Generation Exchange

Generation Exchange

Generation Exchange

Tuesday 6th of September
5:00 PM (AEST) for a 5.30 PM start
Brickworks Studio
27 James Street
4006 Fortitude Valley

This is an in-person event


What can early-career architects learn from our more experienced colleagues, and similarly, what do we have to offer in return? Practitioners at all stages of their career continue to face a myriad of challengers working in the construction industry, while navigating their own paths through the profession. Generation Exchange offers a forum where meaningful dialogue between the generations of architects can take place. This type of mentorship benefits all involved; helping to enhance the profession in order to be more effective in our practice, while serving our community and engaging in an open dialogue.

Some quick facts:
- This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule
- Format will be a panel discussion, followed by group discussions over dinner
- Each table / group will sit down with one panellist after the panel discussion. This is a time for open dialogue – bring any questions, conundrums or work problems you might have for some sound advice. 
- Drinks and dinner will be provided by our sponsor, Brickworks
- All early-career and emerging architecture professionals are welcome - graduates, architects and academics alike.  

This event is proudly supported by Brickworks and presented by the Queensland EmAGN Committee.

Who’s coming?
This is an event  for EmAGN member demographics. EmAGN is made up by a diverse collection of people practicing in the architecture profession. They are one of the biggest groups in the Australian Institute of Architects and they are heavily engaged in the community.
Unregistered graduates of architecture make up a huge portion of the architecture workforce. They are highly educated and are forging their unique pathway in the built environment.
Emerging architects
Young registered architects who are now taking on higher levels of responsibility as a staff member or manager in their own practice. These members of EmAGN can also often work between practice, research, or teaching.
Members of the architecture profession who are teaching or research part-time or full time. Often highly specialised in one area, these young professionals are regularly leading the conversatios.


Facilitator/Master of Ceremonies

Fiona Gardiner,  FRAIA, Former Director, Heritage at Department of Environment and Resource Management

Fiona Gardiner is an architect and former public servant. She spent over 30 years in the Queensland public service and recently retired after 13 years as the Director of Heritage in the Department of Environment and Science. She was responsible for the administration of the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 and strategic heritage projects which advanced the conservation of Queensland’s heritage places. Fiona Gardiner has been active and interested in gender equity issues since graduation and was the inaugural president (1983-1985) of Brisbane’s pioneering Woman in Architecture Association. As a senior public servant, she led a multi-disciplinary team of architects, archaeologists, historians, and planners of whom the majority were women. Fiona Gardiner actively mentored and supported both women and men in the workplace with practical measures including part-time work, additional leave during school holidays and flexible working hours. She has contributed to the identification and promotion of the hitherto hidden heritage of women in Queensland architecture through exhibitions, heritage listing and protection of their work.



Marion Wilson, Biscoe Wilson Architects

Marion is a senior architect and practice manager at Biscoe Wilson Architects and works primarily in the education, industrial and social housing sectors. Completing a Bachelor of Architecture part-time, Marion has been working in the field for over 40 years and is hands on in all aspects of architectural practice.




Don Watson LFRAIA 2021 Gold Medalist and Adjunct Professor at University of Queensland

Donald Watson is a graduate of the University of Queensland. As a student and following graduation he was employed by James Birrell, Hayes & Scott and Geoffrey Pie. Subsequently he worked for the National Trust, the Department of Housing & Construction and the Australia Council before being employed as a Lecturer at the University of Queensland where he also continued researching local architectural history and worked on exhibitions, public programs and collected architectural records for the Fryer Library. In 1989 he joined the Queensland Public Works Department working primarily on TAFE Colleges. On a year’s leave of absence, he lectured at QUT. Since retiring in 2012 he is an Adjunct Professor at UQ and resumed research initially on a State Library Fellowship. With Judith McKay he co-authored A Directory of Queensland Architects to 1940 (1984) and Queensland Architects of the Nineteenth Century (1994) which is being updated as Queensland Architects to 1975.



Russel Hall, LFRAIA 

Having graduated from the QIT in 1974, Russell Hall worked for the PNG Housing Commission for 4 years on low-cost housing and other housing projects. He had an office in Buderim for 6 years, mostly designing houses where the use of the traditional construction technique of single-skin timber with exposed studs was used on many projects. He has had an office in Brisbane since 1987 where houses and mixed-use buildings were designed, mostly in West End. Coincidentally, as well as working in architectural practice, Russell also participated in a company that designed and made street furniture and continues to this day to do various light metal fabrication work – mostly for buildings designed by architects around Australia. He has a violent dislike of buildings looking the same from the coldest climates to the tropics – as if one answer solves all; and has a firm belief that building designs should arise from the place they are built in and be appropriate to it.



Jeremy Salmon, FRAIA

Jeremy Salmon has been the principal of Jeremy Salmon Architects since 1993.
The practice focuses on new houses and renovations and has an impressive body of work predominately located in Southeast Queensland. Projects in Northern Queensland, NSW and Victoria have also been completed. Jeremy’s commitment to accessible sustainable solutions that can be enjoyed by the residents for many years has been recognised through architectural commendations and the Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture. Our current motivation is maximum transformation from minimum change.



Alice Hampson LFRAIA, Past National President



$5 for members
$15 for non-members  


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I am not an EmAGN member, can I still register for this event?
Yes, you can. If you are a member of the Institute, and you are a graduate or within 15 years of registration, you are a EmAGN member. The Emerging Architects and Graduate Network (EmAGN) is a membership demographic of the Australian Institute of Architects. EmAGN represents, advocates for and supports the interests of graduate and early career architects who are within 15 years of graduation from completing a Masters in Architecture. EmAGN’s goals are to support and provide opportunities for emerging architects by creating events and initiatives which help grow connections within the industry. 

Cancelations and Refunds
Generally, the Institute will not agree to a refund if the request is received less than 14 days before the event starts, unless otherwise stated in the cancellations and refunds policy.