Several leading international and Australian landscape architects will be presenting at the opening event of the upcoming Bond University Architecture Lecture Series for 2016.

The Bond University Lecture Series is a free regular event hosted by practitioners and academics to help expand and explore the definition of architectural practice and its role in creating the contemporary built environment.

To be held on 19 February at the Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University, the 2016 lecture series opens with a seminar that will discuss the unique landscape of the Gold Coast. Titled 'Catalysts, Connections and Interventions', the landscape seminar will bring together renowned landscape architects from across Australia and the world to examine the relationship between the landscape and the built environment.

International guest speakers Sofie Willems and Joan Maria Raun Nielsen, principal landscape architects at Spektrum Arkitekter in Copenhagen, Denmark will discuss citizen engagement and activation in design work.

Kevin O'Brien, Principal Architect of Kevin O’Brien Architects (KOA), will open the Catalysts, Connections and Interventions seminar with a discussion into ritualised landscape as an origin for architecture, followed by Gerard McCormick, Principal Landscape Architect for Cardno, who will discuss how the use of open space on the Gold Coast makes the area unique.

Professor Sue Anne Ware, Landscape Architect and Head of School of Architecture and Built Environment at University of Newcastle will speak on the theme of landscape architecture as a catalyst for change. Dan Plummer and Belinda Smith of Plummer and Smith and locally based Danish landscape architect Marianne Kristensen Carter, will also discuss their approach to landscape design and the work of their respective practices.

Professor Adrian Carter, Head of Architecture at Bond University, said he encouraged anyone with a keen interest in the relationship between the built and natural environment to attend the first lecture of the series on 19 February.

The successful lecture series will continue with a presentation later this year by Richard Hassell of Singapore-based architecture practice 'WOHA' at the Asia Pacific Architecture Symposium in Brisbane as well as Jimenez Lai of Los Angeles firm 'Bureau Spectacular'.

Professor Carter said the Architecture Lecture Series had grown exponentially since its beginnings in 2013, with an outstanding line-up of world-renowned architects set to take the stage in 2016.

The Bond University Architecture Lecture Series is open to the general public to attend free of charge; however registration is essential.

The Bond University Architecture Lecture Series will take place at the Abedian School of Architecture, Architecture School Forum (Building 3B), Bond University, University Drive, Robina on Friday, 19 February from 1.00pm to 5.30pm.

Image: Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University