Thomas Bailey is a founding member and Director of Room11 Architects.
Room11 are a brutal, poetic, Occamist practice whose work seeks to resonate with place. Room11’s deftly conceived architecture has received national and international acclaim and has been published through highly acclaimed books, journals and alternative media streams.
Thomas studied architecture in Tasmania and Sweden, where he learnt the gentle art of making refined buildings for a cool climate. The GASP! project is Thomas’s first foray into large scale public architecture. Maniacal blunt forms frame and command the superlative Tasmanian landscape. Thomas is interested in architecture at the intersection of stillness and revolution.




Camilla Block graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1991. She joined Neil Durbach in practice the following year, then in 1998, established the office of Durbach Block Architects. Camilla worked as the design director on the Droga Apartment (completed 1998), which received the National RAIA Robin Boyd Award for Housing and the RAIA Wilkinson Award for Housing (NSW). Camilla has been a design principal in all of the major projects of Durbach Block, including UTS Thomas Street Science Building, Roslyn Street Kings Cross (2009), the Brickpit Ring, Homebush Bay (2005), House Holman (2005), House Spry (2005) Commonwealth Place, Canberra (2002) and Sydney Amenities Buildings Homebush Bay, (1999). Camilla Block has taught, lectured, exhibited, judged awards and been published both nationally and internationally.
In 2014, Camilla received an Honorary Appointment as Adjunct Professor from the University of Technology, Sydney, Faculty Design Architecture and Building.



Caroline Bos studied History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Urban and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Geosciences, University of Utrecht. In 1988 she co- founded UNStudio with the architect Ben van Berkel. UNStudio presents itself as a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. Caroline Bos has taught as a guest lecturer at Princeton University, the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Academy of Architecture in Arnhem. In 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. She’s also a registered Urban Designer.




Professor Anthony Burke is Head of the School of Architecture at UTSA leading figure in Australian architecture. Anthony is a curator, writer, designer and a director of the architectural practice Offshore Studio. He is a graduate of the Masters of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University (MSAAD, 2000) and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from UNSW (B.Arch, Hons 1, 1996).
Anthony was an assistant professor in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley for five years before returning to Australia where he directed the Master of Advanced Architecture degree at UTS before being appointed Head of School in 2010.
In 2012 he was the curator for the Australian Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale with Gerard Reinmuth. He was selected as curator of the Architecture Symposium to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Opera House in 2013.
Anthony combines scholarly research with regular commentary on practice and theory in architecture, with design research through creative works, developing exhibitions, installations, events and design projects.



John Choi is partner of CHROFI. Established in 2000, the practice’s founding design, TKTS in New York City, has been widely recognised for its design excellence and innovation, from fields as varied as planning, architecture, branding, public space and tourism. Other key projects include Stamford on Macquarie, Lune de Sang – a forestry estate in the Byron Shire hinterland, The Goods Line with Aspect Studios, Ballast Point Amenities, Manly 2015 Master Plan, Millstream Lookout and Mona Vale House. In 2009, the practice received three Commendations in the AR Award for Emerging Architecture and in 2012, John was nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov Prize.
Further to these professional practice activities, John is an adjunct professor with the School of Architecture at University of Sydney and serves on the board of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.




John’s work at the Grattan Institute has focused on economic and budgetary reform. He is particularly interested in government prioritisation. His other interests include analysing the situations in which government intervention is justified, and the limits to government.
He has 25 years’ experience spanning policy, academic, government and corporate roles. He has worked for the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, McKinsey and Co, and ANZ where he was Managing Director of the online stockbroker, E*TRADE Australia.
John completed an LLB (Hons) and a BSc at the University of Melbourne in 1989, and a doctorate in public law at the University of Oxford in 1999.




Cynthia Davidson is the founding director of the non-profit Anyone Corporation in New York City and editor of tri-annual journal Log, Observations on Architecture and the Contemporary City. Cynthiawas editor of the architecture tabloid ANY (or Architecture New York) from 1993 to 2000, and editor of the Any series of books (Anyone, Anyplace, Anything, etc.), whichdocumented the ten international Any conferences on the undecidability of architecture that she organised from 1991 to 2000. She also edits the Writing Architecture Series books published by MIT Press, which focus on architecture history and theory. She is a former Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and also studied journalism and art history at Ohio Wesleyan


Hong Kong

David Gianotten is the Managing Partner-Architect of OMA. Projects currently under his design and supervision include the Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan, the Hanwha Galleria in Busan Korea, the Taiyuan Industrial Heritage masterplan in China, and the Prince Plaza Building in Shenzhen China. As partner-in-charge of OMA’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices and director of OMA Asia, David Gianotten led the firm’s large portfolio in the Asia Pacific region and was responsible for the recently completed Shenzhen Stock Exchange headquarters, the end stages of the CCTV headquarters in Beijing and OMA’s conceptual masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong.
David joined OMA in 2008, launched OMA’s Hong Kong office in 2009, and became partner at OMA in 2010. He studied architecture and construction technology at Eindhoven University of Technology, and before joining OMA was Principal Architect at SeARCH in the Netherlands.




Kristin Green runs KGA Architecture, a small Melbourne practice working on projects big and small. Their work is informed by a wealth of influences – from old films to new materials technology, to the tradies on site.
In recent times KGA has designed award winning retail fit out, mobile showrooms, an urban gateway, high end office showroom, a uniquely automated factory and a tropical island resort. The practice plays with ideas, meaning, colour, texture and materials to match a project’s scale, people and place.
Kristin Green is both Architect and Educator; her practice insists on building relationships and engendering responsibility for built outcomes. Kristin is a business woman with vision who uses her love of physical pursuits in mountain climbing, surfing, skiing and dance as an essential part of creativity; an opportunity to extend the connection between body intelligence and architecture. Her practice embodies all that energy and thrives on the risk that transfer of academic experience and innate experience carries with it.


Director – Bollinger + Grohmann Engineers

Manfred Grohmann is a founding principal of Bollinger+Grohmann Engineers. Since itsfoundation in 1983, the firm’s prime focus has been on the strengthening and enhancement of each individual design.Bollinger+Grohmannis based in Frankfurt am Main, but has offices in Münich, Vienna, Paris, Oslo and Melbourne.

Bollinger + Grohmann has been involved with some of the most significant and influential works of architecture (particularly in Europe) in the last 20 years. The firm has worked with architects including Coop Himmelb(l)au,Dominique Perrault,Frank Gehry, Hans Hollein,LAVA,NOX, OMA, Renzo Piano, SANAA,Snøhetta, Peter Cook,UNStudio andZahaHadid among many others.

Manfred Grohmann has been Professor for Structural Design at Kassel University since 1996, Guest Professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt since 2000, at the ESA (Écoled´Architecture) in Paris since 2007 and has taught at Darmstadt Technical University.



Ben Hewett is Director for Strategic Services in the NSW Government Architect’s Office. In this new role Ben provides strategic design advice across government and leads the office’s strategic function.
Ben was the inaugural South Australian Government Architect from 2010 to 2014. Concurrently, he was Executive Director of the Office for Design and Architecture SA, which implemented South Australia’s highly regarded Design Review Program. As the Executive Director of South Australia’s Integrated Design Commission (2010-12), Ben was Director of 5000+, an Integrated Design Strategy for inner Adelaide. Led by the Commission, 5000+ was a national pilot project with the three tiers of government collaborating to develop a design-based vision for Adelaide.
Prior to these roles, Ben was a senior lecturer with the University of Technology Sydney, Director of Offshore Studios (a design research practice, Design Director with Crone Partners and Design Architect with the NSW Government Architect’s Office.



Kasper Jensen is an innovator and developer at 3XN. He is a partner and director of GXN, an internal innovation unit established in 2007 to exploit the possibilities of applying the latest knowledge and technology to design and architecture. In the space of a few years, he has become a spokesperson for the shape of future architecture, focusing on new business areas and integration of new materials and green technologies.
In collaboration with the Aarhus School of Architecture, he founded the master studio ’Regenerative Architecture’, which investigates new forms of symbiosis between the built environment, material science and natural systems. He is an Architect MAA, graduating from the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark. In addition, he earned a Masters in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.




Dr Cheong Koon Hean is CEO of the Housing and Development Board in Singapore overseeing the planning, development and management of public housing flats in 26 towns and estates. She is concurrently the Deputy Secretary (Special Duties) in the Ministry of National Development.
Dr Cheong was CEO of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (2004-2010). She initiated the Architecture and Urban Design Excellence Program to uplift design standards and played a key role in planning and developing major growth areas, such as Singapore’s new city extension at Marina Bay and the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco City in China
An active participant in international affairs, Dr Cheong is a board and council member of the International Federation of Housing and Planning and has served on several international expert panels advising on governance, planning and sustainability.
A Colombo Plan scholar, Dr Cheong graduated with a first class honours degree and the University Medal in Architecture, Masters in Urban Development Planning (University College London) and completed the Advanced Management Program (Harvard). She has been conferred several honours, including the International Women Forum’s 2011 Woman Who Make a Difference Award.
Dr Cheong Koon Heans involvement in the conference has been made possible by the Planning Institute of Australia.



Amanda Levete is founder and principal of London-based award-winning design and architecture studio AL_A.Since its formation in 2009, AL_A has refined an intuitive and strategic approach to design that has led to diverse concepts for cultural, retail and commercial schemes. Recent commissions include the expansion of the V&A Museum in London, a luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok and a cultural centre in Lisbon.

Amanda is a trustee of social innovation centre the Young Foundation and former trustee of Artangel. She is a radio and TV broadcaster, writes for a number of publications including the New Statesman and Prospect and lectures throughout the world.

Levete trained at the Architectural Association and worked for Richard Rogers before joining Future Systems as a partner in 1989, where she realised ground-breaking buildings including the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground, which won the prestigious architectural prize, the RIBA Stirling Prize in 1999.



Ian McDougall is a founding director of ARM Architecture. He was registered in Victoria as an architect in 1980 and made a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2004. His design work has had recognition in the professional arena and he is also highly regarded as an urban designer. He was Director in Charge of such notable projects as the Melbourne Recital Centre, MTC Southbank Theatres Project and the recently rejuvenated Hamer Hall.

His current projects include the Shrine of Remembrance Stage 2, Geelong Library and Melbourne University Arts West Project. In 2003, Ian was awarded the Centenary Medal for his contribution to Australian architecture. He was Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at University of Adelaide from 2007 to 2013. In 2012 Ian was appointed to the Melbourne Festival Board of Directors and is also currently on the Board of Directors of Lucy Guerin IncDance Company.



Founder and Director of Breathe Architecture, Jeremy McLeod is an architect and activist with contagious enthusiasm for a sustainable and ethical future. Jeremy approaches the built environment from a holistically sustainable perspective, attempting to reconcile ecological and social design impacts within the current economic climate.
Since establishing Breathe in 2001, Jeremy has cultivated his small practice into an efficacious tool for design, planning and policy. He has directed his team in the execution of award-winning projects that span domestic and commercial scopes. Jeremy consistently presents quality architecture with renewable materials, passive solutions and low embodied energy. These priorities both underpin and characterise his work that continues to stimulate the emergence of architectural trends. Breathe’s recent multiresidential work has gained national acclaim, earning both residential and sustainability awards.


Associate Professor Dr Vivian Mitsogianni is Deputy Dean and Head of Architecture and Urban Design at RMIT.She was the founding leader of the Future Fabric of Cities Flagship in the RMIT Design Research Institute (2009–2013) and has expertise in facilitating processes for design innovation by combining experimental design practice research and ‘real world’ industry-linked projects. She curated the RMIT Master of Architecture Design Studios (2001–2009), commissioning a number of studios by innovative design practices as well as developing pedagogical models to support venturous design exploration. She continues to work with venturous design architects through her supervision of design practice PhDs in RMIT’s PRS program in Australia and Europe.

Vivian is a partner in M@ STUDIO Architects, undertakes practice-based research with a focus on experimental design processes, and is often called on as an expert internationally on architectural design research. Her own design projects, commentary and studios have been widely published and exhibited internationally.



Juliet Moore was born in London, England in 1973. After gaining a Bachelor of Architecture from Liverpool University, she graduated with a Master’s in Architecture from RMIT in 1998. Juliet is Co-director of Melbourne practice Edwards Moore, which was established in 2009. The studio has received worldwide attention, with work ranging in scale from private houses, retail spaces, exhibitions and temporary pavilions to public buildings and large scale city planning projects.
Juliet’s focus is in clarity of design and program that responds to the client’s expectations as well as its environmental implications. Her infectious energy and belief in an architecture of inclusivity makes her a true team leader, able to organise and co-ordinate complex consultant teams through effective communication and collaboration to ensure spectacular results.



From survival pods for a climate-stressed Australia of the near future, to buildings sculpted in response to the environment that surrounds them, the work of Paul Morgan Architects is a highly unconventional blend of science fiction, sustainability, and speculation.
Director Paul Morgan has been in private practice since 1997, completing university, TAFE and residential projects over that period. In 2007 the practice was awarded the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Buildings by the Institute for the Cape Schanck House. The practice has won awards from the European Centre for Architecture Art and Urban Design /Chicago Athenaeum and was nominated for the Zumtobel Award (Berlin) honoring outstanding sustainable contributions to architecture and humanity. PMA has exhibited at the Venice, Istanbul and Beijing biennales as well as the World Architecture Festival.
Paul was formerly editor of Transition magazine, and has taught in architectural design over the last 25 years. A monograph on the practice entitled Minimono 01: Paul Morgan Architects was published by Uro Media in 2013.



Since 1996 New York-based SHoP Architects has set the standard for creative exploration in the field of architecture and modelled a new way forward with its unconventional approach to design. The firm’s method centres on a willingness to question accepted patterns of practice, coupled with the courage to expand beyond the architect’s traditional roles. Under the leadership of founding partner Gregg Pasquarelli, the studio has grown to over 200 people, with projects completed or underway on four continents. Celebrated projects such as the Porter House apartments, the East River Waterfront, and the Barclays Center arena have cemented SHoP’s reputation for smart, successful, transformative neighborhood interventions. Beyond the office, Gregg lectures widely. His commitment as an educator demonstrates his dedication to impacting his field, challenging a new generation of architects to understand that technological proficiency and the pursuit of beauty are never mutually exclusive.




Finn has an interest in technology, cultural change and society, and the way that a place effects change on the people and organisms inhabiting that terrain.
Finn lived in Broome for five years and has practiced throughout the northwest of Western Australia, working primarily on housing and infrastructure projects for Aboriginal communities and continues to work in this realm.
He is a co-founding member of Environs Kimberley Inc, a Broome-based environmental group promoting landscape preservation and sustainable development in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is Vice Chairperson of the Wyemando and Jimmy Pike Trusts which provide funds to assist Aboriginal Language Preservation and art practice development.
He completed a Masters of Architecture at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology under the supervision of Professor Leon van Schaik, titled ’Remotely Sustainable: Architecture of Necessity’.


United Kingdom

Deborah Saunt founded the award-winning architectural studio DSDHA in 1998. Her work blurs the boundaries between landscape and architecture, art and urbanism, and questions our preconceptions of the city.
DSDHA has delivered a range of high profile buildings that have brought international renown. In London alone, recent projects include a mixed-use flagship store on South Molton Street, a jeweller’s studio in Southwark, a gateway building for the London 2012 Olympics Athletes Village, large residential projects in Westminster, various award winning education projects, public realm improvements around the Royal Albert Hall, as well as the redesign of the public realm in the West End.
Deborah has recently completed her PhD thesis as part of the RMIT Practice Research program. She teaches a diploma design unit at the Cass School of Architecture in London and was a guest professor at EPFL in Switzerland. She is a member of various prestigious panels, including the RIBA Awards Group. Deborah also writes and broadcasts on architecture.




Mitchell Silver is the Parks Commissioner for the City of New York. Mitchell is also a former president of the American Planning Association (APA). He is an award-winning planner with almost 30 years of experience. He is internationally recognised for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. As Parks Commissioner, Mitchell oversees planning and management of 29,000 acres of parkland.
Mitchell lectures extensively throughout the United States and abroad on a variety of planning topics. He is a contributing author and editor of Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice, a resource for local governments engaged in planning. Known as a passionate communicator, creative thinker, problem-solver and visionary leader, Mitchell has been at the center of many cutting edge trends, innovative solutions and visionary plans. As president of APA, Mitchell led an international effort to elevate the value and rebirth of planning in the 21st century.
Mitchell Silvers involvement in the conference has been made possible by the Planning Institute of Australia.



Jeremy Till is an architect, educator and writer. He is Head of Central Saint Martins in London,  widely considered one of the world’s leading centres for art and design education, and Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London. His extensive written work includes the books Flexible Housing, Architecture Depends and Spatial Agency, which all won the RIBA President’s Award for Research, an unprecedented achievement in this international prize. His teaching and research concentrates on the social and political aspects of architecture and spatial production. As an architect, he worked with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects on their pioneering building 9 Stock Orchard Street, winner of the RIBA Sustainability Prize. He curated the UK Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale and also at the 2013 Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.




Hannah Tribe studied architecture at Sydney University and Cornell University, graduating with First Class Honours and the University Medal.
As Principal of Tribe Studio, she has built the reputation of the practice, recognised for design excellence in its built and conceptual work in residential, urban design, installation and interiors. The practice currently has a team of seven architects working on projects all over Australia, the UK and in the US.
Hannah has taught at the University of Sydney, UTS and UNSW. She has tutored in design and lectured in design and design communications. She has a busy speaking schedule, lecturing to peers at Australian Institute of Architects’ events and to the general public. She is a member of NAWIC and has sat on the NSW Chapter Council of the Institute. She has been an invited juror on awards panels, including the Institute’s Architecture Awards and the IDEA Awards.



Suzannah Waldron is a co-founder of Searle x Waldron Architecture. The studio has focused on both large scale international competitions and small scale local public projects. Applying the same design ambition across scales, they consider how even the smallest project can interact with a wider urban context.
The studio’s built and unbuilt work has been widely awarded and published, most notably the Art Gallery of Ballarat Annexe, which received the Institute’s Victorian ChapterAward for Public Architecture – Additions in 2012. The practice has also won multiple competitions including MoCAPE – Museum of Contemporary Art in Shenzhen, China and UN-Habitat’s spatial design competition for a Mobility Centre in Kosovo.
Suzannah Waldron is a registered architect. Prior to establishing her own practice she worked for leading international practices OMA and dRMM. She combines architectural practice and research through leading architectural and urban design studios at RMIT University and the University of Melbourne’s School of Design.




Charles Wright leads a contemporary design practice with offices in Melbourne and Port Douglas. The firm possesses award winning major project experience and specialist technological capabilities to develop iconic and sustainable solutions to complex problems. Since being established in 2004, Charles Wright Architects (CWA) has developed a discipline focused on innovative outcomes with enduring and inspiring qualities. The practice’s approach to design and integration of ESD strategies has acquired CWA a unique recognition in tropical architecture with a number of world class buildings.

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