Speakers and Panellists
Thomas Fisher is a professor in the School of Architecture, the Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design at the University of Minnesota, and Director of the Metropolitan Design Center at the College of Design. He is a graduate of Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history. Named a top-25 design educator four times by Design Intelligence, he has also lectured widely at universities and in the professional and public sphere.
Thomas has written extensively about architectural design, practice, and ethics. He has written nine books and his writings have appeared in many books, journals and publications. His newest book, Designing our Way to a Better World, will come out in 2016, and he is working on a book on ‘On-Demand Cities’.
Sadie Morgan is a co-founding director at the award-winning London-based dRMM Architects, renowned for creating innovative, high quality and socially useful architecture.Sadie was design director on the award-winning No.one Centaur Street, and her internal design expertise includes Dura, a radical reconfigurable modular design for an ‘Exemplar’ school of the future. She has headed up dRMM’s commercial work with a new office building for Aviva in the city and health and fitness centre for SkyBSB.
Sadie lectures internationally and has sat on numerous competition jury and advisory panels. Her advisory roles have included Southwark Hub for the London Festival of Architecture and the Central London Partnership 2012 legacy strategic taskforce. She is an external examiner at Westminster University and a trustee of the Creative Education Trust.
She became the youngest and only third ever female President of the Architectural Association in 2013. Shortlisted for the AJ Woman Architect of the Year award, and the 2015 CBI First Woman Award. In March of this year, Sadie was appointed as Design Chair for High Speed Two (HS2).
After studying at the Architectural Association and practising in London, Nasrine Seraji moved to Paris and, in 1989, established Atelier Seraji Architectes et Associés. Since then she has enriched her career with simultaneous engagement in practice, teaching and research. Nasrine has completed several notable buildings, including the award-winning Temporary American Centre in Paris, apartment buildings in Vienna, student housing in Paris and an extension to the School of Architecture in Lille.She has lectured and exhibited her work widely in Europe, North America, China and South East Asia. She has taught at Columbia University in New York, the Architectural Association in London and Princeton University. She was Professor and Chair of Architecture at Cornell University, Dean of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Paris and, in Vienna, a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Head of the Institute for Art and Architecture. Her most recent appointment was Centennial Visiting Professor of Design at Hong Kong University in 2014.Nasrine has received one of the highest honours in France, the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur, as well as Chevalier des Arts et des Letters and Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite. In 2011, she was awarded the Medaille d’Argent by the French Academy of Architecture.
Astrid Klein was born in Italy to German parents, schooled in France, educated in Britain, and since 1988 has lived and worked in Japan. She is, therefore, thoroughly international, right down to her bones. Traversing disciplinary and cultural boundaries has been a way of life for Astrid. An artistic family background has ballasted her sense of identity, while the compass of design has guided her professional career.
A Masters degree from the Royal College of Art in London exposed her to the diversity of creative endeavour and developed her talent. A thirst for the exotic led her to Japan, a hunger for the new kept her there. After working for Toyo Ito in Tokyo, she and her partner Mark Dytham established KDa in 1991.
The work of KDa has won many prestigious prizes and has been the subject of numerous publications. Astrid is a frequent guest at international conferences on design and architecture and has lectured or held teaching positions at universities in Japan, the UK, the USA, Australia and throughout Europe.
Kevin Mark Low studied architecture and art history in the United States from 1983 to 1991. Working alone since smallprojects was born in 2002, he lives, writes and teaches in Malaysia, engaged in the discovery of how the big picture is less the act of framing radical solutions, than a radical way of framing questions. Kevin’s current projects includes a series of foundation lectures on architecture for his work in teaching; a cemetery exploring the threshold between closure, detail design and graveyard theft; a small hotel; cross and rural chapel; temple; a high rise tower; and a book. He teaches in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Australia, and lectures on architecture and design wherever invited.
Vicente Guallart is one of the most prolific architects in the field of urban regeneration and intelligent city-making.
Guallart was chief architect of Barcelona City from 2011-2015, and was responsible for developing the strategic vision for the city’s future and its major development projects. He was also the first general director of Urban Habitat, a new department encompassing the areas of environment, infrastructure, urban planning, and information technology.
Today he heads up architectural practice Guallart Architects, acting as an international consultant on urban developments, new technologies and developing architectural projects. He is also director of the ‘Project for the self-sufficient City’ at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia which he founded in 2001.
He is the author of The Self-Sufficient City, Geologic or the Dictionary of Advanced Architecture. His work has been exhibited at the Biennale of Venezia, MOMA and the American Institute of Architects in Washington. He has lectured at Universities around the world including MIT, GSD Harvard, UCLA, Columbia, Sci-Arch and University of Miami among others.
Jeffrey Shumaker is currently the Chief Urban Designer for the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP). Over the last eight years with DCP, Jeffrey has worked to ensure a high level of design quality on projects across the city and has helped shape plans for neighborhoods as diverse as Coney Island in Brooklyn, Hudson Yards in Manhattan and Hunters Point South in Queens. Jeffrey holds dual Master’s Degrees in Architecture, Planning and Urban Design from MIT and has worked for a variety of firms including SOM in New York and his own practice, which he founded in 2002. Jeffrey often lectures on design and has received numerous awards for his work, including DCP’s Michael Weil Award, recognising excellence in urban design in the public realm.
Dr Tim Williams is CEO of the Committee for Sydney, ‘an increasingly influential policy forum’. He is also a part-time Principal with global consultancy Arup where he has focused on developing digital strategies for governments and councils. His work for the Committee for Sydney focuses on the big city policy issues in policy-making for Sydney. Before coming to Australia, Tim was recognised as one of the UK’s thought-leaders in urban regeneration and economic development for his role in developing East London as CEO of the Thames Gateway London Partnership, where he helped secure the Olympics for Stratford. He has also served as a special advisor on urban development, governance, city strategy and planning to 5 successive UK cabinet ministers, and to the Mayor of London. He was a founding associate member of Tony Blair’s Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and was MD of Navigant Consulting’s public services team in London.
In 1999 Greg Mackie founded The Adelaide Festival of Ideas and was managing director of Adelaide’s iconic Imprints Booksellers (1984-2007). With decades of cultural sector business experience, he headed up Arts SA, and became Deputy Chief Executive in the Premier’s Department, where his expanded stewardship included the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence Program, Capital City Directorate, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, and The Integrated Design Commission SA.
Awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2002 for his services to the arts, Greg was national recipient of the 2007 Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Cultural Leadership Award for his efforts strengthening relations between the arts and business. He is Chair of Festival Fleurieu and a member of the Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Panel, and in 2015 was presented with the Inaugural Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation Award for his continuing contribution to the enrichment of Australian cultural life.
John Wardle has an international reputation as a design architect and has developed a design process that builds upon ideas that evolve from a site’s topography, landscape, history and context and a client’s particular aspirations and values. The architecture of John Wardle Architects (JWA) is closely tailored to its place and highly experiential in nature. John is attuned to the importance of detail – it is through the detail that the nature of material, the fit to function and the experience of occupation are expressed.
John has formed strong links with both artists and public art galleries and as a practicing architect and board member of The Ian Potter Museum of Art has contributed to important public art programs.
The projects by John Wardle Architects have received numerous honours and accolades across public, residential and educational architecture. The work of JWA is published widely in Australian and international journals and has been celebrated in a book Volume – John Wardle Architects published by Thames and Hudson, London in 2008.
Nick has been the principal designer for Tridente Architects since its inception in 1989. He participates at all levels of design and design development to ensure a high standard is maintained within the studio. Nick has established a solid practice and reputation in creative architectural design and master planning on a diverse range of projects. He has maintained a strong focus on design and a belief that good design can positively influence people. This belief underpins the approach to all of his projects, small and big.
Nick was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Sir James Irwin Presidents Medal in 2010, was the South Australian Institute of Architects State President in 2011 and 2012 and is currently the South Australian Associate Government Architect.
Abbie is a firm believer that building typologies benefit enormously from exposure to other sectors, that experts in their field always have something to learn from the amateurs and that the core of innovation comes from cross-disciplinary expertise. Abbie is passionate about the ability of architecture and our built environment to positively affect human behavior, the way people interact, and the manner in which institutions and organisations operate.
Cristina Goberna Pesudo
Cristina’s work has been exhibited internationally and her projects and writings have been published widely. She is a co-founder of Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (FKAA), an architectural practice based in Barcelona, New York and Sydney, which was awarded the 2009 Young Architects Forum Prize by the Architectural League of New York, and the 2014 American Institute of Architects New Practices Prize. FKAA was the winner of the EUROPAN competition in 2003, 2005, 2009, and 2012, and won their international competition to build the New Velodrome for Medellin, which is currently under construction. In 2014, they were finalists in the Design Basel/Miami Pavilion contest, as well as the MOMA PS1 Young Architects Program. FKAA was one of the 6 shortlisted teams to design the new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki. After being an Adjunct Assistant Professor at GSAPP, Columbia University for the last five years, Cristina is currently a Senior Lecturer at Sydney UTS.
David has published a number of articles and papers concerning urban livelihoods, shelter, and disaster risk reduction. He has carried out a number of assignments for NGOs and donors across the world, and in recent years has led post-disaster reviews in Haiti, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, the Philippines, and Nepal. He was trained in architecture and holds a PhD in urban livelihoods and vulnerability. Between 2013-14, David was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
She commissioned and led the Professor Martin Seligman residency in South Australia with a range of high-profile partners to explore the value of positive psychology in building mental wellbeing and resilience, and reducing mental illness. South Australia has now accepted Professor Seligman’s challenge to become the ‘State of Wellbeing’, measuring, building, and embedding positive psychology, and wellbeing and resilience science in the community at large. The vision: to use Professor Seligman’s dashboard of wellbeing – Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment (PERMA) – as a public health message for all citizens across all age cohorts. Like ‘Slip Slop Slap’, PERMA+ will become the clarion call for a mentally healthy society in Australia.
Maree has over 15 years’ experience in both private and government sectors to deliver dynamic change management encouraging new mindsets for deeper sustainability outcomes. With an academic background in sustainable design, behaviour change and psychology, Maree is passionate about influencing positive change and working for our planet and its people; her goal is a community-centred future in which cities and human well-being are interdependent.
Sandra Kaji-O’Grady is the Head of School and Dean of Architecture at the University of Queensland. An architectural educator and academic leader, she has a Doctorate in Philosophy from Monash University (2001) and professional architectural qualifications and experience. She researches in the architectural humanities, with a focus on the transfer—and translation—of ideas and techniques between architecture and the experimental sciences. She is Chief Investigator on a three-year long project funded through a competitive external research grant from the Australian Research Council; ‘From Alchemist’s Den to Science City: Architecture and the Expression of Experimental Science.’ Her research has been published in leading journals including the Journal of Architecture, The Journal of Architectural Education, Architecture &, le Journal Spéciale’Z, Architectural Theory Review and Architecture and Culture and in books with eminent publishers including Edinburgh University Press, Ashgate, Routledge and Sage. She has published over forty reviews of buildings and exhibitions in the design press. Sandra was a member of the Arts and Humanities panel of the College of the Australian Research Council (2011-2012), responsible for reviewing, ranking and selecting research proposals for competitive grants across a wide range of disciplines.
Kerstin Thompson is Principal of Kerstin Thompson Architects, Professor of Design in Architecture at Victoria University Wellington and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at RMIT & Monash Universities. Located in Melbourne, Australia, KTA was started in 1994 and has established itself as a significant and innovative reference point in Australian architecture and urban design. Kerstin is a writer and lecturer with close links with schools of architecture and professional institutes in Australia and overseas. She plays an active role not only within the profession, but also in promoting quality design in the wider community through her role as Panel member on the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Design Review Panel. She was Creative Director for the 2005 RAIA National Conference and the 2008 Venice Biennale and a member of the Federal Government’s BEIIC. Kerstin has also been an elected National Councillor for the AIA and was elevated to Fellow by the Institute in 2013. In 2015, Kerstin was one of 21 international architects shortlisted for the arcVision Prize Women in Architecture. The practice focus is on architecture as a civic endeavour with an emphasis on the users’ experience and enjoyment of place.
Professor Andrew Beer is the Dean of Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia’s Business School, a role he has held since October 2015. Prior to joining the University of South Australia, Andrew was a Professor at the University of Adelaide, and previously Flinders University. Andrew has a research interest in the functioning of cities and regions, as well as the operation of housing markets. He has a particular interest in affordable housing and the emerging challenges of providing accommodation for Australia’s poorest citizens.
Previously director of Donovan Hill, Timothy Hill recently returned to Australia and established Partners Hill to continue participating in building, researching, advocating and teaching.
His prior experience in collaborations has yielded the C house, D house, HH House, State Library of Queensland, Santos Place, Cornwall Apartments, Translational Research Institute and the soon to be demolished Neville Bonner Building. Current work with Partners Hill includes the Long House (Daylesford), the 2016 Mofo Aesop festival chamber (Hobart), and with Wilson Architects, the University of Queensland Student Residences Project, for 1200 students (Brisbane).
Timothy was Creative Director of the 2007 RAIA National Conference, introducing a more ‘lounge-like’ format and boosting student participation. He has spoken at conference events globally, and consulted, deliberated on juries and taught in most Australian cities. Current preoccupations include non-family housing, post-white-cube galleries, civic landscapes, historical architectural styles and the scope for interior design in Australia.
Matt Davis is a Director of Davis + Davis Architects, an Adelaide based design practice committed to creating great places for people. The practice undertakes architecture and urban design projects and provides strategic design advice to communities, organisations, and governments.
Matt gets a kick out of designing beautiful things but is increasingly drawn to complex urban problems demanding a delicate balance between the long view and quick thinking, strategic clarity and opportunistic action, and between urban systems and human sensibilities.
Matt is a strong advocate for the value of design in society and has held senior roles in academia and government including; Design Leader with the Integrated Design Commission of South Australia, Principal Urban Designer with Renewal SA, Capital City Design Review Panelist, Lecturer at the University of South Australia, and former SA Chapter Councilor. In 2014, Matt was awarded the SA Emerging Architect Prize for demonstrated excellence in architectural practice, research and education.
Angelique Edmonds has a passion for design education and creating resilient communities engaged in the decisions which impact upon their everyday lives. She is the founder and Creative Director of the School for Creating Change and a Senior Lecturer in Architecture & Sustainable Design at the University of South Australia. She is a member of the Office for Design and Architecture South Australia’s (ODASA) Design Review Panel and a former SA Chapter Councillor, National Sustainability committee member and standing panellist for the National Visiting Panel (NVP) for the Australian Institute of Architects.
In 2014, she delivered a National CPD Seminar Series on Social Sustainability for the Institute across 10 cities and for NZIA across a further 5 cities in New Zealand. She was also previously a member of the National Steering Group for ANDI (Australia’s National Development Index) focusing on Australia’s wellbeing. As a former board member of SA Council for the Care of Children and Engagement Leader of 5000+, an Integrated Design Strategy for inner Adelaide, she led a collaborative forum of 400 South Australians considering child and youth-friendly approaches to city making in SA. She has worked with Indigenous communities in Arnhem Land in Australia’s remote north and established design advocacy projects with CALD women in Sydney’s South West and with Youth at Risk of Homelessness in South Australia (SA). Angelique has completed a PhD, M.Phil and degrees in Architecture in Australia and the UK and has taught in 4 different Australian universities.
Educated in Australia and the UK, Charles Rice is Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney. He has previously taught at the University of New South Wales, the Architectural Association, and Kingston University London, where he was Head of the School of Art and Design History.
Rice’s research considers questions of the interior across art, architecture and design. He is author of The Emergence of the Interior: Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity (Routledge 2007) and Interior Urbanism: Architecture, John Portman and Downtown America (Bloomsbury 2016).
Rice is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Architecture (Routledge & RIBA). He has been invited to lecture at universities and cultural institutions internationally, including, most recently, the Berlage Centre (Delft), HEAD Genève, Parsons the New School for Design (New York) and Konstfack (Stockholm).
Urtzi Grau is an architect, the director of the Master of Architectural Research at UTS and co-founder of Fake Industries Architectural Agonism—an architectural office of diffuse boundaries and questionable taste distributed between Sydney, New York and Barcelona that was shortlisted for the MoMA PS1 and Miami Design pavilions in 2014, as well as being a finalist in Guggenheim Helsinki competition in 2015. The same year they also represented Australia at the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Urtzi graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona in 2000 and received a Master’s of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Columbia University (GSAPP) in 2004. He is currently completing his Ph.D. on the 1970’s urban renewals of Barcelona at Princeton University’s School of Architecture. Urtzi has previously taught at Cooper Union, Princeton University, Columbia University and Cornell University. His work and writings have been published in various international journals such as AV, Bawelt, Domus, Kerb, Log, Plot, Praxis, Spam, Volume and White Zinfadel, and he has exhibited at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, la Bienal de Buenos Aires, P! Gallery, Shenzhen Biennale, Storefront, Venice Biennale and 0047.
Karl Winda Telfer
Karl Winda Telfer is a senior cultural custodian for his clan countries from his grandfather’s tribal lands within the Adelaide plains Mullawirra (dry forest country) Pangkarra Kaurna Meyunna (people) and his grandmother’s tribal lands Mullamai (dry food country) Pangkarra in Narrunga Country, Yorke Peninsula. He is a senior custodian of ceremony, storyteller, cultural designer, educator and artist. Karl has initiated many innovative bi-cultural projects over many years educating and engaging the wider community through ecological, cultural and spiritual renewal practises and ways of understanding country and First Nations culture. Karl is a knowledge bearer of the peace lore fire of Tjirbruki for which his tribal family group are cultural bearers, having started this work of generational renewal in the early 1980s.
Karl brings many people together through ways of understanding the spirit of humanity. He has been invited to speak and share culture at local, national and international forums. He was the inaugural Aboriginal Associate Director for the 2002 Adelaide Festival of Arts where he co-artistically produced and directed the global ceremony of peace, Kaurna Palti Meyunna, in Tarndanyungga/Victoria Square.
Karl has collaborated with artists, landscape architects and architects on major public space art and design projects, in particular, the Victoria Square Tarndanyangga Regeneration Master Plan with Taylor Cullity Lethlean. He was awarded the President’s Prize by the SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, for his contribution to public space design. He has been a member of several boards and committees and is a member of the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.
Ken Maher is a leading Australian architect, active in practice and academia. He advises governments on design, sustainability and the future of cities throughout Australia and internationally. Ken has a strong interest in the role of design contributing to public life. He writes, lectures and speaks regularly on the value of design, cities, sustainability and public responsibility in architecture.
Ken is a Fellow of HASSELL, following 20 years as a Principal and 9 years as Chairman. A Professor at UNSW Built Environment, Ken is currently President Elect of the Australian Institute of Architects National Council, and in 2015 was elected President of Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. He is Chair of the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory Panel, a member of the Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel and a board member of Urban Growth NSW and the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living. Ken’s recognition as a designer is reflected in the numerous awards received for projects he has led. In 2009, Ken was awarded the Australian Institute of Architect’s highest accolade, the Gold Medal and 2010 he received the Australian Award in Landscape Architecture from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.