Join our panel of architects and experts as they discuss how modernism impacted Australian architecture, and what are the lasting legacies of the movement.  

Architecture and design are part of a complex continuum that allows the built environment the scope to evolve and change over time, with major implications for the way we live.

The mid-20th Century in Australia was a time of mass immigration, accompanied by urbanisation, technological advances, and a belief in political progress. The European diaspora beginning in the late 1930s carried modernism across the globe and to Australia, including new thoughts on architecture.

Our panel will discuss how modernism and modernity continues to influence the designs of architects working today, in both positive and negative ways. Speakers will give their thoughts on the legacy of modernism and on key buildings in Australia’s architectural history, reflecting on choices relating to form, space, materials and sustainability. 


Peter Salhani is co-founder & editor of, an independent platform interviewing creatives from architecture, design, culture and social action. He is a freelance journalist contributing to major online and print journals covering Australian architecture and design. Peter is a former editor of Monument magazine and


Alexander Symes was the 2021 winner of the Emerging Architect Prize from NSW Architecture Awards. Alexander Symes Architects was founded in 2014 with a mission to advance sustainable architecture. Alex has specialist training in the design and delivery of passive houses which he believes offer a pathway towards exceptionally comfortable and healthy homes. 

Isabelle Aileen Toland is a co-director and co-founder of Aileen Sage Architects based in Sydney. Her experience has ranged from complex residential and urban community projects, to remote temporary campsites and large-scale public art and cultural strategies.

Rebecca Hawcroft is a cultural heritage professional with 20 years’ experience working across the heritage and museums sector. Rebecca was the curator of the exhibition The Moderns: European designers in Sydney at the Museum of Sydney, 2017 and editor of the book The Other Moderns (New South, 2017).

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General: $20

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When & where

Wednesday 22 June, 6pm–7pm

The Mint

10 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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