Dom talks through the lack of creative criticism in New Zealand, and how to look beyond what society deems as beautiful and cute.

About the speaker

Death has inspired humanity since time immemorial, influencing ideologies and our understanding of life and how we live it.

Death itself has literal and figurative definitions. Taken literally, as a species we have leveraged the fear of death to inspire achievements that seemed impossible, and to create work that needed to be made. Taken figuratively, we have used the concept of death to challenge ideals, and dissent from the establishment. Death represents both decay and renewal, and as creatives this gives us a whole lotta room to move.

This month’s speaker, Dom Glamuzina, is an award-winning architect and dedicated disruptor. In typically robust style, he will explore the figurative role death plays in challenging New Zealand architecture to embrace self- and peer- critique in the profession.

In 2000, not too long after graduating from the University of Auckland, Dom started his own practice. From here he and Aaron Paterson combined their talents for the successful 2007-2015 partnership of Glamuzina Paterson Architects.

Since the rebirth of Glamuzina Architects in 2015, various typologies have been explored in the practice, from the Waiheke Island bach, to commercial builds in the ever changing K’Rd, to working with iwi in the far north to complete a community-based, multi-faceted program of broad value.

Within his profession Dom is happy to challenge the status quo. He pushes beyond aesthetics to rethink our familiar cityscapes and breathe life into our ‘machines for living in’, always finding joy in the creative process. Forever keen to start necessary conversations, Dom was part of the creative team for the provocative ‘restaurant at the end of the universe world’. This was part of the Future Islands exhibition, the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ work at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

With an opinion on everything, a love of critical dialogue, and a mile-a-minute banter Dom Glamuzina will lead on us on an adventure that is a matter of life and death.

Join us on Friday 24 November at the amazing St Mathew’s in the City. Tickets will be released Monday November 20 at 11am.

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