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16 – 18 November 2015

Brisbane, Queensland

4th International Urban Design Conference Interviews

The theme for the 4th International Urban Design Conference was Resilience in Urban Design through measures such as supported interconnectivity, appropriate densification within urban footprints, multiple transit modes and walkability, socially inclusive design, economic resilience, and adaptive built environments.

David Marks, Managing Director, Marks Barfield Architects, United Kingdom, was educated at the International School of Geneva and the Architectural Association in London. 

After spending 7 years at Richard Rogers and Partners he co-founded Marks Barfield Architects with Julia Barfield in 1984. 


David spoke openly about the future of Marks Barfield Architects in the UK.

Roger Bayley is a strong advocate for sustainable building practices, and has extensive experience as a Green Building leader and educator at conferences on the national and international scale.

He is the principal of Roger Bayley Inc., which he founded in 2009 with the aim of harnessing the skills of forward-thinking developers, planners, architects and visionaries to create innovative green buildings and master-planned communities. Roger’s experience spans 40 years of senior-level project design and management.


Roger discusses the value of sustainable development

Sue Wood Assistant Director Urban Design - Urban Development- Department of Planning and Community Development – Victorian Government

Sue has been an urban planner in practice for 25 years, having obtained her planning degree at the University of Melbourne and having started a Masters in Urban Design at R.M.I.T.  She has worked in private practice extensively, including having her own practice, and in local government (City of Port Phillip and City of Melbourne) and is currently working in State Government in the role of Assistant Director, Urban Design, Department of Planning and Community Development.

Sue Woods outlines the visions for the 2012 conference to be held in Melbourne

David Singleton has experience in leading the growth and development of the global business of Arup in 40 countries. His career has spanned executive leadership as CEO and Chairman of Arup Australasia [1996-2004] and global roles as Chairman of Arup’s global Infrastructure business [2004-2011] and Leader of Arup’s global Planning business [from April 2011]. He was a founding member of the Arup Group Board, where he was responsible for the strategic leadership and growth of the global organisation over a decade [2001-2011].

David Singleton speaks about the importance of his work with the City of Sheffield

Dr Deborah Dearing is the National Manager Strategic Urban Planning for Stockland, one of Australia’s leading diversified property groups, and a Past-President of the Institute of Architects NSW. Deborah has over 25 years experience in all planning and design aspects of urban development including the delivery of large-scale urban communities. She has extensive experience with both the private and public sectors in Australia and overseas.

Dr Deborah Dearing discusses Stockland