Rothwell Chair Postdoctoral Associate 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming Hannes Frykholm in 2021 as the inaugural Rothwell Chair Postdoctoral Associate, to work with Lacaton & Vassal, our Rothwell Co-Chairs. Below is a short statement from Hannes on working with Lacaton Vassal and their research agenda:

“I see in the work of Lacaton & Vassal the understanding of architecture as a fundamentally democratic open-ended project, where acts of addition and restructuring are just as important as proposals which rebuild. I would like to work with them to explore ​parallels between such an approach and Greek-French philosopher Cornelius Castoriadis’ notion of “imaginary institutions of society” – the idea that society is a continuous social and political negotiation around human co-existence. Perhaps the true ​autonomy of architecture exists in the unfinished quality of any built object, and the fact that what is built must be imagined and negotiated, again and again. To think of architecture this way​, is to situate our profession at the construction site of a democratic project. With Lacaton & Vassal, I look forward to approaching questions of housing with this in mind, exploring architecture both as the physical support for everyday life, and the scaffold for imagined lives to come.”

Garry and Susan Rothwell Research Scholarship

This scholarship has been established to provide additional stipend support assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research in the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning. This research scholarship is funded from the Rothwell Chair Gift, with the purpose to support important contributions to innovation in the areas of architectural design, urban design or urbanism and heighten research capabilities to develop the capacity to create environments which improve people’s quality of life.

Inaugural Rothwell Research Scholarship recipient – Nathan Etherington, March 2020

Nathan Etherington is a doctoral candidate in architecture at the University of Sydney and a practicing architect. He founded Nathan Etherington Architect (NEA) in 2017, a practice that explores the urban potential of small scale projects through typological and contextual analysis. This approach originated in his work at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Nathan’s scholarly research continues this framework but across a wider spectrum of scales and disciplines. His current thesis title: Inscribing the Territory: The Landscape of Public Works in Nineteenth-Century Sydney, is focused on the intersection of governance, design and infrastructural development in the transformation of urban and regional landscapes. 

Nathan will be presenting a conference paper, The Lands Building, Sydney: Architecture as instrument in the colonial project, at the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) annual conference in November 2020.