Troppo Architects’ directors and 2014 Gold Medallists Phil Harris and Adrian Welke are joining a stellar speaker line up for the first Australasian Student Architecture Congress to be held in Melbourne since 1964.

From the winner of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland’s Best Emerging Practice in 2012, to a member of the creative team for New Zealand’s first ever pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, this year’s event boasts 15 speakers who will focus on Markus Jung’s philosophy that ‘architecture is not about form but formations of people’.

Themed ‘People’, this year’s congress will be curated by Mercedes Mambort (RMIT), Tim Randall (Monash University) and Darcy Zelenko (The University of Melbourne). The program will look at questions of spatial relations, architectural anthropology, humanitarian architecture, advocacy and intervention, amid a backdrop of expanding populations, urban migration and tightening purse strings.

The Australasian Student Architecture Congress, first established in the 1960s, will be held from 2 to 4 July in Melbourne. More information and tickets can be found on

Discounted early bird registrations close on April 30, Thursday.


Julie Stout – Mitchell & Stout Architects, New Zealand

Steve Larkin – Steve Larkin Architects, Ireland

Anna Rubbo – Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, Columbia University, USA

Laurent Gutierrez – Map Office, Hong Kong

Sandra Manninger – SPAN del Campo Manninger Architects, USA

Veronika Valk – ZiZi & YoYo, Estonia

Phil Harris – Troppo, Adelaide

Adrian Welke – Troppo, Perth

Jeremy McLeod – Breathe Architecture, Melbourne

Lucy Humphrey – Lucy Humphrey Studio and Archrival, Sydney

Tone Wheeler – Environa Studio, Sydney

Paul Pholeros – Healthabitat, Sydney

John Gollings – Gollings Photography, Melbourne

Paul Memmott – Aboriginal Environments Research Centre, Brisbane

Lucinda Hartley – CoDesign Studio, Victoria