Enrico Taglietti Symposium – Design Canberra Festival

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Enrico Taglietti Symposium

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10am-5pm Friday 16 November, 2018

National Gallery of Australia


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Conference ticket prices:

  • Full registration: $290.00
  • Student: $120.00 (bursaries available)

The registration fee includes:

  • Admission to Taglietti Symposium conference sessions (Friday 16 November)
  • Lunch and afternoon tea

Session ticket Prices:

  • Ticket 1: $120 10:00am-12:55pm International Landscape + Taglietti in Conversation (includes Lunch 12:15-12:55pm)
  • Ticket 2: $120 12:15-3:10pm Living History + Design as a Creative Process (includes Lunch 12:15-12:55pm)
  • Ticket 3: $60 3:10pm-5pm Taglietti People + The Future (includes afternoon tea 3:10-3:35pm)

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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.



DOWNLOAD THE FINAL PROGRAM: Taglietti_Symposium_program_poster_web

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. 

10am Opens
Session 1 International landscape
Session 2 Historical context
Session 3 Design as a creative process
Afternoon Tea
Session 4 Taglietti People
Session 5 The Future
5pm Reception drinks at East space



Annalisa Rosso

Annalisa Rosso is a freelance design journalist and independent curator based in Milan.

She has written and produced stories for international magazines such as Wallpaper, Casa Vogue, Icon Design, Vogue Living and Drift. She was in charge of Domusweb from 2017 to 2018 and has contributed to the launches of editorial projects like the new Domus website, AtCasa.it, Icon Design and Artemest magazine.

A consultant for collectors, brands and creative agencies around the world, Rosso recently curated the seventh edition of Operae, Independent Design Festival in Turin, as well as design exhibitions for 5VIE, Zona Ventura Lambrate, Spazio Rossana Orlandi and Pitti Immagine, among others. She has served on the juries of the Design Parade in Hyères and The Design Prize during Salone del Mobile in Milan and as guest lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture of the Università Degli Studi di Genova and Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan.


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 Houses, Superhouse, 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 Architects; Breaking 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 Romegialli 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.

Gina Levenspiel

Born in the Central Coast town of Wyong, New South Wales, Gina Levenspiel is a Miegunyah Research Fellow at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne. She has written architectural histories of the MPavilion, Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Preshil the Margaret Lyttle Memorial School. Recently, Gina supervised the full restoration of Preshil’s 5s classroom as designed by Kevin Borland and Bill Irwin in 1964.


Dave Pigram

Dave Pigram  is a computational designer, educator, advanced fabrication researcher, and co-director of the international award-winning architecture and innovation practice, supermanoeuvre.

His work has been widely exhibited internationally including at multiple Venice and Beijing Architecture Biennales, the Centre Pompidou, New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture and is in the permanent collection of the FRAC Orléans.

He has previously served as Director of the Masters of Advanced Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney [UTS]; the first Researcher in Residence of the NCCR for Digital Fabrication at the ETH Zürich; a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of Michigan; and Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Lab. He was a project leader at Studio Daniel Libeskind on projects such as the 5.5 Billion Euro Cape Grace scheme to expand Monaco. Dave holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architecture from Columbia University in New York, attained whilst studying on a Marten Bequest Scholarship.

Mr Pigram attended the Enrico Taglietti designed Giralang Primary School from kindergarten to grade 6.



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.

Photograph courtesy of Bates Smart

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.

Vibe Hotel Canberra is the official accommodation partner of DESIGN Canberra. Visitors can access a discounted accommodation rate for the duration of the festival (5-25 November 2018). Enter the promo code TH11323340 to claim your discount.

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Enrico Taglietti Symposium
Fri 16 Nov 2018
Past event
Enrico Taglietti, with CEO Craft ACT and Artistic Director Rachael Coghlan, at the Enrico Taglietti International Symposium, November 2018. Photo: Five Foot Photography
Enrico Taglietti, with CEO Craft ACT and Artistic Director Rachael Coghlan, at the Enrico Taglietti International Symposium, November 2018. Photo: Five Foot Photography

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