Industry News December 6

Australian Practices Win 5 Categories at World Architecture News Awards

Australian practices were well-represented among the winners of the 2018 World Architecture News Awards. Read more about the winning projects including UAP collaboration with British artist Idris Khan and Brisbane architecture firm bureau^proberts, What Al Karma awarded for ‘Best Use of Metal in Architecture’.

Industry News November 23

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)

As Major Partner of QAGOMA, UAP is thrilled to support the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9). Featuring more than 80 artists, collectives and group projects, ATP9 brings never-before-seen installations from across the Asia Pacific region to Queensland’s front door.

At UAP, creativity and art are part of our DNA. Championing great artists and enabling public art experiences are what we do best. Through creative exploration and enabling the act of art making, great ideas take shape.

With one of the largest representations of First Nation artists in a Triennial to date, we take great pride in partnering with QAGOMA to bring this ground-breaking exhibition to audiences close to home, and throughout Australia. We trust you, your family and friends will all delight in what promises to be an amazing showcase of contemporary art throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Daniel Tobin
UAP Founder | Creative Director

Image: Courtesy QAGOMA. Artwork: Zico Albaiquni, Indonesia, Negotiation of Understanding 2016-17, Courtesy: The artist Zico Albaiquni and Yavuz Gallery.

Industry News November 14

Pause Fest 2019: Making Art & Architecture with Robots

As one of the world’s leading creativity-infused business events, Pause Fest is returning to Australia in 2019! The ninth incarnation of the conference features a huge line-up of industry-shaking speakers and activations. Together with the team from Design Robotics, UAP is joining the 2019 program for a discussion on ‘Making Art and Architecture with Robots’ alongside other movers, shakers and change-makers in the fields of technology, creative industries and business.

Described as “Australasia’s SXSW” and “Woodstock for Digital Natives” we can’t wait to share our stories and insights on the innovations within art and design-led manufacturing.

Panel Discussion Abstract

To make ambitious art and architecture, we need robots that can see. There’s an ongoing mission in Australia to develop robotic vision systems and user interfaces to reduce the integration time between design and custom manufacturing. This tech is poised to shape multiple industries, including art, architecture, design, medicine and construction.

Register now.

Industry News October 9

What attracts you to a place?

Register for Place Attachment today and join UAP Principal | STUDIO Carolyn Karnovsky for a free panel discussion on what creates a strong sense of place.  Learn about Brisbane’s unique identity, culture and design as panellists Dr John Willsteed, Senior Lecturer in Music, QUT Creative Industries; alongside architect and urban designer, Peter Richards, Director, Deicke Richards; discuss their experiences and thoughts on place-attachment.

Place Attachment forms one of the talks at The Design Marketplace, part of the 2018 Brisbane Open House.

Webinar September 11

Art, Architecture & Design — Creating Places & Building Brand

Listen as industry leaders Siu Chan and Kate Cullity discuss in — conversation with artist Reko Rennie — the relationship between art, architecture, design and its impact of creating places and building brand.

Panellists include
Siu Chan — Yarra City Council Unit Manager Arts, Culture and Venues
Kate Cullity — T.C.L Director
moderated by Owen Craven — UAP Principal | Senior Curator

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Industry News August 22

Charles Pétillon Takes Centre Stage at New Urban Complex in Beijing, China

French photographer and artist Charles Pétillon takes centre stage at the new Vanke Times Center in Beijing, China. Redeveloped by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects the urban complex is now home to Pétillon’s first permanent public artwork — a giant suspended sculpture installation —  titled The Cloud creating a whimsical overhead wonder while adding a theatrical quality to the interior space. Read the full piece from designboom.

Industry News August 8

Concept for ‘bara’ by Judy Watson Revealed

The concept design of bara, an upcoming permanent artwork by artist Judy Watson to celebrate the First Peoples of Sydney — the traditional custodians of Gadigal Country — has been revealed by City of Syndey.


“… [the] concept for bara re-imagines ancient gathering spaces where people sat by fires on the headlands and feasted. ‘bara’ will provide a quiet space for ceremony, reflection and contemplation in a busy and ever-changing city. It will be inspiring and educational, beautiful and transformative.” said artist Judy Watson.

The City of Sydney will work closely with Judy Watson and cultural custodians to deliver the artwork. bara is expected to be unveiled in 2020.

Read more.

Awards August 7

2018 Iconic Awards: Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity) Awarded ‘Innovative Architecture — Best Of Best’

It is with great pride we announce Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity) has been awarded Innovative Architecture Best of Best in this year’s Iconic Awards 2018. Congratulations to the entire team who collaborated on this monumental memorial park — Idris Khan, Miral, AECOM, Bureau^proberts and Robert Bird Group. Learn more about Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity).

Selected by an expert panel of judges from the fields of architecture, interior design, design and brand communications, the winners from all five categories (Architecture, Interior, Product, Communication, Concept, and Innovative Material) can be viewed in the Winners Gallery.

Industry News July 13

Vote now: UAP SUPPLY Collection in the 2018 Architizer A+ Awards

We’re thrilled to announce two ranges of street furniture from the UAP SUPPLY Collection are finalists in the 2018 Architizer A+ Awards. Shift by Kylie Bickle and Stump by designer Jamie Perrow are both nominated under the outdoor furniture category, competing for the Architizer A+ Jury Award and Popular Choice Awards.

Voting for the Popular Choice Award is now open.

Vote now and learn more about the all-new collection of street furniture from UAP SUPPLY. Functional designs that deliver undeniably art-like streetscapes. Available to specify now.

Industry News June 20

The Architects Newspaper: Visiting UAP, the studio fabricating many of the biggest projects in art & architecture

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes at UAP? How we partner with creatives in the art, architecture and design fields to curate, design, fabricate and install creative public interventions? The Architect’s Newspaper has you covered. Get an inside look at some of our recent collaborations plus, how we’re introducing new technologies to unlock & champion creative expression.

Read the full article.

Project Update June 19

Zaha Hadid Architects with UAP on Morpheus Hotel Dining Pods

Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects & Melco Resorts & Entertainment in Macau’s City of Dreams. Working alongside the architects and interior teams, UAP is proud to have fabricated and installed a collection of highly bespoke dining pods for the hallmark development.

Stay tuned to our social media as we go behind-the-scenes into the creation of these intimate pods, plus an exclusive look at the iconic art installation with Charles Pétillon, soon to be revealed…


UAP Creative Director Daniel Tobin on creating site-specific street furniture for projects

Straight to you from Design and Architecture Magazine, hear from UAP Creative Director Daniel Tobin on creating site-specific street furniture for projects across the globe. With the recent launch of the UAP SUPPLY Collection in North America, get an inside look at what’s next for the SUPPLY offering and our unique creative approach to each project.

Read the full article.

New Collaboration April 26

Architectural Digest: COS & Phillip K. Smith III Devise Instagram-Ready Installation in Milanese Palazzo

Couldn’t make it to Salone del Mobile 2018 this year? Architectural Digest have you covered with a full report on the Phillip K Smith III installation commissioned by London based brand COS.

Fittingly titled Open Sky, is:

…an abstract hunk of concrete clad in panels of mirror-polished stainless steel laid at a 43 degree angle… as you walk through its curved interior, the Renaissance architecture dissolves, fragmenting out into sandy-color snippets and clear blue sky. Somehow, with the thoughtful placement of 34 mirrored panels (a collaboration with fabrication studio UAP) Smith has nudged people to look up and around—to reexamine their environment. In doing so, he’s transformed a palazzo nestled in busy Milan into an environment with middle-of-the-desert calm.

Read the full article on Architectural Digest.

Webinar February 14

Robots are Art Machines

Innovative ways of looking at new technologies often come from unexpected places…

Industrial robotic equipment can be used for more than mass-manufacturing — it can also be used to create art, art which goes beyond the visual world and into one of data. Artists who work with robots give us new ways to see these technologies as tools; mediums of expression; and machines for art.

Join Design Robotics Professor Jonathan Roberts, Dr Jared Donovan and Dr Glenda Amayo Caldwell in our latest webinar as we discover innovative ways of looking at new technologies and their impact on creative expression.

Live: Monday, March 12 10am AEST register now to secure your spot.

Register now to secure your spot.