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Modern Heritage: Book Launch and Discussion Past Event

Presented by Bookshop by Uro


Booked out
Mon 27 May 6:00pm


Booking Required


Bookshop by Uro
Collingwood Yards, Johnston Street, Collingwood VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom, All gender bathroom, Wheelchair accessible

Australian houses built from the 1920s to the 1940s offer a triumphant meeting of styles, embracing stylistic elements of Old English, Spanish Mission, Art Deco and everything in between. But as delightful as they are, their quirky details and layouts are not always suited to a contemporary lifestyle. New book Modern Heritage surveys twenty homes that embody the period’s vibrant architectural eclecticism—but that have been architecturally renovated to suit a contemporary lifestyle.

In this live, in-store event for Melbourne Art Book Fair, join the book’s author Cameron Bruhn and architect Monique Woodward in a conversation exploring the privilege that comes with owning a heritage house and the value of research in understanding the architecture’s stories and setting. The speakers share the process of protecting this legacy, while giving new life to these cherished homes.


Cameron Bruhn

Cameron Bruhn is CEO of the Australian Institute of Architects and a former Dean and Head of School of the School of Architecture, The University of Queensland. A writer, editor and curator, he is a regular contributor to numerous architecture and design periodicals and was co-editor of The Forever House (2014), The Terrace House (2015) and The Apartment House (2017), all published by Thames and Hudson. From 2009-2018, Cameron was the editorial director of Architecture Media, Australia’s leading cross-platform publisher and events organiser for the built environment community.

Monique Woodward

Monique Woodward co-founded her Melbourne & Perth based award-winning practice, WOWOWA Architecture, in 2010. Now a National Councilor of the Australian Institute of Architects, in 2019 Monique was the recipient of the Institute’s National Emerging Architect Prize and was co-creative director of their 2019 National Conference ‘Collective Agency’. WOWOWA are talented colourists and known for embedding joy in their narrative driven projects.

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