25-26 June 2019
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC

Conference Agenda

Day 1 - 25 June 2019

08:00 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Speed Networking

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

09:30 - 09:50

Unearthing a Vertical City: The Southbank by Beulah Competition 

  • Designing a skyscraper for international significance.
  • Contributing to the surrounding city. 
  • What developers look for when selecting high-rise designs today – how a design can stand out in an age of innovation. 

Adelene Teh, Executive Director/Co-Founder, Beulah International

Adelene Teh

09:50 - 10:20

The Green Spine: Future-Proofing Melbourne

  • Exploring the winning design of Beulah International’s Southbank project, and its contribution to a healthier, greener Melbourne. 
  • The magic of collaboration between design professionals: how effective communication on skyscraper designs lead to successful results.
  • Unpacking how the design pays homage to Melbourne’s diverse culture, and how it connects to the broader city precinct. 

Jan Schellhoff, Associate Director, UNStudio, Netherlands

Jan Schellhoff

10:20 - 10:50

Topic to be confirmed

Scott Duncan, Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, USA

Scott Duncan

10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 12:05


Going Green: Sustainable Skyscrapers and the Challenges Surrounding their Inception 

  • Exploring the latest trends in sustainable skyscrapers. 
  • Does eco-friendliness come at the expense of practicality and safety when designing and constructing skyscrapers?
  • How tech and green design elements can successfully co-exist. 

Charles Fortin, Managing Director, Collard Maxwell Architects
Jonothan Cowle, Associate Principal, Rothelowman
Nadine Samaha, Creative Director, Level Architekture Konstrukt
Scientia Professor Deo Prasad, Chief Executive Officer, CRC for Low Carbon Living

Charles Fortin
Nadine Samaha
Scientia Professor Deo Prasad

12:05 - 12:25

435 Bourke Street: Redefining the Melbourne Skyline 

  • Exploring the proposed commercial 55-level precinct, which if realised, looks set to elevate the work life of over 5,500 city workers.
  • Vertical villages, wellness hubs and outdoor terraces: how the project will respond to a future Melbourne workforce.
  • Holistic approaches to city-making through high-rise design: a better way to improve cities?

Cian Davis, Director, Bates Smart

Cian Davis

12:25 - 12:45

Melbourne Square: Connecting the Structure to the Precinct 

  • Encouraging social and environmental wellness with green space and the provision of a public park within the Square.
  • Accommodating diverse needs, ages and activities through architecture.
  • The role of natural light in improving wellbeing and access to views.

Paul Curry, Director, Cox Architecture

Paul Curry

12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:15

Vincom Landmark 81: The Tallest Skyscraper in Vietnam

  • How the Ho Chi Minh City supertall tower serves to elevate its urban surroundings.
  • Connecting the city to the sea: connecting the tower via road/water transportation to the Saigon River.
  • Symbolising the city through design.
  • Designing supertall buildings that fulfil a multitude of needs.

Jason Hutchings, Director, Atkins, Hong Kong

Jason Hutchings

14:15 - 14:35

Refurbishing Australia’s First Skyscraper: 33 Alfred Street

  • Achieving balance between maintaining the building’s heritage characteristics, while modernising and elevating its interior.
  • Refurbishing heritage buildings to improve environmental performance: how best to tackle this?
  • How the redevelopment will positively impact tenant’s experience within the building itself, and the broader city precinct around it.

Matthew Morel, Director, JPW

Matthew Morel

14:35 - 15:55

Paperless Jobsites

Paperless jobsites, it’s not the future, it’s here! And as we enter 2019, the future of construction in Australia looks bright. Output in the industry is set to grow by 7.1% in Australia alone. Importantly, there are opportunities for businesses to realise significant performance improvements if they can adopt new technology and make full use of digital tools on the jobsite.

PlanGrid will provide insights into some of Australia's most iconic Buildings & Skyscrapers that are using digital technology in the field for better collaboration, reducing spiralling construction costs and less rework.

Scott Harvey, Regional Sales Manager, PlanGrid

Scott Harvey

14:55 - 15:25


15:25 - 16:10


The Developer and the Skyscraper: Where Have we Been, and Where are we Going?

  • Working around the challenges and opportunities presented to developers in an era of changing expectations and developing technologies.
  • How will the role of the high-rise developer continue to shift in the future?
  • What separates a successful skyscraper design from the rest?

Danny Flynn*, Managing Director, Stable Properties

16:10 - 16:30

Engineering High-Rises Smartly and Innovatively 

  • Case study: Brisbane’s 300 George Street, the 4th largest Australian high-rise. 
  • Engineering major high-rise projects: cost-effective, efficient solutions.
  • Challenging the status quo: thinking outside the box when proposing ideas.

Matteo Tirapelle, Founder/Managing Director, Hera Engineering

Matteo Tirapelle

16:30 - 16:50

Technology and the Skyscraper: Opportunities, Changes, Challenges

  • Utilising new BIM software to aid in efficient design and construction coordination for tall buildings.
  • The challenges of new technology within design and construction processes. 
  • What does the future hold?

Ray Brown, Managing Director, Architectus

Ray Brown

16:50 - 17:10

Water and Energy Reduction in Tall Buildings

  • Energy reduction is a global issue with most of the technical advances in Building technology have focused on energy efficiency.
  • Cape town, Sao Paulo and Barcelona have recent water scarcity event as well as 14 of the world’s 20 mega cities facing the prospect of water scarcity, this is fast becoming a global issue.
  • Tall building have their role to play, however achieving a balance between energy and water efficiency whilst still providing the amenity that tenants and developers are looking for is going to challenge the way we live and work.

Mathew Burke, Associate Director, ADP Consulting

Mathew Burke

17:10 - 17:15


17:15 - 18:15


Day 2 - 26 June 2019

07:50 - 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

Passive House High-Rises

  • Are passive house buildings an eco-friendly solution for the future, even in the form of tall buildings?
  • Retrofitting high-rises to the passive house standard.
  • Would Australia benefit from this standard?

Chris Nunn, Head of Sustainability, Real Estate, AMP Capital

Chris Nunn

09:30 - 09:50

Can Skinny Skyscrapers Transform City Precincts?

  • How can skinny skyscrapers benefit cities?
  • Case study: the proposed super-skinny Magic Tower, to be housed in Melbourne.
  • The role of new building technology in bringing the Tower to fruition.

Dylan Brady, Conductor, Decibel Architecture

Dylan Brady

09:50 - 10:10

The Healthier the Building, the Healthier the Tenant? 

  • Case study: the workplace of tomorrow, 477 Collins Street’s ‘Olderfleet’ tower. 
  • Analysing the process of achieving a WELL Platinum score/5-star NABERS rating: positively impacting the structure itself, the tenants housed within, and the surrounding city. 
  • Future-proofing high-rises for future generations.

Cameron Dymond, Associate Principal/Regional Property Leader, Arup

Cameron Dymond

10:10 - 10:40


10:40 - 11:00

Vertical Workplaces: Shaping the Way Organisations Operate

  • Innovative design solutions for workplaces housed within tall buildings.
  • The challenges of renovating older spaces in order to make them more smart, sustainable and contemporary.
  • The benefits a vertical ‘work city’ within the interior of a tall building.

Abbie Galvin, Principal, BVN

Abbie Galvin

11:00 - 11:20

Integrated Engineering for Highly Constrained High-Rise Developments

Marc Colella*, Industry Director, Building Structures Practice Lead – AUS/NZ, AECOM

Marc Colella

11:20 - 12:05


The Importance of Collaboration in Fostering Effective Design Outcomes

  • How to effectively work not only with clients, but with designers, consultants and engineers throughout the design process in order to ensure continuity for high-rise projects. 
  • Making use of new technologies that can help aid and improve collaboration.

Amanda Stanaway, Principal, Woods Bagot
Angela Ferguson, Managing Director, Futurespace
David Stewart, Executive Director, WT Partnership
Ray Marshall, Principal, ARM Architecture
Seetha Poduri, Senior Engineer, WSP Australia & New Zealand

Amanda Stanaway
Angela Ferguson
David Stewart
Ray Marshall
Seetha Poduri

12:05 - 12:35

3 World Trade Center – Revitalising New York City  

  • Exploring the tower’s state-of-the-art glass and steel design.
  • Zooming into the interior – designing for mixed use, from retail to a variety of different businesses.
  • Green design: achieving high-energy ratings and landscaping for tenant wellness.
  • Building skyscrapers as part of broader precinct masterplans.
  • Rebuilding the WTC: tackling projects of a sensitive nature.

John McElgunn, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, UK

John McElgunn

12:35 - 13:35


13:35 - 13:55

Rethinking Tall Building Fire Safety for the Future

  • Skyscrapers are becoming increasingly taller – how will this impact fire-safety in the near future?
  • The new challenges faced by designing fire-suppressant solutions within the high-rises.
  • Is it possible to implement cost-effective fire-proof solutions within super-tall skyscrapers?

Mark Evans, Associate & Fire Engineering Leader, Aurecon

Mark Evans

13:55 - 14:15

Building Code Changes and Their Impact on Skyscraper Façade Design 

A number of landmark changes to the National Construction Code have recently been announced – what impact does this have on façade design for high-rise buildings?

How do we, as design professionals, refine the way we design facades amongst these changes, and yet still create quality, safe, and aesthetically pleasing building envelopes?

David Ritter, Associate Director, Atelier Ten

David Ritter

14:15 - 15:00


Building Safer, Developing Smarter: High-Rises of the Future

  • As our city populations steadily increase, more and more high-rise projects are being proposed and developed – but in an effort to keep up with demand, how should developers, architects and engineers ensure the end result is as safe and high-quality as possible for tenants?
  • Renovate and refurbish, or demolish and start again: How should we approach older tall buildings?
  • Current legislation: what’s working, what isn’t, what needs to be introduced to ensure the safest materials are being utilised during construction and development.
  • Can cost-effectiveness and commercial success intermesh?

Blair Stratton, Associate Director, RED Fire Engineers
Seifu Bekele, Principal Engineer, Global Wind Technology Services
Wayne Liddy, Director, Gardner Group

Blair Stratton
Seifu Bekele
Wayne Liddy

15:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 15:50

Crown Sydney from an Engineer's Perspective

  • Producing engineering solutions for a structurally complex project.
  • for constraints – from its waterfront proximity to the site geology and sculptural nature of the structure.
  • Benefits of utilising a ‘top-down’ method during the construction process.

Simon Cloherty, Principal, Robert Bird Group

Simon Cloherty

15:50 - 16:10

How the Past of the Skyscraper Can Inform the Present

  • Looking beyond economic development and spatial efficiency: why moving past biases surrounding older, traditionally ‘square’ buildings can aid in designing flexible, resilient skyscrapers. 
  • Techniques taken for granted:  How older methods such as the steel belt, outriggers system, and automated rising systems continue to inform design and construction on new and innovative skyscrapers throughout the world today. 
  • Understanding heritage skyscrapers as a way to tackle future urban-based and environmental challenges.

Dr Giorgio Marfella, Lecturer in Construction Management and Architecture, University of Melbourne

Dr Giorgio Marfella

16:10 - 16:30

Vertical Retirement Villages: Connecting to a City’s Broader Technical Infrastructure

  • Are vertical retirement homes a viable ‘next generation’ methodology of retirement living?
  • Exploring the wellness factor of vertical villages.
  • The role of smart and assistive technology in facilitating a high quality of life for residents.

Dr David Tuffley, Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics & SocioTechnical Studies, Griffith University

Dr David Tuffley

16:30 - 16:35


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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