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Tai Ropiha
Formal CPD
Duration: 00:33:22

In this talk, Tai Ropiha, a Director at CHROFI Architects, discusses their award winning Courtyard House.

Courtyard House is a prefabricated, off grid, modern interpretation of the traditional Australian rural home. The verandah is enlarged to become an outdoor room, whilst a sliding screen to the rear of the dwelling allows flexibility between providing an intimate courtyard or opening up to the expansive landscape.

The organisation of flexible living areas provide an unexpected sense of space in a building normally dictated by narrow proportions. The dynamic arrangement of these spaces provides a strong connection to the ever changing landscape.

The prefabricated typology allows the home to be lightly grounded without degrading the site’s landscape with invasive construction.

Tai takes us through the design development processes used, and explains how a set of clearly expressed strategies were key to the simple yet desirable outcome.

This CPD course relates to the following AACA NCSA Elements: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9
At the completion of this course you will:

  • Gain insight into the design process for CHROFI ARCHITECTS
  • Appreciate the complexity of design development in order to achieve an award-winning outcome
  • Understand the importance of clearly articulated objectives or ‘strategies’ in the design process
  • Appreciate how each objective is resolved, both in its own context, as well as the context of the project as a whole
  • Appreciate the unique simplicity that has been refined from a complex and challenging brief.
  • Understand how small details can lead to a design outcome with superior quality and desirability.

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

              • PRESENTER
              • FORMAL CPD/CPE POINTS

              • CHROFI

                CHROFI was founded in 2000 as Choi Ropiha following the win in the international competition for the re-design of the TKTS booth in Times Square, New York. The practice studio in Manly is now home to a team of 35 professionals headed by directors John Choi, Tai Ropiha and Steven Fighera.

                Completed in 2008, the TKTS project has been widely recognised with awards including 2006 New York Art Commission Award2009 D & AD Award Environment Category2009 World Architectural Festival Award, 2009 People’s Design Award Nomination, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, 2009 Chicago Athenaeum Architecture Award, 2009 AIA Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture, and 2010 American Institute of Architects, National Honors Award for Architecture, and has been cited as New York's Building of the Decade

                Other projects of note are Lune de SangHarbord Diggers Redevelopment with Architectus & JMD, Stamford on Macquarie, $100M residential tower in Sydney, The Goods Line with Aspect Studios, Narrabeen HouseBallast Point, Manly 2015 Masterplan, Binhai New City International Competition (1st Prize) and 2002 Parramatta Road Master Plan Competition (1st Prize). 

                The partners have lectured at various forums including Sydney Opera House, University of Sydney, Sydney Town Hall and Queensland State Library. Publications include A+T Strategy:Public (Spain), C3 Energy Efficiency - a New Aesthetic (Korea), and numerous blogs, journals and newspapers. Group exhibitions include Abundant: Venice Biennale (Italy), Boston Society of Architects Gallery (USA) and Architecture 09: Boutwell Draper Gallery (Australia).

                Appointments include Adjunct Professorship at University of Sydney, Sydney Olympic Park Authority Design Review Panel and the board of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.