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16 – 18 November 2015

Brisbane, Queensland

" Empowering Change: Transformative Innovations and Projects "


Mr Geoff Barker, Managing Director, PM+D ARCHITECTS P/L (WA/NT)

barkerMr Geoff Barker 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 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.

Dr Beau B. Beza, Course Director, Planning and Landscape Architecture Program, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University (VIC)

Beau BezaDr Beau B Beza recently published the co-edited book The Public City, through Melbourne University Press (MUP). In that volume he co-ordinated the production of the book with MUP, its 16 chapters (co-authoring three himself) and 18 contributors. He uses a place-making approach and an asset-based and co-production model to realise ‘places’ in urban and rural settings.

Course Director in Deakin University’s renowned Planning and Landscape Architecture Program, School of Architecture and Built Environment, he has worked on academic and consultancy projects in Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, Nepal, Norway, Mexico, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the USA, where he completed his undergraduate university studies. Beza, also, financially manages and is a team member in a $1.4m research project revolving around improving the methods and impacts of agricultural extension in conflict areas of Mindanao, Philippines.

Mr Peter Edwards, Director, Archipelago, QLD

Peter EdwardsPeter Edwards is an Architect, an accomplished and recognised Urbanist and a leading figure in Queensland's Urban Design community.

Peter is Director and co-founder of the new Architecture and Urban Design practice – Archipelago. With a focus on Cities, Buildings and Things, Archipelago is broad in sector but focussed in process with an interest in the alchemy of design and the power of collaboration in the making of cities. Recent projects include the Masterplan for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Village and the Maroochydore Central Masterplan.

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

Peter is the President of the Urban Design Alliance Qld, a member of the Queensland Board for Urban Places, a member of the Toowoomba Regional Urban Design and Placemaking Panel and TEDx Alumni 2013

Mr Michael Neustein, Director / Architect & Urban Planner/Designer, Neustein Urban (NSW)

neusteinManaging 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.

Mr Alistair Ray, Associate Principal - Head of Urban Design, Jasmax (NZ)

rayAlistair 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 over 20 years experience as an urban designer / urban planner from the United Kingdom and New Zealand, gained in both the public and private sector.

Alistair has a particular passion and interest in the affordable residential sector, working on a number of high profile large scale residential developments, as well as providing advice to Auckland and Christchurch City Council on matters relating to density and intensification. He also sits on a number of working groups advising Auckland Council on strategic urban planning and design issues, is an active member of the NZ Urban Design Forum and is a part time senior lecturer for Auckland University’s Masters in Urban Design course.

Ms Caroline Stalker, Director, Architectus, Adjunct Professor, School of Design, Creative Industries, QUT

Caroline StalkerCaroline has spent her more than 25 years in practice focussing on enhancing people's life experiences by designing inspiring, supportive, and sustainable places and cities. 

An architect with a passion for urban design, Caroline’s professional background encompasses major project work throughout Queensland and the UK across urban design and architectural projects, including public spaces, housing, mixed use buildings and master planning of centres, universities, public institutions and sustainable new communities.

She has a strong commitment to delivering design excellence, and her work been awarded by both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects.   She is known as an effective collaborator and advocate, and is a member of the Queensland Board for Urban Places and a past president of the Urban Design Alliance of Queensland. She has also served as juror across urban design, architecture and landscape architecture awards and on advisory panels to local government. 

Mr Kelvin Walsh, Director City Sustainability, Hume City Council (VIC)

walshKelvin 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.

Ms Gay Williamson, Consultant, Research and guest lecturer at Canberra University (ACT)

Gay WilliamsonGay Williamson has held senior design positions in Local, State and Commonwealth Governments and has interspersed these sessions of public service working in private practice and teaching Landscape and Urban Design at Canberra University. Gay's last position was the Manager of Design Policy with the ACT Government’s Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, where she led a team of architects, landscape architects, social scientists and environmental planers, all galvanized 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 can guide decision making and respond to opportunities. 
Currently, Gay is pursuing her own research and opportunities for consulting that will strengthen her interest in planning and creating cities that enrich our environment, lives and our emotional wellbeing.

Mr Peter Sugg, Urban Design Australia Conference (QLD)

peter sugg urban design australia Peter is an experienced board member and serves on the advisory boards of the:

  • Liveable Cities Organisation
  • The Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Committee
  • The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc

Peter has an extensive background in Conference Management, Education and e-Learning.