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EDWINA BRISBANE

Degree: Bachelor of Architecture 2010
and Master of Architecture 2012
Occupation: Architect
Employer: Fieldwork / Assemble

Edwina Brisbane

The architect is traditionally the lead consultant in a multi-disciplinary field. As such, we are constantly juggling the divergent interests of a varied team toward a common goal. The challenges this presents are always engaging and means working closely with different professionals with unique specialities and passions. Time flies!

In this way architecture is a fountain of youth as you are always learning. It is inspiring to encounter practitioners in their seventies with as much zest and passion as recent graduates.

Opportunity to contribute to city and community with the knowledge you are working toward meaningful and tangible outcomes – spaces which people inhabit in one way or another. Great to spend weeks or years drawing something you will later walk through and witness people enjoy.

Melbourne has a great architecture community. I have been fortunate to begin my career doing many things, from the design and delivery of buildings (and some furniture), teaching and writing, to running events that facilitates public dialogue around architectural issues or building huts in the Arctic Circle.

The creativity taken by Monash in developing a curriculum which promotes all aspects of architecture as a design task has given me a broad notion of what it means to practice as an architect and take joy in the creative problem-solving required to tackle the diverse tasks and opportunities I encounter. From construction technology and history to the research units and the core design subjects, Monash’s interconnected curriculum prepared me to juggle information and understand that the bits which may seem boring often hold the most potential for design thinking.

Design Build studios offered a unique experience to understand constructability and resolution of design ideas. This has been formative in my approach to practice and an asset when working with builders and clients to deliver projects. In addition these experiences, along with study abroad programs, have fostered a strong sense of community with the Monash Alumni who continue to provide peer support to one another as we progress through our careers.

Opportunity to ‘choose my own adventure’ when selecting design subjects enabled me to develop a careful design sensibility and clear understanding of where my ambitions lie. This choice and resultant clarity of direction has enabled me to make clear career decisions and seek out opportunities where I feel best placed to contribute positively the workforce and city.

Edwina Brisbane
Fieldwork, Newry St

12 townhouses in Richmond using materiality that references local buildings. Image: Squint Opera

Edwina Brisbane
Assemble, Roseneath St

Roseneath Street is a development of 18 townhouses and 49 apartments exploring small foot print living. Image: Pointilism

Edwina Brisbane
Fieldwork, Patch

Patch is a building containing 87 apartments in the inner north of Melbourne. Common areas develop notions of small footprint living and promote community. Image: Gabriel Saunders

Edwina Brisbane
Craig Tan Architects, Hawker Hall

Designed in collaboration with interior designers, Eades and Bergman, Hawker Hall is a contemporary Malaysian style restaurant. Image: Jaime Diaz-Berrio

Edwina Brisbane
Craig Tan Architects, Brompton Pavilion

Pavilion design as an amplifier of the landscape. Image: Jaime Diaz-Berrio

Edwina Brisbane
Craig Tan Architects, Perch House

A small but beautifully refined extension to an existing 1990's terrace house in Flemington. Image: Craig Tan

Edwina Brisbane
Craig Tan Architects, Dancing House

Responding to the client's desire for intimate and comfortable outdoor spaces, this extension project creates a new living wing that lightly connects to the existing Calfornian Bungalow. Image: Jaime Diaz-Berrio

Edwina Brisbane
Edwards Moore Architects, Ansdorf concept store

Image: Tony Gorsevski

Edwina Brisbane
Edwards Moore Architects, Offcut stool

Image: Ben Edwards

With an art, design, or architecture degree from Monash University, a world of opportunities, and the opportunity to change the world, await you.

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