Studio Apparatus is an architecture and urbanism practice bringing strategic, design-based thinking to projects through multidisciplinary collaborations. Our design approach addresses the mechanisms and economies through which cities and towns transform, focusing specifically on sites or industries at key moments of transition. Through research we work to identify triggers of urban change and develop collaborative projects around them, framing each project as a prototype for future urban directions. The intersection of material/industrial and urban practices is a focus of our work, staging projects in collaboration with city governments, manufacturers, economists, artists and communities.
Studio Apparatus also collaborates with practitioners in related fields such as architecture and landscape design, manufacturing, urban development, urban economics and planning, sustainable design technologies, and art/curation.
Anna Tweeddale (Director)
Anna is founding director of Studio Apparatus with over 15 years of experience in urban and architectural practice in Australia and Europe. She is a registered architect in Queensland and Victoria and has a Master of Architecture and Urban Culture from the Metropolis Postgraduate Program (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain). Prior to establishing Studio Apparatus, Anna practiced as an independent urban consultant in Melbourne from 2008 to 2012, working on projects for local government, development authorities and state government. Anna also has extensive experience in award-winning architectural and urban design offices in London, Berlin and Melbourne and has led design teams on projects in Australia, Spain, Germany, China and the Middle East. Her practice, including Studio Apparatus, was published in Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture as one of 35 formations selected for the 2012 Venice Biennale Australian Pavilion.
Anna is an engaged advocate for design, art and urban culture. She was a member of the editorial committee and contributing author to Momentum: New Victorian Architecture (Melbourne University Press, 2012) and Sonorities of Site: Aphids, Architecture and New Music 1998 – 2010. She also established the Urban Culture forum series as a part of the Straight Out of Brisbane Festival (2004-05) for which was awarded the Lord Mayors Fellowship for Emerging Artists. She is a regular contributor to both Architecture Australia and Architectural Review Asia Pacific and has published in Quaderns: Journal of the Catalan Institute of Architects (Spain) and New Matilda. She is actively involved in architectural pedagogy and has taught at RMIT, Monash and Melbourne Universities, and has been an invited critic at design schools nationally and internationally.