Be fascinated by architecture

ARCHITECTS design buildings, right? But there’s a lot more to the profession than meets the eye, with all to be revealed at a unique event in Tamworth.  

Architecture on Show is at Ray Walsh House tomorrow night and is a chance for members of the public to hear from local architects and view the work of the winners of the recent Australian Institute of Architects Country Division Awards.

It’s the first time an event of this kind has been staged in the city, and Tamworth architect and seminar co-ordinator Nick Brown, from Studio Two Architecture, is excited about sharing his passion for his profession.

He’ll be joined by Carolyn McFarland (nee Austin, a former Tamworth girl) from Austin McFarland in Wingham; Michael McPhillips, from Magoffin and Deakin in Armidale; and Virginia Wong-See, of Armidale firm Virginia Wong-See Architects.

Each of the architects will be making a 15-minute presentation, with some slides of their work, to illustrate what they’ve done in the local community and why.

“There are so many people interested in design and architecture in regional Australia, so hopefully they can come along and enjoy an informative night and ask a lot of questions,” Mr Brown said.

Architecture on Show began in 2010 as an open day during the Sydney Architecture Festival. 

Since then the program has grown throughout the metropolitan and regional areas of NSW to include 20 local councils. 

It aims to demystify the profession by creating a better understanding of the value of good architecture, highlighting important local projects and providing a better understanding of what an architect does.

Mr Brown said everything they did revolved around creating responsible, sustainable, quality urban environments, which was made all the more challenging by an increasing amount of government legislation and building code requirements.

Sustainability – energy and water efficiency – was a major consideration now, he said, and just added to the design complexities.

The challenges, though, are among the things Mr Brown finds most satisfying and that have kept him engaged over his 30-year career.

“I enjoy struggling with complex problems and bringing together lots of different things in order to find a way to get it built,” he said.

Tomorrow night’s event is free to attend and will run from 6pm to 7.30pm, with refreshments provided.

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