Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2018

26-27 June 2018
Doltone House – Darling Island Wharf
Sydney NSW



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Day 1 - 26 June 2018
07:20 - 08:10


08:10 - 08:20

Address by Breakfast Networking Sponsor – RONDO

08:20 - 08:30


08:30 - 09:00

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with other summit attendees.

09:00 - 09:30

The Tower and the Square - Heightening Innovation, Environmental Consciousness, and Quality of Life

  • Design excellence and hyper density; precinct planning to create the setting for towers.
  • Design and technology for integrating smart buildings and smart precincts in Sydney.
  • An analysis of Sydney’s Barangaroo development: exploring the site’s convergence of skyscrapers, public domain and public transport.

Paul Walter, Director, Atlas Urban

Paul Walter
09:30 - 10:00

Reimagining our Urban Fabric: How Vertical Urbanism Can Transform Communities

  • Exploring how high-density living can aid in creating vibrant, sociable spaces within cities.
  • Tackling key challenges in urban planning and design, by thinking vertical: creating public open spaces and social infrastructure above ground level.
  • A discussion of research and design projects related to high density, three-dimensional urban systems

David Tickle, Principal, HASSELL

David Tickle
10:00 - 10:30

The Human Element of Timber Tower Buildings

  • Raising standards and exercising caution to design safe, human-friendly timber tower buildings. 
  • A Tower of Wood: A case study of Sydney’s cutting edge EY Centre, a 37-floor timber tower  that shirks traditional office building conventions by utilising natural timber and clear glass to create a natural, warm feel. 
  • The tower’s unique system comprising of automated timber blinds and vertical timber shading panels naturally adjusts to external environmental factors, and the personal preference of each occupant.  

Richard Francis-Jones, Design Director, fjmt

Richard Francis-Jones
10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30

Case Study: The Greenland Centre Development

  • Discussing what will soon be Sydney’s tallest residential building: the innovative Greenland Centre tower.
  • How the modulated glass façade will act as a barrier against wind and noise.
  • Exploring the various design-related challenges of ‘adapting’ an extra 40 floors above an existing structure.

Phillip Rossington, Principal, BVN

Phillip Rossington
11:30 - 12:00

Skyscrapers Turned Vertical Ecosystems

  • How Zaha Hadid Architects’ latest projects have adapted to increasing shifts in high-rise tenancy, from traditional large office spaces to a mixture of start-up companies and co-working spaces.
  • Embracing social interaction and new workplace models through inter-floor connectivity.
  • The future of mixed-use high-rise developments: analysing the various design-related challenges of the ever-changing mixed-use agenda.

Michele Pasca di Magliano, Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects

Michele Pasca di Magliano
12:00 - 12:30

Designing Buildings with the Future in Mind

  • Sharing Arup’s latest research into building, precinct and city design.
  • Integrating architecture and technology to design buildings for people to live, work and play.
  • Designing for re-construction and re-use. 

Alexandra Sinickas, Australasia Research Leader, Arup

Alexandra Sinickas
12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:00

Defining High-Performance Facades Within a High-Rise Context

  • Understanding the role such facades play in aiding human comfort and ensuring environmental quality within high-rises.
  • Perfecting a synergy of pleasing aesthetics, quality insulation, and protection against natural elements.
  • Australian building code recommendations: ensuring that the importance of air-tight facades is taken into account when designing and constructing high-rise buildings and their facades.

Paul Stoller, Director, Atelier Ten

Paul Stoller
14:00 - 14:30

How High-Performance Facades can temper the Risks Surrounding Skyscrapers

  • A snapshot of modern, cutting edge design techniques for tall buildings that rise to environmental and societal demands.
  • Exploring recent improvements in high performance facades that take into account increasingly extreme climate conditions, wind, and occupant safety, and analysing how such facades can be further improved.
  • The intricacies of envelope layouts: prioritising thermal comfort, light glare management, and a minimised reliance on electrical heating and cooling systems.

Hugh Keithly, Director – Façade Engineering, Arcadis

Hugh Keithly
14:30 - 15:00

How PlanGrid is Redefining the Way We Build Skyscrapers

  • Analysing how PlanGrid can help different skyscraper project teams collaborate and thus increase productivity.
  • Exploring the software’s ability to bypass internet connectivity problems common for workers at the higher end of skyscrapers.
  • Enhancing efficiency by tracking work assignments and important drawings.

Praveen Tomy, Managing Director, APAC PlanGrid

Praveen Tomy
15:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 16:15

Panel Discussion
Striking a Balance: High-Rise Projects from a Developer’s Perspective

  • Developing aesthetically appealing projects while maintaining and encouraging sustainability.
  • The balancing act between buyer expectations and developer realities.
  • High-rise design from a developer’s point of view – challenges, insights and intricacies.


Aras Labutis, Director of Urban Transformations and Strategy, Coronation Property
Chris Johnson, CEO, Urban Taskforce
Eve Clark, Design Director, AMP Capital
Lex Lee, Design Director, Greenland Group
Mark Tait, Group Executive & Head of Commercial Development, Investa Property Group
Tim Spencer, Executive General Manager, Mulpha Developments

Aras Labutis Chris Johnson Eve Clark Lex Lee Mark Tait Tim Spencer
16:15 - 17:00

Panel Discussion

How to Best Design Human-centric Buildings?

  • The coming together of traditional and social architecture: delving into spaces that encourage social interactions.
  • Facilitating social synergy and group-based productivity with the aid of specific design principles. 
  • Can buildings help us heal? A discussion of architecture’s potential ability to improve the moods of building occupants. 


Fred Holt, Partner, 3XN Architects
Koichi Takada, Principal, Koichi Takada Architects
Laurie Aznavoorian, Organisational Designer, BVN Architecture
Mark Giles, Senior Associate, PTW Architects
Mike Horne, Founder/Director, Turf Design
Philip Vivian, Director, Bates Smart

Fred Holt Koichi Takada Laurie Aznavoorian Mark Giles Mike Horne Philip Vivian
17:00 - 17:05


17:05 - 18:05


Day 2 - 27 June 2018
08:00 - 08:20


08:20 - 08:30


08:30 - 09:00

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with other summit attendees.

09:00 - 09:30

A New Type of Timber – Advancements in Tall Timber Buildings

  • Sustainable, safe, and structurally reliable: the benefits of utilising timber products such as Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), Timber Framing, Glulam, and Laminated Veneer Lumber. 
  • Analysing recent research on designing and constructing fire-safe timber towers, and unpacking current regulations of tall timber buildings. 
  • An insight into current trends in timber design throughout the world, from carbon friendly facades, to hybrid CLT and glulam structures.

Andrew Dunn, CEO, Timber Development Association

Andrew Dunn
09:30 - 10:00

Lifecycle Thinking in Tall Buildings: Towards Timber Towers
This presentation explores the environmental impact of tall buildings beyond their day-to-day operations, identifying the impact their materials and embodied carbon plays in our fight against climate change. It presents the various ways the design team can reduce these impacts, and in particular, demonstrates how timber structures can contribute to sustainable tall buildings.

  • Demonstrates that over 30% of a tower’s carbon emissions will be from its materials and construction.
  • Suggests design strategies and technologies that can reduce these emissions under the headings, reduce, reuse, replace, renovate.
  • Demonstrates how timber structures can lead to radical reductions in tall building carbon emissions, and explores the technical opportunities and challenges of such systems.

Dr Philip Oldfield, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Design, UNSW Sydney

Dr Philip Oldfield
10:00 - 10:30

Life Cycle Thinking for Improved Sustainability in the Built Environment
The focus will be on trends and case studies to illustrate:

  • A zero carbon economy in our life time.
  • The increasing importance of supply chain transparency and engagement.
  • Circular economy and closing the loop. 

Jonas Bengtsson, CEO, Edge Environment

Jonas Bengtsson
10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30

Benefits, challenges and developments of smart structural modules for Tall Buildings

  • How modulated and prefabricated structural modules can lead to the safer and faster construction of a new breed of towers within our booming cities.
  • Key lessons to be learned regarding these ever-expanding set of construction and design solutions.
  • Case study: New Zealand’s tallest residential tower, Seascape.

Nick Gillespie, Structural Practice Leader – New Zealand, Mott MacDonald

Nick Gillespie
11:30 - 12:00

50 Bridge Street, Quay Quarter Tower: The Workplace of the Future 

  • How Arup’s multidisciplinary engineering services are helping to see the tower through to completion.
  • Unpacking the challenges of ensuring an environmentally sustainable design.
  • Humanising the high-rise: how Quay Quarter will enhance wellbeing for tenants and positively impact workplaces.


Robert Saidman, Principal, Sydney Building Services Leader, Arup

Robert Saidman
12:00 - 12:30

Foundation Design Processes for Super-Tall Buildings

  • Safety from the base up: ensuring efficiency and functionality through geotechnical foundation design methods.
  • How foundation systems can aid in the design and construction of sustainable, cost-effective skyscrapers.
  • Case studies: how do the foundation systems of some of the tallest buildings in the world stack up?

Frances Badelow, NSW State Manager, Mott MacDonald

Frances Badelow
12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:00

Reducing Emissions through the Accelerated Development of Net-Zero Apartments

  • How can renewable energy and net-zero buildings be utilised in an effort to achieve both cost-effective and highly manageable outcomes?
  • An analysis of the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standards (NCOS) for Buildings and Precincts voluntary standard, which is aimed at aiding to reduce emissions and achieve carbon neutrality.
  • Establishing trajectories to net zero for Australian buildings – the ASBEC/ClimateWorks project.

Philip Harrington, Principal, Strategy. Policy. Research

Philip Harrington
14:00 - 14:30

Designing against Wind for Safe and Quality High-Rise Buildings

  • The mechanism of wind loading and wind effects on high-rise buildings will be introduced.
  • Engineering for wind to control and prevent damaging effects on the structure and the occupants.
  • A discussion of the various effects, benefits and problems, of vented facades on high-rise buildings.


Professor Bill Melbourne, Founder/Managing Director, MEL Consultants

Professor Bill Melbourne
14:30 - 15:15

Panel Discussion

Planning and Designing with New Technology: The Future of The High-Rise

  • Is ‘Form Follows Function’ an outdated credo? Can 3D printing systems shift modern standards of architecture and engineering?
  • Building skyscrapers within 4D virtual reality environments: exploring the integrated 4D platform allowing designers to plan their work within an immersive space reflecting the real-life environment of the proposed project.
  • Exploring the latest in Building Information Modelling (BIM), and unpacking the increased need to adopt 5D and 6D BIM processes. 


Catherine Skinner, Principal, BVN Architecture
Daniel Kalnins, Digital Enterprise Team Leader, RIDLEY
Dean James, BIM Group Manager, JHA Consulting Engineers
M. Hank Haeusler, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Design, UNSW Sydney
Tyrone Padayachee, Digital Design Manager, Richard Crookes Construction

Catherine Skinner Daniel Kalnins Dean James M. Hank Haeusler Tyrone Padayachee
15:15 - 15:45


15:45 - 16:15

Panel Discussion

Retrofitting High Rises

  • Why do we retrofit? How does it improve the functionality of a building?
  • How can we make buildings more sustainable by retrofitting?
  • Retrofitting existing buildings into sustainable structures: is it viable from a business standpoint?


Domino Risch, Principal, HASSELL
Hugh McCormack, Director, McCormacks Strata Management
Richard Fennell, Head of Property & Asset Management - Australia, JLL
Steven Donaghey, Associate Director, Crone Architects

Domino Risch Hugh McCormack Richard Fennell Steven Donaghey
16:15 - 17:00

Panel Discussion

Designing and Constructing Fire-Proof High-Rise Structures

  • Identifying and utilising fire-resistant materials tailored specifically for high-rise structures.
  • How much of a role does cost play in preventing high-rise fires?
  • Developing alternative solutions to fire safety: understanding how the structural layouts of skyscrapers can aid in preventing fires.


Guan Heng Yeoh, Professor, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW Sydney
Mark Evans, Fire Engineering leader, Aurecon
Ray Loveridge, Director, Australian Building Codes Board
Stephen Grubits, Chairman/Special Expert, Stephen Grubits & Associates

Guan Heng Yeoh Mark Evans Ray Loveridge Stephen Grubits
17:00 - 17:10


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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26-27 June 2018

Doltone House – Darling Island Wharf
Sydney NSW



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