Sydney Architecture Festival – Sydney, Australia

As an ambassador for the Sydney Architecture Festival, Left Bank Co. Founder and Director Michelle Tabet is passionate about trying to connect the industry beyond those within it: “Everyone experiences architecture whether they think of it as such or not. It is our duty as architects and professionals in this arena to engage the wider public in a discussion about spaces and places that they can relate to, thus embedding architecture into our daily lives”, she says. It is this view that found Michelle part of the Sydney Architecture Festival’s conversation panel for Sydney Stories, along with renowned author David Malouf, Simon Parsons of PTW, spoken word performance artist from Bankstown Yasmine Lewis, landscape architect Sue Barnsley, and the Principal Architect at the Office of the Government Architect, Dillon Kombumerri.

Michelle’s role was as moderator of the conversation between the panellists, navigating her way around each of their tales of their city, how its landscape has shaped the architecture, and the place has shaped people’s character. Expanding on PTW’s exhibition titled Stories of Home, Michelle probed as to whether there is a Sydney architecture, and whether in this global city, if that makes us unique.

The Sydney Architecture Festival runs around the start of October each year, with a full program of architecture-based events, exhibitions and talks. Find out more here