Join us for the first event in our 2018 Ockham Residential Lecture Series. This annual series includes ten lectures and panel discussions across different themes that critically engage with craft, design and architecture. Featuring speakers and guests from throughout New Zealand and internationally.

Catalysed by the commission of the first major  architecture exhibition since Objectspace's re-opening – Penumbral Reflections by Sarosh Mulla & Aaron Paterson, PAC Studio – our first Ockham Lecture for 2018 explores the ways in which architecture can be experienced and understood within an exhibition context. 

Featuring panelists Kathy Waghorn, Jeremy Smith, Karamia Muller and Sarosh Mulla, and chaired by Michael Barrett; this discussion will survey the breadth of current exhibition methodologies for architecture, while seeking to imagine its possibilities as a field for development in Aotearoa. One which creates new opportunities for audiences to engage with architectural histories, contemporary themes and ideas related to the built environment, and the experience of architecture as experimental creative research.

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Karamia Muller is a Pacific scholar specialising in Pacific space concepts. Her current research specialises in the indigenisation of design methodologies with a focus on Pacific spatialities for Pacific Diaspora. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland, and lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning. Her creative practice involves multi-disciplinary approaches to spatial thinking, and has included working with London based Fijian artist Luke Willis Thompson, and New Zealand based Australian artist Rebecca Ann Hobbs. In her work, Karamia has always argued that those who are invested in the future of the Pacific are those more likely to be explorative in their research and approach.

Sarosh Mulla is a lecturer and practicing architectural designer at PAC Studio, an Auckland based firm he leads with Aaron Paterson. His research and professional practice overlap through creative projects that aim to encourage inclusivity and collective engagement with the building process. Sarosh’s works have been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Venice Architecture Biennale and the Auckland Triennial Lab.

After graduating with Victoria University’s Centennial Medal, Jeremy Smith worked with Peter Elliott and then Malcolm Walker, before establishing Irving Smith Architects in Nelson. Through Jeremy’s role as Design Director, the practice has received a string of awards, including winning 2017 World Villa of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin, and multiple NZIA national awards. They were awarded this month at the IDA International Design Awards in California, and invited to follow-up their 2015 exhibition at this year’s Prague International Architecture Festival in October. Recent publications include Architecture Record, Elle, Vogue and GQ Magazine.

Dr. Kathy Waghorn is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Programme Director at the School of Architecture and Planning. Kathy's research and practice sits at the intersection of art, architecture and urbanism. Her work takes place across diverse platforms; from global contexts to self-initiated performative events with the local Auckland collective HOOP-LA. In 2016 Kathy was the Co-creative Director of ‘Future Islands’, the New Zealand Exhibition at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale and the following year she completed her PhD with a thesis titled “The Practice of Feeling for Place; a compendium for an expanded architecture”, (RMIT, Melbourne, 2017). 

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Penumbral Reflections, Sarosh Mulla & Aaron Paterson - PAC Studio. Image; Sam Hartnett