Steven Paynter’s leadership has been instrumental in the firm’s continued growth in the Toronto market. He oversees a studio of 40+ architects and designers with responsibility for projects that span large scale master planning, complex adaptive reuse and repositioning projects, and new, ground-up buildings. His leadership within the firm further extends to his role as the Northeast region’s Practice Area Leader for Corporate Office Buildings. In this role, Paynter will lead the region’s thought-leadership and market position around the most pressing challenges facing landlords and developers.
At the nexus of technology, art and engineering, you will find Craig Baudin: a highly credentialed and experienced contemporary architect with an ‘inception to completion’ approach, who thrives on the challenge of delivering big, ambitious and complex projects.
And yet to focus solely on his project work—which includes delivery of the entire NewActon precinct over a 10-year period, and currently, the super tall Australia 108 tower—is to see but a fraction of his contribution to the practice.
Indeed, having established our BIM design standards and quality assurance processes, Craig’s influence extends to every project the practice undertakes, and is thus key to the firm’s reputation for producing industry best documentation.
Add to that his prolific productivity, insatiable curiosity, commitment to mentoring and legendary capacity to keep every project detail, top of mind, and you can appreciate why Craig is so highly respected by clients and builders, and regarded as “the architect’s architect” by his practice colleagues.
George Abraham is an established and respected leader within the construction industry, with a track record for delivering major complex projects.
As Managing Director, George oversees Hickory operations and works currently under contract worth over $1 billion.
With previous experience as a project and construction manager, working directly with key stakeholders and clients, George maintains a positive, hands-on approach in his role to ensure construction projects are delivered to the highest standards.
As a champion of quality and safety, George continually strives to raise industry standards and set new benchmarks in Australian construction on time, cost and quality.
In 2019, George proudly accepted the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Award on behalf of Hickory for Construction Excellence, recognising projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of construction in tall buildings.
George fosters an inclusive and collaborative culture at Hickory, leading teams to achieve outstanding results. He inspires action by sharing his knowledge and experience, with a natural ability to empower and unlock potential in others.
Valuing loyalty and transparency, George is an accessible leader who earns respect by investing in relationships.
Having previously worked for tier one construction companies, including Brookfield Multiplex and Baulderstone Hornibrook, George’s career has been on an upward trajectory since graduating with 1st class honours from a Construction Management Degree. Recognised for his strong leadership skills, stakeholder management and knowledge of industrial relations, he quickly rose to prominence in the industry and is now set to lead Hickory’s future success.
Originally from Hong Kong, Karen Wong is a British trained with experience in the UK, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam and Australia. Karen joined Bates Smart in 2012 and was promoted to Associate Director in 2014. Karen’s key strengths are at the front-end design stages of projects, where she enjoys working closely with clients and stakeholders to find appropriate solutions . Karen also frequently works with key clients to assist in the feasibility and purchase of potential sites. Karen has taught design thesis at University of Melbourne and is a frequent critic to student design studios. She is a city representative to the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Haico is a Building Physicist and certified architect and engineer, who has worked at Arup since 1997.
Having been involved in building physics design for most of his career, Haico’s aim is to deliver outstanding sustainable design outcomes by integrating his experience in passive thermal strategies, natural daylight and building systems. With a passion for all things sustainable he is focused on achieving real change.
Through the course of his career, Haico has been involved in a variety of high profile, multidisciplinary projects in England, US, Holland and Japan. This extensive knowledge of international best practice is reflected in his ability to find the right solution for different environments and projects.
Haico has played a pivotal role in the design of multiple award winning sustainable buildings such as the RAAF Richmond, winner of both the Sullaman and RAIA ESD Awards and the world renowned Beijing Water Cube.
Always at the forefront of new sustainable developments such as Green Star, Energy Design and NABERS, Haico has provided technical expertise to government agencies and the Green Building Council of Australia.
One of Haico’s main objectives is to develop the field of architectural science successfully to obtain outstanding outcomes for building design.
Some examples of successful approaches include hybrid naturally ventilated buildings, half conditioning strategies to provide sufficient conditioning for adaptive comfort and applying double skin concepts to change the microclimate conditions. A project example of successful approaches was seen on One Central Park for Jean Nouvel, where sustainability design features included the installation of a precinct wide gaspowered, tri-generation electricity plant and waste-water recycling plant.
Haico believes that to achieve an ecological age in the future, engineering and built environment professionals need to do more with less and utilise new material opportunities.
Haico works to combine his skills as both an engineer and architect specialising in sustainable design to achieve real change in the community.
Councillor Nicholas Reece is chair of the City of Melbourne’s Planning portfolio and deputy chair of the Major Projects portfolio.
He is also an executive in Chancellery at the University of Melbourne and holds an academic position of principal fellow and teaches at the Melbourne School of Government.
In addition to his university work, Nick is a TV commentator for SKY News and a columnist for The Age.
Nick has considerable experience in government and policy making, having worked as a senior adviser to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Victorian Premiers Steve Bracks and John Brumby.
For over 10 years, Nick was a director for the street newspaper The Big Issue, Australia’s most successful social enterprise for homeless and marginalised people. He is a director of the men’s health movement Movember and is one of the original Melbourne MoBro’s.
With 30 years of experience, Ray Brown is actively involved in strategy, design, and oversight of projects, working across multiple teams in mixed-use commercial, residential, education, and cultural sectors.
Sensitive to how buildings relate to their surroundings, Ray understands 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 several prestigious international architects, most notably with acclaimed German studio Christoph Ingenhoven to co-design the multi award winning 1 Bligh Street and residential tower 505 George Street.
A conceptual and forward-thinker, Ray is skilled in identifying opportunities for innovation, especially in the areas of sustainability and responsible urban development. Ray has been a driving force as Architectus explores new territory in high-efficiency facade design and natural ventilation technologies that will significantly reduce the carbon footprints of future buildings.
Phil Dwyer as director of Dwyer Builders continues to build quality buildings today in the categories of Domestic and Commercial – Unlimited in Victoria.
Over some 40 years of building under the guidance of Phil Dwyer, Dwyer Builders has been the recipient of major building awards and has seen the Government of the day portray their buildings to present new planning schemes and the like.
In the year following the introduction of the Last Resort Builders Warranty Insurance scheme in July 2002 the Builders Collective of Australia was formed and registered as a non-profit association to advocate for the reform of the industry.
Phil has held the position of National President for the past 17 years and continues campaigning for and on behalf of both building consumers, builders, and the national industry.
Tony has over 30 years’ combined experience as both researcher and consultant in wind engineering including over 28 years with Windtech Consultants since its establishment in 1991. His research includes reliability of wind tunnel studies, interference excitation of tall buildings, analysis techniques to accurately determine the effect of coupled modes and rigidly linked sub-structures and well as Wind Noise in Buildings, Natural Ventilation and review of assessment Criteria for Pedestrian Comfort.
Tony Rofail has undertaken and supervised over 2,500 wind engineering studies including wind tunnel investigations for various high-rise buildings, large roof and stadium building projects around the world, including many landmark projects.
Tony has also overseen field validation of natural ventilation performance in tall residential buildings as well as wind environment studies. Tony is also able to provide unique innovative solutions to complex natural ventilation and wind environment problems that do not adversely impact the architecture. Tony has pioneered the study of natural ventilation, wind entry and wind noise in tall buildings. Other areas of interest include sustainable design, air quality, solar reflectivity, wind loads on façade elements, wind loads on ventilated facades, interference excitation of all buildings, design and commissioning of dampers for tall buildings and has presented at many conferences on these topics.
Tony has assisted in legal cases as well as in the development of planning controls for a number of local government bodies.
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.
Sara is a Chartered Building Surveyor, Fellow of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and member of the Australian Property Institute (AAPI) with over 35 years professional experience in UK and Australia. She has worked on public and private sector projects, from building defect diagnosis and advice, to commercial due diligence, to design of adaptation and adaptive reuse projects in residential and commercial property and post contract administration. In January 2019, She became Australia’s first female Professor of Property. Sara has worked in 4 universities in the UK and Australia.
Sara works at the intersections of sustainability, urban development and transformation. Her research aims to improve local, national and international outcomes of development in built environments in respect of climate change and a growing, increasingly urbanised, global population.
Sara engages in trans-disciplinary real world research with colleagues from science, health, business and technology as well as built environment disciplines. The main foci underpinning her research, teaching and professional work are;
Outputs include 9 books, 29 book chapters, 31 research reports, 1 best practice guidance note, 54 refereed journal and 105 refereed conference papers, 101 other publications, 8 keynote presentations and 41 media outputs. Total research income $2,935,068. Sara works with colleagues at the University of Oxford, UCL, University of the West of England and Reading UK, TU Delft NL and KTH Sweden internationally, nationally she works with RMIT, University of Melbourne, UNSW, WSU, QUT and Curtin University.
Sara has taught in 4 universities in the UK and Australia since 1991. She has developed courses and lead subject groups in Building Surveying and Building Technology, Property and Real Estate and Property Development
Within UTS, Sara sits on the DAB Indigenous Graduate Attribute Working Group, DAB Faculty Academic Board and the SBE Centre for Informatics and Innovation (CIRI) committee. In 2018, Sara was appointed Deputy Chair of the Thesis Examination Committee at UTS. She has served on the UTS Ethics Committee and as Associate Head of School Research & External Engagement.
Sara is a Trustee for the RICS Research Trust since 2016 and is a Trustee for the API APREF Research Committee and the Education Committee established in 2019.
Sara leads research groups nationally and internationally, academic groups nationally and internationally. She is an action orientated person and lead through example.
Rod Fehring is the Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Property Australia. He oversees the Group’s residential, commercial, industrial and retail business in Australia, is a non-executive Director of Frasers separately listed Logistics & Industrial Trust and Chairs the Management Board of Frasers UK operations. He has 35 years of experience in the property development industry, primarily involved in large-scale urban development and urban renewal schemes.
He is the immediate past Chairman of the Green Building Council of Australia and has held various industry association responsibilities including Chair of the Residential Division of the Property Council of Australia and other voluntary pro-bono positions including Trustee of the MCG Trust and Non Executive Director of Mission Australia Housing.
A respected & revered Building Compliance expert, Paul comes with 30 years of senior technical and leadership experience.
Passionate about safe & sustainable infrastructure, Paul advises on solutions that meet the demands & challenges of buildings today whilst considering the future state of cities & communities.
At the forefront of built environment challenges and digital change, Paul takes a leading approach to managing highly complex projects across multiple sectors. An engaging speaker, Paul distils complicated technical & regulatory information, to provide practical insights at all stakeholders levels.
Alex is an audit partner and the National Lead Partner - Real Estate and Construction.
Alex serves as the lead audit partner for a number of Australian listed and significant global companies dealing with transactions, capital raisings, IPO’s and restructures, in addition to providing audit services.
As leader of the National Real Estate and Construction group, Alex oversees the market activities of over 300 professionals across Australia delivering audit, tax, corporate finance, consulting, technology, innovation and real estate advisory services to the largest real estate and construction companies in Australia.
Alex joined Deloitte in 2000, has been a partner since 2009 and has worked in Sydney, London and Toronto serving global companies. Alex has worked with a number of companies in both an audit and advisory capacity and has been instrumental in the development of thought leadership and product offerings.
Alex has served as the lead audit partner on a number of ASX listed and global companies including, Brookfield Australia (including Multiplex), SCA Property Group, GHD, Elanor Investors Group and BSA.
David is a Partner and Director of Cundall with almost 30 years’ experience designing buildings in Australia and the UK. He is chartered in both Structural and Building Services Engineering, although spends most of his time providing sustainability consulting on buildings and precincts.
He was instrumental in writing the first version of Green Star in 2003, implemented Cundall’s global sustainability strategy including One Planet endorsement, wrote a book on the measuring and reducing the whole carbon footprint of buildings in 2013, and since returning to Australia in 2014 has been actively involved with the Green Building Council including chairing the Green Star Technical Advisory Group and sitting on the Green Star Advisory Committee.
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