The Creative Director of Material Thinking is Melbourne-based Paul Carter, an internationally renowned writer, artist, and cultural heritage specialist. He has written extensively about white settler societies, their foundational myths and the ways these inform the places they create and the national narratives that hold them together.
Paul has been involved with the design of commemorative landscapes (Nearamnew, Federation Square, Melbourne, 2002, Golden Grove, University of Sydney, 2007-2009), museum exhibits commemorating Indigenous and non-Indigenous senses of place (‘The Calling to Come and ‘Lost Subjects’, sound installations, both at the Museum of Sydney) and national memorials (notably ‘Out Of Their Feeling’ for the An Gorta Mor memorial to the Great Irish Famine, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney).
Paul has extensive experience in working with communities to identify shared creative aspirations and in translating these into art works, programs and landscape designs.
Paul has published 15 books, including The Road to Botany Bay (1987; republished 2010), The Lie of the Land, Repressed Spaces, Material Thinking and Dark Writing. Paul is also Professor of Design (Urbanism) at RMIT University and closely associated with the New Zealand based journal Studies in Material Thinking.
D.Litt Melbourne 1997, MA Oxon 1975
Edmund Carter is an architect and designer with an interest in interdisciplinary public art and urban design. Edmund practices privately as an architect and collaborates with a number of established and emerging creative practices.
Edmund has exhibited nationally and internationally including in Now and When, the Australian Pavilion for the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale and in Flood, the 2005 Rotterdam Architecture Biennale, and has had work published in several Australian architectural magazines including Architecture Australia and Architectural Review. He was the recipient of the RAIA Graduate Prize in 2006 and in 2013 his collaborative work with MGS Architects on a social housing project in Altona was awarded the Best Overend Award for Residential Architecture (Multiple Housing) and the Frederick Romberg Award for Residential Architecture at the Australian Institute of Architects state and national awards respectively: a first for social housing in Australia.
Edmund’s experience includes a number of collaborations with well-known architects, artists and designers including recently in the procurement of a number of bespoke lift car interiors and the design of the NGV’s Melbourne Now “Design” exhibition with Simone LeAmon as Carter LeAmon. Edmund took up a brief residency in February at the NGV as part of the exhibition.
Edmund has led a number of design studios at RMIT, Melbourne and Monash Universities in their respective architectural programs and in 2012 co-convened an architectural workshop at Tokyo Institute of Technology.