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Parkroyal on Pickering in Singapore by WOHA. WOHA founder and director Richard Hassell is a keynote speaker at the Asia Pacific Architecture Symposium. Photography: Patrick Bingham-Hall.

Concept render for Fugitive Structures 2016: Bamboo Wall (working title) by Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney. Image courtesy of the architect.

SLQ Auditorium 1 and Queensland Terrace at State Library of Queensland, designed by Donovan Hill Peddle Thorp, winner of the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture in 2007. Photography: Dianna Snape.

Brisbane to host architects from Asia Pacific

Taking place in Brisbane from 1 to 14 March 2016, the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum comprises exhibitions, installations, workshops, lectures and a symposium. 

The events will explore the critical role architects play in shaping the future of cities across the Asia Pacific region, with projects from Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, India, New Zealand, South Korea, the UAE and Australia presented and discussed in the two-week-long event.

Architects, designers and planners from across the region are invited to attend the ArchitectureAP Symposium, a one-day conference on Friday 4 March. Speakers include Richard Hassell of WOHA (Singapore), Serina Hijjas of Hijjas Kasturi Associates (Malaysia), Andrew Patterson of Pattersons (New Zealand), Kenneth Yeh and Carolina Marra of Marra and Yeh (Australia and Malaysia), Fumi Kashimura and Ikko Kobayashi of Terrain Architects (Japan), and Yoshihito Kashiwagi and Olivia Shih from Facet Studio (Australia and Japan). The symposium will explore the way architecture is responding to the opportunities and challenges of the Asian century.

Other highlights from the program include Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s (SCAF) fourth iteration of Fugitive Structures, on from 1 March until 15 May. Vietnamese-born architect Vo Trong Nghia has created a pavilion that aims to reconnect city dwellers with the natural environment via a bamboo “green steel” structure.

An exhibition, Living in the City: New Architecture from Brisbane and the Asia Pacific, will explore the role of architecture in shaping ten cities from the region. On at Museum of Brisbane from 19 February until 22 May, the exhibition features projects from international practices, including the iconic 431-metre-high Chongqing IFC Tower and Shenzhen’s Affordable Housing Design from China, the Java Supermall Apartment and Hotel Tower in Semarang, Indonesia, and House in Suwayama from Kobe, Japan.

The forum is a collaboration between founding partners Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland; presenting partners Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, BVN and Museum of Brisbane; and event partners University of Queensland School of Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects, Artisan and the Australian High Commission Singapore; in association with QAGOMA – 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and Maison&Objet Asia.

For a full program of events and venue details, visit