Tania Davidge, OpenHAUS Architecture + Melbourne University
Tania Davidge is an architect, artist, researcher, educator and writer. She has a Master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York and extensive experience in the architecture, urban design and strategic design. She is currently undertaking PhD research at Melbourne University focussing on play’s role as a strategy for public engagement with architectural thinking.
Tania is a director of the design and research practice OpenHAUS which focusses on the relationship of people and communities to architecture and public space. Tania provides analysis, research and commentary on what makes a vibrant and engaging public realm. Her work focuses on strategic thinking in relation to the connection between place making, spatial identity and architectural form.
Tania is an active member of the architectural community. She is a member of the Design Review Panel for the Office of Design and Architecture in South Australia and a reference committee member for the Australian Institute of Architects committees on Competition and Public Awareness. Tania has experience in curation and the development and organisation of events and speaker series. In adddition, she writes regularly for architectural publications.
Christine Phillips, OpenHAUS Architecture + RMIT University
Christine Phillips is an architect, artist, lecturer, freelance writer and radio broadcaster. Graduating from RMIT University in 2000, Christine has been actively involved in bringing architecture to the public realm through her on going contribution to media, publications, exhibitions and practice.
Christine is a director of the award-winning practice OpenHAUS Architecture and is a lecturer in Architecture at RMIT University. She hosted RRR’s weekly radio show ‘The Architects’ for five years, interviewing a range of esteemed international and local guests. In 2012 ‘The Architects’ were show-cased as part of the Australian exhibition, ‘Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture,’ at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Christine has recently completed her PhD. Her research focuses on leisure and play in architecture through an examination of modern waterside public swimming pools. Christine writes for a variety of magazines including Architecture Australia, Architectural Review, Artichoke, Architect Victoria and Steel Profile.