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Writing Rooms at the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Home

Location marker iconWhitlam Prime Ministerial HomeTime icon2023

Writing is an important tool for sharing the knowledge of making and weaving the power of good design into broader cultural narratives. This afternoon workshop hosted by Sophie Lanigan, editor of Union Magazine, and Charles Rice, Fullbright Scholar and published author offers a productive and fun way for writers to explore design journalism and respond to the unique heritage setting of the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Home in Cabramatta. Similar to a still life drawing class, the afternoon includes two writing sessions that encourage participants to reflect on the home.

Powerhouse invites expressions of interest from established, emerging and student practitioners interested in design writingExternal link icon

The workshop will be held at the family home of Australia’s 21st Prime Minister, the Hon Gough Whitlam AC QC. Western Sydney University restored the former prime ministerial home after buying it in a state of disrepair in 2021. The Whitlam Institute is entrusted in perpetuity to manage and protect this important national heritage asset. 


Sophie Lanigan is the editor of Union Magazine, which covers architecture, design and art that is experimental, conceptual and critical, and foregrounds the ideas behind each work. Publishing work across a variety of scales, typologies and media, Union connects agendas expressed though spatial practice. The editorial team collates information, develops articles, interviews and videos, curates exhibitions and coordinates initiatives that cultivate interdisciplinary cooperation. Union is independently researched and edited to reflect the rigour and complexity embedded in the work it represents. The magazine examines a cross-section of architectural, artistic and design pursuits to provide a detailed print record of contemporary practice.

Charles Rice investigates formations of the interior and the ways these shape our social and cultural lives. He was a 2020 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Michigan. He is author of The Emergence of the Interior: Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity (2007), Interior Urbanism: Architecture, John Portman and Downtown America (2016) and Atrium (forthcoming, 2023). From 2012–2019, Charles was the Co-editor and then Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Architecture, the peer-reviewed journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Rice is a professor of architecture at UTS.


On Cabrogal land

Whitlam Prime Ministerial Home
32 Albert St
Cabramatta NSW 2166


Free, EOI requiredExternal link icon

23 September 2023


This event will be photographed.

Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the workshop.

This site is not wheelchair accessible.

EOI Details

Apply by Thursday 21 September.
Include a link to your CV, portfolio and other examples on your website or socials. Successful applicants will be notified by early September.

Supported by

Whitlam Prime Ministerial Home
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