MAS Context Spring Talks 2017
Darren Bradley


Video shot and edited by Morgan Jackson of Lucid Creative Agency.


Lecture by Darren Bradley as part of the MAS Context 2017 Spring Talks in Chicago. The lecture took place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Society of Architectural Historians.


Canberra’s Modernist Soul

Photographer Darren Bradley documents superbly and relentlessly mid-century architecture and other celebrated architectural buildings around the world, from San Diego to Canberra, a city he has visited regularly for the last six years. Canberra has a large stock of mid-century modern housing, something that reminds Darren of Palm Springs, as well as many civic, commercial, and religious mid-century modern or late modern buildings.

During his presentation, Darren focused on the Modernist Architecture of Canberra, discussing a series of buildings designed by some of Australia’s best architects of the time and other hidden gems that have shaped the identity of the city.


Darren Bradley is a San Diego-based architectural photographer with a passion for mid-century modern architecture and design. In addition to photography, he is a regular supporter of historical preservation efforts, volunteering for such organizations as the La Jolla Historical Society, DOCOMOMO, and and Palm Springs Modernism Week. He has a degree in history from the University of Paris (the Sorbonne). His most recent publication is a travel guide on Mid-Century Modern Architecture on the West Coast, published by Phaidon. Darren travels frequently to Australia, and recently gave a presentation on Australian Modernist architecture in the capital, Canberra, for the Design Institute of Australia. | |@ChimayBleueSD

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