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.

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 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.

Other Confirmed Featured Speakers

  • Malcolm Middleton, Queensland Government Architect, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Queensland
  • Mr Stanley Quek, Chairman & Founder, Greencliff, Singapore & Mr Nicholas Woolf, Project Director, NSW Arts Infrastructure Projects (co presenters)

Invited Featured Speakers

  • Hon Paul Fletcher,  Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Australian Government
  • Mr Jeff Connelly, CEO, Siemen’s Pacific, Victoria

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