The Sydney Opera House is one of our nation’s most treasured cultural landmarks. With almost 11 million visitors per year, the Sydney Opera House illustrates how even the largest organisations can take creative approaches to energy and waste management to address the climate crisis.

As environmental sustainability manager at the Sydney Opera House, Emma Bombonato helps determine the trajectory of the iconic institution’s sustainability program. 

The Opera House is a world-leader in sustainability. It was the first heritage building in Australia to achieve a 5-star green rating and achieved carbon neutrality five years ahead of schedule. Bombonato and her team are currently focussed on making the building and organisation climate positive.

She talks exclusively to Jarrod Reedie about how sustainability is key to the Sydney Opera House’s performance and ongoing status as one of the world’s most iconic heritage and entertainment sites and what the ultimate goal of this sustainability focus is, now on the 50th anniversary of its completion.

From building Lego cities on a pool table to building homes and schools in Africa, it’s been an adventurous ride for this Australian architect who wears multiple hats – urban designer, social entrepreneur, philanthropist, community advocate, humanitarian, and author.

Educated at Deakin University and later at the University of Nottingham, Landy has always been one to progress from challenge to challenge. The tertiary phase of his life saw Landy volunteering on international humanitarian projects, an experience that laid the foundation of his future ‘purpose driven’ career in architecture and design. 

He returned to Deakin to complete his degree and joined ClarkeHopkinsClarke, where he leads the design and delivery of some of Australia’s largest and most ambitious urban developments, including town centres, mixed use projects, and urban renewal precincts. 

Landy is also the founder-director of One Heart Foundation, an Australian ‘for purpose’ organisation working in Kenya to alleviate poverty by building and operating schools, children’s homes and skills training centres.

Looking back on where it all began, Landy recalls how as a 19-year-old student in Nottingham, he felt the drive to learn a little bit more about the bigger world around him. 

Llewellyn Regler (left)  is the National Technical Manager for facades at Network Architectural. He helps to ensure that all products we deliver to the façade market are safe and of high quality.

Matthew O’Neill (right) has 10 years engineering and consulting experience in the façade industry. Leveraging his commercial and residential design experience, Matthew has expanded his expertise to include facade remedial works in the existing building space.

In this wide-ranging and revealing interview, Llewellyn and Matthew explain the intricacies of facade design and what is and isn’t the right way to address the issue of flammable cladding and where do we need to be in the very near future.

This podcast is brought to you in association with Network Architectural.

Based in Clontarf, NSW, James Cooper has been implementing the principles of sustainable design for over 25 years and brings his knowledge of passive solar and climate conscious design to his client base primarily in Sydney, but also in regional VIC, NSW and QLD – providing high end design solutions with a built in focus on thermal performance maximisation.

James has won many awards over the course of his career. He is a Multi-time National Award winner of Environmental and Energy Efficient Building Designs and Multi Time National Design Award for New Residential and Commercial Building Designs. 

 Most recently in 2022, James won the National Design Award for Heritage Buildings/Adaptive reuse  for  Laureston House in Gladesville NSW.

He talks with us on the differences between passive house, passive solar and passive design and also how and why location / orientation, façade materials, shading, and window/door glazing considerations affect house design.

This podcast is brought to you in association with AWS, proud sponsors of our 2023  Sustainable series of podcasts.

Richard Hough has been a structural engineer with Arup for over 40 years, including periods as a Director in Arup’s London office, as Managing Principal of Arup’s California practice, and as Managing Principal of Arup New South Wales.    

He joined the Sydney office in 1970 during the final stages of design of the Sydney Opera House, then led the Arup team during the 2000’s assisting Richard Johnson and Utzon’s office on the Opera Theatre Renewal Project. 

On the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Opera House, Richard Hough talks exclusively about some of the lesser-known facts of building this global icon.

Jan Kwak is Managing Director of Australia and Asia at, an award-winning multidisciplinary leader in engineering, operational and development projects in  the metals, energy and infrastructure industries. 

Jan oversees an estimated 1000 staff on  more than 200 projects, and has managed every aspect of the design, construction, commissioning and operation of large-scale mines over 25 years. 

Jan has been a vocal advocate for building sustainable communities around mines. He explains how  building such communities can improve the quality of life of mine workers and their families, as well as provide long-term economic benefits to the local area.

Professor Chimay Anumba is a Professor and the Dean of the College of Design, Construction, and Planning at the University of Florida. 

 He has over 500 scientific publications to his name and has also supervised 56 doctoral candidates to completion and mentored over 25 postdoctoral researchers. 

He is the recipient of the 2018 ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award and is  also a member of the US National Academy of Construction (NAC).

Professor Anumba talks about the growing influence of Digital Twin technology in the design and build sector across the world.

Architectus has launched a new landscape architecture offering, introducing a number of leading Landscape Architects to our growing Urban Futures team. The change allows the practice to make an even greater impact through layered, integrated design solutions for cities and communities. 

The expanded offering will be led by Esther Dickins, a highly respected Landscape Architect and Urban Designer with more than 25 years in the industry. Esther comes to Architectus from design practice Scott Carver, where she was a Director with a career portfolio of major multi-disciplinary projects throughout Australia, Asia, and the Middle East.

She explains the latest in biophilia, water-saving design and trends in hospitality design.

This podcast is brought to you in association with Stormtech  proud sponsors of our 2023 Hospitality & Retail series of podcasts.

Rob Kirkovski is the MD & Principal Design Manager for The Rural Building Company, with a design history that spans close to 30 years, with a background in architecture, interior design and construction. 

In this exclusive interview, Rob talks about  building styles, the industry, his recent HIA award win and the differences in building styles between his native Western Australia and the more populous Eastern States.

Lorena Gaxiola, an internationally acclaimed interior architect and designer renowned for her expertise in creating bespoke spaces that add value to any project. 

With over two decades of experience, Lorena has worked across Europe, the US, Australia and China, making her well versed in global market trends. 

Based in Sydney, Lorena leads a team of multi-faceted female creatives, dedicated to offering clients a holistic approach, combining conceptual architecture, interior designs, product development and branding to deliver a client-centric service.

In this exclusive interview, she talks about the influences, concepts and ideas that have made her an award-winning Interior Architect & Designer who provides strategic and unique solutions for progressive property developers across the world.

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