A split image: on the left a bronze coloured bridge with large concrete piers. The sky is blue and there is low level planting
on the right a series of dark walls in front of a white heritage building. There are mature trees and a large green grassed area in the bottom half of the image.

EmAGN: Public Places

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Muir x Openwork / Wardle x Oculus


In partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects’ Emerging Architects and Graduates Network and Open House Melbourne, EmAGN: Public Places will explore a series of selected projects of a singular typology. Through guided site visits, architects, designers, builders and clients will share insights into the complexities of the design and construction process, with a focus on how a project contributes to the public life of the city.

This event will provide an opportunity for Open House Melbourne participants to experience a guided tour of a series of public places with the designers behind them. It is intended that participants will gain a greater understanding of the intricacies within the design and building process, and provide an educational opportunity for emerging architects, graduates, students and of course, enthusiasts of architecture.

What's On

This event will highlight two different approaches to a public project. It will focus on sharing architects and designers' unique understanding of public architecture and seek to find connections between the projects through consecutive visits.

Our tour will start at Muir and Openwork’s Family Violence Memorial before taking a short walk down to Wardle and Oculus’ Tanderrum Bridge. Architects and landscape architects will give a tour of each project before a short comparative talk.

In Collaboration With:

  • Amy Muir + Mark Jacques

    Amy Muir is an architect and director of MUIR, a Melbourne based architecture practice established in 2016. The practice engages with a range of projects including residential, public and institutional briefs bringing a sympathetic and strategic attitude to the varying contexts that they work within. The practice is underpinned by a firm belief in project-based research that investigates the language of memory and place.

    Mark Jacques is an Urban Designer and Registered Landscape Architect. In 2015, Mark was appointed Professor of Architecture (Urbanism) Industry Fellow within RMIT’s School of Architecture and Urban Design. In 2016 he established OPENWORK to undertake collaborative projects, research and speculation into public space and cities. Also in 2016, he was a member of M@STUDIO's winning proposition for the National Gallery of Victoria's Summer Architecture Commission.

  • Claire Martin + Mathew van Kooy

    Claire Martin is an Associate Director at Oculus. She believes that asking the right questions is central to good leadership. Through her work with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), Claire has championed Climate Positive Design. She is passionate about design advocacy, landscape communication, and education, and is a member of the Office of the Victorian Design Review Panel, a contributor to Landscape Architecture Australia, and a regular guest lecturer at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University.

    Mathew van Kooy is a Partner at Wardle. Wardle is an internationally renowned for making extraordinary buildings and places that matter. The practice is a collective of many minds and diverse voices including Architects, designers, inventors, and makers. Impassioned by a culture of curiosity and inventiveness, Wardle is deeply interested in learning from cultures, crafts, histories, and technologies. From studios in Melbourne and Sydney, Wardle works across Australia and internationally on projects of all scales, from the intimate to the expansive.

Images: (1) Tanderrum Bridge and Family Violence Memorial. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen and Peter Bennetts Images: (2-3) Family Violence Memorial. Photos: Peter Bennetts Images: (4-5) Tanderrum Bridge. Photos: Kristoffer Paulsen and Nils Koenning

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 July
Tours run 12pm + 1.45pm
Running for 45 minutes in groups of 30
Tours followed by short discussion
Bookings required

Bookings required—$7 booking fee applies
First release tickets: 12pm Wednesday 3 July
Second release tickets: 12pm Saturday 6 July

Meet at the corner of Lansdowne Street and St Andrews Place.
This tour will conclude at the Tanderrum Bridge, Batman Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004.



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St. Andrew's Pl, 4 St Andrews Pl (Corner of Lansdowne St and St Andrews Pl), East Melbourne VIC 3002

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