The 2016 Robin Boyd Ethics of Architecture Speaker Series will begin on 14 June with a keynote from Victorian Minister for Planning Richard Wynne.

Wynne is one of eight speakers scheduled to deliver a presentation over the course of the next four months at the Robin Boyd Foundation headquarters at 290 Walsh Street, South Yarra.

Architects, an ethicist, theologian and strategic advisor, and a philosopher and author are also on the cards and more information about each speaker is below.


Venue: Walsh Street, 290 Walsh Street, South Yarra
Time: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start
Limited places. Early Booking Advised 

Ticket Cost per session: RBF Friends $25, Public & Guests $30, Students $20 (inc. GST)

8 Session Season Pass:  RBF Friends $170, Public & Guests $200, Students $150 (inc. GST)

For all bookings CLICK HERE 


14 June – Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning – State Government

Richard Wynne is the Member for Richmond and the Minister for Planning in the Andrews Government. He was Minister for Housing, Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs in the Bracks and Brumby Governments. Richard was a Melbourne City Councillor for six years, serving one year as Lord Mayor in 1991. He has extensive policy experience in the development and delivery of local government, housing and urban renewal reforms.

29 June – Michael Markham, Architect

Michael Markham is an architect. He received his architectural education in Chicago.  In 1994 he founded Field Consultants with Peter Brew. Field Consultants won the 2000 RAIA  Victorian Architecture Medal & Harold Desbrowe Annear Award. In 2006, Markham, with Peter Steudle, a chemical engineer, initiated Tug workshop – a group of materials, engineering, historical and design experts focussed on unsustainable anti-environmentalism. Tug won the 2015 AIA Harold Desbrowe Annear Award. The work of Field & Tug has been published in Australia’s leading industry journals of record, Architecture Review (Australia) & Monument.

19 July – Rufus Black, Ethicist, Theologian and Strategic Advisor

Associate Professor Rufus Black is an ethicist, theologian and strategic advisor. Before becoming  Master of Ormond he worked at McKinsey & Company for 9 years, where he was a partner and played  leadership roles in the firm’s Organisation and Public Sector Practices in Australia and Asia. He continues  to provide strategic advice to leading Australian corporations and government departments. He is also  an ordained minister of the Uniting Church of Australia.

25 July – Bijoy Jain, Architect, Studio Mumbai

Founded by Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai works with a human infrastructure of skilled artisans, technicians and draftsmen who design and build the work directly.This group shares an environment created from an iterative process, where ideas are explored through the production of large-scale mock-ups, models, material studies, sketches and drawings. Projects are developed through careful consideration of place and practice that draws from traditional skills, local building techniques, materials and an ingenuity arising from limited resources.

9 August – John Armstrong, Philosopher and Author

John Armstrong was born in Glasgow, educated in Oxford and London and moved to Australia in 2001.  He is the author of several books, including In search of Civilisation (2009); Love Life Goethe (2006) and The Secret Power of Beauty (2004) – all published by Penguin. He is a regular expert commentator on radio and contributor to major international newspapers and journals, and has conducted globally recognised lectures  at forums as diverse as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, London’s National Gallery and Writers’ Festivals in Melbourne and Sydney.

23 August – Kerstin Thompson, Architect 

Kerstin Thompson is Principal of Kerstin Thompson Architects, Professor of Design in Architecture at Victoria University Wellington and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at RMIT & Monash Universities. Since its inception in 1994, KTA has established itself as a significant and innovative reference point in Australian architecture  and urban design. Kerstin is a writer and lecturer with close links with schools of architecture and professional institutes in Australia and overseas. She plays an active role not only within the profession, but also in promoting quality design in the wider community through her role as a Panel Member on the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Design Review Panel.

12 September – Andrew Maynard, Architect

Andrew Maynard is a much awarded and widely published architect, locally and internationally. His office is admired for its imaginative ideas-based practice and an enthusiastic approach to pop culture, experimentation and technology while also maintaining a firm grasp on the social ideals and ecological responsibility required to make a real future.