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Internationally acclaimed architect revolutionises environmental sustainability

September 8, 2017

Internationally acclaimed architect and founder of award-winning Melbourne-based Austin Maynard Architects, Andrew Maynard, will put the spotlight on environmentally, socially and economically sustainable projects, as part of the Bond University Abedian School of Architecture Lecture Series.

Mr Maynard will present at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) in Southbank, Brisbane, on Thursday, 14 September at 6pm as part of the series, where he will share his triple bottom-line 'Nightingale Model', which he believes is set to revolutionise the developer-dominated housing market.

Since being established by Mr Maynard in 2002, Austin Maynard Architects has taken out a string of major international awards, including recently being named 'Design Studio of the Year' at the 2017 Asia Pacific INDE-AWARDS and taking home the 'Residential Architecture Award' at the Victorian Architecture Awards 2017.

Mr Maynard said his presentation would highlight his experience from university student to establishing an internationally-acclaimed practice and his philosophy on sustainable projects.

"I will take budding architects through my journey from my very first international award - the Asia Pacific Design Award's grand prize for my mobile work station, 'The Design Pod', during my university days," he said.

"This award provided me with a platform to travel the world for inspiration, research environmentally-friendly designs and relocate to Melbourne to launch my own practice, Austin Maynard Architects.

"I'm looking forward to bringing my perspective and experience to the local architecture and design community, and to highlight my work creating environmentally, socially and economically sustainable projects."

Bond University Assistant Professor of Architecture, Chris Knapp, said Mr Maynard's presentation would inspire budding architects, along with anyone who had an interest in architecture and design.

"This is an opportunity to take part in an interesting evening of conversation and to hear from a globally respected architect and speaker, who just recently presented at both the Malaysian Institute of Architects and New Zealand Institute of Architects conferences," he said.

"I look forward to hearing more about Andrew's rapid rise in the architecture world, including his first major showing at the YOUNG Guns exhibition in New York City in 2004 and the exhibition of his Styx Valley Protest Shelter at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014.

"He also authored one of the most read articles on Archdaily - 'Work/life/work balance', which is an essay exploring exploitation in the architectural profession and why it happens, so is sure to provide an interesting perspective on how to succeed in this industry."

Assistant Professor Knapp said Mr Maynard's focus on sustainable architecture would also provide valuable insights to those within the architecture and design community.

"Andrew has received world-wide recognition for his sustainable housing designs, with his Zero Waste Table recognised at the United Nations World Environment Day Awards," he said.

"His dedication to sustainable housing will provide an interesting and alternative perspective to the architecture and design community, and make this a presentation not to be missed."

The Bond University Abedian School of Architecture Lecture Series includes a regular calendar of free events hosted by practitioners and academics, exploring architectural practice.

BDA Architecture and Hayball will be the major sponsors for the event.

The Andrew Maynard event is currently over-subscribed, but to register for the final Architecture Lecture Series of 2017 to be held on 16 November, featuring Hannah Tribe from Tribe Studio Architects, click here.