Architect and founder of Melbourne-based practice Austin Maynard Architects, Andrew Maynard, will visit Brisbane this Thursday as a keynote speaker in the Bond University Abedian School of Architecture Lecture Series. His address will put a spotlight on environmentally, socially and economically sustainable design projects.
As a founding board member and the director of Nightingale Housing, Maynard will discuss the Nightingale model of architecture. The innovative approach to residential housing, launched in Melbourne, is a not-for-profit social enterprise that exists to support, promote and advocate for high-quality housing that is ecologically, socially, and financially sustainable.
The lecture will also look at Maynard’s trajectory from university student to founder of an internationally acclaimed practice, with a particular focus on his philosophy on sustainable projects.
"I will take budding architects through my journey from my very first international award – the Asia Pacific Design Award's grand prize for my mobile work station, 'The Design Pod', during my university days," says Maynard.
"This award provided me with a platform to travel the world for inspiration, research environmentally friendly designs and relocate to Melbourne to launch my own practice, Austin Maynard Architects.”
The lecture – which is now booked out – will bring together budding architects and people with an interest in architecture, design and sustainability.
"This is an opportunity to take part in an interesting evening of conversation and to hear from a globally respected architect and speaker,” says Chris Knapp, assistant professor of architecture at Bond University.
"[Andrew’s] dedication to sustainable housing will provide an interesting and alternative perspective to the architecture and design community, and make this a presentation not to be missed."
Maynard’s lecture will be held at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) in Southbank, Brisbane, on Thursday 14 September.