00:10 The Chair (Leon van Schaik) welcomes the audience and introduces the examiners: Lisa Diedrich, Beth George, Corbett Lyon
01:50 Perry Lethlean commences his examination by giving a brief history of the practice, projects and the format of the exposition
05:20 First Theme: Narrative Spirit of Place / Japan - Structuring
08:40 Australian relevance
09:40 First project: Prahran – Project narrative
10:20 Second project: The Australian Garden – Project narrative
13:36 Third project: Geelong waterfront – Project narrative
15:35 Fourth project: Craigieburn Bypass competition – Project narrative
18:00 Fifth project: Auckland waterfront - Project narrative
21:10 Second Theme: Civic Personal history
26:50 Sixth project: Perth waterfront - Project narrative
29:02 Seventh project: North terrace, Adelaide - Project narrative
32:04 Auckland waterfront - Project narrative
35:40 Ecology irrelevant in urban environments
36:40 Third theme: Composition – Personal history
38:21 Composition & Japanese influence - Situating
40:50 Eighth project: Japanese garden
44:40 Geelong waterfront promenade
46:25 Repetition as a device
47:30 PhD reveals and shifts: Auckland waterfront
50:23 Conclusion incl contribution to practice & thanks - Contributing
54:40 Examiners' questions and comments follow
54:50 Corbett Lyon (CL): A question about PL’s early influences
57.58 Beth George (BG): A question/comment about ideas of translation (i.e. from site to project, from project to viewer, from viewer to actor)
1:01.56 Lisa Diedrich (LD): Comments about the aptness of the exhibit when viewed by someone (herself) who has seen both examinations (Lethlean and Cullity). Then a question about the role shift from ‘composer’ of landscape to a more ‘messy’ consultative position
1:10:51 CL: What was your mental process when making the first ‘compositional strokes’ in your projects? & Can you talk about the role of scenography in your processes?
1:15:23 BG: Ultimately a question about tension – within the practice or projects, and as a productive state
1:22:11 LD: Question about dimensionality in the work
1:25:53 LD: Will the shift ‘to more D’d’ have implications for your planning/mapping process?
1:28:27 BG: A comment about the viability of facilitation and curation of a project (a different way of working discussed in the previous questions) considering the effects of time and entropy on landscape design
1:29:52 CL: Landscape design practice and urban design. What opportunities did you see in bringing these two disciplines together?
1:32:58 LD: Asks about Perry’s response to a particular European design conference (As Found), as mentioned in his dissertation
1:38:40 CL: What might be the next steps in your firms work and what might be your contribution be to it?
1:40:28 BG & LD: Concluding comments
1:42:55 Leon concluding remarks and applause
Perry is Director of the Melbourne studio of TCL. He was one of the first students to participate in the RMIT University Landscape Architecture program at its inception in 1982. Completion of an Urban Design Masters followed in 1992.
We aim to investigate the design practice of Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL). Over a twenty year period the landscape architecture studio has undertaken a breadth of work that is seemingly connected via some key concerns, compositional undercurrents and ways of production. We seek to critically examine these attributes as a means to enrich our design practice, critically engage within a discourse of design and offer new trajectories for design exploration.
Examiners: Lisa Diedrich, Beth George, Corbett Lyon Supervisors: Professor SueAnne Ware, Prof Vivian Mitsogianni