical tensions, and challenges faced by the profession, including paucity of women in leadership roles, how might schools of architecture most effectively privilege student agency, indigenous education, effective moments of assembly, advancement of a strong architectural culture, and foster platforms for research and practice in the built environment

Day 1 Historical Turns held at Gardens Point Campus, Lecture Theatre S403

Day 2 Architectural Education today held at QLD Chapter, 70 Merivale St South Brisbane 

Day 1  Historical Turns

Thursday 22 November 

Held at: Gardens Point Campus, Lecture Theatre S403

practitioners can earn up to 6 CPD Points for attending 4 sessions held on this day

9.30 – 11:00 SESSION 1


 Don Watson, Architectural Education in Queensland to 1934 


Kirsty Volz, Women at the Central Technical College


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 


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


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


Andrew Wilson, World War Two and Architectural Education in QLD

Session Chair: Antony Moulis

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break 

14:00 – 15:30 SESSION 3 


Elizabeth Musgrave, "John Dalton"


Fiona Gardiner, "Ian Sinnamon"


Edwin Codd, "QIT and disciplines of the built environment"

Session Chair: Gordon Holden

15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon Tea Break 

16:00 – 18:00 SESSION 4 


Happiness is a Three-Legged Dog. QIT Student Film. Directed by Toney Airey, starring Robert Martin, original script Robert Riddel


Elke Couchez KU Leuven ATCH Post-doctoral Fellow "Objects and Sites of Schooling"

Discussant: John Macarthur 

Day 2 Architectural Education Today

Friday 23 November

Held at: Australian Institute of Architects, 70 Merivale St, South Brisbane

Practitioners can earn up tp 4.5 formal CPD points for attending 3 sessions held on this day

13: 00 – 14:30 SESSION 5 

 Australasian Perspectives  


Chris Knapp UWS New Program 


Julia Gatley University of Auckland 

Francesca Hughes, UTS 

Session Chair: Richark Kirk

14:30 – 16:00  SESSION 6

Open Session 


Judy Watson, artist, contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at Griffith


Sarah Mills, The Leeds School of Architecture UK, cinematic Commons, Mumbai


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


Amarinda Blazey (SONA), Sarah Manderson (Bruce) Aspects of student expereince 

Session Chair: Elke Couchez 
16:00 -16.30 Afternoon tea

16:30 – 18:30  

Schools of the Region and Plenary Session


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

Session Chair: Elizabeth Musgrave, University of Queensland 

18:30  EmAGN Committee invites attendees to the after party located at Wandering Cooks 

  • This event is organised 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.