Placemaking Summit 2022

3-4 May 2022
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC

SPEAKERS

Robin Abad Ocubillo |
Robin Abad Ocubillo

Director, San Francisco Shared Spaces Program City and County of San Francisco

Frith Walker |
Frith Walker

Head of Placemaking Panuku Development Auckland – New Zealand

Peter Smith |
Peter Smith

Chief Executive Officer City of Port Phillip

Brooke Williams
Brooke Williams

Director Fourfold Studio

Kylie Legge |
Kylie Legge

Founder & CEO Place Score/Place Partners

Ian Dryden |
Ian Dryden

Principal - Industrial Design City of Melbourne

Dr Beau Beza |
Dr Beau Beza

Deputy Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning Deakin University

Lucinda Hartley |
Lucinda Hartley

Founding Director Neighbourlytics

Jefa Greenaway
Jefa Greenaway

Director Greenaway Architects

Bruce Mills |
Bruce Mills

Group Manager – Place Services City of Parramatta Council

Will Fooks
Will Fooks

Market Leader, Urban Places Stantec

Sophie Pickett-Heaps
Sophie Pickett-Heaps

Co-Head of Design Stockland Design Studio

Tom Oliver Payne
Tom Oliver Payne

Place Strategy Director Hoyne

Cat Burgess
Cat Burgess

Head of Frost Place Frost* Collective

Andrew Hoyne |
Andrew Hoyne

Principal Hoyne

Bec McHenry
Bec McHenry

Founder To Good Use

Nick Bourns
Nick Bourns

Director NH Architecture

Louise Ford |
Louise Ford

Senior Place Strategist, Urban Solution Hatch RobertsDay

Bronwen Clark
Bronwen Clark

Executive Officer National Growth Areas Alliance

Omar Barragan |
Omar Barragan

Manager | Design Brisbane | City Planning and Economic Development Brisbane City Council

Mark McClelland
Mark McClelland

Creative Director Cultural Capital

Daniel Bennett |
Daniel Bennett

Principal Design Integrator Aurecon

Georgina Pikoulas
Georgina Pikoulas

Placemaking & Activation Coordinator Wyndham City Council

Claire Martin
Claire Martin

Associate Director Oculus

Kirsten Bauer
Kirsten Bauer

Director - Melbourne ASPECT Studios

Dimitrios Tsiokaras
Dimitrios Tsiokaras

Senior Lighting Designer Electrolight

Ingrid Baldwin
Ingrid Baldwin

Studio Director FPOV

Daniel Boesen |
Daniel Boesen

Senior Design Consultant Urbis

Tim Hunt
Tim Hunt

Melbourne Lighting Leader ARUP

Deborah Kuh |
Deborah Kuh

Place Ecologist, Landscape Urbanist All is Design

Professor SueAnne Ware
Professor SueAnne Ware

Head of School, School of Architecture and Built Environment The University of Newcastle

Anne Truong
Anne Truong

Specialist Lighting Lead Wrap Engineering Pty Ltd.

Obelia Tait
Obelia Tait

Director Inhabit Place

Dr. Meghan Kelly
Dr. Meghan Kelly

Associate Professor Deakin University

Emile Rademeyer |
Emile Rademeyer

Executive Director, Creative Strategy VANDAL

Robin Abad Ocubillo

Robin Abad Ocubillo

Director, San Francisco Shared Spaces Program, City and County of San Francisco

Robin Abad Ocubillo is a dedicated public servant with a passion for civic innovation in public space design, planning, evaluation, and policy. He is currently Director of Shared Spaces San Francisco, helping communities leverage the public realm for economic recovery, social and psychological wellbeing.  Shared Spaces program buils on a preceding policy and legislative effort Robin led fro the SF Planning Department: Places for People, the first placemaking ordinance of its kind in the country to streamline government processes and lower barriers for communities creating and stewarding public spaces in underutilized streets and lots.

Robin has led several of the City's placemaking programs during a periods of intensive growth; doubling the parklet population, expanding partnerships to cultural and community institutions, and overseeing the development of an award-winning Parklet Manual. He has also extensively developed research methods and metrics for human-use evaluation of public spaces and is co-author of the Global Public Life Data Protocol.

Prior to his current role at the San Francisco Planning Department, Robin worked with LADOT People St. and the Mayor’s Great Streets Project on advocacy and performance evaluation of projects throughout Los Angeles. Before that he served for several years as a Project Manager in the Golden Gate National Parks, working on cultural landscape and visitor access projects at sites throughout Bay Area parklands. Robin is also Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Architecture at at the California College of the Arts, focusing on the intersection between landscape architecture and civic governance.

Frith Walker

Frith Walker

Head of Placemaking, Panuku Development Auckland – New Zealand

Having spent her former life in the theatre business, as a stage manager/producer type, Frith is now very proud to be an advocate of the UN ratified New Urban Agenda global standard for urban development, and a New Zealand representative for the international network Placemaking X. As Manager, Place Making at Panuku Development Auckland she works within the Design and Place Directorate on the creation of successful public space networks, supporting the programming and activation of Auckland’s public spaces, and champions the difference a healthy public realm can make in terms of creating liveable cities.

Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Chief Executive Officer, City of Port Phillip

Peter has over 25 years’ experience working in the public sector at all three levels of Government in Australia where he has held senior management roles in the Federal Government, NSW and SA State Governments and in Local Government in both Adelaide and now as the CEO at the City of Port Phillip in Melbourne, Victoria.

Peter is passionate about community engagement and building community capacity and resilience through co-creation with Governments and has a relentless focus on achieving better outcomes for the communities that he works with and on providing better value for customers and recipients of Government services. He has spent many years reforming Government services to deliver better value and is a leading advocate of place based approaches to achieve this. 

His strengths include strategy, governance, placemaking, housing and urban development, leadership development and organisational change. He has also worked as an adjunct professor where he has spent over ten years teaching MBA students strategy and leadership in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Peter also has considerable experience as a Board Director on Government and NFP Boards, including past chair of Place Leaders Asia Pacific. Most recently he worked as an Asia Pacific representative on the international Future of Places Advisory Board which worked directly with UN Habitat to recognise and establish the importance of public space within the new Urban Agenda of the UN.

Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams

Director, Fourfold Studio

Brooke is the founder and Director of Fourfold Studio and previous manager of CoDesign Studio’s Queensland team. She is an industry thought-leader who, through her years of experience, has co-founded the not-for-profit organisation U.R{BNE} Collective, delivered internationally acclaimed activations and champions the placemaking movement in Queensland. Brooke is a leading expert in the field of urban design and placemaking regularly called on for advice regarding urban strategies and stakeholder engagement.

Kylie Legge

Kylie Legge

Founder & CEO, Place Score/Place Partners

Kylie Legge is a leading voice in the evolving profession of placemaking. She is an architecture graduate, planner, author, facilitator, curator, entrepreneur, Founding Director of Place Partners, a multidisciplinary and award-winning placemaking consultancy based in Sydney Australia, and now IT startup PLACE SCORE, a place experience, diagnostic, engagement, benchmarking, tracking and marketing platform, and Kylie’s response to the challenge “You can’t measure place”.

She has been a place maker for 15 years, working on projects across Australia, in Asia and the Middle East; and at a range of scales – from mainstreet to mall, to mixed-used developments and the whole of city projects. Her interests lie in the relationship between people and their urban environments and how we can work better collaboratively to create the kinds of places people want to spend time in. Her commitment to understanding the trends and external factors influencing decision-making ensures that projects she works on are fit for the future. 

Ian Dryden

Ian Dryden

Principal - Industrial Design, City of Melbourne

Since completing his studies at Swinburne University, Ian Dryden has successfully worked with an assignment as Industrial Designer in the City Design Unit at the City of Melbourne.
 
His task since 1987 has been to program, design, implement and market street furniture and temporary facilities for the City. Ian's major task has been the design and coordination of the street furniture, temporary fixtures, kiosks, toilets, decorations, lighting systems and pedestrian information signage for the City's master plan. Ian's work has received both popular and professional recognition including an Artists and Industry Award in 1990. He is a contributing member of the City’s Design team, who has won AIA, AILA ,IES and Australian International Industrial Design awards for the cities projects.

Dr Beau Beza

Dr Beau Beza

Deputy Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, Deakin University

A Registered Landscape Architect, with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (UC, Davis), a Master of Planning (University of Melbourne) and a PhD (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology). He is Associate Head of School, Teaching & Learning in the School of Architecture and Built Environment - Deakin University, Geelong, Australia. He has more than 15 years experience in teaching/research and has widely published works in urban space production.

Lucinda Hartley

Lucinda Hartley

Founding Director, Neighbourlytics

Urban designer turned entrepreneur, Lucinda Hartley uses big data to measure the quality of life and wellbeing of neighbourhoods. Frustrated that the property sector focused its efforts on streets and buildings rather than people and culture, she co-founded Neighbourlytics, a social analytics platform for neighbourhoods. In just two years, the technology company has created data for more than 500 neighbourhoods in over 10 countries and is influencing some of Australia’s most significant urban development decisions. Lucinda is was recently named as one of 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review and one of Melbourne's Top 100 most influential people by The Age.

With over a decade of experience in urban innovation, Lucinda was a Myer Innovation Fellow, Westpac Social Change Fellow, and was previously co-founder and CEO of award-winning placemaking consultancy CoDesign Studio. Prior to this her insights contributed to defining UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 (Cities). A designer turned tech founder, Lucinda is alumni of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Singularity University. Lucinda don’t separate work and personal life: first we shape our cities, then they shape us.

Jefa Greenaway

Jefa Greenaway

Director, Greenaway Architects

Jefa Greenaway is Director of Greenaway Architects, with more than two decades exploring the intersection of engagement, Indigeneity and the built environment across private, commercial and educational projects. Jefa has pioneered Indigenous placemaking strategies which foregrounds a holistic interdisciplinary approach in design thinking. Jefa is also a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, focussing on Indigenous curriculum development, having spend over two decades in design education. 

Jefa’s practice projects include, the Koorie Heritage Trust, design principles for Aboriginal Housing Victoria and currently the Wilin Centre at the VCA and the New Student Precinct, for the University of Melbourne. His project Ngarara Place, was exhibited in the Australian pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale.

As founding chair of the not-for-profit advocacy group Indigenous Architecture + Design Victoria, member of the Public Arts Advisory Panel (City of Melbourne) and the Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Oversight Committee (Melb Uni) he seeks to amplify opportunities to embed Indigenous knowledge systems  within both practice and academia. 

Jefa is a co-author of the award winning International Indigenous Design Charter, is an Executive Committee member and Regional Ambassador (Oceania) of INDIGO (International Indigenous Design Alliance). He advocates on Indigenous design as a curator (‘Blak Design Matters’ exhibition 2018), as a public speaker on First Nations design nationally/internationally and as an architectural commentator on ABC Radio Melbourne. His practice was also a Founding Signatory of Architects Declare Australia, an initiative foregrounding the responsibility of architects to tackle the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Bruce Mills

Bruce Mills

Group Manager – Place Services, City of Parramatta Council

Bruce Mills is the Group Manager of the Place Services team at City of Parramatta Council; a team of 17 officers delivering place-making outcomes across the city and neighbourhoods Local Government Area. Prior to his current role, Bruce worked in city marketing and also in product management, marketing and management roles. Bruce has also seen both sides of local government, serving as an elected councillor at Hornsby Shire Council.

Will Fooks

Will Fooks

Market Leader, Urban Places, Stantec

Sophie Pickett-Heaps

Sophie Pickett-Heaps

Co-Head of Design, Stockland Design Studio

Sophie Pickett-Heaps is Co-Head of Design Stockland Residential Communities, with responsibility for driving a strategic approach across residential, mixed use and retirement living projects to realise quality, value and a ‘better way to live’ through design. She  is passionate about liveability, ‘place’ and the enduring role of the built environment. Sophie is a registered architect  with over 20 years’ experience, in roles with consultancy as well as, contractors and across the development industry. Her experience spans a range of projects, from bespoke homes to master planned communities, housing, medium density, apartments as well as commercial and culturally significant projects.  She is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects and has served as Chair of the Board of Livable Housing Australia. 

Tom Oliver Payne

Tom Oliver Payne

Place Strategy Director, Hoyne

Tom is the Place Strategy Director at Hoyne, a strategic consulting and brand agency with a focus on place and property. Through their Place Visioning®, Property Branding & Marketing services, Hoyne focuses on positioning places for commercial and social success; from residential towers and masterplanned communities to commercial developments, new mixed-use precincts, suburbs and cities.

Tom was educated at the University of Sydney and London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, and has experience delivering high profile place projects both in Australia and overseas. Ultimately, he’s inspired by the people who we are ultimately creating places for: his approach is grounded in the belief that projects will last for decades, and we should be creating places that future generations will love.

 

Tom has lectured on Place Making and Cultural Cities and has a particular interest in how to create distinct and inspirational places that leverage the creative sector. He frequently writes and photographs for online and print publications on Place and architecture. 

Cat Burgess

Cat Burgess

Head of Frost Place, Frost* Collective

Cat has spent 30 years at the forefront of cities and places, with leading roles in urban affairs and infrastructure, before joining Frost in 2001. A skilled and experienced strategist, Cat is passionate about uncovering genuine truths that give places and organisations creative direction and meaning. She is a respected expert on place, destination and company branding and speaks regularly at conferences on the subject. Cat’s experience includes many of Australia’s most transformational commercial and mixed use developments, including Quay Quarter, South Eveleigh, Grosevnor Place, 60 Martin Place, Astra Aerolab in Newcastle, as well as Seoul International Finance Centre, Pearl River Tower in China, Commercial Bay in Auckland and other international projects. Cat has also led the successful positioning and marketing of many flagship residential projects including Central Park, Green Square, Loftus Lane, The Paper Mill on Georges River, Discovery Point and Darwin Waterfront. She has repositioned entire destinations, helping places such as Redfern, Broken Hill, North Sydney, Canterbury-Bankstown and Sutherland Shire succeed by changing their brand reputation. Specialising in developer and corporate brands, Cat has also steered the successful positioning of leading companies including John Holland, Charter Hall, Frasers Property, Coronation Property and Ethos Urban. Since 2019 Cat has led the Frost Place team, a group of creative and strategic experts who are focused on marketing innovation and effectiveness in the place and property sector.

Andrew Hoyne

Andrew Hoyne

Principal, Hoyne

Andrew is the Principal of place brand and property marketing agency Hoyne.
 
Over the last decade Hoyne have evolved with a core focus on place and property, and today they work with major international asset owners, developers and local councils to create recognisable landmarks and destinations; from residential towers and masterplanned communities to commercial developments, new mixed-use precincts, and even cities.

Andrew’s passion for the power of place has led him to produce The Place Economy, a series of resource books on the social and economic benefits of effective placemaking from around the world.

As a direct result of the insights uncovered through The Place Economy, Hoyne has developed a trio of unique place related processes: Place Visioning™, Instaplace™ and Traderhood™.

Hoyne are now considered global thought leaders on place branding and placemaking.

Bec McHenry

Bec McHenry

Founder, To Good Use

Nick Bourns

Nick Bourns

Director, NH Architecture

Nick Bourns is an innovative design leader at NH Architecture. He oversees everything from initial project briefing to the design and delivery of complex projects in Public-Urban environments, Health, Commercial, Education, Residential and Master planning.

Nick provides valuable insight based on years of successful project outcomes working with Local Governments, Victorian Government authorities, VHBA and Australia’s leading tertiary education providers. He is also an active participant in architectural discourse of Melbourne and an Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Councillor. He shares this passion through teaching in Architecture at RMIT and Swinburne Universities.

Nick’s design direction maintains two perspectives: the need to redevelop, reimagine and rejuvenate the public realm, as well as a need to preserve cultural integrity and narrative. His role as Director at NH Architecture is to lead strategic design thinking, complex stakeholder coordination and to prioritise collaborative practice.

Louise Ford

Louise Ford

Senior Place Strategist, Urban Solution, Hatch RobertsDay

Originally from London, Louise moved to Melbourne to continue her career as a Place Strategist, with experience including mix use developments, Place branding and public realm strategies. Her approach of intrinsically understanding a place; its history, community, urban design attributes and opportunities through a detailed place analysis allows her to effectively plan for its future. It is through her creative mindset and extensive experience that she is able to create an innovative vision and cutting-edge place strategies that make places come to life and service the existing and future community.

Bronwen Clark

Bronwen Clark

Executive Officer, National Growth Areas Alliance

Bronwen Clark is Executive Officer of the National Growth Areas Alliance, representing 21 fast-growing Councils in outer urban areas of Australia where 5 million people live. She coordinates a national research program and advocates for improved policies on infrastructure, population distribution and urban planning.

Alliance Members experience population growth rates at double the national average, inadequate infrastructure to cope with increased demand, significant lags in government investment in roads, public transport and essential services.

Bronwen brings advocacy, policy and government relations expertise to the Alliance. She has consulted extensively to local government, small business and not-for-profits, and has worked with the Federal Government on multilateral trade negotiations, including representing Australia at the WTO.

 

Omar Barragan

Omar Barragan

Manager | Design Brisbane | City Planning and Economic Development, Brisbane City Council

Omar Barragan is the Manager of Brisbane's Design Office , Brisbane City Council's centre for design excellence. He has more than 18 years' experience in the UK, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, New Zealand and Australia. Prior to joining Brisbane City Council in 2017, Omar was in the public and private sector leading and securing high quality outcomes for Auckland City and its communities, he managed the Auckland Urban Design Panel which is well recognised for best practice in design review. His experience is based on designing, enabling and developing great urban design and buildings for cities bringing people and places together

Mark McClelland

Mark McClelland

Creative Director, Cultural Capital

As co-founder and creative director of Cultural Capital, Mark provides cultural placemaking advice to government and the development industry.

He brings his experience as cultural strategist, curator in the public realm, artist and designer.

With twenty-five years’ experience in the design, arts and cultural sectors, Mark has become an authoritative voice in the emerging field of cultural placemaking.  His work connects art and infrastructure, people and place; creating meaning within the urban landscape.

Mark’s particular interest, which he both practices and researches, is in creating new experiences of place. Mark also undertakes projects as a sculptor and public artist. In this role he is a three-time finalist and former winner of Sydney’s prestigious art event – Sculpture by the Sea.

 

Daniel Bennett

Daniel Bennett

Principal Design Integrator, Aurecon

Georgina Pikoulas

Georgina Pikoulas

Placemaking & Activation Coordinator, Wyndham City Council

Georgina is the Placemaking & Activation Coordinator at Wyndham City Council.  As an experienced placemaking specialist with over 20 years demonstrated history of working in the government and private industry, Georgina is currently leading revitalisation projects across Werribee, Hoppers Crossing and Tarneit in Wyndham, which is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia. Georgina is also the President of Mainstreet Australia, an organisation that advocates for local main street shopping precincts.

 

Claire Martin

Claire Martin

Associate Director, Oculus

Claire Martin is a landscape architect and Associate Director of OCULUS’ Melbourne studio where she has led the successful delivery of a range of education, health, cultural, infrastructure and public landscape projects. She is a Fellow and National President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and Chair of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (Asia-Pacific Region) Climate Change Working Group. Claire is passionate about design advocacy, landscape communication and education, and is a member of the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Victorian Design Review Panel, a contributing editor of Landscape Architecture Australia and a regular guest lecturer at the Schools of Architecture & Design at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University, where she has taught, is an invited critic, and a member of the Landscape Architecture Industry Advisory.

Kirsten Bauer

Kirsten Bauer

Director - Melbourne, ASPECT Studios

Kirsten is a Director of ASPECT Studios, a global, Australian-based, urban design, landscape architectural and green infrastructure design practice.

A respected design leader with 20 years expertise in public realm and infrastructure strategy and design across Australia and internationally. She creates vibrant, vital spaces that inspire creativity, enhance the lives of people and strengthen natural systems. She aspires to foster community, build social capital and resilience and, through design innovation, build competitive global success for the cities in which she works.  

Kirsten has led significant award winning projects across Australia and internationally.  She is a member of several government appointed design review panels and committees as well as being a long standing juror and professional advisor to the University of Melbourne and RMIT University, where she is an Adjunct Professor. Education is fundamental to her thinking and she regularly lectures at universities and industry events globally.

Kirsten is a member of the inaugural Birrarung Council, formed by the Yarra Protection Act, the Victorian Design Review Panel (Office of Victorian Government Architect) and recently co-Creative Director of the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture and the Future Park Competition.

Dimitrios Tsiokaras

Dimitrios Tsiokaras

Senior Lighting Designer, Electrolight

Dimitrios is an experienced lighting designer and artist with a passion for light and shaping experience. He has been involved in the development of lighting schemes for a range of projects in the public and private realm, including masterplans, landscape redevelopments, public art installations, building facades and shopping centers. Through his work, Dimitrios has striven to create vibrant and meaningful environments that stimulate community and facilitate connectedness.

Ingrid Baldwin

Ingrid Baldwin

Studio Director, FPOV

A career-long and core member of FPOV, Ingrid originally joined the Sydney studio in 2010. Following three years, Ingrid relocated south to Melbourne as a Senior Designer, Associate and most recently Studio Director. 

Through her time leading the Melbourne studio, Ingrid has been responsible for an extensive expansion of the studio and has helped to establish FPOV as an internationally sought out creative lighting design firm. A natural educator, Ingrid has overseen the professional development of a new generation of gifted lighting designers. Through her time at FPOV, Ingrid has gained extensive experience across all facets of lighting design and project management from hospitability through to large scale civic projects.

Ingrid’s excellent sketching and visualisation skills enhance the creative strength of the firm and set a clear industry benchmark for the conceptual representation of lighting. Likewise, Ingrid is a gifted custom designer and has designed numerous bespoke lights for a variety of projects.

Unwaveringly passionate about lighting and design at large, Ingrid embodies creative innovation and flair.

Daniel Boesen

Daniel Boesen

Senior Design Consultant, Urbis

Daniel has extensive international experience and has worked for some of the world’s leading place and design practices, including Gehl Architects in Copenhagen. He received his Master of Architecture and Urbanism from Royal Danish Academy and has experience on a wide range of complex projects across Northern Europe, North America, the Middle East and Australia. He has an international outlook and understands the importance of achieving locally sensitive and meaningful outcomes that create places people love.

 

Tim Hunt

Tim Hunt

Melbourne Lighting Leader, ARUP

Tim Hunt leads the Melbourne lighting team and has an industrial design based background. Tim like to innovate and challenge the norm to find new ways of approaching problems, through creativity, research, testing and embracing new technologies. Tim has a passion for lighting design and the way light can be used to accentuate architecture and create unique environments, especially with regards to urban design and placemaking.

In his time at Arup, Tim has worked in the Sydney, London and Melbourne offices. This has given him both local and international experience on several wide ranging lighting projects from design for multiple airports, Green Star commercial buildings and fit out’s, exterior urban lighting, international retail lighting experience for Bentley Motors and Acne Studios, to the design, fabrication and commissioning of 5 different light art installations in the Vivid Sydney Festivals.

Tim has a solid understanding of a holistic design process, from client facing presentations and initial conceptualisation, drawing and specification documents, custom luminaire design to dealing with contractors and commissioning.

Deborah Kuh

Deborah Kuh

Place Ecologist, Landscape Urbanist, All is Design

Deborah specialises in the design and delivery of urban and landscape projects anchored in Place and Sustainability.  As principal designer of international, award-winning urban renewal projects, her portfolio are noted for its experiential qualities, sense of place, tactility and connection to ecology. Deborah has lead the implementation of national policies and development guidelines on Place, landscape and green infrastructure. Unequivocal in her belief that built projects must set the standards on environmental, social, economic and governance sustainability.

Professor SueAnne Ware

Professor SueAnne Ware

Head of School, School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle

SueAnne Ware is Professor of Landscape Architecture and the Head of School & Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is a co-founder of out(fit), an all-female collective of design practitioners and a self-confessed design activist. She believes that landscape architects share a responsibility for exploring political, social and environmental agendas in public spaces. SueAnne’s projects reflect her commitment to society's marginalised ecologies and communities. Her work is an exploration of issues such as so-called feral pests and weeds in "native" bushlands, phytoremediation in feral gardens,  memorials to drug addiction, 'illegal' refugee policies and domestic violence. She creates spaces that generate friction, where protests are permitted and possible, where attention is drawn to some of society's most pervasive issues, and passers-by may discover insight into what SueAnne hopes is a more humanitarian and compassionate approach. Her design projects have won national and international awards; including The SIEV X memorial, the Road as Shrine, and the Anti-Memorial to Heroin Overdose Victims.

Anne Truong

Anne Truong

Specialist Lighting Lead, Wrap Engineering Pty Ltd.

Anne is the current President of the Victorian/Tasmanian Chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society and has a passion for the psychological effects of lighting and how it can be incorporated into our built environments to curate spaces for engagement, comfort and experience.

Her design philosophy is to “see it from the occupant’s perspective” and apply architectural lighting design practices to engage people on an emotional level, using light as a tool to mould perspective and user experience.

Anne has a background in Computer Science and artistic roots giving her a unique skill set that assists with her lighting design schemes. Since 2015, she has been involved in developing artworks for art festivals such as White Night, Globelight, GSPF and private installations.

Obelia Tait

Obelia Tait

Director, Inhabit Place

Obelia Tait is an urbanist who specialises in place, urban design and architecture. As Director of Tait Network and Inhabit Place she works to shape better cities through the creation of delightful, human-centric solutions to urban problems. She is a passionate advocate for creating space for women in the construction and design industries, the climate, and integrating great design with the natural world

Dr. Meghan Kelly

Dr. Meghan Kelly

Associate Professor, Deakin University

Associate Professor Meghan Kelly is a visual communication designer whose experience includes working on large, high profile campaigns and a range of corporate companies during her time as a practicing designer. Kelly is currently serving as the Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Arts and Education and is a senior lecturer in Visual Communication Design at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Kelly’s research is in the areas of visual communication design, participatory design practices and the impact of process on self-determined design outcomes. This research encompasses the breadth of design disciplines and examines the diverse ways identity and representation can be created through design with an aim of probing how to empower minority groups with self-determining their own visual representation. Her passion for a global understanding of design extends into her teaching practice and continues to be explored in research projects and design opportunities. Kelly has worked with Dr Russell Kennedy to co-author the Australian Indigenous Design Charter (winner of the Premier Design Award (Design Strategy) and Premier Design Award of the Year 2018) and the International Indigenous Design Charter (winner of the Good Design Indigenous Designer Award 2018). In addition, Kelly co-authored with Dr Jonathan Sweet the book Museum development and cultural representation: Developing the Kelabit Highlands Community Museum (2018). This research interrogates the challenges of developing a visual and structural representation  of a community from intangible cultural heritage.

Emile Rademeyer

Emile Rademeyer

Executive Director, Creative Strategy, VANDAL

As leader in his field, Emile Rademeyer is Executive Director, Creative Strategy at VANDAL in Sydney, Australia. Awarded as one of the top production companies in Australasia, VANDAL is a media-independent creative, art and production studio with a passion to bridge the gap between art, advertising, digital media, content and culture.

Emile’s focus is on creating innovative digital placemaking, new media, moving image, sound, art, immersive and augmented reality campaigns and experiences. His work includes creative and strategic executions for various entertainment platforms, precincts, interactive environments, augmented reality and niche art, design and experiential projects..

Named as Expert Partner in Digital Placemaking for the City of Sydney, Emile’s work is regularly featured in local and international awards, festivals and publications. He’s a frequent international guest, keynote speaker, contributor and jury member at creative events around the globe, including Cannes Festival of Creativity, Snapchat’s SnapFest - Festival of the Future, Spikes Asia, AdFest as well as Promax Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India and Africa.

Recently named as one of the best art galleries in Sydney, Emile also oversees curation of the VANDAL Art Gallery in Redfern, Sydney. Home to Sydney Art Month, MCA Young Ambassadors and Sydney Fringe Festival, VANDAL Art Gallery marks a groundbreaking collaboration between artists, creatives, designers, illustrators, photographers and new media artists. 

Highly motivated with excellent communication skills, Emile’s recognised talent earns international respect and he is regarded as one of Australia’s most prolific creative, new media trailblazers.

 

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