John has been with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners since 2001. He became a Partner in 2016. He has worked on numerous projects across various sectors and is highly practiced in dealing with highly complex briefs and multifaceted client organisations.
John’s commercial office experience includes a mixed-use tower in Paddington and the Leadenhall Building in the City of London. Residential projects include One Hyde Park, NEO Bankside and City Park Gate. He has also worked extensively on cultural projects including; a new City Library for Birmingham, an extension to the British Museum and is currently involved in delivering a new building for the Musée du Louvre in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
As a project architect, John led a large team through all stages of the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC) project. This new facility at the British Museum took seven years to complete and opened in 2014. The strikingly modern building which now sits comfortably as part of the Grade I listed Museum was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2017.
John has a client-facing role and is involved in expediting the company’s bids for new work. He oversees RSHP’s New Business and Communications teams and is heavily involved in the recruitment team. John has lectured widely both nationally and internationally. He is currently an external examiner at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College, London.
Adelene Teh is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Beulah International and has been integral to Beulah’s growth to date.
With a family history in construction and property development and a background in architecture, Adelene was exposed to construction and property development at an early age, and is responsible for project vision and overseeing the delivery of all developments with her highly qualified development and consultant team.
After gaining her Masters of Architecture from the University of Melbourne, Adelene applied her skills at award winning architecture practices before co- founding Beulah International.
Driving the vision at Beulah International, she is design and innovation focused, bringing her expertise and passion to every part of the development process to ensure Beulah is consistently pushing the boundaries and delivering unique, innovative projects that are anything but cookie cutter.
As a key member of the Bates Smart design team, Cian works across multiple project types and sizes. His strength and expertise involves designing innovative solutions and resolving complex design issues.
As a project leader, Cian has successfully navigated a number of challenging projects through the planning and design development stages.
Cian originally joined Bates Smart in Sydney in 2010, relocating to Melbourne in 2012. In 2016, he was made a Studio Director. Significant achievements include Bendigo Hospital, the new Australian Embassy in Washington D.C., the Queen Victoria Market residential development and the new Westin hotel in Darwin.
Cian is also a key member of Bates Smart’s Design Technology committee and has helped implement many new technologies into the studio, including virtual reality tools.
Decibel Architecture (dB(A)) is led by Dylan Brady, a registered architect throughout Australia and New Zealand. Dylan was the founding director of studio505, and led the company to great international and national success over its 14 year history. Dylan’s experience covers a range of sectors including large scale public, government and community projects through to small scale residential projects and art collaborations. Dylan’s experience and passion for architecture has fused an artistic spirit with a practical technical knowledge. His enthusiasm and capacity for communication creates highly energetic and participatory design propositions that engage with the future and fire our imaginations.
Dylan travels regularly throughout Australia on dB(A) projects from Kakadu National Park down to the Bay of Fires on Tasmania's east coast. As well as national projects, dB(A) are currently working on a series of significant cultural projects in South East Asia and China, developing and spreading the aspirations and expertise of dB(A) in sustainable design and cultural architecture. Dylan is extremely passionate about innovation, about fresh thinking and about engaging with sustainability, new materials and new practice in the ongoing challenge to create and enable our shared possible futures.
Dylan has presented and lectured throughout Australia and internationally, as part of Design trade Missions, Sustainability Conferences, Trade missions and various high level Government and Business functions.
Chris Nunn is Head of Sustainability at AMP Capital Real Estate. AMP Capital has a property portfolio valued at approximately $26 billion, mainly in Australia and NZ, consisting of approximately 100 shopping centres, offices and industrial assets. Chris has 19 years' experience in sustainability with expertise in environmental law, sustainability consultancy, green building design and operations, sustainability rating systems, corporate sustainability strategy and reporting.
Chris has volunteered with the Australian Passive House Association since 2016 as a Board Member and since 2017 as the Chairperson.
Chris started out as an Environmental Lawyer, working for 5 years as an environment and planning lawyer at major Australian law firm MinterEllison and then as a litigation solicitor at the Environmental Defender’s Office in Sydney. Chris was awarded a Chevening Scholarship to study a Masters degree at the London School of Economics, after which Chris spent a further 5 years working in London as Associate Director of Sustainability for design and engineering consultancy Atkins. In 2011, Chris moved back to Sydney to work as Sustainability Leader at engineering consultancy Norman Disney & Young, then worked as Sustainability Director for global property management company JLL, joining AMP Capital in September 2015.
Through his career, Paul has demonstrated ability in delivering high quality architecture that offers well-designed spaces for people and the project’s broader context.
Paul’s breadth of experience spans across the residential, hotel, sports, civic, educational, retail, commercial and justice sectors. This breadth of experience provides a greater degree of richness and design evolution in each of the projects that he is involved with.
Appointed as a Director in 2017, Paul leads each of his projects through all stages from the initial feasibility and master planning through to design, documentation and construction services. He is able to translate complex design, functional, technical and pragmatic brief requirements into a complete, functional and cohesive built form.
Recently, Paul has been leading our team through a number of significant and large scaled projects including Melbourne Square and the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct.
Abbie Galvin is currently a Principal and Director of BVN, one of Australia’s largest and most highly acclaimed architectural practices.
Abbie has worked for over 25 years on public, educational, health, research and workplace projects that have been highly awarded, published and recognised internationally for bringing fresh approaches to common project types.
Amongst her portfolio of work are the new Northern Beaches Hospital, the Cancer Research Institute for the UniSA, Taronga Zoo Upper Entrance Precinct, the Braggs Research Institute for the University of Adelaide, Stockland’s Headquarters, The UTS Campus 2020 Masterplan, and two of NSW’s largest Public Private Partnerships (RNS and NBH Hospitals). Abbie has also worked extensively in Hong Kong on high rise health and research facilities, including the masterplan and concept plan for the health campus on the Kai Tak airport site.
Abbie is a firm believer that building typologies benefit enormously from exposure to other sectors, that experts in their field always have something to learn from the amateurs and that the core of innovation comes from cross disciplinary expertise.
Abbie is passionate about the public domain, and the ability of architecture and our built environment to positively affect human behaviour, the way people interact, and the manner in which institutions and organisations operate.
Abbie has been involved with the profession, the Institute of Architects and the Board of Architects for many years, and is a regular member of Australian and international juries and panels. She is a member of the Eminent Architects panel for the World Heritage Listed Sydney Opera House and a member of the NSW State Design Review Panel.
As the Managing Director and owner of Futurespace, Angela helps clients create future focused, innovative, intelligent and practical physical spaces that inspire and add value.
For more than two decades Angela has worked with significant global and Australian businesses to develop design strategies that directly relate to a specific business, to drive innovative design solutions and to develop responsive accommodation results.
She regularly presents on innovation in design around the world including at 2016 Alberta Architect’s Association Conference in Canada, and the 2017 Greenlam Design For Tomorrow Conference in Bangkok, Thailand where she shared examples of how Futurespace is leading the world by disrupting the way people work, learn and live.
In 2012 Angela was awarded with the NAWIC NSW CBRE Businesswoman of the Year Award. In addition, in 2016 she was named a finalist in the Women’s Agenda Women’s Leadership Awards.
With over 30 years of experience, Ray Brown is actively involved in strategy, design and oversight of projects at Architectus; working across multiple teams in mixed-use commercial, residential, education and cultural sectors.
Sensitive to how buildings relate to their surroundings, Ray understands the big-picture urban context and believes the best design solutions are underpinned by rigorous analysis and supported by open and collaborative client engagement. He advocates for design that is led by end-user perspectives to achieve commercial viability, efficiency and civic value.
Ray has formed successful collaborative relationships with many international architects; most notably with Christoph Ingenhoven to co-design the multi award-winning 1 Bligh Street and residential tower 505 George Street. He regards each new project as an opportunity for innovation, especially in sustainability and responsible urban development.
Monique Woodward co-founded her Melbourne based award-winning practice, WOWOWA Architecture, in 2011. With a team of nine designing from a shopfront in Rathdowne Street Carlton North, WOWOWA is passionate about creating meaningful, contemporary, idea-driven spaces that are socially useful and publicly generous.
Monique is this year’s Australian Institute of Architects National Emerging Architect Prize winner and is co-creative directing the Institute’s 2019 National Conference Collective Agency. Monique was elected to the Victorian Chapter Council in 2016 and has co-chaired the Small Practice Forum since 2015.
She has also contributed as EmAGN co-chair, mentor within the Constructive Mentoring program and sat on multiple State Awards Juries. In 2015, Monique participated in the Dulux Study Tour and hosted the C31 TV show Community Designs.
As an investor in Nightingale, Monique is now undertaking her own triple bottom line project, NGWOW, within the Nightingale Village in Brunswick. Teaching at both RMIT and Monash University enabled her to inspire others to see architecture should have a sense of humour, be deeply cultural and shape cities.
David has over 18 years of international experience in both environmental design and building services engineering. He specializes in combining building environmental design principles, computational simulation capabilities and practical engineering design knowledge to realise exceptional quality internal environments that are low-energy use, easy-to-operate and maintain. He has a training in architecture and provides a much needed linkage between architectural and environmental engineering design disciplines; facilitating high-quality integrated design outcomes.
His expertise in environmental design covers daylight and solar design, thermal comfort, energy efficiency, ventilation performance and other broader sustainability aspects. He currently teaches environmental design on Undergraduate and Masters programs at the University of Melbourne.
David is a full member of AIRAH and CIBSE. He is also a Certified Passivhaus Designer and is experienced with local and international sustainability assessment methods such as Green Star, and international best practice such as WELL, BREEAM and LEED.
Matteo is a Structural Chartered Professional Engineer with more than a decade of design experience in the Australian construction industry. He has extensive experience in the structural design and project management of high rise commercial and residential towers, hotels, industrial buildings, façades, long-span structures and complex temporary works.
Matteo is recognized by clients to be a skilled problem-solver with a strong focus on cost and buildability of structures. Ever-mindful of modern trends, Matteo personally strives to put a emphasis on sustainability in design on all projects.
After a number of years building his experience and quickly ascending to the senior ranks at a well-established engineering firm, Matteo saw an opportunity to branch out and elevate the level of service that can be expected from a structural consultant. The result is Hera Engineering Pty Ltd., a multi-faceted structural engineering firm with a focus on innovation, client service and an all-encompassing approach to modern building design. In a short time frame Hera Engineering have developed a reputation for delivering work of the highest quality on a wide range of projects.
The focus on economic designs has directly generated significant savings in project cost and time. With this success, Matteo and Hera Engineering have rapidly built a loyal client base, and are quickly growing into one of the finest and most trusted structural consultants in Australia.
Matteo won the prestigious WA 40 under 40 award which is designed to recognise and celebrate WA's 40 leading business entrepreneurs under the age of 40, with the programme recognising not only personal determination and commercial drive, but also philanthropic pursuits balancing professional achievements.
Matteo was selected due to his contribution to a more sustainable construction including the utilisation of mass timber construction and reduction of concrete and reinforcement in buildings.
Simon is a Principal for Robert Bird Group based in Sydney. Simon began his career with Robert Bird Group as a graduate in Brisbane. He has since worked in the Melbourne office as well as London where he led the structural design for projects such as Crown Sydney, ICD-Brookfield Place Dubai and Spire London. Simon is one of the Groups tall building design leaders and is now the General Manger for Robert Bird Group in NSW and ACT.
Simon’s design experience has been gained through projects in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, the United States and the UAE. His project experience covers the commercial, residential, retail, institutional, heritage, industrial and mining sectors. However his favoured area of practice is the design of tall and super tall buildings and deep basements.
Simon’s recent project experience includes Merdeka PNB118, Crown Sydney, Nova Victoria, London Spire, Lendlease Circular Quay Tower, ICD-Brookfield Place Dubai and One Sydney Harbour.
Ray has been a project architect with ARM Architecture since 2003. He has significant experience in design and management across a broad range of architectural and urban design projects.
Ray is committed to a participatory approach to design and procurement, leading project teams where his creative and practical input enables creative ideas to be developed and delivered. His work is grounded in an ethic of environmental responsibility, with an approach that stresses interpersonal involvement focused on innovative, integrated and practical solutions.
Key projects include the Adelaide Festival Plaza Precinct, the Macquarie Park Masterplan, Elizabeth Quay, The Face Apartments, Digital Harbour NBN and MTC Southbank Theatre.
Amanda Stanaway sits at the forefront of workplace design and has been instrumental in creating some of the most cutting edge workplaces in Australia – workplaces that have delivered clients real business advantage and positive organizational change. As both a principal and Wood’s Bagot’s global workplace design leader, Amanda’s role encompasses strategy and design across the commercial, lifestyle and public sectors. She skilfully advises on projects and guides multi-disciplinary design teams with a communicative approach that is clear, organised and collaborative.
Mark is an Associate with over eighteen years’ experience in the design of fire engineering solutions both in Australia and globally. He has extensive experience with technically complex projects such as civilian and military aircraft hangars, shopping centres, hospitals and transport facilities, all requiring high quality and reliable solutions. In addition, he has completed high-rise commercial buildings and large mixed use, and industrial developments.
Mark’s core expertise is in finding creative, but achievable fire engineering solutions for all types of buildings, structures and projects. Mark’s personal aim is to always provide the most robust and flexible approach to fire safety while minimising unnecessary costs and constraints on designers, and minimising future maintenance requirements. Mark takes great pride in seeing all projects from conception through to occupation and the finished product. Realising the improvements and benefits they make to people and the global built environment gives him great satisfaction.
Seetha is Senior Structural Engineer with WSP Australia and has worked on some large scale and iconic projects around the world with leading Developers and Architects. She has expertise in Design of High-Rise Structures. She has worked on many Supertall and Tall structures around the world. Seetha has gained Global experience through working in Australia, USA, India and Middle East. She has successfully worked and coordinated design on many projects working collaboratively with overseas teams. Over the years she has gained rich experience in wide range of sectors including Mixed Use, Hospitality, Commercial, Retail, Residential, and Aviation.
Seetha is member of CTBUH Future Leaders Australia Committee. Some of Seetha’s notable projects include – Royal Atlantis, Dubai; DMCC Burj 2020 Upscale Tower, Dubai; Jumeirah Gate Towers, Dubai, Hamad International Airport, Qatar. She also has a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Trained as an architect in Italy, Dr Giorgio Marfella is a registered architect in Victoria with a PhD in Architecture from the University of Melbourne. Giorgio joined the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning in 2015, where as a full-time continuing Lecturer in Construction Management and Architecture he coordinates three core post-graduate subjects in Architectural and Construction Technology at the Melbourne School of Design.
Before joining the University of Melbourne, Giorgio has accrued more than a decade of professional experience in architecture in residential, commercial, educational and institutional projects at different scales in Australia and overseas. As an architectural practitioner he has developed a specialist profile in the design and delivery of facades by collaborating full-time with several renowned architectural design firms in Melbourne.
In his doctorate thesis at the University of Melbourne, Giorgio has researched the techno-economic development of Melbourne's skyscrapers in the second half of the twentieth century, revealing how their characteristic built form was a specific by-product of entrepreneurial speculation, public and private interest, cultural bridging and technological innovation. He is a research active academic and a member of his Faculty's research centre ACAHUCH. His current research activities and interests overlap the techno-economic aspects of tall building of the past and present, construction history and innovation and the relationship between architectural design and contemporary construction management issues.
Giorgio is an academic who is highly engaged with the architecture, engineering and construction industry, in Australia and overseas and he has a track record of affiliations and collaborations with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) and the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV). He has written articles, papers and book chapters in the disciplines of architecture and construction, and as a tall building and construction technology expert, he has contributed several times on building industry related debates in the media.
Dr. David Tuffley is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics & SocioTechnical Studies, and a member of the Institute for Integrated & Intelligent Systems research group at Griffith University in Australia. David is an accomplished keynote speaker, his field is explaining the social impact of technology with special interest in Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence. David is a high-profile Griffith academic, one of the university's most prolific contributors to mainstream media, including print, radio and television. His articles have been republished in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and many others, including foreign language pubs (German, Chinese and Japanese). Before academia David was a successful IT Consultant in Australia and the United Kingdom working for large public and private sector clients. David was a guest panelist in the 2017 World Science Festival among other high-profile events. David is a regular visitor at Humboldt University in Berlin, the high technology capital of eastern Europe, and San Jose/San Francisco where he studies the conditions that make for high-performing innovation ecosystems. David's formal qualifications include PhD (Software Engineering), M Phil (Information Systems), Grad Cert in Higher Education (Griffith University), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, English Literature, Anthropology) (Queensland).
Blair Stratton is a founding partner and Manager of Major Projects of RED Fire Engineers. He has over 15 years' experience as a fire safety engineer in Australia and New Zealand and has led the fire engineering design for significant infrastructure and building projects - including the Victorian desalination plant, and the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery redevelopment. Blair has spent much of the past five years reviewing issues relating to combustible facades.
He has developed risk assessment techniques that have assisted owners, builders and regulators to understand and manage facade fire risks. Blair was the inaugural Chair of Engineers Australia’s Victorian College of Leadership and Management, and is currently a co-chair of the Victoria chapter of Society of Fire Safety, a learned technical society under Engineers Australia. Blair recently became a Fellow of Engineers Australia.
David is Executive Director of WT Partnership Australia. He has a dynamic 40 years of experience working in the construction industry.
David is a graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa. After working in London for 2 years, he joined WT Partnership, Melbourne in 1988 and progressed through the ranks becoming a Director of the National Practice in 1999.
David has a broad range of Quantity Surveying and Cost Management skills, having successfully cost managed a large range of development and construction projects. These include commercial office towers, hotels, infrastructure projects, low and high rise residential developments, defence, industrial, retail and fit-out projects.
As Director in Charge, David manages the various services offered by the WT Partnership team from feasibility studies and master planning at the inception of projects through pre-contract cost planning and post-contract cost control to tax depreciation schedules and repairs and maintenance budgets.
David has vast experience working for Project Financiers and has performed the role of Independent Certifier on a number of significant Public Private Partnership Projects including Southern Cross Station and Victorian County Court. This broad experience allows David and his team to assist developer clients by acting as either the Clients Representative or as the project Superintendent administering the contract.
David is currently acting as Director in Charge on a number large projects including:
David is a Queen Scout, holds a private pilot license and is married to Annette with 2 children Keegan and Samantha.
Distinguished Professor Deo Prasad AO is an international authority and recognised as a national leader in the field of sustainable buildings and cities and among the leading advocates for sustainability in Australia. His contributions having been widely acknowledged at all levels of government and professions in Australia.
Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 1991, he has been a highly influential, driving force for sustainable design in both academia and professional practise and in 2006 he received the Royal Australian Institute of Architect’s National Education Award for contribution to ‘sustainability education, research and design’.
In 2004 he received the NSW State Government’s individual GreenGlobe Award for ‘leadership and commitment to the supply of renewable energy’ He has also won the Federal Government’s national award for ‘outstanding contribution to energy related research’. He is a regular contributor to debate in this area in local and international media.
Deo is the Chief Investigator and CEO of the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL: www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au ). This is the largest ever industry-government-professions-research collaboration spin-off in Australia (built environment sector) and is leading to transformative impacts – enabling Australian industry and professions to compete globally in a low carbon future.
Nadine is a senior principal architect, casual lecturer, environmental and social sustainability advocate based in Melbourne.
She established level architekture>konstrukt with her partner John 25 years ago to fulfil the need for a comprehensive interdisciplinary service, where design, construction and other disciplines intertwine. Nadine is passionate about creating spaces and forms that seamlessly connect with the natural world, promote wellbeing and support positive emotional energy, while treading lightly on the environment.
The practice's Construction continuum allows her with her partner to push boundaries in construction techniques and explore new methodologies. The practice is currently building an autonomous house in Ceres Victoria. Glulam (Laminated timber beams), prefabricated CLT (Compressed Laminated Timber, 30kw Solar panels off the grid, 80,000 Litres water and Solar Air System for heating and cooling are some of the house features that will contribute to zero emissions in the future.
Nadine is affiliated with AIA (Australian Institute of Architects), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology). She is currently a Chapter councillor at the AIA and chairman of SAF (Sustainable Architects Forum) and is leading through SAF Architectural events at the SLF (Sustainable Living Festival) 2019 "The Decade of Disruption", which champions buildings to achieve below zero emissions.
Nadine is also an executive member of the ALHSV (Australian Lebanese Historical Society Victoria) organising cultural and social events.
Scott Harvey is a professional Account executive with over a decade of experience, providing software solutions to the Construction industry. He has proven experience with working in the Australian Construction industry providing technical innovations to impact a company’s bottom line.
Scott brings a wealth of experience to PlanGrid having worked at leading Construction software organisations including Aconex, HILTI and most recently Levesys.
Dr Fiona Andrews PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health & Social Development at Deakin University. She is co-leader of HOME, a transdisciplinary research hub at Deakin University that works to research and deliver affordable, well designed, sustainable and connected housing for all. She is also a member of CHASE, the Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion.
Fiona Andrews has a research interest in the relationship between the built environment and health of families with children. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed academic articles and presented a similar number of papers at national and international conferences. Her work on families raising children in apartment was recently covered in a piece for The Conversation.
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