Richard Francis-Jones is a highly awarded and leading contemporary Australian architect. Richard is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, and in 2012 was invested as an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Richard received his architectural education at the University of Sydney (where he was awarded the University Medal in Architecture) and Columbia University in New York, through an ITT Fellowship. He has led a distinguished architectural career, designing many highly-awarded buildings and winning several international architectural competitions. He is Design Director and the nominated architect of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt), a highly acclaimed practice noted for its commitment to the public domain.
Highly awarded projects designed by Richard have been widely published in Australian and International journals and books. International architecture awards received for projects designed by Richard include the World Architecture Festival World Building of the Year, World Architecture Festival Office Award (in both 2012 & 2014), AIA International Architecture Award, RIBA International Architecture Award, New Zealand Institute of Architects Medal, International Architecture Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the International Public Library of the Year Award from the Danish Agency of Culture.
Richard has taught and lectured in architecture, design and theory in Australia and abroad since 1987. He was Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and is currently Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales.
Richard is an editor of Content, a critical review of architecture (published by UNSW Press), and has written extensively on architecture. He has convened several architectural conferences and in 2008 was Creative Director of the Australian Institute of Architects National Conference. he is a former president of the AIA NSW Chapter and a former member of the NSW Architects Registration Board.
Eve Clark is the Design Director for AMP Capital responsible for overseeing design across AMP Capital’s development portfolio for Office and Mixed Use real-estate. With oversight of all major developments and significant asset repositioning, Eve is accountable to ensure all projects are underpinned by design excellence, delivering exceptional properties across the portfolio to meet the funds’ long term performance goals and maximizing value for investors.
One such key project is the Quay Quarter Sydney globally significant mixed use project including the premier office asset Quay Quarter Tower, refurbishment of the 33 Alfred Street Tower, and the adjacent Loftus Lane boutique residential and retail development.
Eve joined AMP Capital in 2013 having established her career working at a number of large Architectural practices in Australia and in London across a broad range of sectors including commercial, residential, mixed use, education and health. Prior to joining AMP Capital, Eve led major commercial office and mixed use projects, most notably in London for 4 years as the architectural Project Director on Brookfield’s 100 Bishopsgate tower along with other major commercial office tower projects. Eve’s skills in project initiation, asset creation, design strategy, masterplanning and ideation, feasibilities, creative design management, and leading large and diverse consultant teams ensures projects are leveraged for high quality design outcomes and commercial success.
Eve is also a registered Architect in NSW and holds a Bachelor of Science (Architecture) and Bachelor of Architecture (1st Class Hons).
Philip Vivian is a Director of Bates Smart, an award-winning architecture practice working in Australia and across the world. He holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Western Australia. Philip’s design leadership has secured numerous design excellence competition wins and awards underpinning the successful growth of the Bates Smart Sydney studio over the past 15 years. His projects have received 14 AIA design awards ranging across Commercial Architecture, Interior Architecture, Urban Design, ESD and Heritage categories.
Michele joined Zaha Hadid Architects in 2004 and immediately started working on award-winning projects such as the Glasgow Riverside Musem in Scotland, the CMA CGM Headquarters in Marseilles and the new Architecture Foundation building in London.
Through the course of his career, Michele has led several competition winning schemes including the design of two super tall towers and a cultural center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the Chartres Expo Centre in France. He also led the team for the Egypt Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. As a Project Director, Michele has worked on
the d’Leedon residential complex in Singapore, completed in October 2014. The complex comprises 7 high-end 150 metre residential towers with landscape deck and gardens and received the World Gold Award for Residential High-Rise at the FIABCI World Prix D’Excellence Awards 2016. Currently, Michele is leading a number of projects across East Asia and Oceania, including: 600 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia; the City of Dreams Hotel complex in Macau; the Pangu retail and residential development in Beijing; a Documentation Centre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Mariner’s Cove in the Gold Coast and the Cairo Expo City in Egypt. Michele has also contributed his talent to the design of a number of the ZHA’s product and furniture pieces such as the Flow Vase, Dune Formations furniture system and the Zaha Hadid Exhibition in Padua, Italy.
Lex Lee has more than ten years working experience in Greenland Group for project management and design management, working in both China and in Australia.
While working in China, he looked after the design division for Greenland Northeast regional company. The total project area combined about 1.5million square meters and the project type was covered by different products including retail, houses, villas, apartments, and offices, among others.
While working in Australia, he has looked after the design division in Greenland Australia and looked after project management division including North Sydney, Potts point project and NBH projects. The total project area has covered about 500,000 square meters.
Mark is a Group Executive and Head of Commercial Developments for Investa, specialising in complex large scale developments. He has worked across a number of Investa’s commercial office assets and leads the team on new development opportunities for both internal and external clients. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the construction and property industry. He holds both a Masters of Property Development and Civil Engineering Honours Degree from UTS.
Mark’s leadership extends across national projects and current projects under construction include 60 Martin Place Sydney, 151 Clarence St Sydney and QV1 Perth. Nationally other projects in design and authority approval stage include 360 Queen Street, Brisbane, QV1 Stage 2/3 in Perth and 120 Collins St re-positioning development in Melbourne.
Mark specialises in the successful delivery of major projects across multiple stakeholders including owners, construction and design teams, clients, tenants and authorities.
Prior to joining Investa in 2009, Mark worked at Citta Property Group as the Development and Construction Manager where he was responsible for the delivery of the 2006 Commonwealth Games Village (Parkville, Victoria), a $480M development with a fixed end date that housed over 6,000 athletes and officials. Mark also lead the development team for Workplace6 (Pyrmont, NSW), NSW’s first 6 Star Green Star commercial office building. Prior to Citta, Mark worked at Lend Lease as part of the construction delivery team on projects including Fox Studios (Sydney), 8 Exhibition St HWT (Melbourne) and Jacksons Landing (Sydney).
David leads the urban design team at HASSELL, with experience leading a range of city-shaping master planning and urban design projects in Australia, Asia and North America.
Key projects include the Newcastle City Centre regeneration strategy, master plans for Summer Hill Flour Mill and Darwin Waterfront City, and a two-million tree urban forest proposal in the heart of Shanghai. Most recently, David has been working on social and ecological resilience strategies for San Francisco Bay as part of the Resilience by Design challenge.
David is committed to unlocking the full social, economic and design potential of the city – working alongside clients and communities to deliver inspiring, meaningful and engaging places.
David established and leads Urban Futures, HASSELL’s program of urban research, design speculation and discourse. Receiving extensive local and international media coverage, Urban Futures has produced the Little House (a pop-up space for kids to talk about the future of the city), a 6-city interactive exhibition on high-density housing, and SuperDensity, a multi-dimensional neighbourhood system for Hong Kong.
Koichi Takada has brought a Japanese sensibility to Australian architecture. His work is innovative and refined. Koichi melds the traditions of his homeland with today’s stunning flowing forms – an approach he developed in New York, London and Tokyo.
Koichi Takada has won international competitions in Australia and Japan as well as several key architectural and interior design awards. The firm’s projects are well recognized and have been extensively featured in Australian and international design magazines.
Koichi Takada studied and graduated from the School of Architecture at the City University of New York and the Architectural Association, London. Koichi studied his thesis work under Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi with Rem Koolhaas as a visiting critic.
While practicing at Atsushi Kitagawara Architects in Tokyo, Koichi worked on an invited competition of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 1997 and stayed in Sydney thereafter. Koichi has been associate director at PTW and worked on award winning luxury apartments in Sydney, and a diverse range of architectural projects in Japan, China, and the Middle-East.
Koichi established his own practice, Koichi Takada Architects in Sydney in 2008. The practice is now growing with competition winning architectural projects and a focus on the construction phase, with key multi-residential projects in Australia and key landmark projects overseas.
The founding director of Atlas Urban Design & Strategy, Paul Walter has more than 20 years’ experience across a broad spectrum of architectural and urban planning projects in Australia and the Pacific. He is the Chair of the Australian Institute of Architect’s Built Environment Committee and is a Masters of Architecture lecturer at the University of Sydney.
Paul has been engaged with the design of major urban-renewal precincts across Sydney and the Pacific. Key projects include the master-planning of towers in Sydney, Bondi Junction, St Leonards and Darling Harbour. Presently he is engaged to prepare a city-wide plan for Port Moresby, in advance of the APEC meeting to be held there later this year. He has lead teams developing university campus master plans in the region, with a focus on technology transfer, commercialization and smart precincts.
Established in 2014, Atlas Urban is a boutique, ideas-led firm that uses careful research and spatial thinking to set the scene for communities to flourish. By working with a range of stakeholders, Atlas seeks to connect people around a plan so a shared vision can emerge.
Managing director of Atelier Ten's Australia office and global leader
of its Benchmarking practice, Paul is recognized for environmental planning and design consulting work on large-scale campus, community and urban projects. Paul has particular expertise in building physics and facade optimisation, high performance buildings, and resilient design.
Philip Harrington is an economist with over 30 years’ experience in the development, analysis, administration and evaluation of public policy, strategies and programs, primarily in the field of energy and climate.
He is Managing Director of consulting firm, Strategy. Policy. Research. SPR is a network of highly experienced consultants with complementary skills in clean energy, energy markets, climate change and the built environment (buildings and transport), dedicated to making the business case for sustainability.
Philip’s experience includes working at the highest levels in international organisations, governments and the private sector, including for the Australian Permanent Delegation to the OECD and the International Energy Agency. In Australia he was Senior Executive Manager of the Australian Greenhouse Office; Executive Manager, Strategy & Regulation with Aurora Energy; Deputy Secretary for Infrastructure, Energy & Resources in state administration. Over 9 years, he built a successful Carbon & Energy Team for consulting engineers, pitt&sherry.
Over the last decade, he and his team have successfully delivered more than 400 projects for clients including:
Dean is the Group Manager for BIM & Digital Delivery at JHA Consulting Engineers and has over 14 years of proven experience in the professional consulting engineering field within Australia.
His fields of expertise include Design and/or Construction Phase BIM Project Management, MEP services modelling LOD200-500, Design/Construction model analysis and clash detection reporting, Cloud Based A360 Team Hub project management, non-graphical BIM 4D (Model Sequencing), 5D (Cost Data) & 6D (Energy Analysis), and National BIM team coordination.
As an avid enthusiast within the digital construction sphere, Dean’s dedication to understanding, applying and maintaining the latest practical BIM technology and strategies to encourage design buildability is where primarily his strengths lie. Whether it’s being the BIM Project Manager on high-rise projects to introducing VR and cloud based technology to the design team’s everyday workflows on others, Dean will always push for innovation where possible.
Philip Oldfield is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at UNSW and leads the Architecture + High Performance Technology stream in the MArch Programme.
Prior to joining UNSW, Philip was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham, during which time he was the co-creator and Course Director of the MArch in Sustainable Tall Buildings – the world’s only course and qualification dedicated to the design and research of high-rise architecture. In addition, he has taught at universities in Chicago, Venice and Singapore.
Philip’s research interests are focused primarily on tall building design, sustainability, liveability and embodied carbon. He is an active member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), and is author of the upcoming book “The Sustainable Tall Building: A Design Primer” due to be published by Routledge in 2018. He is Chief Investigator in research projects with total funding in the order of $900k, and has received grants from the CRC for Low Carbon Living, International Council for Building (CIB), and CTBUH.
Mark Mitchell Giles is a registered Architect with 25 years’ experience in the built environment including 9 years experience in his previous structural engineering career.
Following graduating from architecture with the award for best graduate, Mark has 16 years architectural experience with international renowned practices. His work has been on a broad range of mixed-use, residential, public, transportation and educational projects that have received over 30 international design awards.
Mark’s skill base is diverse and offers strong design-based knowledge, management and construction with a structural understanding.
Alex leads Arup’s research program for Australasia, as part of the Foresight Research and Innovation team. The research program develops and supports about 80 projects each year, involving our engineers, designers and planners across the region. Each project is aimed at better understanding our built environment, its people and its challenges over the next decade.
Alex also works as a digital consultant, with a background in engineering, commercial advisory and applied research. She has Bachelor degrees in Engineering and Commerce and a Master of Applied Science. She is a council member of the Australian Construction Industry Forum, and a member of the Industry Advisory Board for Australasian National University, College of Engineering and Computer Science.
A passionate architect, thinker and provocateur with extensive experience in workplace design and strategy, Laurie is committed to promoting space as a business tool and has a proven history of developing innovative approaches that help clients transform their business using their physical environment, culture, process and technology.
Laurie has worked extensively across Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States creating space and strategies that align physical environments with a company’s business, brand and cultural objectives, and prepare them for disruptive changes in their industry that might impact performance.
A prolific writer and speaker covering topics relating to contemporary work styles, social trends, community attitudes, and the ever changing global economic context in its relation to workplace. Laurie was a co-author of Work on the Move – Driving Strategy and Change Management in the Workplace and has produced over one hundred articles in her industry blog Futuresrambling.com.
As Associate Director at Crone, Steven provides leadership within the Sydney office and the Group as a whole with a focus on contributing to improved project delivery and management outcomes. With national and international experience across a range of project typologies, Steven delivers projects with strong conceptual and sustainable objectives. His experience provides insight into the effective planning and delivery of large-scale complex projects, seeking out innovative technical skills allied with strong design principles to add value to projects. Steven believes in the value of architecture in facilitating improved public and private spaces as a commitment to vibrant human fabric and futures and seeks out opportunities to progress these principles.
Hugh McCormack is the managing director of McCormacks Strata Management, an organisation that counts as clients some of Sydney’s largest and most prestigious strata titled properties. In the last five years he has worked closely with clients and the City of Sydney in the implementation of the Smart Green Apartments program involving the retrofitting of energy saving and sustainability measures across the portfolio leading to massive savings in energy and water consumption.
Hugh is a director at Strata Community Australia (NSW) and holds a Bachelor of Business from Bond University majoring in Real Estate, Finance and Sustainable Development. McCormacks was the winner of the 2017 Strata Manager of the Year award from City of Sydney’s Smart Green Apartments program.
Fred Holt joined 3XN in 2010 and became a partner in 2015. Prior to joining 3XN, Fred was integral to the design and further development of a variety of projects while working in both London and NYC. As part of his previous experience, Fred designed and helped develop the state of the art, James B. Hunt JR. Library at North Carolina State University while at Snøhetta. Having been involved with such an advance project from the early programming stages through construction documents, Fred brings a level of experience to projects that have a proper balance between design and its necessary development. While at 3XN, Fred has been designing, developing and managing projects ranging from a Museum and Learning Center in Moscow to mixed-use towers in Sweden and India as well as the new headquarters for the IOC in Lausanne.
Most recently, Fred has fulfilled a similar role for a 200m tall, commercial tower at the edge of the CBD and Quay Quarter districts of Sydney. Fred was designing and managing the Quay Quarter Tower competition team; and upon winning, has acted as project architect and design manager through the development of the tower and key phases leading up to the design application submittal for the City of Sydney and will continue this role through the design development phase.
Daniel has a strong passion for innovation in Engineering & Construction and delivering practical results in Digital Engineering. This focus on change making is what attracted him to Ridley. He loves being in an agile, entrepreneurial team that thrives on innovation, and he is motivated by the opportunity it presents to collaborate with people around the world who are the best in their field.
Working on large-scale multi-billion dollar projects, Daniel has on-site engineering experience from design through to construction and handover. Through this work, he has experienced the vast benefits digital design and construction can create, and the efficiencies that can be unlocked which give clients the transparency and risk reduction they crave, along with the opportunity for greater creativity and innovation in the built form.
Prior to joining Ridley, he worked extensively in the application of BIM processes for the Leighton Group (now CIMIC Group Companies) from Design & Construction through to Facilities Management.
Tim leads the Mulpha Development platform that has been delivering projects for over 25 years on the world stage. With its skill base in world leading, master planned communities such as Norwest Business Park, Sanctuary Cove Resort and Leisure Farm Resort, Mulpha Development’s expertise in commercial, residential, retail, recreational and infrastructure developments is exemplary. Tim’s 20 years of property experience was founded in tier 1 construction and development delivery, extending into visionary urban planning and sales and marketing. Tim has worked for both private and public enterprises delivering the full spectre of property from residential, commercial, industrial, retail, infrastructure and retirement.
Chris Johnson is the CEO of Urban Taskforce Australia, an organisation that represents the property industry. In this role Chris has produced research papers on the structure of local government in NSW and publications on the future of our cities. He worked closely with local government as Executive Director in the NSW Department of Planning in developing the Housing Code, plans for regional cities and urban renewal generally. Before this he was NSW Government Architect for 10 years, a member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee, the Heritage Council of NSW and many government committees. Chris has written or edited over a dozen books on urban planning, architecture and cities. He has been adjunct professor at 3 Sydney universities and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.
Professor Bill Melbourne is the Founder and Director of MEL Consultants, a Melbourne and Brisbane-based wind engineering consultancy that specialises in determining the wind effects on buildings, structures, as well as the environment.
Having over 50 years’ experience as a researcher and engineering consultant in wind engineering, Bill is now an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Monash University. He is the recipient of a number of local and international awards including the prestigious Jack E Cermak Medal, presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Bill has authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal papers, numerous conference papers and lecture notes that are used by wind engineers around the world.
Bill's contribution to wind engineering and fluid mechanics extends to service on many national and international committees such as: Standards Association of Australia, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics Editorial Board, to name just a few. His work has had a lasting influence on wind and structural engineering in Australia and overseas.
Hugh came to Australia in 2003, first working for Hyder Consulting, then its successor Arcadis Australia Pacific. For nearly fifteen years Hugh has led a team of new-build facade engineers and designers providing facade consulting services nationwide and in the Middle East. Hugh has an engineering background with over thirty years of experience in the construction industry working on a wide range of projects in the United States, China, Middle East and Australia. Although currently working as a facade consultant, half of Hugh’s work experience has been on the specialty facade contractor’s side as he has been an integral participant in the design, engineering and final delivery of completed facade systems on projects in several countries.
Some of Hugh’s most prominent and diverse landmark projects in Australia include Darling Harbour Live (Sydney’s new Convention Centre complex), Westfield City CBD redevelopment, Royal North Shore and Northern Beaches Hospitals and the Sydney Hilton Hotel redevelopment. Projects more relevant to tall buildings include Darling Harbour Live 35 storey hotel, 85 Castlereagh Street (the JP Morgan Building), peer review of Westpac’s Barangaroo tower, Darling Square Northeast Plot (low, medium and high-rise residential towers), V by Crown, Paramatta (high-rise residential), The Lenox, Parramatta (47 storey residential) and The Hyde, Sydney. Some of Hugh’s overseas high-rise projects include Commercial Bank Plaza, Doha; Park Place, Dubai; Hong Kong projects IFC One, Nina Towers, Harbour Plaza Hotel and Office and 88 Hing Fat Street; and dozens more high-rises across the United States. The tallest landmark building Hugh has been privileged to provide engineering review and sign-off for is the Burj Khalifa, Dubai.
With today’s ESD initiatives in design, Hugh is well versed in the challenges facing design teams when employing high performance facades that must comply with multiple requirements often diametrically opposed to each other such as BCA Section J, NABERS, Green Star and other ‘green’ design preferences, special client performance and aesthetic requirements like high transparency and natural daylight, constructability challenges and budget limitations. The unique high-rise tower environment only serves to add greater complexity to the design team’s role as the new breed of high-rise and high end residential developments recently entering the local market presents new challenges to a market not necessarily accustomed to achieving such high-performance expectations in the unique tall tower microclimate.
Nick is a tall buildings specialist within Mott MacDonald’s ANZ Region and leads the New Zealand structural engineering practice.
He is a chartered structural engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry.
His areas of interest include the construction engineering to tall towers – designing smart structural modules that facilitate the rapid, safe and effective construction of elegant, architecturally expressive forms.
He also enjoys using the best that technology can offer to develop, design and deliver innovative projects from concept to completion.
Some of his tall building projects include the Heron Tower, Peninsula Place & Carrara Tower in London, Parc1 in Korea, Les Saisons in Hong Kong, Festival Place in Adelaide and Seascape in Auckland.
Ray is a ‘Chartered Fire Safety Engineer’ and ‘Fellow of Engineers Australia’, who has worked in the building design industry for approximately 40 years.
He holds Masters Degrees in engineering and applied science.
During his career Ray has worked in:
He is currently employed by the Australian Building Codes Board, and is author of the ‘National Construction Code’
Domino is one of Australia’s most highly regarded and trusted workplace designers. She has been involved with numerous international benchmark projects from NAB @ Docklands to Macquarie Bank’s 50 Martin Place and more recently with Baker McKenzie at Barrangaroo and is currently leading Hassell’s team in designing AMP’s new workplace at Circular Quay.
She brings the insights and experience from these projects and the rest of her extensive portfolio as a starting point for every job she completes. Domino has passion for projects that are fundamentally aligned with strategic organisational objectives and that involve complex cultural change agendas and challenges accepted thinking to prompt innovative approaches & solutions, as well as sharing her insight into the future of work, education, global cultural and societal directions, and in particular confluence and trends that appear across disparate sectors. She enjoys collaborative and engaged partnerships, and believes that the process of collaborating on a project is equally important as the outcome.
Frances Badelow is the NSW State Manager for the global US$2bn engineering, management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald.
Frances is a chartered civil engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the geotechnical consulting field. Originally from the UK, she has worked in Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia.
She has a wide range of experience including analysis and design of deep foundations and excavations and geotechnical design for major road and rail infrastructure projects. Her particular areas of interest include in-ground structures design and foundation design for super tall towers. She has worked on many high-rise and super tall towers including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and closer to home, the Barangaroo South development on the waterfront of Sydney’s CBD, which includes the Crown Hotel tall tower.
Tyrone has 15 years experience as a Civil Engineer and Digital Design Leader. He has developed extensive BIM project delivery expertise on some major projects around the world. Tyrone is an industry leader in BIM technology and has worked on projects throughout the Middle East, Asia, UK, Africa and Australia.
Tyrone was instrumental in transitioning companies in the early stages of BIM implementation from traditional CAD practices into BIM practices. He is highly experienced in developing BIM protocols and managing large design and construction teams by implementing technology and integrating traditional processes. He is a firm believer in Collaboration being the key factor towards BIM project implementation.
His international and national project experience also includes the Shenzhen High Speed Rail, Dubai Sports Stadium, Abu Dhabi Airport, The Pinnacle, Leadenhall and Northwest Rail Link.
Phillip Rossington is a Principal of BVN and an architect with 25 years of experience in award winning residential, commercial, educational and interior projects. Phillip’s portfolio of work also includes heritage/adaptive re-use and sustainable design projects. Phillip’s recent work includes a series of design excellence competition winning schemes such as the Greenland Residential Tower, Sydney’s tallest residential tower as well as a number of hotel projects in Sydney’s CBD. Prior to joining BVN in 2010 Phillip was a Director of Tzannes Associates, where he design directed and co-directed many award winning projects.
Robert is a Principal and a Group Leader of the Arup Sydney Buildings Team. He has a track record of successfully delivering "green" refurbishments and driving the design of new developments targeting the highest levels of sustainable performance. He shares this experience in his role as the Arup Australasia Tall Buildings Skills Leader. Career highlights include helping shape many of Sydney's most celebrated projects including the award winning One Central Park and Park Lane developments, Wynyard Place, 8 Chifley Square, 200 George Street, 333 George Street and 100 Mount Street.
A Principal and owner of BVN, Catherine is a large project expert with a focus on design, innovation and excellence. Unburdened by pre-conceived ideas of the ‘right’ way to do things, she brings a fresh, positive and mindset. Catherine seeks out new tools, workflows, techniques, partners and opportunities to constantly improve the projects that she is involved in and positively influence those she isn’t. She has worked across all project sectors, from public buildings through to education, residential, health, transport infrastructure and commercial. Catherine leads BVN’s role on the new Sydney Fish Market, collaborating with 3XN to deliver this landmark project. Additionally, she has had key roles on a number of tall buildings across Australia including the landmark Quay Quarter Tower. She is involved in BVN’s various research efforts into contemporary fabrication, analysis and design methodologies, including robotics, computational design techniques and advanced visualisation technologies.
Over the past fifteen years, Turf Design Studio has brought the idea and reality of collaborative practice in landscape architecture to new levels of creativity and effectiveness. In response to complex challenges in urban design and ecological design, the Turf team under the leadership of Mike Horne, has reached out to like-minded but complementary atelier-based practices in Australia and Europe to deliver projects with an energy and élan that has given the term ‘synergy’ true meaning.
From a new landscape for the central campus of Australia’s oldest university to a dense urban quarter, a dramatic waterfront and a system of constructed ecologies for an inner urban park, the collaborative approach has brought talent and skill to the making of the city in pace-setting ways. The Turf approach, based on the combined power of small offices, has brought design innovation to the fore in all these projects, backed up by deep knowledge on how to build – and the city has been the winner.
Praveen Tomy is a Business Leader with many years of experience, providing software solutions to the Construction industry. He has proven experience with working in the Australian and around Asia Construction industry providing technical innovations to impact a company’s bottom line.
Tomy brings a wealth of experience to PlanGrid having worked at leading Technology organisations for the last 15 years.
Associate Professor M. Hank Haeusler Dipl.-Ing. (Fh) / PhD (SIAL/RMIT) is the Discipline Director of the Computational Design degree at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, the world’s first Computational Design Bachelor degree.
Haeusler is known as a researcher, educator, entrepreneur and designer in media architecture, computational design, and second machine age technologies and is author of seven books; and 60+ book chapters, journal articles and conference papers. He has taught and lectured internationally at several universities, is Professor at the Advanced Visual Innovation Institute at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and Director of the Media Architecture Institute, Sydney.
Dr Guan Heng Yeoh is a Professor of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He is currently the Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre in Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies and the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering, part of Engineers Australia journal publications. He has obtained significant recognitions: Candidature nomination for the ENI Award 2014 in Energy and Environment and Brennan Medal for the best book publication, Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK, in 2009. He is the scientific committee member of the Asia-Oceania Association for Fire Safety Materials Science and Engineering and has been engaging with the international fire community through delivery of keynote and plenary talks on fire hazards of polymeric materials and development of green and durable fire retarded materials. Working alongside with Fire and Rescue NSW, he has assisted in the criminal investigation of the nursing home fire in Quakers Hill and the coroner investigation of the apartment fire in Bankstown.
Stephen Grubits is widely regarded as Australia’s foremost authority in fire-safety engineering and smoke control in buildings, pioneering the application of fire science and technology to the design of fire-safety systems. He has extensive experience in all aspects of fire, developed over 38 years in fire research. Stephen runs a successful fire safety engineering consultancy over 20 years.
Prior to establishing his own company, Mr Grubits was the manager of the Fire Science & Technology Centre of CSIRO’s Division of Building, Construction and Engineering. He was responsible for CSIRO’s research effort into fire including the research behind the AS1668.1 smoke control standard. Stephen chairs and is a member of a number of Standards Australia Committees relating to fire and represents Australia at the International Standards Organisation fire committees.
Mr Grubits has a wide ranging expertise with regard to fire safety matters including: fire-safety engineering, fire modelling, smoke control, fire resistance, fire spread, fire detection systems, egress and human behaviour in fire, fire suppression systems and building regulations.
Andrew has 33 years’ experience in the building industry, with the last 27 years within the timber sector, and 17 years as CEO of TDA.
He has a Civil/Structural Engineering degree from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Timber Engineering from Central Queensland University.
Andrew has represented the industry on numerous committees from Australian Standard, Building Industry, Government and timber industry boards and panels.
He also co-chairs two international timber industry networks on fire safe timber buildings and promotion.
He has extensive knowledge in fire and sound timber technology as well as more recently involved in the introduction of cross laminated timber and mid-rise timber building systems.
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Richard is an International Director of JLL with over 20 years’ experience within Property Management. Richard oversees the management of the Australian Property and Asset Management division of the firm, leading a staff of more than 900 JLL employees.
Over the past eight years, he has been the Head of Client Services Services for Asia Pacific wherein he has been tasked In the Asia Pacific role Richard was tasked with delivering and expanding the Asset Management Services platform throughout Asia, creating connections for clients and assisting clients to tailor services for local market conditions including Premium Grade Assets and Tall Buildings.
Prior to this, Richard spent three years as the Head of the JLL Colonial Management account, which is focused on managing Colonial First State Global Asset Management’s CPA and DPIF Funds – a commercial property portfolio of approximately AUD 2.8 billion across Australia. In this role, Richard managed over 70 staff across more than 50 assets nationwide.
Richard has extensive experience in the field of property and asset management having served a total of six years as General Manager for Australia Square (three years), Citigroup Centre (one year) and Sydney Central (two years). He has built a solid track record working for clients such as Lend Lease, GPT, Dexus, Macquarie and ISPT.
In 2013, Richard was the recipient of the JLL John Robinson Award for Entrepreneurship as well as winning one of the Asia Pacific JLL Pinnacle awards. Previously, Richard was awarded the Commercial Office Property Person of the Year by the REINSW for his work on the refurbishment and repositioning of the Australia Square.
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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.
“I take 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 me great satisfaction”
Aras Labutis is the Urban Transformations Director for Coronation Property.
Aras has been involved in some of Sydney’s most complex mixed-use, high density urban renewal precincts.
He has 15 years’ experience in the property industry, which includes property development, private consultancy, State Government and Local Government.
Aras is passionate about the development industry and creating quality outcomes and has extensive experience across high density residential, commercial and mixed-use projects.
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