You may or may not be aware that I am a bit of latinophile, loving all things South American – its football, women and also its architecture. That’s why I am a little excited to see that Chilean architect, Mathias Klotz will be presenting the first of this year’s Dean’s Lecture Series at the University of Melbourne on the 16 March 2010 at 7pm. Also worth checking out is the associated exhibition which will be running from the 8 -19 March 2010 at the Wunderlich Gallery. If you want to check out some of Klotz’s work, check out his website here.
John Wardle and Office dA have been won the competition to design the new building for the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne pipping idon’twearblack favourites, McBride Charles Ryan. Only limited pics of the winning scheme are available at the moment at Australian Design Review. Hopefully, in the very near future we will get to see all the shortlisted entries and one can truly judge if it is a worthy winner. Here’s hoping that this quote from Professor Tom Kvan, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, isn’t a pointer to why the winning scheme was picked:
“The winning design showed a detailed understanding of the teaching and research activities of the Faculty and the potential for contribution to research across the campus.”
Edit: Presentation boards summarising the response from each of these entrants will be on display in the Wunderlich Gallery at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus throughout September.