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Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. Before establishing Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990, he received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Tokyo, where he is currently a Professor of Architecture. Having been inspired by Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Kengo Kuma decided to pursue architecture at a young age, and later entered the Architecture program at the University of Tokyo, where he studied under Hiroshi Hara and Yoshichika Uchida. During his Graduate studies, he made a research trip across the Sahara, exploring various villages and settlements, observing a unique power and beauty. After his time as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York, he established his office in Tokyo. Since then, Kengo Kuma & Associates has designed architectural works in over twenty countries and received prestigious awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), and the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy), among others. Kengo Kuma & Associates aims to design architecture which naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, proposing gentle, human scaled buildings. The office is constantly in search of new materials to replace concrete and steel, and seeks a new approach for architecture in a post-industrial society.
Credit: J.C. Carbonne. Kuma & Associates.


Gurjit Singh Matharoo

Matharoo Associates is a 25 year old practice that began operations in Ahmedabad, India in 1992. In 2013, Gurjit Singh Matharoo was conferred an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The diverse range of projects have brought the firm international and domestic recognition, including the 2011 International Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum, the 2010 Architectural Review House Award and the 2009 AR Emerging Architecture Award, to name a few.

The studio calls themselves romantics governed by emotion over calculation, and affected by beauty more than gain. Projects are injected with a potent dose of wit, so buildings are not sterile, but playful and fun to be in. It is coupled with their internal working philosophy of extreme restraint, ‘when in doubt, reduce; when not in doubt, surely reduce'.

Gurjit is currently Chair for Architectural Design at his alma mater CEPT University, Ahmedabad where he has been visiting faculty since 1990, and is the founder member of the Architectural workshop ‘Pan India Travel Studio’.

Ryue Nishizawa

Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Ryue Nishizawa 
is Professor at Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture Y-GSA. He co-founded the highly lauded firm SANAA with Kazuyo Sejima in 1995, and in 1997 established Office of Ryue Nishizawa.

Nishizawa’s renowned projects include Moriyama House, The Teshima Art Museum (a collaboration with artist Rei Naito), and the New Museum of Contemporary Art (with Kazuyo Sejima), in New York City.

Individual honours include: the fourth Velux Stiftung Daylight Award, Officier de L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France, the 25th Murano Togo Prize, Tokyo, and The Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan. Other notable projects and honours with SANAA include: Dior Omotesando,21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, The Louvre-Lens, France, the Rolex Learning Center, Switzerland; The Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan, Golden Lion for the most remarkable work in the exhibition Metamorph in the 9th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia 2004, and the Kunstpreis Berlin (Berlin Art Prize), Berlin, 2007. SANAA’s forthcoming Sydney Modern Project will expand The Art Gallery of New South Wales into an exciting new art and cultural precinct.
Credit: Office of Ryue Nishizawa

Michael Rakowitz

Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973, New York) is an artist living and working in Chicago. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including dOCUMENTA (13), P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th and 14th Istanbul Biennials, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transmediale 05. He has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern in London, Lombard Freid Gallery in New York, Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea in Torino, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Kunstraum Innsbruck. His public project, Return, was presented by Creative Time in New York in 2006. He is the recipient of a 2012 Tiffany Foundation Award; a 2008 Creative Capital Grant; a Sharjah Biennial Jury Award; a 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Architecture and Environmental Structures; the 2003 Dena Foundation Award, and the 2002 Design 21 Grand Prix from UNESCO. His work features in major private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Van Abbemuseum, Endhoven, Netherlands; The British Museum; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Kabul National Museum, Afghanistan; and UNESCO, Paris. His first US museum survey, titled Backstroke of the West, opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in September 2017. He has also been awarded the Fourth Plinth commission in London’s Trafalgar Square which was unveiled this spring. Rakowitz is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.


Professor Eileen Baldry

Eileen Baldry (BA, DipEd, MWP, PhD) is Deputy Vice Chancellor Inclusion and Diversity and Professor of Criminology, UNSW Sydney. She has taught social policy, social development and criminology over the past 30 years.

Eileen’s research and publications focus on social justice and include mental health and cognitive disability in the criminal justice system; criminalised women and Indigenous Australian women and youth; education, training and employment for prisoners and ex-prisoners; homelessness and transition from prison; Indigenous justice; Indigenous social work; community development and social housing; and disability services.

She has been and is Chief investigator on numerous Australian Research Council (ARC), NH&MRC, AHURI and other grants over the past 25 years. She has been involved in a voluntary capacity with a number of development and justice community organisations and is currently a Director on the Board of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and Deputy Chair NSW Disability Council.

Professor Baldry was awarded the NSW Justice Medal in 2009 and in 2016 was named in the AFR/Westpac 100 most influential women in Australia.

Tom Bamforth

Tom Bamforth is a writer and aid worker who became involved in humanitarian work when an earthquake struck Pakistan where he was traveling in 2005. Since then he has worked with NGOs, the United Nations, and the International Red Cross in emergency response and disaster preparedness in the shelter and settlements sector in Pakistan, Sudan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Haiti, Sri Lanka, and across the Pacific region. His writing has appeared in leading journals in Australia and the UK including Granta, Griffith Review, The Age, and The Guardian. He is the author of Deep Field: dispatches from the frontlines for humanitarian aid.

Caroline Baum

Journalist Caroline Baum is the author of ONLY: A Singular Memoir. She writes about culture and aspects of contemporary life for the Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald and other publications. She is the Inaugural Reader in Residence at the State Library of NSW and has a longstanding personal interest in contemporary architecture.

Sandra Bender

Executive Director, Activation and Precinct Management.

Sandra joined the Authority in November 2016 and has a career spanning 20 years across all areas of the contemporary arts throughout North America, Europe and Australia.

Most recently she was the CEO of CITS, a concert hall and multidisciplinary arts venue in Canada. She has worked as a senior executive with a range of events and organisations from SXSW, Venice Biennale, Parc Fòrum, Australia Council for the Arts, Presidente del Consejo Asesor de Vaicheboa Eventos, Musée du quai Branly, National Gallery of Canada to SBS Subscription TV and Foxtel.

Sandra specialises in developing audiences through partnerships with the arts and cultural sector to establish the identity and character for a place.

Vanessa Berry

Vanessa Berry is a writer and artist who works with history, memory and archives. She is the author of Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of Reflections (Giramondo 2017), a collection of essays and hand-drawn maps that investigate the city’s marginal places and undercurrents. The book is in-part based on the popular blog Mirror Sydney, which she has been writing since 2012. She is also the author of the memoirs Ninety 9 (Giramondo 2013) and Strawberry Hills Forever (Local Consumption Publications 2007). Her visual arts work has been exhibited at galleries such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, National Gallery of Australia, and the Museum of Sydney. Her most recent essay, "Time Machines" will be published by the Museum of Applied Arts and Science's in their new book Time and Memory.

Robert Beson

Robert Beson is a registered architect and founding director of AR-MA. Robert has led AR-MA as a transdisciplinary architectural practice, merging award-winning design with proven expertise in the delivery of challenging buildings. This mixture responds to changing supply chains affecting how we design, manage and manufacture buildings for construction. Throughout his career, Robert has been involved in architectural research and teaching. He has taught at various architecture schools in Australia since 2006, and continues to lecture worldwide. Robert studied architecture at the University of Sydney, where he received his Bachelor of Design (Architecture), and the University of Technology Sydney, where he received his Master of Architecture. Prior to studying architecture, Robert studied Classics (Latin and Greek) at the Colorado College. He wrote his thesis on the origins of the novel and received his Bachelor of Arts in 2000.

Camilla Block

Camilla Block graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) in 1991, and joined Neil Durbach in practice in 1992. In 1998, the office of Durbach Block Architects was established. Camilla has been a design principal in all of the major projects of Durbach Block Jaggers, including Tamarama House, UTS Thomas Street Science Building, Roslyn Street Kings Cross, the Brickpit Ring, Homebush Bay, North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, House Holman, House Spry, Commonwealth Place, Canberra and Sydney Amenities Buildings Homebush Bay.

Durbach Block Jaggers has received a number of awards for residential, commercial and institutional work, including the Robin Boyd AIA National Award for Residential Architecture and AIA Wilkinson NSW Award for Residential Architecture three times.

Camilla Block has taught, lectured, exhibited, judged awards and been published both nationally and internationally. In 2014, Camilla received an Honorary Appointment as Adjunct Professor from UTS: University of Technology, Faculty Design Architecture and Building.

Cameron Bruhn

Cameron Bruhn has been announced as the Head of School and Dean of Architecture at the University of Queensland. Cameron is also a writer, editor and publisher and the editorial director of Architecture Media. Cameron has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Queensland, where he is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and has a practice-based PhD from RMIT University. Cameron is a co-editor of The Forever House, The Terrace House and The Apartment House, all published by Thames and Hudson. In 2016 he was a creative director for the National Architecture Conference “How Soon is Now? and established the annual Asia Pacific Architecture Forum in Brisbane. He has written more than fifty introductions and reviews and has been a peer juror, sessional teacher, exhibition curator and guest speaker in Australia and internationally.

Andrew Burns

Andrew Burns graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004. Since establishment in 2008, his practice has compiled a diverse and expanding portfolio of work across a wide range of project types including private houses, multi-residential, cultural, hospitality and educational projects. In 2011, the practice received first prize in the Australia House design competition for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Japan, selected by Tadao Ando from an international field of 154 entries. In 2012, the practice was awarded first prize in an invited competition to transform a forgotten pocket at Gibbon's Rent into London's newest park and selected for the inaugural Fugitive Structures project at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, since installed permanently at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Current projects include the Hyde Park Cafe, a major rural school campus for Cranbrook School, a series of remote hiking lodges in Tasmania and a series of multi-residential projects for leading developers committed to city transformation.

Andrew Cameron AM

Andrew Cameron is a highly regarded arts supporter, philanthropist and advocate and collector.

He is currently Chair of Art Gallery NSW Foundation and Chair of Artspace Visual Arts Centre. He is also a board member of the Sydney Festival. He sits on the International Council of the Tate in London and on the International Council of MoMA in New York. He has previously been Deputy Chair of the Biennale of Sydney, Chair of Belvoir Theatre, and was Deputy Commissioner for Australia’s presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

He studied architecture at University of Sydney where he graduated with First Class Honors and the University Medal in 1981. He subsequently completed an MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

He was awarded an AM in the Australia Day honours list in 2014 for “significant services to the arts - particularly the visual and performing arts and for philanthropy.” He and his wife Cathy were jointly awarded National Arts Philanthropist of the Year in 2017 by Creative Partnerships Australia.

Renate Carius

Renate Carius grounded her architectural design principles working with vulnerable communities in Australia and the Himalaya. She sees opportunity in informal settlements and is passionate about seeking local knowledge and know-how to enable local solutions. As a team member of Healthabitat she received the 2008 UIA Vassilis Sgoutas Prize (collective category) “for a significant contribution to the improvement of living conditions in areas below the level of poverty”. She runs a Sydney-based non-profit organisation that focuses on improving education, health and infrastructure outcomes in rural and remote regions of Nepal and Ladakh. Carius is a practice-based PhD scholar interested in the intersection of informal and formal approaches to design in vulnerable settlements. Her research explores how co-creative design can foster community-based actions for resilience and independence.

Elizabeth Carpenter

Managing Principal

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours. She has extensive professional experience in Australia and south east Asia having led many multi-award winning projects for both public and private clients. Her ability to successfully move between various typologies allows her to operate across a wide span of projects, including educational, museums, performing arts complexes, residential and commercial. Elizabeth acts as the Managing Principal, Discipline Head – Architecture, and Studio Leader of the Sydney studio.

Elizabeth was awarded the 2014 University of Sydney Alumni Award for Professional Achievement and the 2005 NAWIC (Australia) Stockland Award for Achievement in Design. Highly-respected within the profession, she continues her involvement in education through her role as guest critic, juror and tutor at various Universities and institutions as well as championing gender equality in Architecture. She is currently serving a two-year term in the NSW AIA Chapter Council.

Christina Cho

Christina is a third generation architect. Born in Seoul and raised in Brisbane. She has been fortunate to have lived on the cross roads of two unique and wonderful societies. She is passionate about public engagement and focuses on creating opportunities to spread creative, cultural and collaborative dialogue.

Christina is a registered architect in Queensland and National Director of Cox Architecture. She was the recipient of the 2018 AIA National Emerging Architect Prize and named as one of Australian Financial Review’s 2018 Young BOSS Executives. Christina is honoured to have recently been featured alongside her Archi-heroes in the book Chasing the Sky: 20 Stories of Women in Architecture.

Christina was co-organiser of PechaKucha Night Brisbane and over the last 10 years curated over 50 events providing a platform for over 500 creatives from diverse backgrounds to learn, share, exchange ideas and collectively contribute to the creative culture of Brisbane.

Christina currently holds positions on AIA QLD’s Chapter Council, Adjunct Professor and Advisory Board member at University of Queensland School of Architecture, and the Property Industry Foundation.

Christina studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and University of Queensland graduating as Valedictorian with first class honours. Her side projects include explorations into ways in which to trigger human conversations and interactions to bring public space to life. As a founding member of the Rice Cake Mafia design collective, Christina has collaborated with designers in Seoul, Boston and London on public art installations, one being the winning entry in a global competition for Tokyo’s Designers Week. This work enriches her interest and ability in creating interactive public spaces as well as look at city scale projects with much more considered solutions.

Nicole Foreshew

An artist, writer and curator Nicole Foreshew, a member of the Wiradjuri nation, Central West NSW, Australia, works across a range of mediums, from photomedia to sculpture, film and video. Foreshew has taken part in several notable group shows across Australia and internationally, most notably the 2017 Primavera exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Maamungun Compatriots at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 2012, Shadowlife at Bendigo Art Gallery, curated by Natalie King and Djon Mundine, 2013, Born in Darkness Before Dawn, 2013 for Place Projections, Eora Journey, a City of Sydney arts initiative, curated by Hetti Perkins, Hereby Make Protest at Carriageworks, 2014, Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu at Murray Art Museum Albury, 2015 and Shimmer at the JamFactory, part of Tarnanthi - Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, South Australia 2015.

Abbie Galvin

Abbie Galvin is currently a Principal, Director and shareholder of BVN, one of Australia’s largest and most highly acclaimed architectural practices.

Abbie has worked for over 25 years on public, educational, health, research and workplace projects that have been highly awarded, published and recognised internationally for bringing fresh approaches to common project types.

Amongst her portfolio of work are the new Northern Beaches Hospital, the Cancer Research Institute for the UniSA, Taronga Zoo Upper Entrance Precinct, the Braggs Research Institute for the University of Adelaide, Stockland’s Headquarters, The UTS Campus 2020 Masterplan, the HMAS Creswell Redevelopment in Jervis Bay, The National Life Sciences Hub at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga and two of NSW’s largest Public Private Partnerships (RNS and NBH Hospitals).

Abbie is a firm believer that building typologies benefit enormously from exposure to other sectors, that experts in their field always have something to learn from the amateurs and that the core of innovation comes from cross disciplinary expertise.

Abbie is passionate about the public domain, and the ability of architecture and our built environment to positively affect human behaviour, the way people interact, and the manner in which institutions and organisations operate.

Abbie has been involved with the profession, the Institute of Architects and the Board of Architects for many years, and is a regular member of Australian and international juries and panels. She is a member of the Eminent Architects panel for the World Heritage Listed Sydney Opera House and a member of the NSW State Design Review Panel.

James Grose

Working across a full range of project types and scales, James Grose has consolidated a position of accomplishment in the architectural profession through design innovation, built works, awards, professional leadership and publications. Starting at the end of the 1980s with his own practice, Grose Bradley Architecture, before becoming a Principal of BVN through a merger in 1998, James was appointed CEO in 2006. James has led the BVN project team in a number of benchmark projects across his 20 years as part of the BVN leadership team.

Dr Susan Holden

Susan Holden is an Architect and Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Queensland. Her research on the relationship between architecture and art has considered mid-twentieth century practices concerned with a synthesis of the arts, civic form and monumentality, and the competition to design the Centre Pompidou. Recent work on contemporary pavilions has been published in Architecture Australia and the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art. Susan is author, along with John Macarthur, Ashley Paine and Wouter Davidts of Pavilion Propositions (Amsterdam: Valiz, 2018), a major outcome of the Australian Research Council funded Project: Is Architecture Art: A history of categories, concepts and recent practices.

Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and lives in Sydney. Her five novels have been published across the world and have won several awards, including twice winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award for The Life To Come in 2018, and Questions of Travel in 2013.

Cecilia Kugler

Cecilia Kugler B.A. is the founder and director of CK Design International (1999); an Interior Architecture and Design firm focusing on planning and designing libraries, education and community facilities. These typologies are often merging, and their social importance is at the core of the firm’s values.

With over 90 library and community projects completed over the past 30 years, Cecilia is focused on the user’s experience, working closely with stakeholders to improve operations, find efficiencies and achieve cost effective solutions for projects large and small. CKDI projects have received recognition and awards for Interior Design and Sustainability, such as Katoomba Library and Rockdale Library & Customer Centre.

Cecilia Kugler B.A. (Int. Des) UTS (SCA). In the 1980s the interior architecture course was offered by Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) in their School of Design (they also had a School of Arts). During Kugler’s 4th year SCA was split, the School of Design merged with UTS and School of Arts joined Sydney University inheriting the name Sydney College of the Arts.

Cecilia has presented at many national and international conferences on library design and contributed chapters to various publications for IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations).

Janet Laurence

Janet Laurence is a Sydney based Australian artist who exhibits nationally and internationally. Her practice examines our physical, cultural and conflicting relationship to the natural world.

She creates immersive environments that navigate the interconnections between organic elements and systems of nature. Within the recognized threat to so much of the life world she explores what it might mean to heal, albeit metaphorically, the natural environment, fusing this with a sense of communal loss and search for connection with powerful life-forces.

Her work is included in museum university and corporate and private collections as well as within architectural and landscaped public places and has done many collaborations with architects and environmental scientists.

In 2019 she will have a major solo exhibition at MCA.

Qianyi Lim

Qianyi is a co-founder of Sibling Architecture; a practice that produces socially engaged outcomes from within a participatory and research-based studio environment. Sibling was established in Melbourne in 2012 and has recently opened a Sydney studio. Qianyi is currently leading a diverse range of projects in NSW. This includes the Bega Valley Regional Gallery, a pair of multigenerational houses in Sydney and play spaces for a bilingual early learning centre in the city of Parramatta. She is currently on the NSW AIA Chapter Committee for Education and Research, and has had various teaching roles at Monash University, RMIT and the University of Melbourne.

In 2017, Sibling were recipients of the inaugural Creators Fund grant by Creative Victoria, which has supported their design research into the future of our ageing population. The outcome of this is an ongoing project, New Agency: Owning Your Future, a live research platform developed for and presented at the RMIT Design Hub.

Peter Lonergan

Peter Lonergan is Director and architect of the cross disciplinary research-led practice Cracknell & Lonergan Architects, established in 1984 with fellow Director, Julie Cracknell. Over a combined career spanning thirty years, they have worked across a variety of disciplines, ranging from residential and commercial development, to consultancy roles in heritage conservation, town planning and environmental law. Running parallel to this, Peter and Julie have also been concerned with preserving the socio-cultural heritage of some of Sydney’s preeminent Modernist architects. Their forthcoming publication, Bruce Rickard: A Life in Architecture, co-edited with Mr. Samuel Rickard, explores not only the extensive architectural legacy of Bruce Rickard, but also the intimacy of his practice and the varied lives of his clients, colleagues and contemporaries.

Professor John Macarthur

John Macarthur is Professor of Architecture at the University of Queensland where he teaches history, theory and design. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and a Life Member of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. His research on the intellectual history of architecture has focused on the conceptual framework of the relation of architecture and the visual arts from the Picturesque to the present. John has written or edited seven books and published over 140 papers. Recent publications include the book Pavilion Propositions (Amsterdam: Valiz, 2018) with Susan Holden, Ashley Paine and Wouter Davidts; and an essay “The Banality of 240cm” on the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018.

Jill Magid

American artist Jill Magid’s work is deeply ingrained in her lived experience, exploring and blurring the boundaries between art and life. Through her performance-based practice, Magid has initiated intimate relations with a number of organizations and structures of authority. She explores the emotional, philosophical and legal tensions between the individual and ‘protective’ institutions, such as intelligence agencies or the police. To work alongside or within large organizations, Magid makes use of institutional quirks, systemic loopholes that allow her to make contact with people ‘on the inside’. Her work tends to be characterized by the dynamics of seduction, the resulting narratives often taking the form of a love story. It is typical of Magid’s practice that she follows the rules of engagement with an institution to the letter – sometimes to the point of absurdity.

With solo exhibitions at institutions around the world including Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City; Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Berkeley Museum of Art, California; Tate Liverpool; the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Yvon Lambert, Paris and New York; Gagosian Gallery, New York; and the Security and Intelligence Agency of the Netherlands, Magid has received awards from the Fonds Voor Beeldende Kunsten, the Netherland-American Foundation Fellowship Fulbright Grant, and the 2017 Calder Prize. Magid has participated in the Liverpool, Lyon, Bucharest, Singapore, Incheon, Gothenburg, and Performa Biennials, and Manifesta, among others.

Ken Maher AO


Ken Maher AO is an architect and landscape architect with a strong interest in sustainability and the design of cities. His recognition is reflected in the numerous awards received for projects he has led. Maher is an Honorary Professor of Practice at UNSW Built Environment and HASSELL Fellow. He is President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and a former National President of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Maher chairs the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory Panel, is a member of Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel, and a board member of the CRC for Low Carbon Living. He was awarded the 2009 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, and was recently appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Jeremy McLeod

Jeremy is the founding Director of Breathe Architecture, a team of dedicated Architects that have built a reputation for delivering high quality design and sustainable Architecture for all scale projects. Breathe Architecture has been focusing on sustainable urbanisation and in particular have been investigating how to deliver more affordable urban housing to Melbournians.

Breathe were the instigators of The Commons housing project in Brunswick and now are collaborating with other Melbourne Architects to deliver the Nightingale Model.

Nightingale is intended to be an open-source housing model led by Architects.

Jeremy believes that architects, through collaboration, can drive real positive change in this city we call home.

Robert Nation AM

Robert Nation AM is an award winning architect with more than 40 years experience in all facets of architecture both nationally and internationally. He has worked and studied in Australia and abroad throughout this time, owning practices offshore for more than 20 years. He has lectured extensively at universities in Australia and overseas, has won design competitions throughout Asia and Australia, and has received a number of national and state architectural awards.

Mr Nation worked predominantly in Tasmania in the 1970s (HNRV Architects), Hong Kong in the 1980s (Yuncken Freeman Hong Kong and Nation Fender Architects), Bangkok and Melbourne in 1990s (Nation Fender Architects and Nation Fender Katsalidis) and Sydney from 2000 (Nation Architects).

In 2007 he relocated to Dubai and subsequently joined RMJM as International Design Principal to Asia following a period in the New York office of this practice. He is currently a registered architect in Victoria, New South Wales, The Northern Territory, Tasmania, and Hong Kong.

Mr Nation has been responsible for a diverse range of projects, from small houses to a city in Thailand, which was the largest construction project in the world in the 1990s.

Projects he has worked on include: the Australian Embassy in Beijing, the adaptive re-use of the British Rail offices at Marylebone Station to the Landmark Hotel, a resort city development in Spain, the Government Office Tower in Hong Kong, Victoria Park residential complex in Sydney, and the 80 storey residential tower, World Tower at World Square Sydney, for Meriton Apartments.

Kristina Olsson

Kristina Olsson is the author of the novel In One Skin (2001) and the biography Kilroy Was Here (2005). Her second novel, The China Garden (2009), received the 2010 Barbara Jefferis Award for its empowering depiction of women in society and was also shortlisted for the Kibble Literary Award. Kristina’s non-fiction work Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir (2013) won the 2014 Kibble Literary Award, the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Award Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction, the 2013 Queensland Literary Award for Best Non-fiction, and the 2014 Western Australia Premier's Book Award for Non-fiction. It was also shortlisted for the 2014 Stella Prize, the 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for Non-fiction, and the 2013 Australian Human Rights Commission Literature Award. Kristina’s journalism and non-fiction have been published in The Australian, The Courier-Mail, The Sunday Telegraph and Griffith REVIEW. She has worked extensively as a teacher of creative writing and journalism.

Helen Pitt

Helen Pitt is a Sydney Morning Herald journalist who has worked as the opinion and letters editor at Australia’s oldest daily metropolitan newspaper where she began her career in 1986. She has visited Denmark twice researching her book, The House about the Sydney Opera House published by Allen and Unwin (2018). She has worked as a writer for The Bulletin magazine, in California for New York Times Digital, and in France as a television reporter at Euronews. In 1992 she was selected to take part in the Journalists in Europe program in Paris. Her feature writing has won the Austcare Media award and been highly commended in the UN Media Peace prize.

John Prentice

As a Principal at Woods Bagot, John is excited by what makes a city good and is well connected to contemporary ideas shaping Australian urbanism and architecture. With 18 years of global experience, his expertise locally is evident in civic projects including Wynyard Walk, the MLC Centre redevelopment at Martin Place and the Nan Tien Education Centre, Wollongong. John has a natural affinity for managing large and complex projects and is currently leading the architectural design of Sydney’s Central Station Metro. Prior to joining Woods Bagot 11 years ago, John worked for DTAH, an interdisciplinary firm in Toronto, Canada. He understands the value of collaboration and integrating disciplines to create meaningful and sustainable places that people love.

Catriona Quinn

Catriona Quinn is one of Australia's most respected design historians and a specialist in all aspects of 20th century Australian interior design and decoration. Formerly a curator with Sydney Living Museums, Catriona is currently a PhD candidate and scholarship holder at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Built Environment. She was a contributing author to the ground breaking The Other Moderns, Sydney's forgotten European design legacy (New South 2017) and in September 2018 presented a paper on migrant clients of Australian post war interior decoration at the Design History Society's conference at the Parson's School in New York.

Professor Bill Randolph

Bill Randolph joined the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales in August 2004 as Professor and Director of the City Futures Research Centre. He was appointed Associate Dean Research in mid-2009. At UNSW he leads a research team specialising in housing policy, housing markets and affordability, urban renewal, sustainability and metropolitan planning policy issues. Bill has 35 years experience as a researcher on housing and urban policy issues in the academic, government, non-government and private sectors and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.

Sarah Rees

Sarah Rees has 10 years experience working in the Arts in both the public and private sectors. She has a Masters in Curating from the University of Sydney and has curated several multidisciplinary art projects including, Circa 1979: Signal to Noise as part of Sydney Festival and 100 Million Nights with artist Daniel Boyd and musical duo, Canyons. Sarah worked in the Curatorial and Digital Division of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia before being appointed as inaugural Curator, Contemporary Art at Sydney Opera House, where she is currently developing a strategy for the production and presentation of temporal, site-specific artworks. Sarah’s practice is informed by ongoing research in art and architecture.

Dr Dagmar Reinhardt

Dr Dagmar Reinhardt is an architect, robotics researcher and leader of the Master of Digital Architecture Research at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney. Reinhardt’s research extends architecture and robotic design in a cross-disciplinary practice to develop audio-acoustics, structural engineering, workspace scenarios and advanced manufacturing for effective and stimulating spatial environments. Reinhardt chaired the international robots conference ROB|ARCH in 2016 († Her work with biome explores mathematical languages derived from biological precedents, shared between scripting, sound/music, fabrication, interaction and architecture (, recently exhibited as ‘Future Nature-Synthetic Biologies’ in the Netherlands. Her architecture practice reinhardtjung produces building projects, installations, curatorial work, research, publications, lectures and exhibitions in Europe and Australia, has been widely published, and received numerous awards.

David Sanderson

David has over 25 years of experience working across the world in development and emergencies. David worked for eight years for the NGO CARE International UK, followed by eight years as director of a UK university centre working in development. Between 2013-14 he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University. David was appointed the Inaugural Judith Neilson chair at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney in February 2016. David is editor of the 2016 IFRC World Disasters Report. He holds a PhD in urban vulnerability and livelihoods. David is currently undertaking a Good Practice Review of urban humanitarian response.

Penelope Seidler AM

Penelope Seidler AM LFRAIA, is the CEO of Sydney-based architectural firm Harry Seidler & Associates; a Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, since 1983, RAIA Wilkinson Award 1967, joint winner with Harry Seidler for their own house in Killara, now listed on the NSW Heritage Register and RAIA National Interior Architecture Award 1991, joint winner with Harry Seidler for Penthouse, 2a Glen Street, Milsons Point.

Seidler studied for her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Sydney and was registered as an architect in 1964. She joined Seidler and Associates that year as architect and financial manager. Seidler was a Founding Member of Chief Executive Women (NSW) from 1990 to 2005.

In 1971 Seidler joined the Art Gallery of NSW Society's council being one of the first "volunteer guides" to show visitors around for a group of women who undertook a year's high-level training in the arts, which was an educational initiative where the gallery's popular lecture series grew.

Penelope Seidler has sat on the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1973, and the National Gallery of Australia Council 1984-1990, shewas a Biennale of Sydney director 2010-18 and was on the Australian Commissioners Council 
for the world's largest contemporary art exhibition, the Biennale of Venice from 2005 – 2013. She is now a board member of Sydney Living Museums.

Luke Slattery

Luke Slattery is an author, journalist and culture critic based in Sydney. His journalism and writing have been published in metropolitan media throughout Australia and internationally in The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The London Spectator, The New Yorker and The US Chronicle of Higher Education. He has served as higher education editor at The Australian, The Age and The Australian Financial Review, and has been the recipient of the Higher Education Journalist of the Year Award, the European Union Journalist Award and the Australian Council's Keesing Writing Fellowship in Paris. He was shortlisted for the 1995 Graham Perkin Journalist of the Year Award. Mrs. M, published by Fourth Estate, was Slattery's fifth book and his first novel. He is the author of Dating Aphrodite: Modern Adventures in the Ancient World, Reclaiming Epicurus: Could an Ancient Philosophy of Happiness Save the World?, Crisis in the Clever Country: Why Our Universities are Failing (with Geoffrey Masien), and The First Dismissal - a non-fictional account of the dramatic Australian colonial history that lies at the heart of Mrs. M. He is working on a film adaption of Mrs M and a novel about the Italian Renaissance humanist Pico Della Mirandola, while teaching at the University of Technology Sydney.

William Smart

William Smart is the founder and Creative Director of Smart Design Studio and is directly involved in every project. His buildings have received critical acclaim, many prestigious awards and have been widely published. Smart Design Studio, founded in 1997, is a multi-disciplinary design studio with a portfolio including master-planning for urban centres, multi-unit residential developments, private dwellings, public and commercial buildings as well as product design. William, and the Studio's approach to design is holistic, combining both architectural and interior design with a passionate attention to detail.

Koichi Takada

Koichi Takada is a member of a new generation of architects that aim to ‘naturalise’ architecture in urban environment – an approach he developed after living in cities of high urbanization: Tokyo, New York and London.

Sydney based Koichi Takada Architects was established in 2008, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Through a series of award-winning designs, the growing practice is gaining an international reputation and is about to change the skylines of Sydney, Brisbane, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Mexico City.

Recent projects include Crown Group’s Infinity in Green Square, a $525 million futuristic mixed use development, shapes like a giant loop, nicknamed The Doughnut; another is Arc in Sydney CBD, the a 22-storey building podium with a series of layered brick masonry arches and public rooftop gardens in striking curved white rib cages.

In collaboration with world-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the practice has recently won a new landmark development in Waterloo. Koichi Takada Architects is also working on six interiors of the National Museum of Qatar currently under construction in Doha; the external architecture designed by the 2008 Pritzker Prize winner, French architect Jean Nouvel.

Kerstin Thompson

Kerstin Thompson is principal of Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA), Professor of Design in Architecture at Victoria University, Wellington and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at RMIT & Monash Universities. Kerstin maintains close links to schools of architecture in Australia and overseas and promotes quality design within the profession and wider community through her role as member of the OVGA’s Design Review Panel and Melbourne Housing Expo Group.

Founded in 1994, KTA’s focus is on the role of architecture as a civic endeavour, with an emphasis on the user’s experience and enjoyment of place. Current significant projects include The Stables, Faculty of Fine Arts & Music VCA, The University of Melbourne; Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Riversdale Creative Learning Centre, Accommodation and Gallery for Bundanon Trust; 100 Queen Street, Melbourne tower redevelopment for GPT Group.

Ninotschka Titchkosky

BVN Principal, strategic champion digital innovation and robotics

BSc(Arch) BArch

Ninotschka is a Principal of BVN and Strategic Champion of Digital Innovation and Robotics. She is interested in future scenarios and possibilities that can emerge through a project that have global currency. She is passionate about the role architects play in shaping our interactions, communities and cities and continually seeks to effect change through projects. Ninotschka is interested in the changing nature of architectural practice and the potential for new ways of engaging in the design and construction process. She is leading BVN’s research into robotics, which explores live site collaborations with the robot using woven carbon fibre systems. Her most recent projects are the rebuilding of the heart of the campus at ANU, Canberra with 6 new buildings, two of which are timber buildings under construction with fully pre-fabricated facades and a new STEM school for 2000 students. Ninotschka’s work has been recognised through numerous awards nationally and internationally including a RIBA International Award and a World Architecture Award commendation. Ninotschka is a member of the AIA, a Registered Architect in NSW and VIC, Nominated Architect in NSW 9356.

Isabelle Aileen Toland and Amelia Sage Holliday

Aileen Sage Architects was established by Isabelle Aileen Toland and Amelia Sage Holliday in 2013 as a collaborative design and architectural practice. Aileen Sage is interested in how architecture and the design of a place can create meaningful engagement between people of varied generations, backgrounds and cultures. The company has worked for high profile clients in both the private and public sector, but always with a particular focus on improving the public domain. This has included recent projects for the City of Sydney, NSW Department of Planning, GANSW, National Parks and Wildlife, Artbank and Lendlease.

Amelia and Isabelle are recent recipients of the NSW AIA Emerging Architect Prize and the Robert Woodward Award for their small project, Treetop Studio. They were co-creative directors of the Australian Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Dr Peter Tonkin

Dr Peter Tonkin is a director of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. The firm has an international design, heritage and urban design reputation and has won over 120 design awards. TZG has a wide range of experience from simple to complex buildings, heritage refurbishment and site planning, with a focus on civic and environmental responsibility. Major works include the Australian War Memorial in London, the National Arboretum, Canberra, the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct in Sydney and major cultural buildings and urban projects across Australia. Peter is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, and an emeritus Trustee of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.

Jason Twill

With over 20 years’ experience in urban development, Jason has been at the forefront of built environment transformation.

Jason is an appointed Innovation Fellow and Senior Lecturer within the School of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney where he leads research into regenerative urbanism, housing affordability, and property economics.

Jason is also founder and Director of Urban Apostles, a property and consulting services business specialising in regenerative development and non-speculative housing models. Its work focuses on the intersection of the sharing economy and art of city making.

He is a co-founder of both the International Living Future Institute and Green Sports Alliance. In 2018, Jason launched the City Makers’ Guild, an education, advocacy and research group promoting more equitable and inclusive cities.

Dr Anne Watson

Anne Watson has an MA (Fine Arts) and a PhD (Architecture) from Sydney University. She was formerly curator of architecture and design at the Powerhouse Museum and has been an independent curator/writer since 2008. The curator of many design exhibitions, including ‘Utzon’s Masterpiece: the Sydney Opera House’ at the Utzon Center, Aalborg, Denmark in 2008, she has also been the author/editor of a number books, notably Beyond Architecture: Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin in America, Australia and India (1998); Building a Masterpiece: the Sydney Opera House (2006/2013); and Visionaries in Suburbia: Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape (2015). Most recently she published The Poisoned Chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House (opusSOH, 2017) based on her 2014 doctoral thesis.

Tracey Wiles

For as long as she can remember, Tracey Wiles has loved space, detail, and materiality. Tracey creates exceptional interior that are both highly considered and inspiring. Her international portfolio reflects more than 20 years’ experience leading award-winning projects across Europe, the UK and Asia for a diverse range of retail, residential, commercial and hospitality clients.

A qualified architect and interior designer, Tracey works at the intersection of both to refine elegant spaces infused with an enduring sense of place. She combines an exhaustive knowledge of craftsmanship and love of detailing to achieve a distinct language and timeless aesthetic for her projects – each with a common thread–reflect the unique aspirations of her clients. Tracey’s work has been widely published, and her insightful design approach ensures she is frequently called upon as a guest lecturer for local and international industry and academic speaking engagements, and to participate in awards juries.

Sara Wilkinson

Sara Wilkinson BSc MA MPhil PhD FRICS AAPI is a Chartered Building Surveyor, FRICS and member of API with 34 years professional experience in UK and Australia. She has worked on public and private sector projects, including pre-contract design of adaptation and adaptive reuse projects in residential and commercial property.

Academically, her work aims to improve outcomes of development in built environments in respect of climate change, energy and water use, and a growing, urbanised population. Sara engages in trans-disciplinary research with science, health, business and technology as well as built environment disciplines at the cutting edge of innovation. She is working on VR and GI projects, as well as a prototype panel to test algae building technology as a future renewable energy option in Sydney.

Louise Wright

Louise Wright is a practicing architect and a director of Baracco+Wright Architects. She has a PhD in Architecture from RMIT University. Founded in 2004 with Mauro Baracco, they seek opportunities to position architecture in a catalytic role that places the architect in the role of strategic thinker across disciplinary boundaries. Together with Mauro Baracco and Linda Tegg, Louise was appointed the Creative Directors of the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale di Architettura 2018 with their theme Repair.

Susan Wyndham

Susan Wyndham is a journalist, writer and former literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. She is the author of Life in His Hands: the true story of a neurosurgeon and a pianist, editor of My Mother, My Father: on losing a parent, and a contributor to several books. Her current work includes reviewing books for The Australian, the New York Times and other publications, moderating literary events and judging book awards.

Director's Message

Director's Message

SCCI gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its partners and supporters, including Principal Partners, Barangaroo Delivery Authority, BVN, Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia and the Nelson Meers Foundation. Please view the full list here.

SCCI, a Hub series fashioned as the newest evolution of the re-named Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, launched in April 2018.

Our aim is to provide a vibrant platform for the exchange of the most challenging and engaging ideas on architecture and fashion, within the broader context of culture. Fashion, in particular, has lacked serious attention as a sophisticated, intellectually rich and multifaceted mode of creative expression. Through SCCI, we seek to elevate it to a more prominent position alongside other artforms, and begin a conversation that is long overdue. The very best of contemporary ideas on architecture, and its intersections with cultural, social, aesthetic and economic life, will also be explored intensively at SCCI.

Our forum for this deep engagement is two concentrated public event programmes in Sydney each year, over the five-year period 2018-2022: SCCI Fashion Hub, each April/May, and SCCI Architecture Hub, running September/October.

Details of our sold out inaugural Fashion Hub may be found here. From 12 - 21 October 2018, we will present our first Architecture Hub – please see the our content-rich programme here – with over 20 sessions and some 50 speakers ranging across diverse topics from the Future of Architecture to Ethical Architecture to Women and Architecture. Four VIP international keynotes join us, including eminent architects Kengo Kuma (Japan), Ryue Nishizawa (Japan) and Gurjit Matharoo (India), together with US based architecture focussed artist Michael Rakowitz.

We do hope you will take a moment to view our programme and book early for events, as venue capacity is limited.

On behalf of the SCCI team, we look forward to warmly welcoming you to Architecture Hub.

Dr Gene Sherman AM

Founder and Executive Director
Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas

Fashion Hub 2018 Past Events

Fashion Hub 2018 Past Participants

Emmanuel Coquery

Dr Emmanuel Coquery is a Doctor of Art History, a specialist of the art of the Grand Siècle, an educator, museum director, author of numerous publications and a curator of diverse exhibitions for museums in Nantes, Troyes and the Louvre. In 2011 he joined CHANEL as Director of Heritage, where he led the production of the CULTURE CHANEL series of shows with French and foreign museum partners, and in May 2017 he was appointed the Director of Exhibitions of the RMN - Grand Palais, where he is in charge of programming exhibitions. Dr Coquery appears in:

Akira Minagawa

Born in 1967 in Tokyo, designer Akira Minagawa is founder of minä perhonen, a fashion and textile brand working to produce fashion that does not lose its allure through time. Minagawa-san has felt a sympathy with Scandinavian culture since he first visited Finland at 19: minä in Finnish means “I” and “perhonen” is “butterfly”, with a ‘wish to make many beautiful designs like those of butterfly wings’. His design work now expands to furniture, tableware, children’s toys, carpets, shoes, encompassing almost the full gamut of the quotidian. Minagawa also creates illustrations for magazines, newspapers and books. Minagawa appears in:

Bandana Tewari

Bandana Tewari is the Editor-at-Large for Vogue India and one of India's foremost authorities on fashion. She a regular contributor to Business of Fashion, was listed among the most powerful figures in fashion for 2012 (Industrie magazine) and is a member of the 2017 BoF500. Her pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, US Vogue and UK Vogue, as well as leading Indian journals. She both scripted and hosted 50 episodes of Simply Style, India’s first primetime TV show on fashion. Tewari has written extensively on topics from indigenous ‘made-by-hand’ economies to transgender and LGBTQ representation in fashion. Tewari appears in:

Caroline Baum

Caroline Baum has been a presenter and executive producer at ABC TV and on radio, Editorial Director of Booktopia, a contributor to major national publications and online sites, and a judge for several literary awards including the Stella prize. She is the author of ONLY: A Singular Memoir. At Conde Nast in the UK, she researched The Vogue Book of Fashion Photography; as a former features editor of Vogue Australia, Baum has a long standing interest in fashion. Baum appears in:

Paul Castro

After 20 years in the fashion industry, Castro finally sought to confront the problem of fashion waste following a visit to a Melbourne warehouse. There he witnessed endless material destined for landfill and felt the need to resurrect the deadstock and give it new life. AMASSMENT is Castro's solution to fashion waste, a bespoke label that specialises in taking unwanted, unused clothing and transforming it into high-end women's fashion. By applying superior level design skills, AMASSMENT aims to create shapes and forms previously unseen. In 2016, Castro completed the Master of Fashion Design at RMIT. Currently he teaches in the School of Fashion at RMIT alongside his studio practice in Melbourne. Castro appears in:

Kacey Devlin

KACEY DEVLIN is a contemporary womenswear brand designed to elevate the modern woman’s wardrobe. Proudly Australian made, KACEY DEVLIN consciously works with manufacturers equally committed to leaving a lighter footprint on our planet. KACEY DEVLIN was the Winner of The National Designer of the Year supported by David Jones and Harpers Bazaar 2017, Winner of the BT Emerging Designer of the Year 2017, International Woolmark Prize Regional Finalist in 2016, The Australian Fashion Laureate Emerging Designer of the Year Finalist 2016, 2017 and Finalist for the ‘Best New Talent’ 2017 Prix De Marie Claire. 

Rod Freedman

Rod Freedman is an independent producer and director whose works have won many Australian and international awards and screened in dozens of international film festivals. Since 1998, Freedman and his partner have run Change Focus Media, producing documentaries, educational, training and promotional programs. Freedman is particularly interested in stories about the individual and their life’s journeys. His most recent productions are Once My Mother and Uncle Chatzkel. Freedman appears in:

Helen Garner

Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award. Her most recent book, Everywhere I Look, won the 2017 Indie Book Award for Non-Fiction. Garner appears in:

Mella Jaarsma

Mella Jaarsma is known for her complex costume installations and focus on cultural and racial diversity embedded in clothing, the body and food. She studied at the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen, the Art Institute of Jakarta and the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta. Her work has been shown in Indonesia and in Belgium, at the Biennale of Sydney, the Siasat - Jakarta Biennale, the Royal Academy of Arts London, plus others, and is in collections including the Queensland Art Gallery/ GOMA and the Singapore Art Museum. In 1988 she cofounded a space for contemporary art in Indonesia, now called the Cemeti Institute for Art & Society. Jaarsma appears in:

Alison Kubler

Alison Kubler is a freelance curator, writer and commentator with over 20 years' experience working in museums and galleries in Australia. She is a regular contributor to journals and magazines such as Vault, Manuscript, Art Collector and MUSEUM. Kubler is a co-director of mc/k art consulting, working on curatorial projects, publishing and public art commissions, and with Mitchell Oakley Smith she co-authored a book entitled Art / Fashion in the 21st Century, published in November 2013 by Thames and Hudson UK. Kubler appears in:

Octavius La Rosa

Octavius La Rosa founded online shopping platform dot COMME and collects Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Walter Van Beirendonck. The collection presently consists of over 3500 pieces with a focus on Comme des Garcons, featuring key pieces from every collection since the 1970s and including over 20 sculptural art pieces from the recent Comme de Garçons runways. La Rosa started out selling pieces on ebay to fund the collection which evolved into dot COMME in 2012 and a store in Melbourne CBD a year later. He is currently opening another space for his collection in the Curtain House building. La Rosa appears in:

Bri Lee

Bri Lee is a freelance writer and editor as well as the Founding Editor of the quarterly print publication Hot Chicks with Big Brains. Her debut memoir Eggshell Skull will be published by Allen & Unwin in June. Lee has written about fashion and culture for The Guardian, VAULT Magazine, i-D and elsewhere. She most recently edited the broadsheet accompaniment to the Gold Coast City Gallery's Coming into Fashion exhibition. Lee appears in:

Beverly Lemire

Professor Beverly Lemire holds the Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta. She publishes extensively on fashion history, early global trade, gender and material culture in Britain, Europe and comparative locales. She has recently contributed to a collaborative project examining global object lives in Northern North America and in 2016 published A Question of Trousers: Seafarers, Masculinity and Empire in the Shaping of British Male Dress, c. 1600-1800 Cultural & Social History (2016). Professor Lemire's most recent book is Global Trade and the Transformation of Consumer Cultures. The Material World Remade. c. 1500-1820 (Cambridge: 2018). Professor Lemire appears in:


Edwina McCann

Edwina McCann has been the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia since 2012 and is responsible for the Vogue brand across print, digital and social media platforms. McCann seeks to increase digital engagement and ensure Vogue is at the forefront of digital innovation across its multiple platforms, catapulting the brand into the new age of media consumption. She has held fashion-related editorships at The Australian, WISH and Grazia before joining Harper’s Bazaar Australia as Editor-in-Chief. McCann is co-chair to the Australian Fashion Council and has appeared on the Business of Fashion 500 every year since 2014, and in 2015 topped B&Ts list of the 30 Most Powerful Women in Australia Media.

Peter McNeil

Dr Peter McNeil FAHA is Distinguished Professor of Design History at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor, Aalto University. He is Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and is the Academy’s Section Head for The Arts. He lectures internationally across historical and contemporary design, fashion and urbanism. He worked to establish Fashion Studies as a dignified academic domain within the European Humanities at Stockholm University 2008-2018. Regular critic and reviewer, his latest work Pretty Gentlemen: Macaroni Men and the Eighteenth-century Fashion World is published with Yale University Press and released in 2018. McNeil appears in:

Dolla Merrillees

Dolla Merrillees was appointed Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in April 2016, having been Director of Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions at MAAS since the beginning of 2014. Merrillees was previously Associate Director, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) where she managed over 16 projects, oversaw the production and design of 17 publications and assisted in developing SCAF’s highly popular and innovative Culture+Idea series of more than 400 workshops, forums, film screenings and children’s programmes. Merrillees is a published author and has written extensively for print and online media. Merrillees appears in:

Masafumi Monden

Masafumi Monden is postdoctoral research fellow at University of Technology, Sydney. His first book entitled Japanese Fashion Cultures: Dress and Gender in Contemporary Japan (Bloomsbury 2015) details the relationship between fashion, culture and gender within contemporary Japan and their relevance to an increasingly transcultural world. Monden is currently researching the cultural imaginations of Japanese girlhood and boyhood, and the cultural history of fashion and the body in modern Japan. He is a recent recipient of the Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship (2016-17) and The National Library of Australia Fellowship in Japan Studies (2017). Monden appears in:

Julie Ann Morrison

Julie Ann Morrison has worked in the fashion industry for over 30 years. As Managing Director of luxury and fashion brands including Gucci, Moschino, Guess and Bulgari, she has extensive experience of international and local markets through periods of massive social, cultural and commercial change. She is a non-executive director of Myer Holdings, Chair of Specialty Brands Australia (a Myer subsidiary which operates sass & bide, Marcs and David Lawrence) and is on Carla Zampatti’s advisory board. Morrison is an experienced convenor and fashion commentator, having participated in events including industry conferences and cultural conversations at the NGV and V&A. Morrison appears in:

Tara Moss

Tara Moss is an author, journalist, TV documentary maker and presenter, human rights advocate, UNICEF Ambassador and anti-cyberbullying campaigner. Her latest book Speaking Out: A 21st Century Handbook for Women and Girls was a follow up to her first non-fiction work, The Fictional Woman. She is currently writing her twelfth book and completing her PhD at the University of Sydney. Moss' love of vintage, sewing, craft and body positivity inspired her vintage-focused blog and the digital series Sewing Vintage with Tara Moss, which she hosts and produces. Moss appears in:

Nasim Nasr

Through video, photography, performance, objects and sound, Nasim Nasr highlights complexities within contemporary notions of cultural difference, balancing and counterbalancing Western and Eastern perspectives. Nasr graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from the Art University of Tehran, Iran (2006), and a Master of Visual Arts (Research), SA School of Art, University of South Australia (2011). Her work is in prominent collections in Qatar, Dubai, the US, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, including the Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra. Nasr appears in:

Julia Overton

As well as working in the film industry on three continents and across all genres, including as Australian producer on the Wim Wenders film Until the End of the World (1990), Overton spent ten years in Australia’s national screen funding agencies as a development and investment executive. Since leaving Screen Australia, Julia has been working as Producer, Executive Producer, Mentor Producer and Market Place Consultant, and external assessor for government agencies in Australia and New Zealand. Overton is a long-time supporter of the emerging filmmaker sector. Overton appears in:


Caroline Poiner

Caroline Poiner is founder of Artisans of Fashion. Recognising the threat to traditional craftsmanship, Poiner sought to redefine traditional crafts and promote cultural sustainability. She engages with artisan groups across India and facilitates collaborations for Australia’s leading labels including KIT X, Romance Was Born, We Are Kindred and Roopa Pemmaraju. In 2014, Poiner launched Cloth & Co., an ethical lifestyle brand that commissions marginalised producers. It is distributed throughout 150 retailers in Australia and New Zealand and is soon to be launched in the US. She is currently working on an Australian-Indian Government initiative for Delhi Fashion Week 2018 that celebrates Indian culture in contemporary Australia. Poiner appears in:

Clare Press

Clare Press is the Sustainability Editor-at-Large of Vogue Australia, as well as fashion journalist, author and podcaster. Her book Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion was named one of The Age’s ‘Best Books’ of 2016. The spin-off Wardrobe Crisis podcast further unzips the issues that face the $2.4 trillion global fashion industry, with a focus on ethics, sustainability, conscious consumerism, activism, identity and creativity. A former Vogue features director, Press is Marie Claire’s Fashion Editor-at-Large and writes the ‘Sustainable Style’ column for Daily Life. Press appears in:

Romance Was Born

Romance Was Born is a tour de force of contemporary Australian fashion. Fusing together their unique storytelling vision and design prowess, the internationally renowned duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales create clothes that are more than just a sum of their parts - they create immersive cultural experiences that provoke emotional responses. Collaboration is an integral part of design for Romance Was Born, who choose to collaborate with artists or brands that share creative passion and process. They have collaborated with artists Del Kathryn Barton, Stephen Bush, Sarah Contos, Kate Rhode, Australian designers Linda Jackson, Jenny Kee, as well as Disney, Marvel and May Gibbs.

Jackie Ruddock

Jackie Ruddock is the CEO of The Social Outfit, and has been involved with the organisation since its inception. She has worked professionally within the charity sector for 12+ years, and the social entrepreneurship sector for 7+ years. Jackie is a project manager and researcher in the fields of education, health, communications, multiculturalism and sexuality/gender, and held senior management roles at The School for Social Entrepreneurs, FAR Social Enterprise, and Streetwize Communications. She has a Masters of Philosophy in Gender & Cultural Studies, Honours in Education, and is a qualified high school teacher. Ruddock appears in:

Giuseppe Santamaria

Giuseppe Santamaria established Men In This Town in 2010, a street style blog capturing men with a distinct look in their natural habitat. From various towns around the world, Santamaria profiles the everyday man whose style speaks volumes about who they are on the streets, at work or in their home. Today, the Men In This Town brand spills beyond the blog onto social platforms, reaching over 600 000 followers across Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook. The blog has been appropriated into both a magazine and a series of books published by Hardie Grant, having sold over 30 000 copies worldwide. Santamaria appears in:

Kate Scardifield

Kate Scardifield is a visual artist with a research-driven, interdisciplinary and experimental studio practice. Traversing textiles, sculpture, installation and video, her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the U.K. Scardifield serves on the Artist Advisory Group at the Museum of Contemporary Art and has been a Research Fellow at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in 2017. Scardifield has a PhD from the University of Sydney and is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building at UTS. Scardifield appears in:

Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith travels the world exploring fashion history and inspirational currents. She is curator of The Darnell Collection, one of ten significant private fashion collections in the world, her exhibitions and presentations bringing to life 250 years of fashion’s beguiling story. Smith authored the best-selling books Dreaming of Dior and Dreaming of Chanel. Her most recent book is One Enchanted Evening. 

Gina Snodgrass

Gina Snodgrass is an emerging Australian designer with First Class Honours from UTS. Snodgrass is a conceptually driven designer who explores and challenges the gendered nature of clothing by emphasising craftsmanship, tailoring and hand embroidery. Her menswear collection The Dandy Boys offers an alternative approach to norms in the fashion industry and encourages gender fluidity to enter the space. The collection aims to liberate and challenge notions of what one should wear, either masculine or feminine, and push fashion as vehicle for personal expression. Snodgrass appears in:

Gail Sorronda

Gail Sorronda launched her self-titled brand in 2005 after winning the Mercedes-Benz Start-Up Awards with her debut collection Angel at my Table. In 2008, Sorronda relocated to Paris and developed her SS09/10 collection Invasive Exotics. Only two years later, she was finalist in Vogue Italia’s Who Is On Next competition, enabling her to present in groups shows at AltaRoma and Milan Fashion Week. As a result, her garments were stocked in Dolce & Gabbana Spiga2 store in Milan. In 2012, Sorronda returned to Brisbane and opened her first permanent flagship boutique. The brand has since collaborated with Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company, Disney and artists; Grazia Fortuna Ward, Michael Zavros and Lyn & Tony. Most recently, Sorronda was selected as an ambassador for the Gallery of Modern Art. Sorronda appears in:

Bianca Spender

Bianca Spender is founder of her eponymous label. Liberated tailoring is at the core of the Bianca Spender design identity, with signature drapes and directional forms. Spender has extensive experience working in Milan and Paris and today commits herself to supporting craftsmanship and local industries. All Bianca Spender garments are designed and produced in Australia, employing a local workforce and accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. With two stand-alone stores in Sydney and Melbourne, seven concept stores within department store David Jones and a growing global online presence, Bianca Spender has become an iconic and renowned Australian brand. Spender appears in:

Lakshmi Sukumaran

Lakshmi Sukumaran is founder of independent fashion label SAAKI. Reflecting on this Sanskrit term that translates to ‘a loved one’, Sukumaran curates limited pieces that blend modern and traditional craftsmanship. Sukumaran reflects this ethos by combining diverse fabrics and ethically produced, traditional pieces that she renders into unconventional silhouettes. She draws on her experience working with organic cotton in South India and finds inspiration in pieces that mediate between many cultural registers. Sukumaran appears in:

Sebastian Supel

Sebastian Supel is the founder of Aoyama Archive, a curated store paying homage to the first wave movement of Japanese fashion houses Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto. He studied Fashion Design, Applied Science (Textile Technology) and Business. Previously, Supel ran a curated store entitled Boroi, a collective of rare and obscure Japanese and Korean antiquities which delved deep into the wabi-sabi aesthetic. This project perfected the idea of curating as a form of art in itself. Being an avid collector and researcher of Japanese fashion for 10 years, it was only natural to form what is now known as Aoyama Archive. Supel appears in:

Deborah Thomas

Deborah Thomas is one of only a handful of Australian women to have run an ASX 200 listed company. The move to CEO and Managing Director of the Ardent Leisure Group in 2015 continued her groundbreaking trajectory as a female role model. Prior to Ardent, Thomas was highly regarded as one of Australia’s most successful media executives with 27 years' experience across all media platforms. During the course of her career, Thomas edited and managed women's magazines including The Australian Women’s Weekly, Cleo, ELLE and MODE (now Harper’s BAZAAR) before moving to a corporate role within ACP Magazines, now Bauer Media Group. Thomas appears in:

Glynis Traill-Nash

As Fashion Editor of The Australian, Glynis Traill-Nash covers all aspects of the global fashion industry. For more than a decade, her engaging, informative - and opinionated - writing has endeared her to readers of publications including The Sunday Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald, Vogue Australia, Vogue China, Harper’s Bazaar and In Style. A front-row fixture in Australia, Traill-Nash has covered fashion weeks and events across the world. She is speaker and host for the Business Seminar at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival and has facilitated events for the Perth Fashion Festival, Adelaide Fashion Festival, Brisbane Museum and Sydney Writers’ Festival, among others. Traill-Nash appears in:

Alistair Trung

Alistair Trung is an Australian/Vietnamese clothing designer. Working beyond the fashion system for the past twenty years, the Alistair Trung label is synonymous with a unique language of clothing and dressing that transgresses the prescribed ideology of age, body, gender and beauty. Trung’s independent practice encompasses four boutiques across sydney and Melbourne, in addition to projects that intersect the arenas of art, theatre and botany.

Gabriela Tylesova

Gabriela Tylesova is an award winning, internationally acclaimed designer working across the full spectrum of the arts, designing sets and costumes for opera, theatre, dance and film. Tylesova graduated from NIDA in Design in 2000 and has won multiple awards including Helpmann Awards, Australian Production Design Guild Awards and Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Costume and Best Set Design. She has designed major productions for Opera Australia, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Gordon Frost Organisation. She recently designed sets and costumes for the musical Muriel's Wedding and is currently designing sets and costumes for Swan Lake for The National Ballet of Canada. Tylesova appears in:      

Paul Vasileff

At just 27, Paul Vasileff’s achievements include being named the 2017 Young Australian of the Year, showing at London Fashion Week 2010 and graduating from Milan’s Europeo Istituto di Design. A perfectionist with a penchant for classic beauty, the Adelaide designer has a hand in every facet of the business and designs every couture gown that the Paolo Sebastian label creates in his South Australian atelier. Paolo Sebastian gowns have been worn at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, and his work has been published in Vogue Australia, Martha Stewart Weddings and Harper's BAZAAR Australia. Vasileff appears in:

Clara Vuletich

Dr Clara Vuletich is a textile designer, consultant and educator who has worked in the sustainable fashion and textiles industries for over ten years. She uses design-led methods and creative thinking with brands, designers and consumers to create systemic change for a clean and ethical fashion industry. Dr Vuletich has a design PhD in sustainable textiles through University of the Arts London and has consulted with organisations including H&M Sweden and David Jones Australia. She also trained as a Kundalini Yoga teacher and developed the Sutra Stitching workshop to combine her two interests in textile craft techniques and meditation. Dr Vuletich appears in:

Karen Walker

Karen Walker’s eccentrically elegant style has established a cult international following for her ready-to-wear, eyewear, jewellery, bags and fragrance. Walker’s signature energy and optimism define her label. Karen Walker designs cleverly play with cultural subtext, juxtaposing luxe and street, masculine and feminine, folk and utility, creating pieces that are both directional and wearable. Walker’s influence has seen her consistently ranked for the past five years in The Business of Fashion’s powerhouse BoF 500, reflecting her position as a global industry figure shaping the future. Walker appears in: 

David Whittle

David Whittle combines creativity, technology and entrepreneurial vision to drive transformative growth in market-leading businesses. Whittle has founded several digital start-ups and is currently CEO of Lexer, a data and analytics software company that specialises in client engagement locally and internationally. During his decade-long career at highly awarded creative agency M&C Saatchi, Whittle built the global digital practice and was ultimately Managing Director of the M&C Saatchi Group, Australia. In this period, he worked with leading retail brands and fashion remains a focus in his professional life. Since 2015, Whittle has been a Non-Executive Director of Myer, alongside his digital business interests in business disruption. Whittle appears in:

Charlotte Wood

The Australian newspaper has described Charlotte Wood as one of our most original and provocative writers. She is the author of five novels and two books of non-fiction. Her latest novel The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year and was joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. In 2016 Wood was named the Charles Perkins Centre's inaugural Writer in Residence at the University of Sydney. Wood appears in:

Adam Gruber

Adam Grubner is a production designer and art director who works across many levels in the art department for film, TV and theatre. He is a hands-on creative with experience as a set designer, scenic artist, set dresser and prop maker. Grubner is also a professionally trained actor/singer/dancer with extensive experience in children’s entertainment having performed nationally and internationally with brands including The Hooley Dooleys, Barney The Dinosaur and The Kazoos. He tours to primary schools across New South Wales and Queensland for theatre in education and has hosted and facilitated events and activities for Kids in the Park school holiday programmes. Adam appears in:

Gary Grealy

Gary Grealy has established himself over many years as an advertising and portrait photographer in Sydney. Work has been commissioned by leading advertising agencies, major national and international clients. Gary's art work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. For seven years of the eight year history of the National Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery Gary's work has been exhibited as a finalist. Grealy appears in:

Rachael Cassar

Designer Rachael Cassar explores the process of deconstruction, reconstruction and up-cycling to produce one-off alternative fashion pieces. Carefully crafted – sculpting and collaging directly onto the mannequin – discarded materials are re-purposed and re-contextualised, giving them new life. Cassar’s collections have been seen on catwalks in Australia, Italy, the US and the UK, received extensive media coverage internationally, and acknowledged as innovative and forward thinking, with celebrities including Rihanna wearing her creations. Cassar appears in:

Frida Las Vegas

Frida Las Vegas (aka Stavroula Adameitis) is a Sydney-based artist and designer with a professional background spanning the fashion, animation, design, editorial and film industries. An ambassador for KINDRED, the NSW Creative Industries knowledge hub, her goal is to make a positive impact across mediums using humour, colour and flair.
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