Lawrence Wallen (PhD, MArch, BArch) is Professor and Head of School of Design at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. From 2001-12 he was Professor of Scenography at the Zurich University of the Arts. A trained visual artist and architect, his research and practice is concerned with representation of space, spatial narrative and postcolonial readings of landscape.
His design for Free Theatre's MediaMaterial is still celebrated as an exceptional environment that helped that production redefine the parameters of contemporary theatre in New Zealand.
"The Free Theatre acted, and probably still does, as a laboratory for some of the most creative minds in New Zealand with artistic consequences far beyond the theatre and time of production. The Free Theatre has continued to engage in a dialogue, at an international level, between space, narrative and body that has allowed local students to overcome traditional barriers of intellectual isolation preparing graduates for careers both in New Zealand and on the world stage. This has been made possible by the sacrifice and commitment of its founders and supporters who over the last 25 years have not only delivered an excellent contemporary theatre to Christchurch but have influenced more than one generation of New Zealand artists, filmmakers and thinkers."