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Ethical Architecture (sold out)

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Sunday 14 October 2018

Tacloban, Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, 2013. Photographer: David Sanderson

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SESSION 1: 1:00 PM–2:00 PM


Professor David Sanderson (UNSW): moderator; with architect Renate Carius (UNSW, post Nepal earthquake recovery) and Tom Bamforth (shelter advisor, International Federation of the Red Cross).

After a disaster there is a cost-based tension in the better approach to providing shelter: to provide good quality, expensive houses to a few, or to deliver cheaper, lesser quality shelters to more?



Tea and coffee are served with an assortment of pastries, fruit, canapés and other gourmet bites in the SCCI garden courtyard.


SESSION 2: 2:30 PM–3:30 PM


Professor David Sanderson (UNSW): moderator; with Jason Twill (Innovation Research Fellow, Department of Design, Architecture and Building UTS), Professor Eileen Baldry, UNSW; Professor Bill Randolph, UNSW.

Many cities around the world face a crisis in affordable housing: ‘essential workers’ that make cities work can ill-afford a place to call home, while further still, those who are marginalised or especially vulnerable have little choice to but to live in sub-standard housing. Will housing ever be affordable?



Booking Information

  • Bookings are essential
  • Tickets are free
  • However, if you book and don't attend your credit card will be charged $40. (Tickets are transferrable if you can't make it).

This ticket covers both Session 1 and Session 2. This event is booked through SCCI.

To book, please call Daisy on (02) 8376 0850 between 10 AM – 6 PM, Monday to Friday, or email

Ethical Architecture (sold out)
Sunday 14 October 2018
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
SCCI 20 Goodhope Street Paddington


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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