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


10:50 - 11:35


Going Green: Sustainable Skyscrapers and the Challenges Surrounding their Inception 

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

Jonothan Cowle, Associate Principal, Rothelowman
Nadine Samaha, Creative Director, Level Architekture Konstrukt

Nadine Samaha

11:35 - 11:55

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

11:55 - 12:15

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

12:15 - 13:15


13:15 - 13:35

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

13:35 - 13:55

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

13:55 - 14:15

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

14:15 - 14:45


14:45 - 15:30


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

15:30 - 15:50

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.

Bertil de Kleynen*, Sector Director, Asia Pacific, Atkins, Hong Kong

Bertil de Kleynen

15:50 - 16:10

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

16:10 - 16:30

Gardens in the Sky: The Paris Garden Skyscraper 

  • Exploring the sustainable elements of the building, from rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling to waste-to-energy conversion.
  • Green design in a  European context: how can we apply this to Australian skyscraper design?
  • How the tower design fits into a wider environmental strategy for Europe.

Yasemin Kologlu, Director, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, UK

Yasemin Kologlu

16:30 - 16:35


16:35 - 17:35


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

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.

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

John McElgunn

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

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

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

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

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
Ray Marshall, Principal, ARM Architecture

Amanda Stanaway
Angela Ferguson
Ray Marshall

12:05 - 12:25

Changing High-Rise Methodologies: Are High-Rise Pre-Fabs the Way to Go?

  • Exploring the safety, efficiency, and sustainability-related benefits of building pre-fabricated high-rises. 
  • Understanding how modular construction approaches fit into the traditional building code.
  • The role of new technology in modular & pre-fab high-rise construction.

12:25 - 13:25


13:25 - 13:45

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

13:45 - 14:05

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

14:05 - 14:25

The Impact of Green Infrastructure Policy on Australian High-Rises

  • Current green infrastructure standards throughout Australia: What are they? How are they helping? Which standards should become requirements for the construction industry?
  • Can green skyscrapers help add to the sustainability of entire cities?
  • Ensuring that tall buildings hold up for future generations.

14:25 - 14:55


14:55 - 15:15

Crown Sydney from an Engineers 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

14:15 - 15:35

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

15:35 - 15:55

Re-Evaluating Melbourne: Retaining the City’s Civic Soul Amongst a Sea of Skyscrapers 

In an effort to manage a rapidly expanding population, Melbourne’s buildings are becoming taller; the city more densified.

How can designers/planners of these buildings help future-proof the city to ensure that amongst these changes, Melbourne retains and even builds upon its unique character?

15:55 - 16:00


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*Speakers to be confirmed

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