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Paul Karakusevic (UK), Karakusevic Carson Architects with Simon Robinson, OFFICE.

Tue March 5th @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm AEDT

$5.00 – $15.00

We are delighted to be hosting UK-based architect Paul Karakusevic, co-founder of Karakusevic Carson Architects, for a talk highlighting some of his recent social and public housing projects. Following the talk, local retain, repair and reinvest advocate and OFFICE Managing Director Simon Robinson will join Paul in conversation. Expect a discussion interrogating nuanced social, physical and spatial processes alongside the politicised issues around the future of the housing estates.

This Design Matters talk is part of an ongoing series on affordable housing, sparked by our 2023 Affordable Housing Matters Forum.  

Please note the presentation component will be held at Kennedy Nolan Studio, Fitzroy. 

Paul Karakusevic (UK), Karakusevic Carson Architects

Paul Karakusevic founded Karakusevic Carson Architects to raise the architectural design standards and ambitions for the quality of the UK’s social and public housing. 

Over the past 20 + years, he has worked alongside residents and local government to improve the design and delivery of affordable homes and neighbourhoods which reflect the needs of real communities; designing and crafting dwellings that give residents dignity and help to improve quality of life and chances for future generations. 

To date, the studio has completed 10 major London Council housing projects. Multi-award winning schemes which have provided exemplary homes and are advancing a new era of Council housing. The practice is currently working on some of the most challenging housing estate projects in the UK for a collection of pioneering local government and council client groups who are at the vanguard of direct delivery and social development.

The focus of the practice has always been focused on working for Local government, City Halls and Local neighbourhood community-led housing charities. At present and uniquely the whole studio is engaged in public work.

Projects have won numerous RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), UK Housing Design, New London Architecture (NLA) and Civic Trust Awards. The practice has been named ‘Housing Architect of the Year’ several times and its work has been published regularly by leading national and international architectural press alongside features in the Guardian, Observer, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

In 2017, Paul co-authored the book Social Housing – Definitions and Design Exemplars. London, RIBA, 2017 and then co-authored Public Housing Works. London, Lund Humphries 2022; a book charting the last two decades of public housing design in the UK, told through the studio’s housing and masterplanning projects.

Paul has been invited to speak on housing design and the practice’s work at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the American Institute of Architects, AIA in New York and Los Angeles, the Australian Institute of Architects in Sydney, The Architecture Foundation at the Barbican, and leading universities, institutions and architecture conferences in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, and Australia. 

Over the past 10 years Paul has leant his experience to advise the Mayor of London, Homes England, numerous London Councils and cities around the world on approaches to the refurbishment and transformation of their public housing estates. 

Simon Robinson, OFFICE

Simon is an architect and managing director of the not-for-profit research and design practice OFFICE. In 2022 OFFICE launched Retain, Repair, Reinvest; a replicable model to assess the refurbishment potential of existing public housing estates. They have recently completed two feasibility studies on Melbourne estates earmarked for demolition.

This event is generously supported by Brickworks Building Products, Kennedy Nolan, Konpira Maru Wines and Molly Rose Brewing.

Prior to your visit, please note:
  • Attendees must be 16 years and over.
  • No external food or drink permitted.
  • Large bags and backpacks will need to be checked in at entry.
  • Stiletto or pointed heels are not permitted due to our cork flooring.
  • Tickets are refundable up to 72 hours prior to tour.
  • Tickets may be exchanged as long as the purchaser advises us of the new attendee’s name via email.

We offer discounted tickets to RBF Friends and Boyd Circle members – support the Foundation and join today.

Image: Kings Crescent Estate, Karakusevic Carson Architects. Photo: Peter Landers.


Tue March 5th
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm AEDT
$5.00 – $15.00


Kennedy Nolan
61 Victoria St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia


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