About Virginia and Luca

Virginia Mannering

Virginia Mannering is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. Her project, titled ‘Earthmoving and Earthmaking in a Settler Colonial City’ examines the environmental histories and material and socio-political legacies of excavation activities in Melbourne. She teaches architectural design studio and architectural and art history. Her practice work has focused on exhibition design, educational and residential projects.

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Luca Lana

Luca Lana is 1st generation settler raised in the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong peoples in Melbourne’s west, is a registered Architect with a Masters in Architecture and an Advanced Diploma of Design (Furn.)  from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

Luca’s practice works across scales of architecture, art and exhibition design, and while instructing within the significant design universities of Narrm, they also co-direct art space Adult Contemporary. Luca is concerned with the non-modern and the queer as generators of material practices and recently has focused on the intersection of queer occupation and architecture with critical ecology and is currently undertaking a PhD in this field.

Queer Terrain: The Queer Ecological Architecture of of Sandy Beach, Somers, Victoria