Future Housing: the Nightingale Model

12 July 2016

Upsetting the status quo of speculative multi-residential housing – come and hear James Legge discuss the Nightingale Model.

The ACA’s State of the Profession report in SA has instigated a lot of discussion about the future of the profession. The Nightingale model of architect-led development is an exciting alternative to traditional development models – we encourage you and your staff to attend this talk by James Legge of Six Degrees.

The talk will look at a cross-section of the landscape of co-housing, more sustainable apartment development, recent models and projects in Australia and overseas.


Nightingale is a model for triple-bottom-line developments, apartments that are environmentally, socially and financially sustainable. It seeks to offer an alternative to business-as-usual development – an architect-led housing model that creates well-designed, more affordable housing while providing a fair and reasonable (but not excessive) return to investors. The model strives to redefine the meaning and quality of apartment living, and foster a new housing procurement method that is easily replicated and beneficial to Australian cities. The ultimate goal of Nightingale is to provide quality urban housing at an affordable price by simplifying both the development process and the building itself.

The architectural community has been watching closely, and with excitement.

The speaker – James Legge

One of the founding directors of Six Degrees, James has developed the practice with his partners over the past 24 years into a nationally recognised design firm. A formative project for the practice in the early 1990s was Meyers Place Bar, the first of Melbourne’s back-lane bars. For this and other urban and hospitality projects, Six Degrees has heavily influenced the fine grain urban design of the city of Melbourne over the past 20 years. Six Degrees is recognised for engaging and rich design in the hospitality, tertiary education and civic fields, multi-residential, urban design, place-making and precinct development. The practice continues to develop ideas around human needs, community, raw materiality and memory.

James has taught at the University of Melbourne, regularly undertakes guest lectures and has served on a number of AIA awards juries. He is currently running the second Nightingale Model project.


4pm to 5pm, Friday 29 July 2016


Australian Institute of Architects, lecture room, 100 Flinders Street, Adelaide


AIA, ACA, AILA and PIA members, $15
Non-members, $18
Students, $10


Book your tickets through Eventbrite.

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is supported by Planned Cover.