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AAA Winter Talk Series #2 - SALK INSTITUTE & Louis I Kahn: TW2207

Tone Wheeler
Formal CPD
2 Hours - FORMAL CPD
Duration: 01:40:55

What makes an icon? The intrigue and inspiration that comes with an architectural pilgrimage is alluring. Louis Kahn is one such architect whose work has not just stood the test of time, but continues to be revered with fervour.

In this second talk in the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) Winter Series, Tone Wheeler will unpack the enduring importance of Kahn’s masterpiece - Salk Institute.

This talk gets behind the facade and the two dimensional images, by sharing the narrative, the ideas and the extraordinary humanity embedded into the fabric of the Salk Institute. From the warm ‘pozzolanic’ concrete, to the teak timber panels and central water feature, designed in collaboration with Luis Barragan - the subtle yet overpowering combination of materiality, form and site orientation coalesce in a building that continues to inspire and delight.

This talk is an armchair architectural pilgrimage! 

This CPD course relates to the following AACA NCSA Elements: 1,2,3,4,5,6 & 9
At the completion of this course you will:
  • Learn about the history of the Salk Institute building
  • Appreciate the importance of this building in the history of modern architecture
  • Appreciate the detail in the design and built form of this building
  • Gain insight into the complexity of Kahn’s life and work
  • Understand how particular external influences assisted Kahn to achieve greatness
  • Be intrigued and inspired by this architectural pilgrimage

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 thirty 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 30 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, a member of ‘The Woodies’ and  a ‘homie’ on ABC radio.