Short Black Talks

Short Black Talk - Ian McDougall (ARM)

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The Australian Architecture Association is pleased to announce that they are once again a Strategic Partner for Melbourne Indesign: The Event, which takes place 12-13 August 2016. In celebration of Victoria’s vibrant design scene, on Friday 12 August the AAA will be holding a Short Black: Architects In Their Space talk by Ian McDougall of ARM Architecture. Ian will be talking about the design of ARM Architecture’s additions to the Shrine Of Remembrance in the Kings Domain Melbourne.

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The poignant Shrine of Remembrance was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I and is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in war. ARM Architecture designed additions to the existing structure in the form of four sunken zigzag-shaped courtyards, linking an undercroft housing the Galleries of Remembrance, Visitor’s Centre, offices, theatre and associated back-of-house spaces.

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Commenting on ARM’s approach to the design Ian McDougall said:

“The Shrine tells such a significant story for Melburnians about a key part of Australia’s identity. We wanted to heighten and add to that history, that lineage and all the culture that goes with it, rather than create a new statement. We were working against the accepted wisdom that new architecture must be connected from old.”


Ian McDougall is a Founding Director of ARM Architecture (formerly known as Ashton Raggatt & McDougall). He completed his architecture degree in 1979 at the University of Adelaide, his Master of Architecture at RMIT in 1993 and in 1992 he was made an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at RMIT. Ian has taught in the undergraduate and masters course at RMIT, as well as visiting teaching positions of University of Western Australia and The University of Sydney. Ian served as the President of the Victorian Chapter of the RAIA and was National Treasurer from 2000-2002. In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary Medal for his contribution to Australian Architecture. He was elected as a National Councillor of the RAIA in 2006 and as Treasurer in 2007. He is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Adelaide and was recently appointed to the Melbourne Festival Board of Directors.

ARM Architecture was established in 1988 by Stephen Ashton, Howard Raggatt and Ian McDougall. The firm now have offices in Melbourne and Perth and their portfolio of work spans all sectors of architectural design, including public/cultural, commercial and workplace, education, sports and recreation, retail, public infrastructure, masterplanning and urban design, residential, exhibitions and research.

Known in the architectural community for their daring and sometimes controversial buildings – their extensive body of work has been the winner of multiple industry and public awards. This year their significant contribution to architecture in Australia was recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) award of the Gold Medal – the Institutes highest award.

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Time: 12.30pm - 2.00pm
Date: Friday 12 August 2016
Location: Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne VIC 3001
Tickets: $30 (Earlybird Public) / $40 (Public) / $25 (Seniors / Concession) / $20 (AAA Members)
Note: AAA Corporate Members receive complimentary free tickets – please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Experience the spaces as the architect explains its design. Numbers are limited - book early to avoid disappointment. Click here to secure tickets.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images 1-3: (Provided by ARM Architecture) The Shrine of Remembrance designed by ARM Architecture.