Speaker Series
27 October 2020
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Brisbane’s architecture luminaries are getting behind Brisbane Open House for our annual Great Debate Fundraiser.  Respected leaders judging the debate, Cameron Bruhn, Lindy Johnson, and Catherin Bull await a collegial competition to resolve a serious design-related question:

Is Individualism the antithesis of good design?

Hosted by Craig Zonca, Radio Presenter, ABC Brisbane

A future-focused debate about the place of individualism in design. Does good design naturally address its place in the landscape, and its community? How does individualism impact the worldview, streetscape, or city plan for the many?

Certainly, the practice of creativity and art making is often an individual pursuit. Collaboration also involves the individuals to contribute from their own perspectives. Individualism can also be destructive in long and short term ways, public and private. The cult of the individual has led to poor choices that result in social, economic and environmental impacts. It may be individualism though that saves us, with individual efforts in promoting better, more socially compatible design – global and local, that we hope results in a better future.




Our judges:

Cameron Bruhn, Dean and Head of School of Architecture, University of Queensland

Lindy Johnson, Director, Lindy Johnson Creative

Catherin Bull, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor at QUT


Our teams:

Melody Chen, Director, Atelier Chen Hung

Rebecca McIntosh, Media Identity & Arts Advocate, BecMac TV, PopsArt

Tim Bennetton, Director, Tim Bennetton Architects

Alice Hampson, Director, Alice Hampson Architects

Peter Edwards, Director, Archipelago

Kate Meyrick, Director, Urbis


with MC for the evening, ABC Radio Presenter Craig Zonca.

Find out more about our speakers here >>

The Great Debate Fundraiser is a sustainability initiative raising funds for Brisbane Open House– a not for profit organisation– that provides the free Brisbane Open House weekend annually.

Main Image: Brisbane Live by Woods Bagot + Archipelago + Populous

The next Brisbane Open House weekend will be held on 10 & 11 July 2021.

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