Alasdair McGregor

Alasdair McGregor’s professional and creative interests range from natural history and the environment, to architecture, design and the history of exploration. His books have been short-listed for a number of major literary prizes and Grand Obsessions: The Life and Work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, won the 2011 National Biography Award.
Opening address: 'Rebels and Gilt-spurred Roosters'
Audio - 'Rebels and Gilt-spurred Roosters'


Paul Daley

Paul Daley is an author, journalist, columnist and essayist. He also writes short stories and is working on the first of two related novels set partly in Canberra. He has been a political writer, a foreign affairs and defence correspondent and London correspondent for Fairfax, and national affairs editor for The Bulletin.  His most recent book, Canberra, has been released as part of the acclaimed ‘City Series’ by University of New South Wales Press.
The Tale of Two Cities
Audio - The Tale of Two Cities


Associate Professor Christopher Vernon

Christopher Vernon is a leading authority on the lives and works of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, and has lectured and published widely on the subject. More broadly, his research focuses upon architecture and landscape as collective expressions of identity, especially within the context of designed national capitals such as Canberra, New Delhi and Brasilia. Christopher is guest curator of The Dream of a Century exhibition.
Audio - The Tale of Two Cities


Dr Dianne Firth

Dianne Firth’s research interests and writing focus on the history, theory and practice of Landscape Architecture, particularly the designed landscape of Canberra. Dianne is Deputy Chair of the ACT Heritage Council, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and a member of the Place Names Committee.
Is Lake Burley Griffin Griffin's Lake
Audio - Is Lake Burley Griffin Griffin's Lake


Dr Jeff Turnbull

Jeff Turnbull studied both architecture and town planning. He has taught architectural design and history at the University of Melbourne for over forty years.  His research work over this period has focused on interpreting Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin’s work produced in America, Australia and India.
The architecture of Walter Burley Griffin: Canberra manifestations
Audio - The architecture of Walter Burley Griffin: Canberra manifestations


Nat Williams

Nat Williams has recently been appointed to be the inaugural James and Bettison Treasures Curator and will take up this new role on 1 July this year. Since December 1998 Nat has been the National Library’s Director of Exhibitions and has curated or overseen the development of over 50 exhibitions, and the concept and final realisation of the Treasures Gallery which opened in October 2011.
The Tale of Two Cities
Audio - The Tale of Two Cities


Ian Batterham

As Conservator at National Archives of Australia, Ian has carried out a range of significant treatment projects including work on the Walter Burley Griffin Canberra designs. He is currently Assistant Director, Preservation at the Archives where he carries out a range of research work.
A physical History
Audio - A physical History


Dr Anna Rubbo

Anna Rubbo has written extensively on Marion Mahony Griffin. Her most recent publications are ‘War, Women and Magic’ in Marion Mahony Reconsidered (2011), and  ‘Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin: International Moderns’ in Sydney Moderns (forthcoming 2013). An architecture educator at the University of Sydney until 2012, she is now a researcher in the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University, with a focus on urban poverty.
Searching for the Griffins: the Archival Trail
Audio - Searching for the Griffins: the Archival Trail


Kylie Scroope

Kylie Scroope is acting Curator of Manuscripts at the National Library.  She worked for many years in the Preservation and Public Programs areas of the National Archives, and more recently was Director of Art Services at Parliament House, responsible for management and development of the Parliament House Art Collection from 2007 - 2013.
Kylie Scroope Griffin seminar
Audio - Kylie Scroope Griffin seminar


Professor Karl Fischer - co-author

Karl Fischer studied planning and urban design in Germany, the USA and Australia and taught urban design and planning in Aachen, Berkeley, Hamburg and Kassel. In Australia, he is best known for his book, Canberra – Myths and Models. As an urban planner, he has been involved with research and publications on Canberra for almost 40 years.
The gift of the Griffins to the continuing city -
Audio - The gift of the Griffins to the continuing city


Professor James Weirick - co-author

James Weirick is a world authority on Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. Prior to joining UNSW in 1991, Weirick was Head of Landscape Architecture at RMIT University (1988–91). He was a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Canberra College of Advanced Education (1982–1986). He has had various consultancies in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. He is the Director of the Master of Urban Development and Design, University of New South Wales.


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