Sibling Architecture is a design office—led by Amelia Borg, Nicholas Braun, Jane Caught, Qianyi Lim and Timothy Moore—that produces new and unexpected spatial outcomes, whether this be a building, urban strategy, event or art installation.

Sibling Architecture

Sibling Architecture's project

Sibling Architecture will undertake intensive research into ageing and how design can play a role in creating a more equitable society for all ages and abilities. Building on the studio’s recent work to create an accessible furniture line, this project will involve an extensive research phase. The team will hone its learnings and respond in a number of ways including producing an exhibition that includes speculative designs to demonstrate how spaces and products can meet the needs of people of all ages, and by producing a public program of events and talks in collaboration with RMIT Design Hub.

What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?
Design cannot exist without research, but it is difficult to make time to undertake research outside commercial constraints. The Creators Fund gives us the time and space to consider a deeply complex question: how do we design an age-friendly city? This will help us speculate on the question: what will the life of our older selves be like in the future? We will explore this question through an exhibition.

How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?
Time is priceless, especially on a typical day where one is submerged under a metaphorical pile of emails. This grant buys us some time.

What's the first thing you did when you found out you were awarded a Creator's Fund grant?
We had a small celebration in the office. It’s important to commemorate the good times and step out of work-mode for a moment to recognise hard work and the opportunity this brings.

What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?
Sibling has a series of exhibition designs later this year on topics of importance to Victoria. This includes co-designing the exhibition Blak Design Matters with Jefa Greenway for the Koorie Heritage Trust; the design of Work Around, a show that looks at alternative modes of architectural practice; and designing Eavesdropping, a show by Liquid Architecture at the Ian Potter Museum. We are also excited about developing a concept of constructing a place where people can develop and initiate their own creative funerals led by artist Lara Thoms. While we work in art contexts, we are unapologetically architectural in the way we approach research. And along with these design projects, we are also working at an architectural scale designing cultural and civic buildings and dwellings. And yes, we also look forward to researching the topic of ageing this year, which will culminate in an exhibition at the RMIT Design Hub.

Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?
After speculating on our own lives as we age, we hope to have the answer to your question on the other side. We hope this fund will contribute to Sibling’s belief of design research as central to architectural practice.