With a background in Architectural Engineering and training in Europe Ron has particular skills in the structural aspects of architecture, including designs of bespoke roofs and facades, long span structural design and analysis and construction detailing.

Throughout his architectural career, Ron has managed the architectural development and documentation of a variety of large scale buildings including sports stadia, multipurpose arenas, convention centers, airport terminals, subway stations and a number of office blocks.

Ron was the Project Architect for the innovative Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand - the world’s only stadium with a natural grass pitch growing under a fully fixed roof. This project has been made possible through the use of ETFE - A transparent polymer originally developed for the space industry, to clad the stadium’s roof and facades.

He was the Project Architect for the Manila Arena in the Philippines, which is the world’s largest enclosed arena, with a capacity of 50,000, as well as the Taipei Dome - a baseball stadium which forms part of a large commercial mixed use development in Taiwan.

Nicholas Goldsmith is a Senior Principal at FTL Design & Engineering Studio since 1978. Prior to joining the firm, he was a designer at Atelier Frei Otto in Stuttgart, Germany. He is a member of the College of Fellows of the AIA, the IASS, and former Chairman of the Lightweight Structures Association.

Nicholas Goldsmith was in charge of design for many of FTL’s projects, including the award winning Russell Aitken Seabird Aviary at the Bronx Zoo, the award winning DKNY Headquarters Building in New York, and the MOMRA Recreation Center in Saudi Arabia. In addition, he designed the Carlos Moseley Music Pavilion for the Metropolitan Opera and NY Philharmonic a deployable concert facility, traveling to all NYC’s parks.

Nicholas Goldsmith has designed exhibitions including “Under the Sun” an exhibition on solar energy for the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in NY and Smithsonian Institution in ‘98 and ‘99, a worldwide traveling interactive exhibition for the United Nations (UNFPA), and an exhibition for Material Connexion on “Tensions in Architecture”.

He has been featured in innumerable publications including an Architectural Monograph titled: FTL: SOFTNESS, MOVEMENT & LIGHT, published by Academy Editions in 1998, and the entire May 1995 Interiors Magazine.

Nicholas Goldsmith’s academic experience includes Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1990 to 2004 and the 2001 Visiting Professor in Innsbruck, Austria. He was a visiting Professor at the Pratt School of Architecture from 1992 through 1997 and a wide range of international lectures and teaching in the US, the UK, Germany and South America.

 LSAA 2016 Conference and Design Awards

Theme: Design Beyond Boundaries
The Intersection of Architects and Engineers

Melbourne from Thursday September 1st to Friday September 2nd 2016.

The event was great due to a varied, excellent and inspirational program put together by Peter Lim, LSAA and the Monash Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

Conference Program and details of Keynote & Public Lecture Presentations can be downloaded HERE (PDF, 3Mb)

Summary:

Day 1 Thursday September 1st 2016

Keynote address Nicholas Goldsmith "Shape Making or Formfinding"

Session: Reflections on the Contribution of Frei Otto

Session: Project Focus

Public Lecture Nicholas Goldsmith "From Mass to Membrane" 

Conference and Design Awards Presentation Dinner

Day 2 Friday September 2nd 2016

Keynote Address Ron Van Sluijs "Stadia Roof Topology through Design Methodology"

Session: Experimentation and Digital Systems

Afternoon: Design Workshop

Some thumbnail images of the Design Awards can be found HERE (PDF) and the workshop HERE (PDF)

Twenty nine projects were entered for the 2016 Design Awards in all Categories.

Congratulations to the following winners who were presented with their trophies at the dinner.

 

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The LSAA 2016 Conference and Awards are proudly supported by our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor Serge Ferrari

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Gold Sponsors Mehler Texnologies and Gale Pacific

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Silver Sponsors are Ronstan Tensile Architecture and Hiraoka

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 "Design Beyond Boundaries"
- The Intersection of Architects and Engineers.

Sponsors logos were on display during the presentations and at the Awards Dinner.

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"Design Beyond Boundaries"
- The Intersection of Architects and Engineers"

The LSAA is pleased to have two keynote speakers at this year's Conference.

Nicholas Goldsmith Senior Principal FTL Design Engineering Studio, NewYork.

Ron van Sluijs – Associate Principal Populous, Brisbane

A summary of their presentations is given below.

S1A Keynote Address - Nicholas Goldsmith

Shape Making or Form Finding?

Often design professionals conflate the process of shape making with the more deliberate form finding approach. This lecture will discuss the differences in the design process between these two approaches. It will examine historical traditions of both approaches and look at Frei Otto and his physical modeling approach as an example of the Form Finding process, how it examines material intelligence to set in motion an iterative approach where the end result is discovered and not known beforehand. Examples of the work of FTL will be used as descriptive case studies to illustrate the different aspects of membrane envelopes including ETFE foil cushions, tensile membranes, and cable nets.

Public Lecture - Nicholas Goldsmith "From Mass to Membrane" - see LINK


S6A Keynote Address - Ron van Sluijs

Stadia roof typology through design methodology

The large urban scale of stadia mean the structure often simultaneously dictate the form and the architecture of the venue though for the large span stadia structures only a limited number of typologies can be identified. It's a challenge to methodically select the best fitting structure while maintaining a fresh and different aesthetic language. By illustration of various case studies this talk shall elaborate on a number of structural stadia roof typologies, both lightweight and heavy, and how these were developed architecturally and structurally.

 

Public Lecture - Nicholas Goldsmith

From Mass to Membrane

If we look at a historical evolution of architecture from the massive pyramids of Egypt, to the framed structures of Greek/Roman construction, to the lighter Gothic vaulting, to eventually Modern architecture of the 20th century, we see a continuous almost linear progression from solid mass constructions to framed buildings of glass and steel. Today we are in the early steps of moving from glass and steel structures to diaphanous skins of membrane and foil structures. These new materials incorporate inherent technologies and the aim is to understand how these technologies will affect our spatial experiences and in the process explore lightness as a visual, physical and sustainable approach. Mass to Membrane is our human architectural journey; can we use less material, be more sustainable, and help reduce our carbon footprint on the planet we call earth? Can this linear progression become one of the keys in a more sustainable tomorrow?

Special Film Screening

Frei Otto: Spanning the Future –The Evolution of Tensile Membrane Architecture

A film by Simon K. Chiu, Michael Paglia and Joshua V. Hassel.

Article in The Age

An article appeared recently in the Melbourne Age which covers an interview with Peter Lim (main conference organizer) and discussing the impact and visions of Frei Otto.

Click HERE for the link.

An important element of the 2016 Conference is our "mini-workshop". It will be a unique opportunity for current architecture students to interact with established members in the lightweight structures industry.

It is also an opportunity for those in the industry to reflect on the inspirational methods used by Frei Otto - the acclaimed father of modern membrane and other forms of lightweight structures. Frei used many forms of physical models such as hanging chain meshes, soap films and "stretchy" materials.

In the mini-workshop we will be tackling a design brief brought to us by a company commissioned by a planning authority to assist in the planning of a new community "central park" complex in a rapidly expanding regional centre.

Workshop groups will develop conceptual designs for a number of small to medium sized tensioned membrane structures to provide coverage to seven identified venues. The concepts will be represented by physical models (made from lycra etc) which will be invaluable for the bureacrats to get excited and fund a further stage in the design contract.

The workshop will be assisted by a number of mentors with extensive expertise in model building and suitable structural forms for tensioned membrane structures. Key Mentors include Prof Vinzenz Sedlak, the founding President of LSAA, and Dr Robert Roithmayr from Vienna. The mentors will circulate around the various creative groups.

Watch this space for further details.

 

The LSAA is pleased to be working collaboratively with the Monash University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture in holding this Conference.

Not only are we physically holding the event at the Caulfield Campus but the staff and students have been contributing their skills.

The design skills are evident in the Conference Flyer and the branding graphics for the event (more details at a later stage).

Some thumbnail pictures of the LSAA 2016 Design Award Evening can be downloaded HERE

Some thumbnail pictures of the Workshop can be downloaded HERE

Congratulations to Peter Lim (new LSAA Life Member) and the 2016 Design Award Winners below:

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The LSAA is pleased to be working collaboratively with the Monash University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) in holding this Conference.

Not only are we physically holding the event at the Caulfield Campus but the staff and students have been contributing their skills.

The design skills are evident in the Conference Flyer and the branding graphics for the event.

The Venue is at the Caulfield Campus of Monash University in the Monash Art Design and Architecture (MADA) Faculty - Building G. The LSAA is excited to be collaborating with MADA who describes itself as: 

"MADA is a place of excellence and innovation across art, architecture and design. Our vibrant faculty at the Caulfield campus of Monash University is at the forefront of education in the creative arts, architecture, and design disciplines. The faculty fosters a spirit of enquiry and collaboration, and is widely respected for its excellence in education, practice and research."

Conference Program and details of Keynote & Public Lecture Presentations

These details can be downloaded HERE (PDF, 3Mb)

Summary:

Day 1 Thursday September 1st 2016

Keynote address Nicholas Goldsmith "Shape Making or Formfinding"

Session: Reflections on the Contribution of Frei Otto

Session: Project Focus

Public Lecture Nicholas Goldsmith "From Mass to Membrane" 

Conference and Design Awards Presentation Dinner

Day 2 Friday September 2nd 2016

Keynote Address Ron Van Sluijs "Stadia Roof Topology through Design Methodology"

Session: Experimentation and Digital Systems

Afternoon: Design Workshop