In this edition of Talking Architecture and Design, we talk with Bates Smart director Philip Vivian on the sustainable benefits of timber architecture, the urgent need for urban densification, building for the long term, affordable housing and automation in design.

Philip Vivian

Philip Vivian is a Director of Bates Smart architects based in the Sydney Studio. He has a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in New York, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Western Australia; and has studied Global Cities at the London School of Economics.

In this edition of Talking Architecture and Design, Ed Horton, founding director of award-winning property developers, The Stable Group talks about sustainable building, limitations of the legacy approach to building, challenging convention, adaptive reuse of old buildings, the need for councils to incentivise sustainability, the embedded electricity network trend, and the housing market.

Ed Horton

Ed has 39 years’ experience in the real estate industry in Australia and South East Asia, where his career has involved a broad range of related roles. Ranging from agency and brokerage, property development to corporate real estate and business advisory, principally in the financial services industry, capital markets and within government, Ed has been a principal or lead adviser in numerous businesses and roles.

In this edition of Talking Architecture and Design, we speak with Paolo Bevilacqua, general manager, Sustainability and Real Utilities at Frasers Property Australia, on the increased focus on sustainability among developers, residential solar installations, energy security, community microgrids and Fraser’s green power push.

Paolo Bevilacqua

Paolo Bevilacqua has 20 years’ experience in the property sector and is one of Australia’s leading sustainability professionals, responsible for delivering cutting-edge sustainability solutions to many high-profile projects across various sectors.

Paolo currently manages Real Utilities, a recently established zero carbon energy retailer and utilities business, wholly owned by Frasers Property Australia. Paolo previously managed sustainability strategy for Frasers Property Australia, who is now recognised as a global leader in the sustainability in the real estate sector. Paolo also currently leads Frasers Property Global Sustainability Working Group, overseeing sustainability strategy for the Group’s business units which range from residential, retail, commercial & business parks, to industrial & logistics and hospitality in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In this edition of Talking Architecture and Design, Branko Miletic speaks with Tone Wheeler, the principal and director of Environa Studio and a passionate advocate for environmental architecture.

He has taught at universities for over 40 years and designed every type of structure conceivable, his sustainability credentials extend way beyond the ordinary, and he is much more than just a designer of things; he’s a chronicler of the changing mood of Australian architecture and its many iterations over the years.

In this podcast, Tone Wheeler discusses the ‘Sydney School’ of architecture, about architecture needing purpose and place, localisation, sustainability and the growing population, robots, and the need to ‘slow it down’.

Tone Wheeler

Tone Wheeler is an architect, author, educator and consultant with an abiding interest in environmentally sustainable design (ESD). in the mid seventies at the university of Sydney he coordinated and assisted in the construction of the “autonomous house”, a working example of a low energy house constructed entirely from recycled materials.  upon graduation tone worked for the Australian government in Canberra where he designed a range of low cost social housing that won the r.a.i.a residential design award (c s Daley medal) in 1980.  for the last twenty five years he has worked in his own practice. tone is a past chair of the AIA national environment committee, is currently on the institute ‘Sustainabilty Committee’ and recently retired from the board of ABSA (association of building sustainability assessors) after a ten year association.  he is a current board member of the building professionals board.

We speak with architect Sandra Furtado from Furtado Sullivan on what she sees are the more important aspects of architecture and the role of the architect.

Sandra Furtado

Sandra Furtado began her architectural journey over 30 years ago, aged eight, when she started designing imaginary projects. With technical support provided by her father, she began testing her first ideas on paper using different model-making techniques and experimenting with various materials. Her inquisitive nature and curiosity is still present today in everything she puts her mind to.

Born and educated in Portugal, Sandra later lived and worked in Italy, The Netherlands, Cape Verde and China before settling in Australia in 2005. Here in Sydney, she has been intrinsically involved in notable large-scale projects including 8 Chifley and the Barangaroo Masterplan and International Towers. She led the design of One Circular Quay hotel as Design Director of Crone, in collaboration with Kengo Kuma and Associates, driving the vision and design aspirations on the development.

WT Partnership managing director Nick Deeks about the relationship between politics and infrastructure, the stagnation of our construction methods and how we can future-proof our cities.

Nick Deeks

Nick Deeks has 39 years of experience in the property and construction industries, 13 years in the UK and the past 26 years of which are in Australia. Established the National Infrastructure Group in 2002 which has been instrumental in the building of our capability across the sector and is the Founding Director of WT Sustainability. Nick was appointed the Managing Director of WT Australia in 2013 and joint Chairman of WT International in 2015. Nick continues to drive the strategic direction of the Australian business and is passionate about business transformation and change within the building and construction industry. Nicks commitment to the topic sees him speak at many industry forums and events to share his knowledge and embrace new learnings.

Retired Architectus director Ross Styles about the future of architecture and the journey that architecture took him on over the past 4 decades.

Ross Styles

Ross Styles is the recently-retired director of Architectus with a distinguished career spanning about 50 years.

As director at Architectus, Ross was actively involved in developing the strategic direction of the business in addition to leading multiple project teams within Australia as well as in international markets.

Amanda Visser, group manager – Sustainability at The Star talks about the casino’s sustainability journey.

Amanda Visser

Amanda Visser is group manager – Sustainability at The Star Entertainment Group, speaks with about The Star Entertainment Group’s sustainability journey since 2013, their performance in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Assessment in 2016, and the impact of their sustainability efforts on costs, efficiency, business growth and the community.

Mark Wilde has worked on a number of previous law court designs like the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law in Brisbane, “which took a radical departure from traditional court design by exhibiting a high level of transparency and lightness”, says Wilde.

This element was built upon in the design of Shepparton Law Courts, where natural light weaves throughout the building. Court design we find, is a lot more complex and involved than we thought.

Mark Wilde

Mark Wilde joined Architectus Melbourne in 1984 and was appointed director in 1992. Significant projects that Wilde has worked on include national distribution centres for the Coles Group, Qantas Heavy Maintenance Facility, the Gold Coast Rapid Transit light rail project and the new Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law (as part of a greater design directorate).

AIA president-elect professor Helen Lochhead about the ‘latte line’ dividing Sydney, the urban planning challenges facing Sydney & Melbourne and why the gender pay gap for architects is an ongoing issue for the profession.

Helen Lochhead

Professor Helen Lochhead is an Australian architect, urbanist and Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW Sydney.[1] She is also the 2019 President of the Australian Institute of Architects.