Office for Opportunistic Architecture
Shortlisted submission for the role of Creative Director of the Australian Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Collaboration with Justine Clark and Kate Rhodes.
‘Opportunistic’ is defined as ‘taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit.’ It is also related to the word ‘opportunity’, or ‘a chance for success or advancement’.
It is between these two definitions – one devious and one admirable – that the Opportunistic Architect operates. Opportunistic Architects ‘do not wait for the phone to ring’. They are pro-active, entrepreneurial, nimble, industrious, intelligent and ambitious. Opportunistic Architects are motivated both by a latent urge to ‘do good’ – increasingly prevalent among architects today – but also by the need to make money, the will to succeed, and to see their visions realized.
The Office for Opportunistic Architecture is a temporary, productive office housed in the Australian Pavilion. It is simultaneously an ‘office’ and ‘exhibition’, exhibiting people at work and the work they create, by hosting teams of Australian architects working on the key spatial challenges facing Australia today. It offers a chance to step outside of standard practice frameworks and explore the social agency of architecture.