Emma in Morocco

March 8, 2016  |  Comments Off on Emma in Morocco  |  by Admin  |  News, Scholars

Emma touched base with us from Morocco – you can get more insights from her travels on her blog: http://foodstreetarchitecture.weebly.com/blog

I have moved on from India and now am travelling through Morocco. Firstly I arrived into Casablanca and have spent the rest of the week in Marakech. Next I’m going to briefly explore the landscape of the Atlas Mountains and the desert. Then move up north towards the cities of Fes, Chefchaouen and Tangier.

India was great fun and informative. It is a beautiful thriving country and has a range of atmospheres. The density and adaptability of the people demonstrated some fascinating and simple strategies which engage with the public. There was a unique sense of charm when buildings expressed their functions in an adhoc nature. A particularly revealing aspect when exploring the food realm.

And as a major food advocate I must admit the food was excellent. I loved trying all the variations of the traditional specialities. A very different diet from our own but mainly unprocessed and homemade. After Morocco I shall go to Spain.

Emma arrives in India

February 1, 2016  |  Comments Off on Emma arrives in India  |  by Admin  |  News, Scholars
Last week Emma arrived in India and touched base with us:
Yesterday I arrived in Mumbai, India, my first stop on my journey. I am travelling with a friend for India and Morocco. Things have been going well so far. We have been exploring the big busy city, seeing some sites and having our first few tastes of the local food.
I still intend to travel just over five months but with a bit of flexibility of dates. A few other places have also come to mind in the region so I hope to squeeze them in (Portugal and Turkey). My rough plan is:
Jan/Feb – India
Feb/March – Morocco
March/April – Spain/Portugal
May – Italy
June – Greece
June/July – Turkey

Emma’s travels begin!

January 25, 2016  |  Comments Off on Emma’s travels begin!  |  by Admin  |  News, Scholars


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Wishing our Parker Fellowship scholar all the very best on her travels! Follow her journey through the link to her blog below – it will include some exciting adventures to India, Morocco, Spain/Portugal, Italy, Greece and Turkey!


2015 Parker Fellow Announced

November 21, 2015  |  Comments Off on 2015 Parker Fellow Announced  |  by Admin  |  Event, News, Scholars


The 2015 Parker Fellowship was awarded at an afternoon tea event at the University of Newcastle to Emma Gaal. Starting in Asia, Emma will be travelling throughout areas where street food has a great presence. Emma proposed to document the effect of temporary and permanent architecture on how people use the street, especially in relation to food.

The Colin Madigan Commendation was awarded to Nathan Dawes, who will attend a term at the Julian Ashton Art School.

Congratulations to the recipients! Thank you to everyone involved and for the continued support of The Architecture Foundation.

Annual Awards Evening 2014

September 23, 2014  |  Comments Off on Annual Awards Evening 2014  |  by Admin  |  Event, Scholars


Scholarships have closed, and two rounds of interviews have been conducted at the University of Newcastle. Thank you to all those who put time and effort into their submissions. As always the calibre of students grows every year, making the selection committee’s work so much harder, but none the less rewarding!

We have been busy re-planning the TAF Annual Dinner, the event is taking the new form of a cocktail style presentation evening, with talks from our current scholars. Our guest speaker is head of the Julian Ashton Art School, Paul Delprat.

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The event will be held on Friday 24th October at the Hunter Design School from 5.30pm, with drinks and canapes, along with the formal awarding of our three scholarships for 2014. Please RSVP using the secure form below, by Friday 17th October. Tickets are $ 55 and discounted to $ 35 for students.

We look forward to your company and support on the evening.
Please find more information and booking details in the documents below.




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Pin Cushion Islands

May 15, 2013  |  Comments Off on Pin Cushion Islands  |  by Joey Trongchittham  |  News, Scholars

Matt Kelly - HKOur 2012 Parker Fellow, Matthew Kelly has started his Journey. Follow Matt through Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China on his blog update.

Matt’s Itinerary

April 11, 2013  |  Comments Off on Matt’s Itinerary  |  by Joey Trongchittham  |  News, Scholars

Matt-KellyOur 2012 Parker Fellow Matthew Kelly is getting ready to depart on his study trip. We are very excited and looking forward to following  Matt’s journey on his graphic blog.


2012 Parker Fellow

October 13, 2012  |  Comments Off on 2012 Parker Fellow  |  by ross  |  News, Scholars

Our 2012 Parker Fellow is Matthew Kelly. His award was announced at the Twelfth Annual Architects Foundation Dinner at Isabellas Restaurant held at Newcastle University on Saturday evening, 29th March.  Also announced was the winner of the Col Madigan Commendation Award , Hannah Cheetham, a second year student.

Natalie writes – 3

July 20, 2012  |  Comments Off on Natalie writes – 3  |  by ross  |  News, Scholars

Exerpt from a recent email to Bob Donaldson: ..I’ve just returned to Curitiba after spending a couple of weeks in Campinas, the city I did exchange to in 2008. This was a really interesting and not to mention fun fortnight catching up with friends and host families I hadn’t seen in 4 years. I really loved seeing my host city again after 4 years and I’ve noticed a few subtle changes that have really changed the city!! Interestingly enough one major problem the city is facing is car congestion!
Curitiba is in the depths of winter at the moment with most days being around 6-14 degrees and quite windy! Although the locals surprisingly enough are pretty acclimatized so it doesn’t stop the city from being full of people all day!
My journal is full to the brim of writing and ideas and coupons and drawings, so I’ve got a lot to show everyone when I get back. I’m quietly proud of My journal because it really shows exactly what I’ve been doing all the good and bad days, the boring bits, people I have met and places I have seen. It’s something that I enjoy flipping back through and remembering how all the different places and things have affected me from start to finish.
I’ve made quite a few good connections in Curitiba and its really helped to open doors and show me things I wouldn’t have noticed or been able to see. I’m still hoping to meet with Jaime Lerner for more than a couple of seconds like I have previously but to be honest I’m not going to be surprised if I don’t get to because as I’ve been watching on Facebook he travels around the world as governor of the state! But i will hopefully get the chance to get inside his architecture office which will be great!!!
Im working on a bit of a video presentation for the dinner hopefully I can give everyone a bit of an idea of what I’ve been doing over here.

Natalie writes – 2

April 30, 2012  |  Comments Off on Natalie writes – 2  |  by ross  |  News, Scholars

Hello Bob and everyone else in TAF.

Firstly I hope winter has come early there and I hope I miss all the cold weather!
Well, I’m not sure if you have been reading my blog but I am having a really great time. I’ve been travelling now for about 6 weeks and I feel like my whole perspective has changed as cheesy as that sounds!
I’ve been to Brazil before but I never saw it through the eyes of someone who had any knowledge of Architecture.
The cities I’ve visited in South America have taught me more about what it is to be a city then Newcastle or Sydney ever could have. I’m not sure whether it is South America or whether it is the strong European influence but these cities (most of them) just breathe life and chaos and excitement. Sydney feels like a stifling concrete jungle compared to the wide avenues of Buenos Aires and the parks here! So many squares and parks its really so nice to see.

I’m not really sure whether I am doing the right thing. I’m writing a lot. I have a diary that is already half full. And taking photos and filming things. I’ve been drawing although not enough! But sometimes the things I learn are hard to capture in a picture or a note. Sometimes they arent that tangible and sometimes its just a feeling. a little AHA! moment every now and then.

I’ve briefly met Jaime Lerner and I’m desperately hoping to get into his office and meet him. I have been collecting a lot of information and texts about Curitiba and the Urban Design things they are doing here. It is getting cold here but its still manageable. The Brazilians I have met around the place are probably some of the most friendly and easy going people I’ve ever met. They are so patient and willing to chat and help you find where u need to go. I also get the feeling that people that live in Curitiba usually dont leave it. Brazilians travel around the country wuite a bit for work and love but I dont think I’ve met anyone who has said ‘oh yes i lived there once it was ok’. Most of them end up returning years later.

I’m halfway through my first semester of my Masters degree but I’m only doing the research course by distance. Which is actually great at keeping me focused and thinking about architecture. I’m focusing my interests on Urban Design and cycling so I’m trying to dig up as much info on that as I can right now. Curitiba has some pretty well funded cycling initiatives underway at the moment.

Anyway, i think thats about enough from me for now. I hope that I have been a good representative for the TAF. I think I have been a good representative for myself and as an Australian.

I hope everyone is well on that side of the world. I wish I could go to the promotion of the Fellowship at uni to tell them all try! Its amazing to think that this time a year ago I was in their position!

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