University of Newcastle professors will join other distinguished international speakers addressing more than 200 students at the 2013 Australian and New Zealand Student Architecture Congress Nexus in Newcastle this week.

The Congress is the largest student gathering in the architectural calendar. This year’s three-day event from July 3-6 has been coordinated by Creative Directors Rianda Barnes, Thomas Marshall and Joe Larkings, graduate and final year students of the Masters of Architecture at the University of Newcastle.

Speakers from the USA, Brazil, Canada, Netherlands, France, New Zealand and South Africa will present their experiences and thoughts on city and place making, associated experimental architecture, interdisciplinary practice and grassroots urban renewal.

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Professors Lindsay & Kerry Clare
Clare Design, Sydney
Lindsay & Kerry Clare are a husband and wife team who have produced architectural projects for more than 30 years including a diverse range of housing and major urban and public buildings. Their work has been consistently acknowledged for design excellence and environmental performance. Lindsay & Kerry were jointly awarded the RAIA Gold Medal in 2010. Alongside practice, Kerry & Lindsay continue their roles in teaching and are Professors at the School of Architecture & Built Environment.

Cassandra Stronach
Graduate – Group D, Newcastle
Novocastrian Cassie Stronach founded Group D in May 2012 when she embarked on her first public art project. The project was a light sculpture for VIVID Sydney called Follow the CurrenT, which consisted of giant glowing anglerfish built over the top of tricycles. These were hugely popular and the success of this project gave Cassie the taste for working on projects she could direct and was truly passionate about. Hence Group D was formed with a unique agenda; to form collaborative teams of complementary skilled people to deliver projects across the disciplines of Architecture, Interiors and Art. She works from her Newcastle Studio on local projects and also in Sydney and interstate. One of her latest projects includes working on Newcastle’s contemporary landmark art project, City Evolutions.

Professor Peter Stutchbury
Peter Stutchbury Architecture, Sydney
Sydney based architect Peter Stutchbury graduated from Newcastle University in 1978 where he is now a Professor receiving the University’s convocation medal in 2004. He has held professional chairs in South Africa, USA and South America, and was also awarded the Luis Barragan Diploma Catedra in 2008 and the Diploma de Architecture Chile 2010 & Diploma de Department of Landscape Architecture Taiwan 2011. Peter is a founder and teacher of in the Glenn Murcutt International Masterclass since 2001. In 2008, his firm won the International Living Steel Award in Russia and since 1995, Peter Stutchbury Architecture has won 46 AIA (14 nationally) including both of the nation’s major awards in 2003 & 2005. In 2012, Peter was made an Australian Institute of Architects life fellow.

Professor Lindsay Johnston
Lindsay Johnston grew up in Ireland and studied architecture in Scotland. After 20 years in research and practice in Ireland he emigrated to Australia and entered academic life. He has previously been Head of School and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Design at the University of Newcastle. He has been awarded for his research on and practice of environmentally sensitive strategies. His house ‘Four Horizons’ and the associated tourist lodges in the Watagans National Park have been published internationally. Peter has also been Chair of the Australian Institute of Architect’s National Education Committee and National Environment Committee. He was also awarded the 2002 Australian Institute of Architects’ National Education Prize for his contribution to architectural education. He continues as Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle where he tutors and runs design studios for students in the Masters degree programs. He is convener of the Architecture Foundation Australia and principle organiser of the Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class and other educational events.

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