International jury for Adelaide Contemporary announced

Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition shortlisted teams visit the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2018. Photo: Nat Rogers

A renowned South Australian artist, a Harvard University architecture professor and a curator of architecture and design at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art are among nine experts on the jury for the Adelaide Contemporary global design competition.

The jury was announced today as the six shortlisted international design teams visited the North Terrace site of the proposed construction – the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site - for the first time.

Made up of nine eminent leaders from the arts, architecture, culture and business, the jury includes:

  • Michael Lynch AO CBE (Chair), Chair of the Sydney Community Foundation and Chair of Circa
  • Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin, Deputy Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, Managing Director at L-AB & Associates and Executive, Aboriginal Strategy at the South Australian Film Corporation
  • Beatrice Galilee, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Walter Hood, Creative Director and Founder of Hood Design Studio
  • David Knox, Deputy Chair of the Economic Development Board of South Australia and Member of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation Committee
  • Nick Mitzevich, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Toshiko Mori, Founder and Principal of Toshiko Mori Architect and Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • Sally Smart, Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and renowned contemporary artist
  • Tracey Whiting, Chair of the Art Gallery of South Australia Board

"We are delighted to announce the full jury, a collegiate group of Australian and international thought-leaders in architecture, landscape, community engagement, curatorial knowledge and project delivery," said Arts South Australia Executive Director, Peter Louca. 

"We are grateful for their commitment – such is the quality of the finalist teams that we expect choosing a winner to be a demanding and absorbing process."

Concept designs from the six shortlisted teams will be revealed to the public and stakeholders in an exhibition in April in Adelaide, and online, before the competition jury meets in May 2018 to select a winner.

The six architect-led design teams were welcomed to Adelaide on Monday with a traditional Kaurna welcome at the Art Gallery of South Australia, followed by a tour of the gallery’s current major exhibition TARNANTHI.

Following today’s site visit the teams will meet with leaders from South Australia’s arts, culture and tourism industries and government officials before touring Adelaide and surrounds to learn about the city’s heritage and Kaurna history.

The high-profile shortlisted teams, who all include international and Australian collaborations and were announced last month, include: Adjaye Associates (London, UK) and BVN (Sydney, Australia); BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen, Denmark) and JPE Design Studio (Adelaide, Australia); David Chipperfield Architects (London, UK) and SJB Architects (Sydney, Australia); Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York, USA) and Woods Bagot (Adelaide, Australia); HASSELL (Melbourne, Australia) and SO-IL (New York, USA); and Khai Liew (Adelaide, Australia), Office of Ryue Nishizawa (Tokyo, Japan) and Durbach Block Jaggers (Sydney, Australia).

"In recent years national and international initiatives have proven that art can be a drawbridge to cultural and economic renewal," said Art Gallery of South Australia Director, Nick Mitzevich. "South Australia cannot afford to miss out on securing its future as the creative state.

"Embodying the experience economy, Adelaide Contemporary will present the State’s exceptional art collection as it has never been seen before, taking the bold approach that underpins the Art Gallery’s current success to a new level and to new audiences."

Image: Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition shortlisted teams visit the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2018 / Nat Rogers