About

The culture of living closer together.

Assemble Papers is an online and printed publication for small footprint living, covering art, design, architecture, urbanism, the environment and financial affairs. Reflecting an ‘ethicurean*’ approach to life, Assemble Papers stands for optimism. From culture and knowledge through to what we eat and buy, we believe that how we live and what we consume matters.

We treat our readership with the utmost respect, as intelligent peers with whom we share values, knowledge and stories. Appealing to both left and right sides of the brain, we feature content that aims for ingenuity and inventiveness, while taking a thoughtful, considered and practical approach to the clutter of contemporary life. Assemble Papers is published by Assemble, an architecture, design and property development company based in Melbourne.

Launched in 2012, we publish work by and about a stellar mix of people; words, ideas and images related to living creatively and collectively. Our print publication is a biannual affair and available for free around Australia and occasionally in the world. Online, we publish new content weekly (subscribe to our free e-newsletter to get a hit every Friday morning, 11am AEST). We like people. If you like what you see and would like to contribute or just say hola, nihao, bonjour, guten tag or g’day, get in touch.

We’re local and global citizens based in Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia.

*ethicurean: an ethical and epicurean approach


Team

Jana Perkovic

Jana Perković is the editor of Assemble Papers. Her passions include hiking, Chinese restaurant music, and the normcore aesthetic. Jana subscribes to the credo that everything is doable, but not everything is worth doing. Should there ever be a biopic, she’d like to be played by Adrien Brody.

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Eugenia Lim

Eugenia is an artist who uses video, installation and performance to activate people in private and public space. She was AP's founding editor-in-chief and has returned as editor-at-large. In art and life, she is interested in the intersection between the personal and the geopolitical. Agnès Varda is her hero.

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Cat McGauran

Cat McGauran is the assistant editor at Assemble Papers. Her background is in law, journalism and housing advocacy. Cat was the co-host of PBS FM's The Breakfast Spread for three years, where she indulged her love of music and community. She currently coaches the Megahertz team in the fine art of AFL.

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Abbie Freestone

Abbie is the head of community at Assemble and has a background in urbanism and architectural communications. She is committed to uncovering new ways of thinking about cities. A pole vaulter in a former life, she’s forever chasing views from high places and after living in California and Oregon has a love for mountains (and mimosas).

Kris Daff

Kris is the Managing Director of Assemble and is also Managing Director of Make Ventures, a property development and investment company. Originally trained as an engineer, Kris is an experienced property professional and, on the weekends, he can be found cycling around the bay – or swimming in it with his family.

Matt Ablethorpe

Matt is the development director of Assemble and co-director of Make Ventures, a property development and investment company. He is an experienced real estate executive, and more importantly – a gifted birthday cake baker for his two daughters. Matt’s experience includes asset, development and funds management across a range of sectors.

Quino Holland

Quino Holland is an architect and design director of Assemble. He is also a co-director of Fieldwork, an architecture practice. Quino is a keen gardener and cyclist who is most happy in the great outdoors or contemplating brutalist architecture (what a nerd! - ed.). Isambard Kingdom Brunel is an enduring hero.

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Ben Keck

Ben is strategy director of Assemble and a co-director of Fieldwork, an architecture practice. His background is in finance, property and law. Ben provides editorial support on the Practical Matters section and is a meticulous proof reader. He is a keen soccer player and an advocate of the siesta.

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Contributors

Tom Ross

Tom Ross grew up on Victoria’s surf coast, always carrying a camera, but never considering it a career. He started out studying marine biology, but a seven- month road trip around Australia caused him to reconsider his path. Graduating from photography at VCA, with a stint at Massachusetts College of Art, Tom has since begun a full-time commercial career in photography, specialising in architecture and editorial work.

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Emily Wong

Emily Wong is a landscape architect who grew up on a steady diet of science fiction. A long time member of the AP editorial team, she is now the editor of Landscape Australia. Emily directs TERRA FODA, a Melbourne-based studio exploring future scenarios through food and the act of eating. She is always looking for ways to combine architecture and her former background in law.

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Genevieve Murray

Genevieve Murray’s Sydney-based design practice, Future Method Studio, works across architectural, cultural, and urban projects, with a collaborative and socially conscious focus. She is currently working on projects in India, Alice Springs, Redfern and Newcastle, as well as having recently collaborated with FOUNDation Projects, MS4A, and Archrival on work for the Sydney Architecture Festival 2013 and the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012.

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Maitiú Ward

Maitiú Ward is a publisher, editor, journalist and occasional broadcaster with a special interest in architecture and design. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Review Asia Pacific and (Inside) Interior Design Review. He is the co-founder of Uro Media, a specialist publisher dedicated to the creation of authoritative and critically rigorous books on architecture and design.

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Nadia Saccardo

Nadia Saccardo is an editor who bounces between Melbourne and Sydney. She co-founded and edited Smith Journal magazine, published The Thousands City Guides, and has contributed to frankie, Four & Sons, Head Full of Snakes, Dumbo feather and Monster Children. Currently, she’s in the throes of starting two new mags that riff off sport and beer.

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Sara Savage

Sara was editor of Assemble Papers from late 2015 until mid-2017. Originally from New Zealand, she has spent significant time living and working in Singapore and New York. She also leads a (not-so-)secret double life as a DJ and radio broadcaster, and presents the arts, culture, science and design show Parallel Lines every Wednesday (9am–midday) on Triple R 102.7 FM.

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Ghita Loebenstein

Ghita Loebenstein is a sometimes writer, editor, reviewer, publicist, producer and programmer (sometimes all at once). She is the founder of Grey Gardens Projects: a gallery, event space, cafe, bar and the home of her film series Speakeasy Cinema.

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Keith Little

Keith is an architect who has practiced in Melbourne, Tokyo, and on projects around the world. His background in political science influences his approach to architecture as a social practice of realizing the physical manifestations of human relationships. He enjoys the outdoors and the indoors, and is an extroverted introvert.

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Bree Trevena

Bree Trevena is an urban strategist operating at the intersection of civic systems, creative strategy and city planning. She manages research at Arup Foresight, Research + Innovation with a focus on urban transformations. Her background is in policy, cultural planning and arts infrastructure.

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Sam Cremean

Sam is a Melbourne-obsessed urban researcher and community engagement professional. Both at home and across Asia, his passion is to encourage citizens to take the lead in improving and sustaining the environment around them. His true calling however, thrives in the karaoke booth.

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Ary Indra

Aside from his daily work practicing architecture as principal at Jakarta-based Aboday, Ary is also a freelance architecture writer and curator. In 2018, Ary was the chief curator of Indonesia Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale. He is currently touring his own talk show ‘AIBC’, targeted at young architects in regional Indonesia.

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David Hutama Setiadi

David Hutama is currently chair of architecture in Universitas Pelita Harapan in Jakarta. Together with Avianti Armand and Robin Hartanto co-edited ‘Home: a Studio Talk’, published by UPH Press. He was one of the curators of the Indonesia Pavilion for Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018.

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Louis Mokak

Louis Mokak is a proud Djugun man from West Kimberley, who was born on Gadigal country, grew up on Ngunnawal/Ngambri country and currently resides on the sacred lands of the Kulin Nations studying a Bachelor of Architectural Design at RMIT University. Louis is a director of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV) and a recipient of the Carey Lyon Scholarship at RMIT.

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Jon Mark Oldmeadow

Jon is a director, cinematographer & editor of the moving image based in Sydney, Australia. Jon freelances for production companies and independent producers and is also a video installation artist who has exhibited solo & collaborative work (with Safari Team) locally and internationally. Jon eats vegemite & avocado on toast everyday, and has been trying to grow an avocado tree for the last few years.

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Anna Hickey

Anna Hickey is a freelance writer based in Melbourne who has recently graduated from a Masters of Communication. She has a love of food and is passionate about the important role it plays in enriching culture. Anna likes to create, especially in the kitchen where she makes and blogs about healthy recipes.

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Rachel Elliot-Jones

Rachel is a London-based curator and editor of cultural programs for Hotel Hotel (and former creative producer of AP!). In 2011, she co-founded the curatorial and publishing platform Many Many and occasional publication 'House Wear', exploring nomadic culture across art, design, architecture and writing.

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Emma McRae

Emma is a writer and curator whose work explores contemporary living through the convergence of nature, technology, humanity and creativity.

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James Stephens

James Stephens is a lawyer practicing in commercial, constitutional and native title law. His qualifications also include: living in an apartment, a building and design degree and writing and editing architectural publications.

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Paul Barbera

Paul Barbera is a roving eye with a global reputation as an interiors and lifestyle photographer who works with the likes of Vogue Living, Elle Decor, Frame, View on Color, Bloom, Grazia, Black Book & AD China. Based in NYC, Paul completed a BFA at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1994. His blog Where They Create (documenting the creative spaces of artists & designers) was published by Frame in 2011.

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Grace McQuilten

Grace McQuilten is the founder of The Social Studio, an art historian, curator, sometimes-artist and author of Art in Consumer Culture (Ashgate, 2011). Her work in community development has taught her to have a sense of humour when it comes to money, bureaucracy and social politics.

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Susannah Wimberley

Zan is a freelance photographer working in Melbourne & Sydney. Having dabbled in science photography & motion pictures, she finally found her calling in portraiture, performance & documentation within the creative & contemporary arts. Her photographs are often published in Australian Art Collector, Art Monthly Australia and Realtime. She is currently completing a Masters at the SCA.

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Nusha Gurusinghe

Nusha is a Melbourne-born photographer who can't shake her love of 35mm film. Her favourite camera is an Olympus OM10 gifted to her by a former colleague. Nusha's photos have appeared in Paper Sea Quarterly and Korean-based B magazine. She has an insatiable addiction to pain au chocolat and travel.

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Sarah Booth

Sarah Booth is one of those people who'll never be able to explain to her family what she does. At present she works as a writer, editor, has a bake sale called Flour Market, a bar called Black Market and is co-owner and cook at Tiggy.

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Sam Wong

Sam Wong is a photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Originally from Hong Kong,
 Sam is an ardent truth teller obsessed with capturing the unfettered side of life. In 2013-14, he was the recipient of RMIT’s Foto-Culture award and completed an internship at Magnum Photos NYC. His clients 
include Vans, Ricoh cameras and Christie’s HK. Sam’s style is observant, compassionate and doesn’t miss a beat.

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Amelyn Ng

Amelyn is a writer, cartoonist, and registered architect working on new historical and theoretical narratives for architecture. While her heart is in Melbourne, she is currently in New York City pursuing further research at Columbia GSAPP. She has written about civic agency, everyday urbanism, media politics, and paradoxical infrastructures, for a range of architectural publications and conferences.

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Katherine Sundermann

Katherine Sundermann is an urban designer and planner with an architectural background. She is interested in the intersection of design and politics and the future of urban areas. Having lived and worked in the Netherlands, she now works as an urban designer at MGS Architects.

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Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter is an architect and on-again/off-again architectural writer. He is co-founder of DIS-cour.se, an independent arena for the exchange of architectural ideas.

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Emma Telfer

Emma Telfer is the executive director of Open House Melbourne. She is a founding partner of the Office for Good Design, and a regular media spokesperson, judge, panellist and ambassador for the creative industries and for Melbourne as the creative capital.

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Alisha Gore

Alisha Gore is a freelance portrait and lifestyle photographer based in Sydney. Inspired by the stories of the people she encounters, she strives to create narrative-driven imagery that is rich in emotion and feeling. Studying Architecture and Design at the University of Sydney has given Alisha a unique perspective on the use of space, light and textures in her work.

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Georgia Nowak

Georgia Nowak is an architect who has studied both architecture and sculpture, and whose work represents a merging of the two. Georgia has worked in Melbourne and Stockholm, resulting in her strong affinity with the Scandinavian way of living.

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Gabriela Holland

Gabriela has dabbled in everything from film production, managing an NGO and travel writing in Cusco, to writing and editing for online publication 'LeCool' in Barcelona. She is now based in Melbourne, where she teaches English, co-runs Pop Plant and freelances as an editor and proofreader.

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Asha Bee Abraham

Asha Bee Abraham is a human ecologist who works at various points on the lines connecting sustainability, community development and art. She has a particular interest in urban resilience and the connections between people and place.

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Arthur Holland Michel

Arthur Holland Michel was born in Cusco, Peru. Since then, he has lived on four continents, most recently in the US, where he is founding an interdisciplinary research and art group on drones at Bard College. Arthur is a writer, editor, cyclist and gastronome.

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Mitra Anderson-Oliver

Mitra Anderson-Oliver is an urban planner and policy analyst at SGS Economics and Planning. Also a board member of Schoolhouse Studios, Mitra is interested in the politics of city building and the creative forces that drive it. She has a background in law and is currently writing a Masters thesis on affordable housing policy in Melbourne.

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Marc Martin

Marc Martin is an illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. Working with watercolours, felt-tip pens, ink, pencil, scanned textures and computer, Marc’s work is a world of dense colour, rich textures, and the odd scribble. Having formally trained as a graphic designer, he splits his time between his design studio Lanz+Martin, and commissioned illustrations for various clients.

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Elizabeth Kulas

Elizabeth Kulas is currently completing a minor thesis in Art History at the University of Melbourne. Freelance writing allows her to share her incurable curiosity about people, visual culture and food. She loves cooking, eating and the sound of the German language.

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Heather Lighton

Heather Lighton is a freelance photographer, writer and designer behind the jewellery label 'H by Heather Lighton'. She has a background in fine art and design and likes to let these disciplines influence all of her work. She is a lover of nature, travel and beautiful objects. She is also the mother of two whippets who are her true loves.

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Olga Bennett

Olga Bennett is a freelance photographer and a visual artist based in Melbourne. Her photographs are regularly published in Frankie magazine, Smith Journal, Feast and a few other publications. She is currently studying for her Fine Art degree at Victorian College of the Arts and it is too early to say with certainty where that is going to lead her.

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James Geer

Born and raised in Melbourne, James Geer began his photographic career in 1999. Since then, he has been commissioned by distinguished publications, advertising agencies, entertainment and corporate companies worldwide. Noted for his portraiture, James has been privileged to photograph not only celebrities but also some of most important and influential figures of our time.

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Henrietta Zeffert

Henrietta is a writer based in Melbourne and London, and a doctoral student at The London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Elliott Mackie

Elliott Mackie is a London-based industrial designer who is concerned with constructing narrative through a reinterpretation of the familiar. His practice includes the development of products, system services and new design methods, seeking to navigate the intersection between traditional forms of production and emergent technologies.

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Will Straw

Will Straw is James McGill Professor of Urban Media Studies in the Department of Art History and Communications Studies at McGill University in Montreal . He is the author of Cyanide and Sin : Visualizing Crime in 50s America (2006) and co-editor of several volumes of writing on cities, night, popular culture and music. He runs a blog The Urban Night, tracking developments in night culture around the world.

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Rafaela Pandolfini

Rafaela Pandolfini is a Sydney-based artist interested in the expression of emotion as form. She is constantly looking to explore movement through the lens.

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Jeremy Gill

Jeremy Gill is an urban planner at SGS Economics and Planning, lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the University of New South Wales and founder of citysmith.com (an urban essays website). He observes cities to understand what makes them tick and has been talking about starting a PhD for longer than it takes to write one.

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Fred Kroh

Fred Kroh first became conscious of photography at a young age while using a family camera. His interest in capturing the mood or essence of a person or thing is still his primary motivation. He brings this continued curiosity and drive to his work as a photographer of people, places, objects and architecture.

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Joanna Kawecki

Joanna is the co-editor and founder of Ala Champfest, a London and Melbourne-based printed publication focused on curiosity and investigations into creativity and cultural insight. She is Australian correspondent for Japan-based SHIFT, a contributing writer for POST-NEW, IndesignLive and Design Quarterly, and a multidisciplinary talent in jewellery and creative direction for print.

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Leon Goh

Leon Goh is a freelance writer based in Tokyo. He has contributed to Eyeline, un Magazine, Artlink, Art & Australia, Ala Champfest and Runway Magazine, and is a regular contributor to Broadsheet and the Japan-based SHIFT. Leon has a predilection for cycling, trail running gear and is always open to being swept up into an internet research shoe spiral.

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Prudence Goh

Prudence Goh is the founder of PCHG, a design studio based in Tokyo that specialises in small projects and products. She has worked as a homewear product designer and textile designer. She has a particular interest in Japanese approaches to product design and exploring historical manufacturing techniques through product exploration.

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Emma Breheny

Emma Breheny is a freelance writer and editor in Melbourne. She is interested in dining and food, the effects of planning policy on people and urban life in general. You can find her with a wooden spoon, book or drink in her hand most of the time.

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Tai Snaith

Tai Snaith is an artist, curator and writer based in Melbourne. Her work treads a fine line between still life, real life and fiction. She has two published picture books with Thames and Hudson and has shown extensively in artist-run spaces and commercial galleries both here and abroad. Her upcoming solo exhibition is at Schoolhouse Studios in February 2016.

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Timothy Moore

Timothy Moore is editor of 'Future West (Australian Urbanism)', a publication about Western Australian urbanism, and director of Sibling Architecture, a practice that forms a social agenda around all of its projects whether buildings, installations, urban strategies or events. Timothy has also worked at architecture offices in Melbourne, Amsterdam and Berlin, and as an editor for Volume and Architecture Australia.

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Rita Liao

Rita Liao is a human being interested in documenting the life around her (from the mundane to the extraordinary) while completing a Master of Architecture. She has a love for analogue photography, bicycle adventures and getting lost in parallel worlds.

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Gillian Hutchison

Gill Hutchison fell into book editing for 11 years then leapt into digital producing around 2011 and hasn't looked back. She holds onto her love of words by reading voraciously and blogging enthusiastically – but it's surfing that makes her heart sing.

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Ryan Alexander

Ryan is a business consultant working in climate change and sustainability policy. He has written for the Australian Institute of International Affairs and Climate Spectator. He is passionate about all things sustainable, and finds it hard to say 'no' to anything, which ironically, is unsustainable (but fun). He is qualified in law, electrical engineering and opening the maximum internet browser tabs without crashing his laptop.

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Hudson Brown

Hudson is a freelance writer born and bred in Melbourne. His musings on the city’s people and places appear in several local publications. He was the main contributor to The Social Studio: Fashion, Food, Art & Community (2015), a 250-page book documenting the first five years of the groundbreaking social enterprise.

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Elizabeth Campbell

Elizabeth Campbell is a Melbourne-based architect. Prior to living in Melbourne, she worked, studied and lived in New Zealand. She is a keen runner, likes to document her surroundings though photography and drawing and likes to question how we can improve our built environment.

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Rachel Michel

Rachel Michel’s background is in botany, environmentalism and development. Originally from England she lives between Peru, Australia and Catalonia in Spain. Currently, Rachel is researching planning and policy management in historic environments and vernacular gardens.

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Grace Mortlock

Grace Mortlock is an architectural curator and director of newly-formed collaborative otherothers. Her work focuses on strategies of spectacle, communication and spatial transformation. She teaches in the Master of Architecture program at the University of Technology, Sydney, and regularly contributes to architecture and design publications.

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Tim Riley

Tim Riley is the principal of Property Collectives. Property Collectives helps groups of friends and family invest in property by sharing their money, time, skills and knowledge.

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Emma Whiffen

Emma is a freelance writer and design manager who crossed over from the dark side of architecture to construction in a bid to infiltrate the industry with more black-clad professionals. Spring-boarding from her role as contributor and copy editor of much-loved Melbourne mag FALLEN, she continues to seek out the inspiring and inspired, to capture their essence through the written word.

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David Neustein

David Neustein is a director of Other Architects, Associate of the School of Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney, and architecture critic for the Monthly.

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Julia Dunne

Julia is a human who is curious about how people conduct themselves and why. She splits her time between Tiggy cafe in Collingwood – an experiment in cultural capital and (co)mmunal dependency – and an array of burgeoning experiments that could loosely be called An Art Practice.

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Alessandro Demaio

Alessandro is a doctor with a Masters in Public Health. He is a PhD fellow in Global Health with the University of Copenhagen and a visiting research fellow at Harvard Medical School. His interests include epidemiology, sustainability, social determinants of health and development processes. He lectures for the University of Copenhagen & Charité, Berlin and is a columnist for The Conversation.

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Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Based in Melbourne, Julia Busuttil Nishimura is an Italian teacher and the creator of OSTRO – an online collection of recipes that combines her love of storytelling with cooking, eating and sharing food. Her food is influenced by the seasons and time spent living in Italy. She also curates the online store MINAMI with her husband Nori, selling thoughtfully crafted Japanese wares for the kitchen and home.

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Rob Papaleo

Rob Papaleo joined Charter Keck Cramer in 1997, establishing the Strategic Research business unit. He became a Director in 2002. Rob’s research and diversity of experience provides an appreciation of wider issues impacting upon the performance of property markets at both the macro and site-specific levels.

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Oi Loon See

Oi Loon See is a newly minted design graduate and was resident intern at AP last year. Between her freelance projects, Oi Loon finds time to blog her own collage creations. Originally from Malaysia, Oi Loon is still learning to make a mean laksa and all things spicy.

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Ben Davis

Ben is a Tokyo-based editor who covers local culture in the city’s myriad neighbourhoods. With a background in sustainability consulting, he continues to examine the human side of the mega city – from self-organised community spaces and urban sanctuaries to the contemporary artisans building upon history and tradition.

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Chris Von Menge

A childhood obsession with the mechanics of the camera led Chris to first pick up his father’s Roleflex at age 7. From that moment, his destiny was inevitable. Chris approaches commercial photography from a fine arts background, creating outstanding worldwide campaigns for clients such as Nike, Audi, and Omega. He has received numerous accolades including a Cannes Gold Lion, Silver Clio and many local awards.

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Timmah Ball

Timmah Ball is a mixture of things: urban planner, writer and community arts worker. She grew up in Melbourne but her heritage is Ballardong Noongar from Western Australia on her mother’s side. She is passionate about using arts and culture to create inclusive cities and believes that planners need to think about people rather the zones and overlays.

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Sam Nathan

Sam Nathan joined Charter Keck Cramer in 2000 and is a Director of the firm’s Residential Projects Practice Group. Specialising in CBD, city fringe and inner urban medium density and mixed use developments, Sam provides strategic and project specific advice to all market stakeholders.

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Jess Brent

Jessica Brent is the co-editor and art director of Condiment magazine, a photographer, and a member of Sibling: a multi disciplinary design studio that works on projects with socially orientated outcomes. She loves food, friends, buildings and nature, and likes to take photographs of all of these things.

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Olivia Howitt

Originally hailing from Manchester where she studied photography some years ago, London is now Olivia's home. With a deep-rooted love for interiors and a good story, Olivia's set up her blog, 'What's in your bedroom' in 2009, which captures portraits of people within the most personal and private of spaces – their bedroom.

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Jen Berean

Jen Berean is a NY-based artist & architect. As well as independent architectural projects, Jen has worked for Herbert + Mason, Paul Morgan Architects and The Collective, New York. Since 2001, Jen & collaborator Pat Foster have undertaken art projects and interventions within and beyond galleries, museums and traditional institutions to explore structures, both physical and ideological, of the built environment.

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Nicholas Dowse

Nic is the founder of the Honey Fingers studio, a creative and collective project that explores the connections between farming, food, art, history, design and education, whose work always revolves around bees.

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Philippa Abbott

Philippa Abbott is Director of A&D Projects. A&D deliver a range of engagement, strategy and design consultancy services with high impact community and environmental objectives in Australia and internationally. Philippa’s ongoing practice explores the value of context-integrated design and cultural mapping within local and regional sustainable development.

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Daniel Aulsebrook

Daniel Aulsebrook is a Melbourne-based photographer who specialises in architectural and documentary photography. Daniel has studied both photography and classical music and enjoys the finer things in life, including beer and bread goods. If Dan isn't taking photos he's probably out walking his dogs, Herb and Neato, or updating Dan Diaries.

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Esther Anatolitis

Esther is a writer, facilitator and cultural commentator who has led many of Australia’s key arts organisations. Her many public roles span the artistic and the political to champion art, design and architecture with passion. Esther is the next Executive Director of NAVA.

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Elias Redstone

Elias Redstone is an independent curator, writer and editor. His book Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography is published by Phaidon. In 2012 Elias exhibited in the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Previously, he was the curator of the Polish Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale.

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Satsuki Shibuya

Satsuki Shibuya is a multidisciplinary artist who finds herself in ever evolving projects ranging from creating one of kind art/objects, singing/songwriting and art direction to creative and life consulting. Fuelled by a combination of her love for nature, appreciation for the simple things in life and passion for exploration, she continues on an ever-evolving journey towards curiosities and the unknown.

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Gabrielle Scott

Gabrielle Scott is a freelance interior designer and writer. She has studied film, words and spaces, travelled widely and wildly, and has recently returned to Perth to focus on hospitality design and falling back in love with her home town. She cares deeply for courage, collaborations and her dog, Dude.

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Ben Clement

Ben Clement is a NZ-born, Melbourne-based photographer who has been forging his style and pushing the envelope as a practicing photo-artist and professional in London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and beyond. Ben combines his projects with his lifestyle to make authentic and honest work. He is Head Content Producer for Hard Workers Club & Co-Coordinator of the Independent Photography Festival.

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Ishita Chatterjee

Ishita Chatterjee is an architect who has worked on projects in India and China before shifting to academia. Currently she is pursuing her PhD at University of Melbourne. She is interested in understanding informality as a form of practice.

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Alexis Kalagas

Alexis Kalagas is an urban strategist and writer. Previously a foreign policy advisor, and editor of a Geneva-based media start-up, he spent four years at the interdisciplinary design practice Urban-Think Tank, working on housing and inclusive urban development projects in Europe, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. In 2018, he was awarded a Richard Rogers Fellowship by the Harvard GSD.

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Ella Lord

Isobel (Ella) Lord is a writer and designer interested in considering modes and experiences of contemporary life. Ella studied architecture at the University of Sydney. Since graduation, Ella has been working professionally as well as collaboratively with Sophie Lanigan as AGENDA Lord and Lanigan, questioning form, the agency of practice, and the function of the studio.

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Ciro Miguel

Ciro is a Brazilian architect and photographer. After studying in São Paulo and New York, he joined the offices of SPBR Arquitetos and Bernard Tschumi Architects. In parallel, he co-founded the studio Miniatura, which exhibited in both Brazil and Europe. Since 2013, he has been an assistant in the Chair of Architecture of Professor Marc Angélil at ETH Zürich.

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Vanessa Berry

Vanessa Berry is a writer and artist. She is the author of three books: Mirror Sydney; the collection Strawberry Hills Forever (2007, Local Consumption); and Ninety9 (2013, Giramondo) – a memoir of growing up in the 1990s. Her current major work is the Sydney psychogeography blog Mirror Sydney.

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Janie Green

Janie is a Graduate Architect from Perth who is currently based in New York. She has a passion for design projects that promote positive societal change, and loves to take photos, play music and cook in her spare time.

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Judith Abell

Based in Hobart, Judith is a graduate architect, sculptor and writer who works freelance on her own projects and teaches at University of Tasmania. Judith is engaged in transforming unusual ideas into real things, moments or places. She loves to balance the solitude of making art with the collaborative potential of design.

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Brooke Holm

Brooke Holm is an Australian/American photographic artist whose work traverses dramatic landscapes, conceptual still life, considered interiors and architecture. She is currently based in New York City working across editorial, commercial and fine art projects.

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Jesse Thompson

Jesse is a Melbourne-based freelance photographer specialising in travel and editorial work. He is currently undertaking research in anthropology at the University of Melbourne. Jesse harbours a strong interest in documentary photography – a field which neatly combines his interests in photography, travel and social science.

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Jil Raleigh

Jil is a practicing architect and engineer, as well as an occasional writer, editor, and (very) amateur programmer. Through her various side projects - including social design works, and stints with Triple R’s The Architects and MSD’s student-run journal Inflection - she explores ideas of public engagement and equity in the built environment.

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Roj Amedi

Roj Amedi is an editor, writer and strategist based in Australia. She writes and speaks on a range of issues including public policy, international relations, the arts, culture, literature, race, gender and politics.

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Alex Lama

Alex is a product designer and photographer working in London. His designs brings to life simulations that help make better sense of the world and the effect of our decisions on its future. Having developed a love for piano and photography early on, he later undertook a Masters of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, hence his fascination with the borders which lie tenuously between art, music, culture and science.

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Tjaša Kalkan

Tjaša Kalkan holds a Masters in photography from ADU Film and Theatre University in Zagreb, and a Bachelor's degree in German and French language and literature. She has exhibited at seven solo and over twenty group exhibitions, and worked as a set photographer on several international film sets, as well as frequently collaborating on theatre, dance and music projects. She is a late convert to silent disco.

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Morgan Brown

Morgan Brown is an independent photographer from Melbourne, currently based in London. It was an interest in urban architecture that first made him pick up a camera. Realising he preferred to photograph people and tell their stories, his focus changed to long-term documentary work, which has led to his current project in Central Asia.

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Carine Thévenau

Carine Thévenau is a Mauritian/Australian artist who draws much of her inspiration from the natural world, people and her own habitual surroundings. Her work often explores the relationship between man and nature, wilderness and built environments. Carine is passionate about sustainable practices within the arts and continually experiments with ethical materials within her own arts practice.

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Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is Professor of Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture at Monash University. She is widely published as an architecture critic, and is currently a columnist for Places Journal.

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Gregory Lorenzutti

Gregory Lorenzutti is a Brazilian-Australian artist working between the spaces of photography and dance. He is interested in the relationship between movement, photography, cultural identities, gender and the history of the body, developing projects in dialogue with other artistic fields, especially performance, blurring the borders of style and artform.

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Megan Rennie

Megan Rennie is an illustrator living in Melbourne, Australia. With a background in film studies and fine art, her process combines painting and intricate papercut collage to create scenes rich with texture and colour. Megan is most passionate about painting people and homes – living, fictional and imagined. She is currently working on a series of paintings based on stills from her favourite films.

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Anita Delle-Vergini

Anita Delle-Vergini works at Kerstin Thompson Architects as a brand and studio assistant. She was part of the Assemble team for two years before this. Anita is also involved in freelance writing and brand consulting for design-focused small businesses. Tokyo is her favourite city.

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Bri Hammond

Bri Hammond is a photographer fascinated by the lives, living habits and spaces of creative people. Prior to her career in photography, she spent a year in Treviso, Italy working as a graphic designer at Benetton’s Creative Research Centre, Fabrica. Outside of photography, Bri spends her time dancing, singing in a choir and protesting feminist issues through the power of water ballet with her group The Clams.

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Joanna Bayndrian

Joanna Bayndrian is a curator and arts manager working across Sydney and Beijing. Her curatorial interest lies at the intersection of contemporary art, social history, urbanism and the politics of heritage-making.

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Katie Kaars

Katie Kaars studied at Sydney College of the Arts where she majored in Photomedia. Her photographic studies are mainly about Sydney families in their homes, “in search for expressing a sense of place through their personal spaces.” After seven years in London, Katie now lives in Sydney, with her husband and two kids.

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Tim Hillier

Melbourne based photographer and filmmaker Tim Hillier constantly captures the events and lives around him. Working within documentary and vernacular styles, he has exhibited in NYC, Vancouver and Australia, contributed to magazines worldwide and worked for clients as diverse as Stephanie Hodgins-May, comedian Arj Barker, Super Wild Horses and Dick Diver.

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Jack Patrick Garner

Jack Patrick Garner is a freelance ultra marathon runner, occasional writer and infatuated with well considered architecture and design. A high-powered mutant - never considered for mass production, his eclectic interests run the gamut from molecular nanotechnology and wood formed concrete slabs to Rick Owen’s 2007 exploder collection and Melbourne’s finest soaps.

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Manuel Zabel

Rest assured, Manuel isn't stuck in infancy (though his capacities as editor, sound guy or 'manager' don't always fully live up to this claim). Currently managed to shipwreck in Berlin (and still in tune), he keeps dipping into all sorts of stuff, some of which may yield a few really nice things in the long run. Rumour has it, hope dies last!

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Sunday Barca-Irving

Sunday Barca-Irving grew up surrounded by food, ingredients and cooking. She is an actor and one half of the culinary couple behind small-batch, organic granola company, Sunday Muesli Co.

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Owen Hatherley

Owen Hatherley writes on architecture and much else for Architectural Review, the Guardian and the London Review of Books, among others. He is the author of ten books, most recently Trans-Europe Express (Allen Lane) and The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space (Repeater). He rents from a private landlord in an ex-council flat in south-east London.

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Husos Architects

Diego Barajas and Camilo García are Husos architects, Madrid-based platform for the development of both spatial interventions and research projects in architecture and urbanism. Husos is committed to the development of an architecture that is sensitive to the everyday, to the transformational capacity of small daily actions, to the empowerment of micro communities, to the possibilities of cooperation and exchange.

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Francesco Degl'Innocenti

Francesco is an architectural researcher, born in Europe and still based somewhere there. He is trying his best not to specialize. Not interested about your dietary choice, as long as you don’t waste food. Currently working as an editor for Volume.

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Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco

Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco is a New York and Barcelona based architect, curator and scholar. He was the chief curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, and he is currently a PhD Candidate at Princeton University, and a Critical Studies Helena Rubinstein Fellow 2017-18 at the Whitney ISP.

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Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan is an architectural graduate at Fieldwork. Piers’ interests lie in the intersection of architecture and fine art, and he wields this mode of perception through the practice of making spaces of resonance, across scales and programs.

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Georgina Reid

Georgina is a writer, landscape designer and gardener. After six years working as a landscape designer in Sydney and a few years working for myself as a garden designer, in 2013 Georgina decided to write about things that were important to her, in her own way, and launched The Planthunter online magazine.

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Nicola Cortese

Nicola Cortese is an architecture student, slowly completing her Master of Architecture degree at RMIT University. Having just returned to Melbourne from living in Tokyo, she is currently working in the design industry and as an editor of Caliper Journal, an independent architecture journal which was born out of a desire to have messier and more meaningful discussions about architecture.

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Alice Oehr

Alice Oehr is a designer & illustrator from Melbourne. Her distinct colourful style incorporates her love of food, pattern, collage and drawing. Many of Alice's ideas have made their way onto textiles, homewares, magazines, books, and even once as a series of 6ft tall Ancient Egyptian statues for a marquee at the Spring Racing Carnival.

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Kate Riggs

Kate is a London-based graduate of architecture and one half of Guest, Riggs, a literature/architecture practice.

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