The Design Discussion
Elliott Blackwood will talk about  the building design that won the National Building Design Awards building of the year in 2015. The brief for that building included the instruction to “reactivate the northern end of Northbridge Piazza precinct” in Perth. Community was important in Elliott’s design from start to finish. It’s a fantastic design and a great story.
Designing for the community
Vernon Hall blends his life as a retired Australian Rugby Union player with his career as an architect to create great sports stadiums like a new stand at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground and convention centres across Australia and South East Asia. With many large and prestigious buildings to his credit, Vernon regards his most satisfying project as a small grandstand for a local football ground in a small western New South Wales town. The impact that design had on small community and the effect it had on Vernon’s professional outlook was surprising.
Gabriel Ridley MBE HonDTech

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) represents professionals practising and studying Architectural Technology.  It has 16 Regions within the UK and 7 Centres worldwide.  Gabriel has been Chief Executive at CIAT since 1995 and has worked in the Architectural Technology and the built environment for over 20 years. 
Of her achievements, Gabriel led the Institute in gaining its Royal Charter in 2005; and also recognition as a Competent Authority within the European Union.  In addition to this Gabriel is: a Trustee of the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and current Chair of its Publication Committee; a Council member (and former Vice Chairman) of both the Society for the Environment (SocEnv) and the Construction Industry Council all based within the UK. 
In 2015 Gabriel became a judge for the Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.  Gabriel was made an MBE in Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II’s 2012 Birthday Honours for services to the Architectural Technology profession; and in 2014 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from Southampton Solent University.
Nathan Horne

Vernon Hall is a Wallaby with a unique blend of integrity, strength and intelligence. His career has included two Rugby World Cups, scoring his first try in senior representative Rugby in the match against Canada at the 2007 tournament. He is also a practicing registered architect, company director and TV sports commentator. After graduating from the University of Sydney in 2001 with both the Sir Tim Sulman and Sunlord Perpetual awards for design, and the completion of his rugby career in 2011, Al became a registered architect where he currently specialises in sports, convention + exhibition and master planning projects both in Australia and South East Asia. Some projects of note that Al has been involved include the SCG Northern Stand and the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Khalifar Stadium in Qatar and the Indonesian International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Jakarta.
Check out Vernon Hall talking about Rugby Union and Architecture at
Dr Jess Lowell MBE

Jess Lowell MBE is well known for surviving the London bombings against all odds. A highly regarded and internationally sought after speaker, she has been recognised with two Honorary PhD’s from both the London Metropolitan and Kingston Universities for her contribution to architecture and design, her work promoting the importance of establishing sustainable peace and her dedication to rehabilitative healthcare. Before the fateful day in July 2005, Jess had been publishing director of UK architecture, design and contemporary culture magazine Blue Print, Founding Director of Dangerous Minds design consultancy and Head Curator at the Design Council. Since Returning to Australia in 2012, Jess has continued to dedicate her life’s work to countering the destructive messaging of Violent Extremism and to encourage sustainable peace through stronger, cohesive communities. She became a Mother in January 2013 and was named as the South Australian, Australian of the Year nominee for the 2015 Australian of the Year Awards.

Timathon Ryley

Timathon Ryley is a lecturer and the Head of Program for the Building Surveying and Built Environment programs at Central Queensland University (CQU). He has a Masters of Environmental Planning from the University of Tasmania and has almost completed his PhD in Architectural and Building Sciences at CQU. Timathon will be sharing results from research in human interaction with the built environment

Kim Clarkson

Kim is is a leading voice in the evolving profession of place making. She is an architect graduate, planner, author, facilitator, curator, entrepreneur, and a founding Director of Place Partners,
Her interests lie in the relationship between people and their urban environments and and how we can work better collaboratively to create the kinds of places people want to spend time in.
Kim is author of the Urban Trends book series, and has published "Doing it Differently" and "Future City Solutions". She is an internationally regarded speaker having presented at the World Green Building Congress, Venice Architecture Biennale, UN Habitat's Future of Places, Green Cities and more.
Tim Abbott

Tim Abbott is an enabler, writer and speaker, having qualified as an Architect in 1981, and has worked in the public and private sectors in architectural practice, main contracting and consulting. For the last 18 years Tim has been involved in design management and pre–construction process for major contractors, with responsibility for design management teams and also providing functional support and design leadership at all stages of the design and construction process.
Tim’s work includes working with: the CIOB on BIM strategy and regional presentations; a leading consultancy on work winning and bid support; a BIM implementation business, a leading Major Contractor on knowledge management and several Major Contractors on Design Management.
He lectures and presents at universities, conferences and workshops. He is author of The Design Manager’s Handbook, published by Wiley Blackwell, 2013, and the soon to be published #UKBIM2 Guide. He is now researching a PhD on the impact of BIM and collaboration, at Leeds Beckett University.