'Place Agency' Podcast

Place Agency presents a series of conversations with 6 prominent Architectural practitioners and academics in Australia and the UK, considering the intersection between design, social value and the power of social connection.

Each episode presents a pair of conversation partners examining design’s capacity to elevate one of three themes; Social, Trust and Diversity.

The first three Social episodes comprise a CPD product for the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), so members be sure to check the AIA platform to answer your CPD questions after listening to have your points recorded.

It has long been understood that the way we design and organise our living environments can help or hinder social connection. We know that at worst failed approaches can build in isolation- with long term damage to quality of life including physical and mental health outcomes. How we build refers not only to the built structure as an outcome, but also the process through which we arrive at that structure. The series highlights the importance of our agency in this through design’s capacity to be both a noun (an outcome) and a verb (a process).

Host, Angelique Edmonds is a design educator and the founder and Creative Director of the School for Creating Change


Conversation Partners:

Nick Juniper  The Fulcrum.Agency

Emma Williamson The Fulcum.Agency

Catherine Ramsay Croxon Ramsay

Samantha Donnelley University of Technology Sydney

Professor Flora Samuel University of Reading

Angela Dapper Grimshaw Architects

Special thanks to the Australian Institute of Architects and to the conversation partners

Technical production: Andrew Lymn Penning at Big Boys Productions



The Alastair Swayn Foundation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians on the land of which we work, the Ngunnawal people of the ACT. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay respect to Elders past, present, and emerging.

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