Spotlight on architecture at State Library

The popular UQ architecture lecture series returns to State Library of Queensland to ignite discussion and debate around the role of architecture in the 21st century.

The series, now in its fourth year, invites leading architects to share and discuss new ideas and knowledge centred on the role of architecture and design in the Asia Pacific.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the practice of architecture and the design of the built environment had a profound impact on everyday life.

“Through provocative discussion, we’re challenging people to consider the role of architecture in society and the implications of design on the built environment to the social, economic and environmental well-being of the planet,” said Ms Wright.

“This year we’re excited to livestream each event, opening up the dialogue to audiences right across Queensland, and even around the world” she said.

“A video recording of the weekly discussions will also be published on along with further reading notes and a review of each event.”

Arts Minister Ian Walker said it was wonderful to see the partnership between State Library’s Asia Pacific Design Library and UQ’s School of Architecture continue to flourish.

“Events such as this bring together industry professionals, academics and the wider general public and provide a great opportunity for discussion and engagement,” said Mr Walker.

Senior Lecturer at UQ School of Architecture, John de Manincor said this year, the series is themed around ‘720+’, after the Dewey Decimal system code for architecture.

“There are parallels between the tasks of an architecture school and the role of the contemporary library. More than just being places where one finds existing, static information, they are places that generate new knowledge,” he said.

“We’re building on this relationship through the series, bringing together leading designers and thinkers, award-winners and provocateurs who are each engaged in the generation of new knowledge and will give the audience something to think about,” said Mr de Manincor.

The UQ Architecture lecture series will take place every Tuesday from 25 March until 20 May, with refreshments and networking from 6pm.

The first lecture will welcome Finn Pederson and Martyn Hook from iredale pedersen hook (VIC and WA) to the stage, followed by Penny Collins and Huw Turner (Collins and Turner Architects) on 1 April.

Architecture professionals attending the events will be eligible for two formal continuing professional development points (CPD) through the Australian Institute of Architects ‘Refuel’ program.
For details on upcoming speakers visit

Date: Tuesdays, 25 Mar – 20 May (excl 22 Apr), 6pm for 6.30pm start
Venue: State Library of Queensland
Entry: Free, bookings
Media enquiries: Alexia Saeck, SLQ Communications 07 3840 7784 |

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