M Pavilion 2016 architect Bijoy Jain will explore the concept of ‘lore’ and how it relates to his successful architectural practice, Studio Mumbai at a free public lecture being organised at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne on 26 July.

Presented in partnership with M Pavilion, the Wheeler Centre and the Melbourne School of Design, the lecture will see Jain sharing with the audience his thoughts on how traditions and knowledge are passed on from person to person, usually by word of mouth, and how this process is a guiding principle that underpins all Studio Mumbai projects.

An acclaimed ethical and sustainable design expert, Jain was awarded the Grande Medaille d’Or by the AcademieD’Architecture in Paris (2014), with his most celebrated projects including Copper House 11, Palmyra House, Ahmedabad House and Saat Rasta. For instance, he carved out the living space occupied by a typical Indian family of eight in the exhibition Architects Build Small Spaces at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. At the National Museum of Art in Tokyo, he created three open-air wooden structures referencing Japanese post-war ‘do-it-yourself’ huts.

Jain describes his design for the third annual M Pavilion in Melbourne’s historic Queen Victoria Gardens as an “egalitarian space that celebrates the idea of ground and sky, east, west, north and south, and to find an angle of repose within that”.

M Pavilion founder Naomi Milgrom AO commented that Jain will showcase a radically different approach to design and construction at the M Pavilion event. A unique annual architecture commission and design event conceived and created by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, MPavilion features one new temporary pavilion designed by a leading international architect, and erected in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens.

From October through February, the M Pavilion becomes a design and cultural hub and home to a series of talks, workshops, performances and installations. Previous architects include Sean Godsell, whose 2014 design inspired by Australia’s outback sheds and verandas now stands in the gardens of the Hellenic Museum, and Amanda Levete of the British firm AL_A, who in 2015 used technology from the aerospace industry to create a forest canopy of translucent petals. Levete’s pavilion will soon be relocated to a park in Collins Street, Docklands.

Public lecture by Bijoy Jain

Venue: B117 Basement Theatre, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Masson Rd Parkville

Date and time: 26th July at 7pm

M Pavilion will be open to the public from 4 October 2016 until 12 February 2017.