Kelvin Walsh, Director City Sustainability, Hume City Council (Victoria)
Kelvin trained as an architect and town planner and is recognized for his innovative development work where new approaches and models have been required in response to the complexities of local environments and cultures.
He has worked in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and has held senior positions in Australia in the public and private sectors. Kelvin is currently Director City Sustainability with Hume City Council in Melbourne’s north.
Gay Williamson, Manager, Design Policy, Planning Services Branch , ACT Government (Australian Capital Territory)
Gay Williamson has held senior design positions in Local, State and Commonwealth Governments and has interspersed these sessions of public service working in private practise and teaching Landscape and Urban Design at Canberra University. Currently, the Manager of Design Policy with the ACT Planning and Land Authority, Gay is heading up a team of architects, landscape architects, social scientists and environmental planers who are galvanised in the endeavour of making sustainable places, not more spaces, for the ACT
With a professional base in Landscape Architecture, Gay is concerned that planning and design solutions are systemic, concentrating on the relationships between elements, natural social and cultural processes. The fourth dimension of time and the construct of inter-generational equity are also critical, Gay is passionate that plans are not set out as 'blueprints' but as frameworks that have inherent triggers and 'feedback loops'.
Geoff Barker, Managing Director, PM+D ARCHITECTS P/L (Western Australia/Northern Territory)
Mr Geoff Barker . Geoff is a registered architect with community planning qualifications, who has specialised for more than 30 years in providing architectural, planning and community development services to regional and remote parts of Australia [and also overseas including East Timor].
Geoff takes particular interest in holistic and team approaches to development where it is possible to deliver a broad range of direct and indirect outcomes attuned to the special requirements of users, clients and service agencies. He is the Principal and Director of PM+D Architects Pty Ltd an Architectural and Planning consultancy firm and is currently the Design Manager for the Territory Alliance involved with 6 SIHIP project packages.
Chris Gee, Gold Coast City Architect (Queensland)
Chris is a registered architect in both Queensland (since 1984) and New South Wales (since 1994) and a member of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Chris seeks to make a positive contribution to the future of the changing physical, economic and social environment and in the evolving professions of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning.
Michael Neustein, BArch MCom Hon FAIUS LFRAIA FPIA FAIM FAPI CPP Director / Architect & Urban Planner/Designer, NEUSTEIN URBAN (NSW)
Managing the approvals process from regulation to litigation, Michael provides statutory, strategic, compliance and urban design advice, prepares SEEs, advises on the optimal use of a site or property, and devises how best to formulate and/or meet local and state approval requirements. An experienced expert witness, he is adept at presenting urban planning/design evidence before the LEC. Increasingly, he has advised councils on the design and management of the built environment.
Vice President and Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies, he is also Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at Sydney University. Michael is President of the Alumni Association of at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at Sydney University. His commitment to teaching is evidenced in his direction of NEERG Seminars and as vice chair of the Australian Institute of Architects National Committee for Continuing Professional Development. He has been made a Life Fellow of the AIA in recognition of his long service to the Institute and the profession.
Alistair Ray, Associate Principal - Head of Urban Design, Jasmax (New Zealand)
Alistair is an Associate Principal and head of Jasmax' urban design team, New Zealand's largest architectural practice. He is based in Auckland, but works across New Zealand. Alistair is also a qualified planner, and has 17 years experience as an urban designer / urban planner from the United Kingdom and New Zealand, gained in both the public and private sector.
Prior to joining Jasmax, Alistair worked for Auckland City Council, working as a senior urban designer in the city planning department, and has since been involved in shaping both the Auckland (Spatial) Plan and Unitary Plan, and also contributed to Christchurch City Council’s Central City Plan. He is also a part time senior lecturer in urban design at Auckland University.
Peter Sugg, Urban Design Australia Conference (Queensland)
is Managing Director of AST Management Pty Ltd. He is an
experienced board member and serves on the advisory
boards of the:
> Sustainability in Business Association Inc
> Liveable Cities Organisation
> The Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Committee
> The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc