Keynote Speakers

Confirmed Featured Speakers

Dr Joerg Baumeister, Professor and Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre, University of Western Australia

Dr. Joerg Baumeister has been exploring Architecture and Urban Design for more than 20 years in Europe, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Australia and Asia.

This cross-cultural experience is combined with the approach to fuse research, higher education, and implementation in order to create solutions for a humane and ecologically integrated built environment.

Joerg understands architecture and cities not just as materialised form of shape and design but as a systemic network of flows and processes.

His desire is to go beyond superficial catchphrases to redefine and understand the true nature of urbanism.

Dr. Joerg Baumeister is Professor and Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC), University of Western Australia.

Mr Peter Edwards,  Director, Archipelago & Past President Urban Design Alliance Queensland

Peter Edwards is an Architect, an accomplished and recognised Urbanist, and a leading figure in this region’s Urban Design community.

Peter is Director and co-founder of the Architecture and Urban Design practice – Archipelago. Archipelago provides architecture and urban design leadership in the shaping of Queensland’s cities.

Recent city shaping projects include the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct 2016 Masterplan and a new masterplan for Northshore Hamilton.

Peter combines work on major projects with key involvement in urban design professional bodies. He is regularly sort as a design leader, citymaking expert, public speaker, authors and facilitates design workshops, and continues to advocate publicly for better cities through design.

Peter is a TEDx Alumni, a member of the newly reformed Qld Urban Design and Places Panel and sits on a number of industry boards and panels.

Malcolm Middleton, Queensland Government Architect, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Queensland

Malcolm Middleton OAM was appointed to the role of Queensland Government Architect in July 2011.

He provides high-level advice to the Queensland Government on contemporary design and heritage issues.

His role includes supporting innovative designs for government buildings and encouraging opportunities for regional architects and the further development of regional design.

He is the chair of the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel and also sits on a number of industry and institutional committees including the Building and Grounds Committee of UQ and the Design Development Integrity Panel of Brisbane Airport Corporation.

Malcolm is an urban designer and architect who brings a wealth of experience to role of Queensland Government Architect having been involved in the industry for more than 35 years.

He has practical experience in the areas of architecture, master planning and urban design and has extensive experience in the integration of landscape design principles into project solutions.

Malcolm is a former Queensland President of the Property Council of Australia and served for almost six years on the South Bank Design Advisory Panel, two years on the Queensland Heritage Council and four years on the Development Committee of the Queensland Heritage Council.

In recognition of services to Architecture and Children’s Welfare Organisations, he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2009.

Ms Emily Mottram, Director, Urban Renewal, Victorian Planning Authority

Emily is passionate about urban renewal and has worked extensively in strategic planning and place-based partnerships. She holds a Master of Urban Regeneration and has delivered major renewal projects in the UK and Australia. Prior to joining the VPA Emily worked for the Department of Planning (DPCD, DTPLI and now DELWP) and was involved in the development of Plan Melbourne.

As a consultant in the UK, Emily provided advice to councils about public housing estate redevelopment and community infrastructure delivery. Emily’s focus at the VPA is on supporting the evolution of inner Melbourne.

Mr Stanley Quek, Chairman & Founder, Greencliff, Sydney

Dr Quek is considered to be one of the most highly esteemed & influential property developers in the industry. Through his senior positions across Frasers Property Australia, Greencliff Holdings,  Frasers Property UK & Region Development, Dr Quek has delivered a number of significant developments around the world.

Within Australia, Dr Quek is the visionary behind the Foster & Partner designed Lumiere Residences in the Sydney CBD & the $2 billion Central Park mixed-use project in Sydney’s Chippendale. Central Park is one of Australia’s most admired urban renewal projects that has brought together some of the world’s greatest architecture practices including Atelier Jean Nouvel (France), Foster & Partners (UK) Smart Design Studio (Australia) & Johnson Pilton Walker (Australia).

Dr Quek is passionate about the arts, culture, design & architecture & creating sustainable & liveable communities. A philanthropist & patron of the arts, Dr Quek sits on the board of a number of creative organisations including The Chippendale Creative Precinct.

Dr Quek is a former medical practitioner who holds an MA, MB, B.Ch, BAO from Trinity College, University of Dublin (TCD) along with a number of honorary degrees from some of the Ireland’s most prestigious universities.

Ms Raynuha Sinnathamby, Managing Director, Springfield Land Corporation.  Greater Springfield, Australia’s Fastest Emerging New City, Queensland

Raynuha Sinnathamby is Springfield Land Corporation’s Managing Director.

A solicitor by trade, Raynuha holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees and also a Masters in Business Administration.

After practising in property law, Raynuha joined Springfield Land Corporation in 1998 as Director Corporate.

In February 2013, Raynuha was appointed Managing Director of the Springfield Land Corporation.  Over the years, Raynuha has been closely involved in the building of the Greater Springfield City, now the fourth fastest growing statistical local area in the country.

Greater Springfield is an award winning project encompassing six suburbs and home to approximately 30,000 people.

In May 2010, Greater Springfield received the International Real Estate Federation Prix d’ Excellence Award for World’s Best Masterplanned Community.  Over the years, Greater Springfield has won numerous State and National awards.

As part of her contribution to the property industry, Raynuha served as Vice President (2012), President of the Queensland Division of the Property Council of Australia (2013, 2014) and on the Board of the National Board of the Property Council of Australia.  She currently serves on the Property Council Queensland Division Council and Management Council.

Raynuha also serves on the Premier’s Business Advisory Council (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) and has served on the Queensland Government Multicultural Round Table (2012 2014).

Mr James Tuma, National Director, Urbis

James is a visionary urban designer with a broad skills palette.  He is qualified in urban design, built environments and landscape architecture – disciplines he draws on while coordinating projects, master planning and structure planning, as well as advising on design codes, public realm strategies and public space implementation. Since joining Urbis in 2005, he has worked on significant national and international integrated developments and master planning projects in Australia and Europe – from planning for new communities and townships to designing town centres and public spaces.

Mr Nicholas Wolff, Project Director, NSW Arts Infrastructure Projects

Working from foundations based in design understanding, Nicholas has built a career as an urban renewal specialist with a strong record of leadership in major projects and as a senior executive in publicly listed and state-owned property development entities.

Following his graduation as an architect from UNSW he joined the Sydney based multi-disciplinary practice of Devine Erby Mazlin, rising to the position of Managing Partner. In 1999 he moved to the ‘client’ side of projects, initially acting as the Design Director for redevelopment of the former Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Camperdown.

In 2006 Nicholas was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Frasers Property Australia and as part of that role, worked with Dr. Stanley Quek to develop the planning, design and sustainability strategy for the $2.5b Central Park project in Chippendale and also for the $400m Queens Riverside project in East Perth.

Nicholas spent 2012 to 2015 in Perth as Chief Operating Officer of Landcorp, the Western Australian Government’s property development and infrastructure agency, working on major renewal projects in the city and across the state.

Since mid-2015 Nicholas has been back in Sydney working on major NSW arts infrastructure projects including as Project Director on the $200m Walsh Bay Arts Precinct for Infrastructure NSW and the $350m Sydney Modern expansion program for the Art Gallery of NSW, where he is now based

Mr Stephen Yarwood, Former Adelaide Lord Mayor & Urban Futurist @ city2050, Adelaide

Stephen is the former Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Australia and a well-known and respected contemporary Urban Planner who consults internationally on urban futures, innovation and change in cities.

His expertise lies in urban governance, city strategy and policy, smart cities and urban transformation.  He has broad and practical knowledge of the driving forces, trends, issues and opportunities associated with technology and its relationship to best practice urbanism, governance, infrastructure and community development.

Stephen has worked and studied throughout Australia and in New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan, Europe, South-East Asia, the Middle East, China, India and North America.  He lives in the heart of Adelaide, walking distance from all the cool stuff, and loves learning about science, the arts, technology and the cities of the world.

He’s Australia’s leading expert on Pokémon GO and its relationship to cities, plays too much Overwatch and enjoys sharing his Virtual Reality kit with friends over a glass of quality South Australian wine.

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