As inaugural Director of the Small Homes Service, Robin Boyd worked to democratise design by offering low-cost, high-quality architectural documentation for housing, which you could purchase for a modest £5. The initiative was an unprecedented collaboration, bringing together the unlikely partners of the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects (RVIA), Myer department store and The Age.
While many of the contributing circumstances may have evolved from the post-war era, Australia continues to wrestle with the issue of housing affordability. Today, we find ourselves in a particular housing crisis, with some commentators believing it the worst in a generation. Australia is not alone in this, as many nations globally look for new strategies to increase access to affordable housing to meet growing demand.
Just as the Small Homes Service emerged at a time of great need, innovative design thinking and cross-sectoral partnerships are required to address the structural factors that have given rise to declining affordability. The Affordable Housing Matters Forum aims to inspire new solutions and advocate for a coordinated effort across disciplines to address the current housing crisis.
We are interested in holding space for a robust, engaging, and informed discussion about strategies and models that can address the growing demand for affordable housing. Attendees will hear from local and interstate speakers who will traverse policy, design, research, architecture, construction, and investment to cultivate a cross-pollination of ideas and actions geared at changing the direction of Australia’s housing crisis. The event will bring together built environment professionals, students, and interested community members for a day of sharing, learning and conversation on how to create housing for all.
Presented by the Robin Boyd Foundation and guest curator Jennifer Kulas the Affordable Housing Matters Forum is generously supported by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect and Brickworks Building Products.
Tickets include all sessions of the in person event to be held at Kensington Town Hall, morning tea and lunch.
Places for this event are limited. Book your tickets now!
20% of ticketing profit will be donated to Aboriginal Housing Victoria and Women’s Property Initiatives.
Prof Nigel Bertram, N M B W Architecture
Rian Branthwaite, Aboriginal Housing Victoria
Lisa Briggs, Aboriginal Housing Victoria
Nick Bourns, NH Architecture
Richard Denniss, Australian Institute (ACT)
Sophie Dyring, Schored Projects
Associate Prof Rory Hyde, University of Melbourne
Jeanette Large, Women’s Property Initiatives
Prof Michael Lennon, National Housing Supply and Affordability Council / Regional Housing and Planning, University of South Australia (SA)
Jeremy McLeod, Breathe Architecture
Jake Milgrom-Marabel, Tripple
Genevieve Zoe Murray, Future Method Studio (NSW)
Dr Jonathan Spear, Infrastructure Victoria
Dr Ryan Van Den Nouwelant, City Futures, UNSW Sydney (NSW)
Rob McGauran, MGS Architects
Rebecca Roke, RMIT University
Student Tickets include a 12 month Robin Boyd Foundation membership.
Scholarship tickets can be accessed on a needs basis. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Earn CPD Points:
2.0 Informal CPD Points
Attendance certificates will be issued at the conclusion of the event on Tuesday 10 October 2023.