Designing Cultural Spaces & Precincts

What makes a cultural precinct sing? How do you design a theatre or concert hall for the 21st century – and beyond? And how does an architect harness Melbourne’s chaotic creativity to bricks and mortar?

Join the leading architects behind some of the Melbourne Arts Precinct’s most iconic buildings, as they discuss the evolution of this creative neighbourhood, and reflect upon the art of designing cultural spaces.

This special event, hosted by Melbourne Theatre Company and the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, features Meaghan Dwyer (John Wardle Architects), Ian McDougall (ARM Architects) and Kerstin Thompson (Kerstin Thompson Architects) in conversation with journalist Ray Edgar.


  • Ray Edgar (art & design commentator)


Presented and hosted by Melbourne Theatre Company & the Faculty of Fine Arts & Music, University of Melbourne.

Photo: Drew Echberg 2018, The Stables

Important Details


Southbank Theatre, The Sumner, 140 Southbank Blvd, Southbank VIC 3006

Time & Date

Saturday 27 July 2019

(including audience Q&A)

FREE, bookings essential

Bookings available from:
5 July 2019

Fully accessible, All ages


Booking Info

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