Donald L. Bates – Architecture – The Undisciplined Discipline

Donald L. Bates – Architecture – The Undisciplined Discipline
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lecture Synopsis:

Architecture appears to have a clearly defined discipline, distinct from engineering, interior design, construction, etc.  And yet, time and again, we see architecture (and architects) venturing into other domains – from philosophy to performance, social advocacy to product design, material exploration to computational programming, graphics to self-build.  What is it about architecture that invites (allows?) these cross-over activities?  Why can’t architecture stay “disciplined”?

Bio of speaker:

Professor Donald Bates is the Chair of Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.  He is a Founder and Director of LAB Architecture Studio, an architectural and urban design practice based in Melbourne, with offices in Shanghai, London, Delhi and Dubai.  Professor Bates is a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel and is a juror at the forthcoming World Architecture Festival 2012 in Singapore.  He has taught at the Architectural Association in London, the Cooper Union in NYC and lectured in more than 170 schools and institutions across the world.

LAB Architecture Studio are the designers, of Melbourne’s internationally renowned Federation Square, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.  LAB has also completed projects in the UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Singapore and China.  In China, LAB has produced numerous high-rise office and residential towers and retail developments, along with a number of large-scale master plans, including work on the new town of Xitaihu, and on Nanjing’s Xiaguan.  LAB is a founding member of AUS – Australian Urban Systems – an industry cluster group, support by the Department of Business and Innovation, providing expertise and consultancy services for sustainable and liveable urbanism.

Additional Information:

CPD Credit Hours and AIA CES Learning Unit Hours are offered to members of the HKIA and the AIA.

This lectures is open to the general public.

The Fall 2012 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.