Lindy Atkin has been a co-director of Bark Architects with Stephen Guthrie since forming the practice in Noosa in 1997 and working from their award winning Bark Studio, the winner of the Institute’s 2005 Queensland State Award for Commercial Architecture.
Designing for regional coastal environments, Bark’s approach carefully considers the landscape, microclimate and unlocking the ‘spirit’ of each site. The majority of Bark’s projects have been in Noosa and surrounding Sunshine Coast areas on the eastern edge of Australia, as far north as Cairns and as far south as Byron Bay.
A QLD Chapter Councillor between 2012 and 2017, Lindy was an active member of the Regional Affairs Committee and was the Creative Director with Stephen Guthrie for the Institute’s 2016 Regional Architecture Conference ‘Evoke’. Lindy was also a Community Director and the Deputy Chair of the UNESCO endorsed Noosa Biosphere Governance Board.
Lindy and Stephen have been invited to present numerous lectures including for TEDx Noosa, the Institute’s Sunshine Coast Region, the University of the Sunshine Coast, the University of Queensland, IIID in Hyderabad, India, UNESCO in Palawan, Philippines, the Iceland Academy of Arts in Reyjavik and most recently in Santiago, Chile.
Steven Holl Architects
Mr. Bannura has spent the last 10 years living and working in Beijing since he joined Steven Holl Architects in 2007. In 2010, Mr. Bannura was made Director of the Beijing office and Partner in 2018. As such has overseen a number of ongoing projects and competitions. He has been responsible for large scale projects such as the Sliced Porosity Block mix use (310,000m2), the Shan Shui Hangzhou mix use (460,000m2) and several institutional projects (Qingdao Culture and Art Center, 200,000m2 and Necropolis Taiwan, 54,000m2 among others)
Prior to his involvement in China, Mr. Bannura spent 10 years living and working in New York City, six of which he spent working with Gwathmey Siegel & Associate Architects as a Project Architect. He was responsible for a number of high profile educational, commercial and residential projects.
Mr. Bannura received his Degree of Architect and Urban Planner from the Universidad de Chile in 1995 (master degree equivalent), where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He then continued his studies in Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile where he obtained a degree on Urban Economy in 1997.
‘Lek’ Mathar Bunnag
Founder and Managing Director
Mr. Bunnag is the Founder and Managing Director of Bunnag Architects based in Thailand.
He was a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the National University of Singapore from 1984-1986 and was appointed Honorary Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Hong Kong from 1986-1988.
He has a long standing interest in South East Asian Art, Architecture and its Cultural Heritage and since 1988 has focused his practice in design which involves Cultural Heritage.
His resort creations around the world have received numerous accolades internationally.
In 2012 he was designated a National Artist of Thailand in the field of Architecture (Contemporary) and in 2014 he was commissioned to represent Thailand in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at la Biennale di Venezia as Curator and Designer of the Thailand National Pavilion.
Susan Dugdale and Associates
Sue Dugdale grew up in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Britain. She studied architecture at Queensland University and RMIT and worked in several practices in Melbourne before relocating to Alice Springs in 1994 where she now lives.
Six years working with the Aboriginal-owned architectural practice Tangentyere Design gave Sue an appreciation of the unique cultural depth and climatic context of central Australia. Through her own practice started in 2000, Susan Dugdale and Associates, Sue pursues a personal passion for exploring and giving form to the cultural narrative and environment of the region. Sue has produced a body of work whose influence is notable in the fabric of Alice Springs and beyond. The work of her practice has won numerous awards, and was featured in the 2014 Venice Biennale.
Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB)
Borja Ferrater is a licensed architect, graduating from the International University of Catalonia (UIC) in 2005. In 2010 he received his Masters degree in Biodigital Architecture and obtained his doctorate in April 2017. Between April 2008 and September 2011 Borja was Vice-Dean of Culture Publications and International Relations at the School of Architecture of UIC, along with being the director of the school’s workshops and lectures annual program.
He was the visiting Assistant Professor during the 2011 spring semester at Pratt Institute, New York. Borja was invited within the ‘Richard W. Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor program’ at Knowtlon School of Architecture at Ohio State University during Spring Semester of 2017. He currently is teaching 3rd year Studio class at School of Architecture in UIC.
He is author of the book Synchronizing Geometry published by ACTAR, which has been exhibited in several cities in Europe and America.
Borja is a Founding Partner Architect of the Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB) together with Xavier Marti, Carlos and Lucia Ferrater in January 2006.
He has received several awards for his designs as well as given lectures, participated in round tables and jury of prizes in Sweden, Norway, Germany, USA, UAE, Israel, UK, Japan, China, Malaysia, Turkey, Italy, Luxembourg, Romania, and Spain. He has also had articles published about many of his works in multiple magazines, catalogues, and other publications.
Eli Giannini is the ‘G’ in MGS Architects. Over the last 25-years Eli has been responsible for winning numerous industry awards and has promoted architectural design, theory and research through her writing, exhibitions, conference presentations and as eminent architect on various competition juries panels.
Nicolas Moreau + Hiroko Kusunoki
MOREAU KUSUNOKI ARCHITECTES
Established in Paris in 2011, MOREAU KUSUNOKI ARCHITECTES inserted itself discreetly into the roster of young architects in France. The duo behind the practice – Hiroko Kusunoki, from Japan, and Nicolas Moreau, from France – put forward the cultural duality in all of the produced projects after gaining invaluable experiences in Japan under SANAA, Shigeru Ban and Kengo Kuma. In the belief that architecture is best conceived in reserve and introspection, the firm instills in each of its projects poetic visions and a sensitive approach to the use of different scales in its design methodology. Particularly valuing the growth of architecture stemming from the infinitesimal scale of materiality and haptics to the urban scale.
In June 2015, Moreau Kusunoki was awarded 1st prize in the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. Most recently the firm’s work includes the 1st prize design for Sciences Po in Paris and the construction of the plaza for the Paris High Court.
Spaceagency is a design and research practice which, under the direction of Sarah, has gained recognition as a leader in the field of wayfinding. Her professional experience comprises a wide range of international commissions which integrate information design, architecture and urbanism.
She has previously held positions as Associate Director for the strategic design consultancy Space Syntax, as an Art Director at a 3D media company in New York and as a founding Trustee or Architecture for Humanity UK. She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and her work has been exhibited and published internationally.
Her education comprises a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association in London and she holds a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in International Comparative Studies.
Moshe Safdie is an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author. Over a celebrated 50-year career, Safdie has explored the essential principles of socially responsible design with a distinct visual language. A citizen of Israel, Canada and the United States, Moshe Safdie graduated from McGill University. After apprenticing with Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia, Safdie returned to Montréal to oversee the master plan for the 1967 World Exhibition. In 1964 he established his own firm to realize Habitat ’67, an adaptation of his undergraduate thesis and a turning point in modern architecture.
Author of four books and a frequent essayist and lecturer, Safdie’s global practice includes projects in North and South America, the Middle East, the developing world and throughout Asia and Australia. His honors include the Companion of the Order of Canada, the Gold Medal from both the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the American Institute of Architects, la Medaille du Merité from the Order of Architects of Québec, Canada, and Israel’s Rechter Prize.
Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health
University of Melbourne
Professor Mark Stevenson is an epidemiologist and Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health at the University of Melbourne. He is a National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) Research Fellow, an Honorary Professor in the Peking University Health Science Centre, China and an advisor for injury to the Director General of the World Health Organisation. He has published over 220 peer-reviewed articles, books, book chapters and technical reports and procured more than $31 million in competitive research funding including funding from the NHMRC, ARC and the US National Institutes of Health.
Prof Stevenson has worked on numerous national and international projects that have directly influenced transport policy and worked with both Federal and State Governments in Australia and internationally. He has led many research groups and is internationally recognized in the field of transport safety and public health. Prof Stevenson is the director of the newly established Transport, Health and Urban Design research hub comprising a cross-disciplinary research team exploring how the effects of urban form and transportation influence the health of residents in cities.