Leading architects from Australia and the globe will gather at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) in March to critically explore architectural ideas during the 2015 edition of the annual UQ Architecture lecture series next month.

Organised by SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library and the University of Queensland’s School of Architecture, the 2015 series will discuss and debate 21st century architectural challenges, continuing State Library’s past work in this space.

State Librarian Janette Wright said that their goal is to encourage their audience to expand their understanding of the role of architecture in society and its impact on the wellbeing of communities.

According to Ms Wright, the design of the built environment has significant implications for everyday life. In a more globally connected world, the architectural profession is being challenged to adapt and embrace the responsibility of designing a better world.

The Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL) is dedicated to promoting the role of architecture and design to the broader society, working with UQ to bring research into the design studio to generate new knowledge.

Series curator John de Manincor, Senior Lecturer at UQ explains that the series is about sharing ideas with anyone interested in the design of the spaces they inhabit.

Andrew Burges from New South Wales-based firm Andrew Burges Architects (ABA) will launch the series on the evening of Tuesday 10 March at 6.30pm.

The free talk series runs for eight consecutive weeks through March and April (excluding Easter, Tuesday 7 April), and will feature architects from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Complete information about the full list of sessions and speakers can be accessed on designonline.org.au, alongside a range of content including video recordings, which will be made available after each event.

Architecture professionals attending the events will be eligible for two formal continuing professional development points (CPD) with the Australian Institute of Architects.

The 2015 UQ Architecture lecture series will be held on Tuesdays, 10 March – 5 May (excl. 7 April).