Featured Speakers

Ms Caroline Stalker, Design Director Urban and Principal, ARUP Australasia (QLD)

Caroline is a highly skilled designer, communicator and leader of teams for complex urban design and master planning projects. Her career spans 30 years and a range of project types, including new communities, urban regeneration around transport hubs, city and town centres, universities, public spaces, public buildings, mixed use and multi-residential buildings. Throughout her career Caroline has demonstrated a sustained commitment to enhancing people’s connection to the natural world and each other through design, and an outstanding ability to take an holistic approach to the complex design problems of cities. This has been recognised over the years through numerous architecture and planning awards. Caroline is an Adjunct Professor, School of Design, QUT Creative Industries, and has served on and chaired awards juries in both architecture and urban design, and held advisory roles for government.

Mr Andrew McWhinney, Manager NSW & ACT, Intelligent Risks

Andrew transferred to private sector security and risk consulting in 2010 from a counter-terrorism intelligence role. He now manages Intelligent Risks’ security design and operation projects for including precincts and mixed-use developments, transport infrastructure and stadia. He is a proponent of practical and proportionate responses to the changing security environment and collaboration with architects, engineers and designers to support the operation, look and feel of the built environment. Andrew will discuss how security can be more cohesive with the design and build process.

Ms Leanne Hodyl, Director, Hodyl

Leanne is the founder and Managing Director of Hodyl + Co, a design and planning consultancy focused on creating cities people love. She has 20 years’ experience delivering urban policy and design projects critical to the future development of cities.

Ms Jacqui Banks, Director Strategy and Planning – Fishermans Bend Taskforce, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, Victoria Government

Jacqui is the Director of Strategy and Planning at the Fishermans Bend Taskforce. She is an expert in the delivery of urban renewal and large-scale precinct planning projects. Jacqui brings in-depth knowledge of state and local government and the property sector to the management of complex urban projects.

Ms Stephanie Barker,  Executive Director City Strategy, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW

Stephanie is the Executive Director City Strategy at the Greater Sydney Commission. Stephanie has delivered the Greater Sydney Region Plan and District Plans and has overseen the development of the evidence base for these strategic plans, including productivity, liveability and sustainability profiles. Stephanie has over twenty year experience in urban planning and has worked in the private sector and in local government. She specialises in housing, infrastructure and the development of new communities

Dr Ali Cheshmehzangi, Head of Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design , Engineering, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China

Dr Ali Cheshmehzangi is the Head of the Department of Architecture and Built Environment and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET), at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He is Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, focusing on research and teaching topics of sustainable urbanism, integrated urban design, eco city development, and smart-eco transitions of cities in China and the EU. He is co-author of two published books – titled ‘Designing Cooler Cities’ (Nov 2017) and ‘Eco-Development in China’ (June 2018). He is also co-author of a new book, titled ‘Sustainable Urban Development in the Age of Climate Change – People: the Cure or Curse’ (Oct 2018).

Ali is Founding Director of Urban Innovation Lab (UIL) in China, a new R&D platform for innovative research in the field of urbanism, focusing on big data, urban climate, and urban planning and design. He is an urbanist by heart and by profession, with qualifications, practice experience and research profile in urban design, sustainable urban planning and development.

Mr Ben Hewett, Deputy NSW Government Architect, Office of the Government Architect

Ben Hewett is the Deputy NSW Government Architect, leading the Office of the Government Architect’s strategic function, and providing design advice across government on architecture, the built environment and urban transformation. Ben is also Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney.

From 2010-14, Ben was the inaugural South Australian Government Architect. Concurrently, Ben was Executive Director of the Integrated Design Commission and the subsequent Office for Design and Architecture SA. From 2010 – 12, Ben was Director of “5000+, an Integrated Design Strategy for inner Adelaide”, a national pilot project collaborating across government, industry and academia to develop a design-based vision for Adelaide and model for urban development.

Ben also established, led and chaired South Australia’s Design Review Program. In these roles, Ben provided strategic advice to government on significant projects, precincts, programs and policy including recently implemented Planning Reform.

Prior to these roles, Ben was a Senior Lecturer with the University of Technology Sydney, and has experience in small, medium and commercial practice in Dubai, China and across Australia.

Mr Richard Mullane, Principal, HASSELL

Richard is a Principal of HASSELL in San Francisco and leads urban design and landscape projects in the US. He is a architect, urban planner and designer with extensive experience in global, multidisciplinary, master planning projects. He has worked in London, Sydney, Shanghai and most recently in San Francisco.

Richard is a strong advocate of collaborative and site-responsive design processes. He has developed a design approach that seeks to unlock the potential of cities and the unique experiences that the public realm can offer based on his experience in place making that includes complex urban master planning along with other urban renewal projects.