The votes are in! We would like to announce our two newly elected DARCH co-chairs, Phuong Le and Joseph O’Meara. Phuong and Joseph replace out-going co-chairs Ksenia Totoeva and Tim Hastwell as they take on other exciting endeavours. We thank them for all their time and contribution to DARCH over the last few years. We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ksenia who was elected as national EmAGN President and who will continue to remain an honorary DARCH committee member. (See the full list of committee members here.)
— A bit about Phuong and Joseph —
Phuong Le is an architecture graduate working at MPA, a construction management company, as Projects Administrator in the delivery team of design & construct workplace fit outs. She has a varied portfolio of experience having worked in Sydney and Melbourne in architectural practices on both high-end residential developments and affordable housing projects, and at the University of Melbourne tutoring design and environmental subjects, and conducting research work. She studied her Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne and the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) at University of Sydney.
Phuong is an avid organiser of many things and is passionate about good design, environmental sustainability, and fostering community. She has been actively involved with DARCH since 2013 and is currently also on the NSW Chapter Committee of the National Association of Women in Construction.
In her spare time Phuong freelances as a photographer specialising in architecture, documentary, and conference photography. She also enjoys going on long bicycle rides and spending sunny afternoons in the backyard with her five boisterous hens.
Joseph O’Meara is a registered architect working at BVN, one of Australia’s largest architectural practices, as a Project Architect. His portfolio covers a vast variety of building typologies from health and research to public and education buildings. He has also designed several residential scale projects as a sole practitioner.
Joseph completed his Masters of Architecture with Honours at the University of Sydney and won the Society for Responsible Design (SRD) National Design Award, open to recent graduates, for his design thesis on high-rise vertical farming. His design ethic encompasses a resolute commitment to the environment, he is actively involved in promoting ecologically sustainable design and is a Green Star Accredited Professional.
Joseph has lectured and tutored at both the University of Sydney and Billy Blue College of Design and has been keenly involved with the Institute in the education and promotion of architecture. His enthusiasm and dedication is evidenced by his contribution as a mentor in the Institutes Mentoring Program and as a tutor in the Institutes PALS (Practice of Architecture Learning Series) program.
Since joining the DARCH committee Joseph has helped organise numerous architectural events, talks and site tours to encourage, support and inspire young members of the profession.