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AAA Winter Talk Series #1 - RONCHAMP & Le Corbusier: TW2102

Tone Wheeler
Formal CPD
2 Hours - FORMAL
Duration: 01:34:37

Here you will be enthralled, as Tone Wheeler, architect and President of the Australian Architecture Association, reveals the story of how this iconic building was conceived and executed.

Ronchamp is Le Corbusier’s most famous building, but most people only know it from one photo, and this singular view leads to a limited understanding of just how brilliant this building is. 

The chapel is a result of an intense process, both personal and pragmatic, and a detailed understanding of that process can lead to a completely different view. 

We will acquaint ourselves with the history, and then to do an analysis of Le Corbusier’s design thinking, his ideas and concepts that gave rise to the form, and we will thoroughly crawl over ever part of the building. 

It was extraordinarily radical, controversial and confronting, and many leading architects were horrified, but later held it up as one of the greats of the 20th Century. 

Listen to this detailed 'behind the scenes take' to find out why it is such an important work of art and architecture. 

This CPD course relates to the following AACA NCSA Elements: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 9

  • Gain an intimate appreciation for the Ronchamp Chapel as an architectural icon
  • Gain insight through Tone Wheelers connection, to the design process and construction
  • Appreciate the significance of this building in the context of Le Corbusier's other buildings
  • Learn of Le Corbusier's architectural development through other competition and exhibition works
  • Appreciate the scale and complexity of this project in its period and location.

Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA

  • Tone Wheeler is an architect, author, educator and consultant with an abiding interest in environmentally sustainable design (ESD). in the mid seventies at the university of sydney he coordinated and assisted in the construction of the "autonomous house", a working example of a low energy house constructed entirely from recycled materials.
    Upon graduation tone worked for the Australian government in Canberra where he designed a range of low cost social housing that won the RAIA residential design award (CS Daley medal) in 1980. For the last twenty five years he has worked in his own practice.

    Tone is a past chair of the raia national environment committee, is currently on the institute ‘sustainabilty committee’ and recently retired from the board of ABSA (Association of Building Sustainability Assessors) after a ten year association. he is a current board member of the building professionals board.

    Tone has taught extensively over the last 25 years, he has been on the faculty of 3 universities, is a sustainability advocate and frequent speaker at architectural conferences and seminars, has been a judge on ‘the new inventors’ program on ABC Television, and can be heard on the ABC radio program ‘The Woodies’.