NADAAA wins BSA Unbuilt Award

Posted on August 26th, 2014 by Lisa LaCharité

Posted under: Awards, Competitions, Things We Like

NADAAA wins 2014  BSA Honor Award for Glasnevin Centenary Chapel. Below is a brief description of the project with some selected images. Please follow up shortly on our blog for more images and information on the project.


Our proposal for the Glasnevin Chapel hinges around several priorities that we believe are the cornerstones of its mission statement. First, we believe that this is to be a space of peaceful contemplation: a place where questions of life and death beyond religious denominations can be formed within a framework that is reflective of the solemnity of mourning. Second, we recognize that the site is composed of a landscape and urban context which contains significant monuments –both public and private– and that a scheme needs to operate within this spatial framework in a meaningful and responsive fashion. Third, the mission contains a programmatic brief that is highly specific, and our proposal has set out to respond to them not only in detailed ways, but also in ways that are inventive, transformative and reflective of the architectural ambitions of this competition. Finally, we recognized that the competition is located within a rich cultural context, and that our proposal will need to speak to the history of this heritage in ways that are as powerful as a commitment to looking at contemporary constraints and opportunities in construction culture. 











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Open Day 2014 at the University of Melbourne

Posted on August 24th, 2014 by Lisa LaCharité

Posted under: _Melbourne School of Design, Events, Press, Things We Like

In a letter summarizing Open Day 2014 the Vice Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Glyn Davis, wrote:

“A word of heartfelt thanks if I may to all staff for a superb Open Day at Parkville and Southbank yesterday. This annual event is a vital point of connection between the University and future students, families and the broader community. As ever, the professionalism and commitment of staff in making Open Day a great experience for visitors was outstanding.

This year, the University received an estimated 60,000 Open Day visitors. Many report a notable increase, yet again, in the number of interstate and international visitors. This year, particularly strong numbers were in evidence at the VCA, with a great atmosphere obvious among music theatre students in the new Lionel’s Lounge.

Among highlights was the first public airing of the stunning new Melbourne School of Design building. All day crowds moved and milled, in, out and around all sides of the building, engaged by extraordinary student displays, gazing up at Harry Potter-esque stairways and taking selfies on the concrete globes at the Swanston Street end. Despite large crowds in the new building’s atrium space, conversation was easy because of its outstanding acoustic qualities. Noted Melbourne architects were seen sneaking on to campus, seizing the chance for a quiet look!”


“Above all, our visitors engaged intensively in conversation, dialogue and friendly interrogation with generous staff members from across the faculties and schools.

It is this face-to-face contact which makes Open Day so vital to all this University achieves. For the water tight event planning, which made the day work so well (and even precluded rain!), I sincerely thank all involved: especially Kim Howells, Jacqueline Nguyen, Marcia Lewis, Taryn Groom and the Open Day team.

You may enjoy this wrap-up of Open Day 2014, which includes links to pre-recorded course information sessions from yesterday, and help for students and families wanting to take next steps to engage with Melbourne. It also includes an inspiring video of a memorable day on campus.”


If you’re interested in keeping up with media coverage on the University of Melbourne click on this link :  Melbourne School of Design New Building Media Coverage



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Nader lectures at UCLA

Posted on August 11th, 2014 by Lisa LaCharité

Posted under: _Daniels Building, construction, Lectures

Nader gives his lecture ‘Pedagogical Constructs’  at UCLA Architecture & Urban Design on October 27, 2014 at 6:30pm.



The above image is a rendering and mock-up for the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. See our NADLAB post on the mock-up for further details. 

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Nader lectures at UNLV: ‘Outside In’

Posted on August 7th, 2014 by Lisa LaCharité

Posted under: Events, Lectures

Nader will be giving his lecture Outside In at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture  on October 20, 2014 at 6pm.


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Almost done……..

Posted on August 7th, 2014 by achang

Posted under: _Melbourne School of Design, construction

In the summer of 2009 John Wardle Architects invited us (then office dA) to collaborate on a open design competition for University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning.  Through the competition the University’s mission was to select a design team rather than a completed design.  So our trans-global collaboration extended through an extensive re-evaluation of program and budget, complete redesign, documentation and construction.  Today, 5 short years later, delivered by Brookfield Multiplex 6 months ahead of schedule and with a 6 star Greenstar rating, the building is nearly complete.












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