Scott Duncan is a Design Partner at SOM, where he leads the design of large-scale high-rise projects in Chicago and in cities around the world. Duncan is a leader in sustainable design and technological innovation and has championed the firm’s vision for integrated design. The designer of some of SOM’s most influential recent work, Duncan’s design philosophy centers on solutions leading teams of experts in engineering, sustainability, high performance design, urban design, and interior design to realize highly contextual and impactful work designed to improve the lives of people around the world.
Duncan has amassed extensive experience in the design and implementation of complex projects throughout Asia, India, and the Middle East, as well as in the United States—including large-scale mixed-use, transportation, commercial, hospitality, and residential developments. Notable projects include a proposed 500-meter supertall tower in Nanjing, China; a 523-meter net-zero energy supertall tower in South Jakarta, Indonesia; a 380-meter World Trade Center tower in Guiyang, China; and One Bangkok, a 16-hectare sustainable development in central Bangkok, comprising several towers including one supertall—the first project in Thailand to target LEED® Platinum certification for Neighborhood Development.
His work has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects and the Municipal Art Society of New York; and has been published in A+U, Architectural Record, Casabella, Forbes, Metropolis, The New York Times, the Phaidon Atlas of World Architecture, and the SOM Journal. His projects have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Skyscraper Museum, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial. In 2017, Duncan’s work on One Bangkok received a MIPIM Asia Award for Best Futura Project.
Duncan serves as Chair of the Height and Data Committee of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a member of the Board of Directors of the SOM Foundation, and a leader of The Earth Project, SOM’s multidisciplinary research project on planetary health. He has lectured or served as a guest critic at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Michigan. Duncan regularly serves as a jury member for architectural awards programs around the world. Duncan holds degrees from Lehigh University and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Jan Schellhoff is an Associate Director and Senior Architect at UNStudio. Since joining the studio in 2007, Jan has significantly contributed to a number of UNStudio’s most iconic projects including Neo Baumkirchen Mitte, a mixed-use development in Munich, Dance Palace, a ballet theatre in the historic heart of St. Petersburg, the Canaletto Tower in London and a multitude of urban regeneration master plans around the world. As a project director, one of Jan’s points of focus in his work is developing strategies to resolve complex public programmes and applying parametric modelling tools in search of the design of unique spatial qualities.
In his role as UNStudio’s Director in charge of projects in Australia, Jan oversees a variety of projects including a mixed-use masterplan in Castle Hill, 80 Collins Street, an office and hotel development in Melbourne and most recently Southbank by Beulah, a landmark mixed-use development in Melbourne.
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.
Jason’s 30 years in the architectural business has seen him work for preeminent design practices specialising in the integration of transport and commercial development. He has 25 years’ experience in Asia leading large-scale commercial, hotel, transport, and mixed-use projects, and is renowned in the field of transit oriented development (TOD). In terms of high-rise, Jason’s office has delivered projects across the Asia Pac region, and he often sought as technical reviewer for other groups within the business. Looking ahead at the process of design, Jason is currently working in the field of Human Centred Design (HCD), and employing pedestrian movement simulation tools to analyse commercial planning at building and urban planning scales.
Matt Morel is a Director of multi-disciplinary design firm Johnson Pilton Walker.
In 17 years with Johnson Pilton Walker, Matt has led the design and delivery of complex architectural projects across a broad range of challenging building types.
Matt’s completed projects include 50 Martin Place - the transformation one of Sydney’s most significant heritage buildings into the global headquarters and innovative workplace of Macquarie Bank; winner of the Property Council of Australia NSW Development of the Year 2016, and the AIA Harry Seidler National Award for Commercial Architecture 2015.
Matt's current projects include 280 George St - a 200-room hotel on Sydney's George St for TOGA TFE; the renewal of Sydney's first skyscraper, the AMP Building at 33 Alfred St for AMP; and the Sydney Metro Martin Place Station North Tower for Macquarie Group.
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.
Carlos is an Associate with Bates Smart and has most recently been responsible for the delivery of the multi-unit residential projects, Collins House and Opera in Melbourne on behalf of Golden Age.
While Carlos joined Bates Smart in 2016 he is originally from Ecuador and undertook his architectural degree at the PUCV in Valparaiso, Chile. Carlos lived and worked in in Chile, Ecuador and Barcelona, Spain prior to relocating to Australia in 2008.
Carlos has been responsible for the delivery of projects involving a high degree of technical and functional complexity. For example, the 235 apartment Opera residential development is distinguished by a double-curved façade made possible through a unitised based system with cold-bent laminated glass panels, pre-assembled and sequentially installed.
Collins House, which is due for completion in September, is currently the world’s forth slimmest tower in the world and slimmest in Australia. Rising above the heritage Makers Mark building in Collins Street, the building will soar 184 metres yet measure just 11.5 metres wide with a 4.5 metre cantilever over the adjoining building.
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.
Ali Bounds is a Senior Practice Director who joined BVN Architecture in 2010. She has a particular interest in the briefing process, having had experience spanning multiple sectors including adaptive re-use projects, workplace, commercial, research, health and educational buildings. She has considerable experience in user consultation and enjoys the process of creating and delivering appropriate and vibrant buildings which challenge existing paradigms. Translating her experience from numerous specialised building typologies and workplace, Ali has focused more recently on a variety of medium to high rise education projects, including MLC School, the redevelopment of Arthur Phillip High School & Parramatta Public School and STEM School.
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.
Dario is a Principal at Architectus. He currently leads the Architectus team on Lendlease’s 248m tall Circular Quay Tower, when complete it will be Australia’s tallest commercial tower. He worked closely with Foster & Partners on the project’s competition wining scheme and continues its detail design and delivery. In parallel he also leads the Architectus team on concept designs for the recently proposed Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport rail line.
With over 23 years of experience he has worked on numerous multi award-winning national and international projects across commercial, rail, aviation, residential, hospitality, education, sport, public, aged care and master planning projects.
On graduation in 1996 he received the prestigious Mitchell, Giurgola and Thorp (MGT) Traveling Scholarship for Design relocating to London to work on complex large-scale projects such as Heathrow Terminal 5’s main roof and façade structure and cladding with Richard Rogers Partnership & HOK. At HOK he led the curtainwall cladding package for: London Hilton Metropole Conference Hotel; the 32 storey West India Quay Marriot Hotel & Apartment tower; and Barclays Bank Head Quarter Building in Canary Wharf. In 2004 Dario returned to Australia to work on designs for the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link project and helped win the 85,000m2 Melbourne ANZ Headquarters Building project later leading the curtainwall package.
Dario works across all project stages, interacting with, supporting and leading teams in the design and technical delivery of complex projects. Critically he advises and supports clients and stakeholders achieve and realise their requirements and objectives.
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.
Samantha leads the Sustainability team for Arup’s Vic/SA Buildings group. Throughout her expansive career she has had the opportunity to implement a wide range of sustainable initiatives on projects that scale from workplace designs, to large commercial and institutional buildings, to masterplans and precincts.
Samantha brings her experience from designing and implementing for sustainable multidisciplinary projects in Arup’s Sydney, Singapore, and Los Angeles offices to Melbourne. This has also given her a broader insight into different sustainability policy mechanisms. She is a strong advocate for human centric and contextually relevant design and believes this is key to successful implementation of feasible and buildable solutions on projects.
She has strong technical background in Sustainable Building Design, Renewable Energy, Existing Building Upgrades, Building Physics, Green Star, LEED, NABERS, Microclimate Analysis, Energy Analysis, Master Planning, Thermal Comfort, Daylight, Materials Life Cycle Analysis, and Building Envelope Optimisation to support her drive in forward thinking on every project she works on.
Mathew is an associate director with ADP Consulting and has over 23 years’ experience in the delivery of building services. Mathew is currently leading the QLD and NT business through the delivery of tall buildings along the Brisbane riverfront. With experience gained internationally he provides direction, strategic thinking and thought leadership in system concept design, detailed design documentation, project delivery and construction administration. Mathew also adds value to opportunities across multiple business lines as well as preparing strategic bids of major clients and core business activities.
Mathew was a presenter at the Smart Skyscraper Summit 2017, CTBUH 2017 and 2018 International Conference and will deliver a presentation on water and energy reduction in tall buildings.
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.
Andrew is a Principal and leader of the Commercial & Workplace Sector at HASSELL.
Andrew works extensively on the interplay between architecture, urban design and workplace, utilising design as a mechanism to realise the potential of any given project to create real value for our clients and the cities we operate in.
At a time when changing expectations and economic imperatives see citizens demanding a richer variety of experience from their cities, Andrew brings a clear understanding of how the drivers of successful commercial architecture, hospitality and workplace can be combined to create meaningful, authentic spaces that connect people with place.
Rothelowman Principal Jonothan Cowle is a design leader capable of delivering complex projects with unique creativity. His diverse experience includes award-winning, benchmark projects in master planning, high-density residential, retail, performing arts, as well as sports and entertainment venues.
Passionate about design and specialising in technologies that enable complex geometries and 3D modelling, Jonothan is a vital member of Rothelowman’s design team. His problem-solving skills and unique technical ability deliver outcomes at the cutting edge of contemporary architecture and engineering.
In addition to his role at Rothelowman, Jonothan lectures regularly at Australian Universities on Architectural design theory and technical innovation and has taught Design in the Master of Architecture Programme at RMIT since 2004.
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.
Charles graduated architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, a Chicago institution known for its Bauhausphilosophy and expertise in high-rise design and construction. He made Australia home more than 15 years ago and is now leading Collard Maxwell Architects, a tech-and-innovation-driven architectural practice that has been in business since 1947.
Charles’ focus is on the design and delivery of Complex projects of all types, from Data Centers to Lifestyle Retirement, Aged Care, Dementia Care facilities, and Remedial. As an Executive Architect he now oversees the delivery of 30-to-40 projects a year, many of them construction-side.
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.
Jozef’s career in the property industry brings an unrivalled level of experience within the Melbourne Development Market that has seen him work directly with and consult to a range of developers, land owners and other major players over the past 13 years.
Jozef’s primary focus has been the CBD and inner suburban residential development market, however his thought leadership in alternate development sectors has presented a number of new challenges and insights into an ever changing market. Jozef’s previous experience as National Director of Development Valuations and Advisory Services at CBRE has established a strong and valuable relationships and a high integrity reputation.
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.
Cressida Wall is the Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia. Representing over 550 business state wide and over 300,000 employees, the Property Council is the peak industry body for property and property affiliated businesses Australia wide.
With extensive experience in senior leadership roles across a variety of sectors, including property, public policy, corporate affairs, infrastructure, private equity and technology startups.
Cressida has been a Board member of the Office of Projects Victoria, and prior to that spent five years as a key economic adviser to the Bracks and Brumby Governments.
Since joining the Property Council in November 2018, Cressida regularly represents the property industry across print media, radio and television. She frequently presents at public forums and conferences Australia wide and is available to speak and provide insights on a range of topics including those listed below.
Born and bred in Melbourne, Matt holds three degrees, each with First Class Honours. His experience spans property research, acquisitions, finance and risk analysis. Matt’s ambition is to produce work that enhances Melbourne’s streetscapes and skylines, creating an international benchmark for beauty and quality of life. His responsibilities as Managing Director of ICD Property range from overseeing the company's business strategy, ancillary ventures, innovations, key relationships, capital raising, and transaction execution.
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.
In Victoria, over 1 million people own a residential or commercial strata-titled property.
Each and every lot owner automatically becomes a member of an entity known as an owners corporation (formerly body corporate).
The question - after the building is built and the lots are sold - is how to ensure sound management of these complex entities?
With over 90,000 owners corporations and rapid development, there are now over 1,300 registered management companies (and individuals). Billions of dollars of assets, millions of dollars of funds collected every year, shared living, and differing agendas. What could go wrong?
David has been working with owners corporation Committees for over 7 years. David's company Strata Consultants works with Committees in reviewing and facilitating the process of changing owners corporation management companies.
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).
Catherine is a Design Manager at Mulpha, responsible for the refurbishment of the InterContinental Hotel Sydney and works on other hospitality projects. Catherine has extensive experience in both public and private sectors including roles with Lend Lease, Multiplex, Stockland, Event Hospitality & Entertainment, Roberts Pizzarotti and the City of Sydney.
She has a broad range of skills across architecture and urban design, construction, development, with experience in project management and design management of hospitality projects and complex urban and heritage developments.
Chandan is a Technical Director at AECOM and leads the Commercial Sector across Victoria and South Australia. Chandan brings valuable experience and knowledge gained over the last 16 years specialising in structural design of major projects throughout Melbourne and Australia across a range of development sectors.
His ability to provide engineering value through effective design, co-ordination and management has seen him consistently exceed client expectations from the initial concept stage through to the final built solution. With a key focus on providing cost-effective and buildable options, Chandan has a strong team work ethic, ensuring a smooth and effective working relationship for the project team. Chandan always strives for continuous improvement to effectively add value to opportunities for major clients across multiple sectors, ensuring best for project outcomes are achieved.
Currently Managing Director of Victoria, a member of the Australian Executive Committee and an International Director of the firm, David has extensive international and local experience in property markets.
David joined JLL in 1981, over 38 years ago. Since then, he has served in various roles including Australian Head of Office Leasing and on the Global Leasing Board; and is now Managing Director for JLL’s Victorian’ operations – one of the biggest offices and teams in Australia.
David has a strong knowledge of the Australian commercial markets and the major commercial owners across the country.
He has worked closely with developers, advising them in feasibility plans and the marketability of large development projects. He has been an International Director of the firm since 2001 and has been actively involved in the industry, including having served as a Division Councillor of the Property Council of Australian in Victoria, including a term as Vice President.
Seifu is a principal engineer for Global Wind Technology Services responsible for the development of wind engineering and computations fluid dynamics. He has been a principal wind engineer for the Building and Infrastructure Division of Vipac Engineers & Scientists and responsible for leading the development of Vipac’s Wind Engineering Group for nine years. He has extensive experience in wind engineering consultancy of structural, cladding, environmental and microclimate study worldwide.
Dr. Bekele works ranges from experimental wind tunnel tests to computational fluid dynamics. A few of his projects include the World Trade Centre Las Vegas, USA, Torre Espacio, Madrid Spain, Sharm El Sherkh Airport, Egypt, Tiara Towers Dubai, Dubai Cricket Stadium Dubai, Keppel Bay Towers Singapore, Millennium towers Bangkok, Central Park towers Jakarta and Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne. Melbourne Central City Wind Control, Melbourne.
His article in wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics have been published in various journals, such as the international journal of Wind Structures Interaction and ASME journal of biomechanical engineering. He has also presented at various conferences in Europe, Canada, USA, Asia and Australia. He gave seminars in Asia including to the Hong Kong institutes of Engineers, Hong Kong Institutes of Architects, Architectural Institute of the Republic of China, also for engineers and architects in building industry in Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok and Dubai.
He is the fellow member of the Engineers Australia. A reviewer for natural ventilation and urban planning of CTBUH. Member of the Australian wind engineering society, Member of Standard Australia and other professional organizations.
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.
Dr. Benjamin Coorey, PhD is one of the world's leading authorities in Parametric Design for Architecture. Dr Ben is the founder and CEO of ArchiStar.ai - a company specialising in delivering generative design solutions to understand the feasibility of developments and urban precincts. Dr. Ben also acts as a consultant to some of the World's largest Architecture and Engineering firms, and has over 10 years’ experience lecturing at Universities and presents regularly at International Conferences.
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.
Wayne has 25 years’ experience as a practitioner and is considered one of Victoria’s experts in building control and is often called upon by media outlets for comment. Wayne is a Director of the Gardner Group Pty Ltd, a multi-skilled building surveying and consultancy company, and a Fellow, Vice President and Board Director of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS). He is currently the AIBS nominated representative on the Building Advisory Council in Victoria. Wayne has served on the Building Practitioners Board, Victoria.
Having worked and consulted in both the private and public sector, Wayne has broad ranging skills and experiences, both in the construction industry and specifically in relation to the area of building control.
He has strengths in domestic and commercial construction, legislation interpretation, building and practitioner auditing, problem solving, mentoring and having been engaged on many significant projects over the years, a practical approach to project implementation.
Wayne is registered in Victoria as a Building Surveyor- Unlimited and in Western Australia as a Building Surveying Practitioner Level 1.
Philip Oldfield is an Associate Professor and Director of the Architecture Program at UNSW.
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 book “The Sustainable Tall Building: A Design Primer” published by Routledge in 2019. 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.
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.
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