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Twenty Shades of Verandah: PD1605

Philip Drew
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:46:00

In this exploration of the history of the Veranda, Philip Drew traces its etymological and built development. He discusses the Arab origins as well as that from Britain through its colonialism. The depth is left to the study of Australian development from first settlement, through to Murcutt’s transformation of it into the veranda house.

Philip draws this history into what he describes as Australia’s veranda culture and raises the challenge to architects as to how they can respond to the changing climatic outcomes as a result of global warming.

  •   Understand the probable origins of the Veranda and how this has become an important part of Australian culture
  •   Appreciate the etymology of the word veranda in our modern language
  •   Gain insight into the development of the veranda form into the design of Glen Murcutt’s houses
  •   Reflect on the future of architectural design in the world living with climate change
  •   Review the variations in the shape, function and form of the veranda over Australia’s history

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


    Philip Drew is a Sydney based architectural critic who studied architecture at UNSW (B Arch) and has a Masters degree from Sydney University. He has travelled extensively in Japan, North America and Europe and is the author of 22 books including monographs on Frei Otto, Arata Isozaki, Glenn Murcutt, Peter Stutchbury and the Barcelona firm of MBM. His interests encompass nomadic buildings, specifically nomad tents and urban tents, lightweight architecture, vernacular buildings, and the Australian veranda and interest which flowed from his classic study of Glenn Murcutt's development of a new type of contemporary veranda-house. He was contributed extensively to international architectural encyclopedias and dictionaries and more than 340 articles and papers on design.

    Philip Drew is a contributor to Indesign, Habitus, Architectural Review and Monument.