OVGA Recap of Melbourne Design Week


Geelong event

Image above: Stefan Preuss chairing the Design Leadership in the City of Design event, with panel members (from L to R), Dr Robert Treseder, Dr Fiona Gray, Dr Yolanda Esteban, Dr Mirjana Lozanovska, Ralph Webster and Nicole Walters.

This year Melbourne Design Week External link was celebrated with over 200 events across Victoria. The Office of the Victorian Government Architect was involved with a number of talks, launches and forums.

To kick off, the Office led a series of talks with members of the Victorian Design Review Panel, responding to Design Week’s theme of ‘Design Experiments’, exploring provocations for the future and reflections on how we design our cities and lives.  

An exciting highlight for the Office included Jill Garner, Victorian Government Architect, chairing the Jury for the 2019 NGV Architecture Commission, which was announced during Design Week.

For the first time this year the program extended to Geelong, Australia’s only UNESCO City of Design. The OVGA ran a public forum on Design Champions, chaired by Stefan Preuss, Associate Victorian Government Architect, at the Geelong Library. In addition to the forum, the Office led and participated in invited events with targeted industry and stakeholder representatives to stimulate discussion on what design leadership and advocacy might look like for Geelong.

Rounding out our involvement, Jill Garner was also part of a panel on Good Design and Heritage, co-presented by Open House and Heritage Council Victoria in Geelong.

Melbourne Design Week is an initiative by Creative Victoria in partnership with NGV.

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