Clockwise from top left: Australian War Memorial Annex. Photo: Darren Bradley. Enrico Taglietti c 1985. Photo: Ted Richards. Gelatin silver photograph. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Purchased 2010. McKeown House c1964. Photo: Harry Sowden courtesy of Enrico Taglietti. Polish White Eagle Club c1970. Photo: Darren Bradley. St Kilda Library c1971. Photo courtesy of Enrico Taglietti

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Announcement: Enrico Taglietti symposium session tickets released

Due to popular demand, DESIGN Canberra has released session tickets for the Enrico Taglietti international architecture symposium on Friday, 16 November. Perfect for busy but enthusiastic admirers of the work and legacy of architect Enrico Taglietti.


10am-5pm Friday 16 November, 2018

National Gallery of Australia


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Conference ticket prices:

  • Early bird: $190.00 (save $100 off full price registration until Friday 5 October 2018)
  • Full registration: $290.00
  • Student: $120.00 (bursaries available)
  • Session tickets:
    • Ticket 1 : International Landscape and Taglietti in conversationTime: 10:00am-12:10pm

      Welcome presentation: Gordon Ramsay, ACT Arts Minister

      Keynote: Annalisa Rosso: Elsewhere, to find their own voice

      Public conversation: Enrico Taglietti with Gianmatteo Romegialli

      Cost: $120 (includes lunch)

    • Ticket 2: Living History + Design as a creative process

      Time: 12.55-3.10pm

      Philip Goad: Placing Taglietti – Houses in Landscape

      Gina Levenspiel: In defence of the original building as a medium for architectural knowledge

      Karen McCartney: The home as laboratory reveals the man
      Cost: $120 (includes lunch)

    • Ticket 3: Taglietti People + The Future

      Time: 3:35pm-5:00pm

      Dave Pigram: Inspiring Wonder, architecture beyond the flat roof

      Panel: Taglietti People

      • Dave Pigram, Supermanouvre architect, also former Giralang Primary student
      • Elizabeth Paterson, artist, grew up in a Taglietti Home
      • Bob Beaver, Builder of Giralang Primary school plus many others of Enrico’s designs
      • Tanja Taglietti, Daughter of Enrico and maker
      • Belinda Love, Principal Giralang Primary

      Final thoughts of the day

      5:00pm-6.30pm: Closing reception of the exhibition, Depth of Field: Taglietti in Canberra, at East Space (5-minute walk from the NGA)

      Cost:$60 (includes afternoon tea 3:10-3.35pm and symposium drinks reception 5-6:30pm)


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Enrico Taglietti’s contribution to architecture is significant: his thoughtful detailing, aesthetics and sense of place have helped to shape Australia’s national capital, home to the most ambitious and most successful example of twentieth century urban planning in Australia.

The architect’s distinct and highly personal design character is expressed through his use of unusual sculptural shapes and angles, cantilevered planes of roof and deck, and concrete. Italian-born and trained, Taglietti featured in the Museum of Modern Art 1979 exhibition, Transformations in Modern Architecture. He completed his architectural studies at the Milan Polytechnic, studying under such luminaries as Gio Ponti, Franco Albini, Bruno Zevi and Pier Luigi Nervi. In March 2007 Taglietti was awarded Australia’s most prestigious architecture prize—the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Gold Medal for Architecture.

This highly anticipated symposium is an opportunity to consolidate research and knowledge to assess the significance of Taglietti’s work and better understand its value for the future. Symposium speakers include international and national architects and designers, architectural historians and scholars, and some of the many people who have been touched by Taglietti’s designs – school children, designer-makers, home owners and more.

The symposium is part of a series of dedicated festival events which will feature the work, poetics, personal style and contribution of Taglietti (now aged 92), as part of the DESIGN Canberra festival. Now in its fifth year, DESIGN Canberra is a festival with a regional and global focus which is a critical and collaborative forum for contemporary, relevant, experimental and authentic design. Last year the festival’s program of events, exhibitions, activations, installations, tours and talks attracted a record 94,000 people. The festival is the primary outreach program of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, a not for profit community organisation which for nearly 50 years has supported designers, makers, crafts people and artists at every stage of their careers.

The project was supported with funding made available by the ACT Government under the ACT Heritage Grants Program.


Craft ACT is thrilled to announce the program for the Taglietti Symposium, presented as part of the 2018 DESIGN Canberra festival. The Symposium will be presented on Friday 16 November and is accompanied by supporting events throughout the festival. The Taglietti Symposium was supported with funding made available by the ACT Government under the ACT Heritage Grants Program. 

Session 1International + historical context
Session 2Contemporary influence
Session 3Design as a creative process
Afternoon Tea
Session 4Taglietti People
Session 5Where do we go from here?


Karen McCartney

Karen McCartney is best known for her work in the world of interiors, architecture and design. In Australia she was editor of Marie Claire lifestyle and launch editor of Inside Out, which she ran for ten years. In tandem with her magazine work, Karen has written several architecture books (Iconic Australian HousesSuperhouse, Perfect Imperfect), which have been translated into successful exhibitions at the Museum of Sydney and Nishi Gallery.

She is architecture editor of Belle magazine, and has produced a book, Twenty-One Australian ArchitectsBreaking New Ground, in collaboration with Bauer Books. Her most recent book is The Alchemy of Things: Interiors Shaped by Curious Minds.

Professor Philip Goad

Professor Philip Goad is internationally known for his research and is an authority on modern Australian architecture. Philip is Chair of Architecture and Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne, and was recently appointed as the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University for the 2019-2020 academic year. He is the first architecture expert to be chosen for the Harvard position, a testament to Philip’s extensive research in architectural history, theory and design.

Gianmatteo Romegialli

After graduating cum laude in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic Romegailli collaborated with the Crotti-Invernizzi architecture studio in Milan. He regularly travels to study and work in Australia, collaborating with Enrico Taglietti on projects and competitions.

He also co-founded the Act_Romegialli studio based in Morbegno SO and Milan with Angela Maria Romegialli and Erika Gaggia VH.

In 2002 he was nominated for the academic year 2002-2003 at the Milan Polytechnic – First Faculty of Architecture Milan Leonardo in the course of Architectural Design Laboratory I.

Dave Pigram

Dave Pigram is a designer, researcher and educator and holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architecture from Columbia University in New York, attained whilst studying on a Marten Bequest Scholarship. Dave is currently based in Zurich, Switzerland, directing the realisation of the NEST HILO project for international award winning architecture and innovation company, supermanoeuvre.

Dave has extensive architectural and masterplan experience having worked for Studio Daniel Dave Pigrammuseums and commercial projects. His knowledge and enthusiasm for architecture is only matched by his technological prowess when it comes to computational design and robotics.

Despite this however, we know him best for his role as a Viking in what was the largest Bollywood film ever made; The Rising.


The multi-award winning VIBE Hotel Canberra is DESIGN Canberra’s exclusive accommodation partner. Inspired by the geometry of Walter Burley Griffin’s plan for Canberra, architect Philiip Vivian of Bates Smart combines circular and axial geometries into a stunning and unique form.

The interior finishes are rich and tailored, inspired by the golden age of air travel of the 1960s and 70s.

Vibe hotel, part of the TFE group, will host DESIGN Canberra’s many international and interstate guests, and key festival events including the Typism Conference, Urban Renewal Forum and a specially curated exhibition of contemporary craft and design.

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To date, VIBE hotel has won awards including:

  • Property Council of Australia, Innovation & Excellence Awards, Brain & Poulter Award for Best Tourism & Leisure Development, Winner 2017
  • AIA (National) Architecture Award, The Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture Winner 2016
  • AIA (ACT) Commercial Architecture Award Winner 2016
  • AIA (ACT) Interior Architecture Award Winner 2016
  • AIA (ACT) Light in Architecture Prize Award Winner 2016
  • Master Builders and Cbus Excellence in Building Awards, Project of the Year Winner 2016
  • Traveller, The 60 Best Travel Finds of 2015: Best New Hotel Design

Vibe Hotel Canberra is the official accommodation partner of DESIGN Canberra.

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