Kate Bissett-Johnson, Melbourne

Kate BJ photo EDITED 3Kate Bissett-Johnson lectures in the Industrial Design and Product Design Engineering Programs at Swinburne University of Technology. Her primary interest is in how Industrial Design can lead the world to a more environmentally and socially responsible future. Kate has a long track record of linking the University with real world Projects. She has developed design strategies and tools for Industrial Design, looking specifically at the interaction between user and product since completing her Master of Arts in the early 90s. Kate’s industry experience includes working as a designer at several of Melbourne’s premier design consultancies, developing both high volume and low volume commercial products. Her most recent interests have been in the arena of socially responsible design and have been focused on sustaining craft practice in the Gujarat region of India via her involvement with the Sangam Australia India Design Platform.



Tim Browne, Sydney

Tim Browne photoTim Browne is Senior Architect with Blainey North and Associates in Sydney and has been nominated Architect for the practice since 2007. During this time he has been involved in the design and realisation of a number of projects around Australia including an art gallery, hotels, bespoke offices, and luxury residential schemes. Prior to this, Tim worked at Stephen Varady Architecture (Sydney) from 2003-2007. Previously, he worked for Paul Archer Design and Michael Aukett Architects in London.Tim obtained a Bachelor of Science with honours (2000) and Bachelor of Architecture with commendation (2002) from the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University, and continued studies to obtain a Diploma in professional studies (2008) and MA in professional studies (2010) also from the Welsh School of Architecture. He is a registered Architect in both Australia and the UK, and is currently an examiner for the NSW board of Architects.



Simon Cookes, Melbourne

Simon Cookes photo EDITEDSimon Cookes sees himself as a maximalist. His work spans award winning architectural design, teaching architecture with the Victoria Eco-Innovation Lab and post-graduate research into multi-dimensional planning information technology. Cookes completed a Bachelor of Property and Construction combined with a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) at the University of Melbourne, where he is also completing a Master’s Degree in information technology. Cookes’ firm Duckbuild holds a Melbourne Design Award for commercial interiors, while the majority of his built architecture work is housing focused on expression and environmental sensibilities. In times past, Cookes worked as a house energy rater, Building Information Modelling consultant and at Edward Suzuki Architects, Tokyo. He also worked at one of Australia’s top architecture firms ARM on a $550million stadium, $300million shopping centres and a $30million office building. Cookes continues to develop wisdom around the nexus of art and technology, buildings and nature.


Dr Judith Glover, Melbourne

Judith Glover photo EDITEDDr Judith Glover is a lecturer in Industrial at RMIT. She is one of Victoria’s most experienced educators in Sustainable Design developing curriculum and teaching since the early 2000’s. She has a PHD and Degree in Industrial Design from Swinburne University and a degree in Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts. She worked in the metal trades as a boiler maker and blacksmith between degrees and now practices in the field of ceramic production.





Kate BJ photo EDITEDSarah Jamieson, Sydney

JAMIESON_WEBSarah Jamieson Projects is a spatial design practice working across interior design, installation and communication. Sarah’s education in interior design (RMIT University), installation (UNSW) and graphic design informs a trans-disciplinary practice that traverses across mediums, transforming spatial conditions. Sarah has worked on spatial projects in the US, Europe, UK, Asia and Australia. She has lead workshops at various institutions and currently teaches in the Interior Spatial Design programme at UTS. Her work has recently been exhibited in Design Life – Seoul, Object: Australian Design Centre, Gwangju Biennial and Prague Quadrennial.




Ian Nazareth, Melbourne

ian nazareth picIan Nazareth is an architect practicing between Melbourne and Mumbai. His professional experience spans a range of projects for the public and private sectors, comprising strategic urban projects, residential and institutional architectural work as well as design-research consultancies. Ian is a Research Associate in Architecture and Urban Design at the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT, and leads design studios and research projects across the School’s post-graduate programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. Ian is the co-director of ‘traffic’, an emerging cross-disciplinary design studio and collaborative practice that operates beyond the boundaries of the traditional architectural office. Additionally, he contributes regularly to architectural media, including the Architectural Review Asia Pacific and the Australian Design Review. Ian was previously an Associate Director at the Urban Design Research Institute in Mumbai.



 Caroline Pidcock, Sydney

Caroline web editedCaroline Pidcock is passionate about the importance of architecture and integrated design, and how they can contribute to a positive future. The architecture of her practice is inspired by the possibilities of creating desirable places that demonstrate how sustainability can be a potent and profound influence. In addition to being a director of PIDCOCK – Architecture + Sustainability, she is a co-director of Origination which is actively commercialising a modular prefabricated flat-pack building system, assisted by a grant from the Australian Government. Her creative lateral thinking, extensive knowledge of sustainable built environments and strong personal skills have enabled her to contribute to a wide range of companies, Boards, community groups and universities. Current roles include Chair of Carriageworks, and Member of the Living Future Institute Australia and SA Forest Industry Advisory Boards. In addition to several architecture awards for her work, she has recieved a Byera Hadley Scholarship in 2009; the 2011 Marian Mahony Griffin Award; and a Living Building Challenge Hero award from The International Living Futures Institute in 2014.


Alberto Quizon, Sydney

Alberto EDITED webAlberto Quizon is a lead designer at CHROFI and currently leads an Architectural Design studio at the University of Technology, Sydney. After being awarded the 2011 NSW Graduate Design Medal from the Australian Institute of Architects Alberto has since been involved in a number of significant public domain projects currently in progress, including the Goods Line, an activated linear pedestrian spine that connects Central to the Darling Harbour Precinct. Alberto serves on the DARCH executive committee and the UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building Industry Advisory Board.”




Angelica Rojas-Gracia, Melbourne

Angelica RG EDITEDAngelica Rojas-Gracia holds a degree in Architecture from the Javeriana University of Bogota and a M.Arch from Melbourne University. Angelica has participated in a diverse range of projects from single houses to master plans. She won two national competitions for the design of public schools in Colombia both built projects that have strongly contributed to improve entire neighbourhoods. She worked as an Urban and Sustainable Design Advisor at the City of Kingston and as an Urban Designer at Places Victoria being involved with the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal project. Angelica is currently doing a PhD in Contributive Architecture; she is also a Studio Leader and tutor at Melbourne University and has recently started a new design practice called Experimental Design Studio in partnership with Marco Cubillos-Ruiz.



Glenn Stephenson, Melbourne

Glenn photo for webGlenn Stephenson is an RMIT Industrial Design graduate who since graduating in 2012, has been busy establishing paddle creative; a design practice motivated by urban habitation and sustainable practice. Alongside this, Glenn freelances in Graphic artistry and Knowledge Working for Capgemini, whilst having previously provided freehand graphic skills to Not-for-Profit organisations; The Marco Polo Project and Norway’s Design without Boarders. Glenn has since collaborated with fellow design practice A+D projects for the Melbourne Now exhibition and Progress 2013 leadership symposium, and as a sessional lecturer within the Industrial Design Program at RMIT; creates course material for and guides Industrial Design students in design drawing techniques and methodologies. Glenn finds motivation in facilitating social progress and awareness, fun and reward through sketching, and happiness whenever taking time out from city life.


Alexander Symes, Sydney

Alexander Symes EDITEDAlexander Symes is a NSW registered architect practicing architecture that combines a scientific approach to sustainability, a pragmatic response to budget and function, and a poetic approach to how an environment is experienced. With experience working for Arup, g+v architecture and Gunter Schwartz design, Alex has a diverse design and technical skill set. From the design of furniture to the world’s most sustainable skyscrapers. Alex’s skills in urban design, architecture, building physics, facade system design and construction allow him to work as an integrated designer on projects of multiple scales.




Soumitri Varadarajan, Melbourne

Soumitri V photo EDITEDSoumitri Varadarajan is Deputy Dean, Industrial and Interior Design, at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia). He currently holds positions at Universities in New Zealand, China and India. He has worked at Hitachi in Japan and directed studios in Israel, India, Netherlands, China, Turkey, Portugal and France. With a first degree in Mechanical Engineering and PhD in social science to add to his Industrial Design training he brings to his design thinking a combination of perspectives from engineering, material culture and systems thinking. His work in design for environment has been in; teaching ecoredesign within the context of design for mass manufacture, prototyping green service solutions – waste and pedal power – and in setting up ecodesign capacity in Portugal and India. Focussed upon the social in design he directs studios from a range of social, aesthetic and material culture perspectives. A significant part of his academic work is in supervising researchers looking at Sustainability and world change.



Stephen Varady, Sydney

sv portraitStephen Varady is an innovative and respected Australian architect, designer, and educator. He is also an architecture critic, writer and photographer, with writings published in Architecture Australia, Monument, ar, inside and the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia, as well as AD and World Architecture in the UK. Stephen Varady has received a number of awards from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, the Belle House of the Year Award, a number of Dulux Colour Awards including the 2006 Dulux Colour Award Grand Prix, and 2nd Prize in the NSW Government sponsored Circular Quay Urban Design Ideas Competition. Stephen’s projects have been published in books and magazines in Australia, UK, Germany, Hungary, Spain, South Korea, China and the USA.  His work has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions including ‘Living the Modern_Australian Architecture’ at the DAZ in Berlin in 2007, and in the ‘Abundant’ exhibition in the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008.



Marika Varady, Sydney

MarikaMarika Varady has been lecturing at Billy Blue for five years.  She has over 30 years teaching experience , 15 of those in the Interior Design industry and education arena.  She has lectured and tutored at various institutes including VETI Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Design Centre Enmore and TAFE Western Sydney Institute Lidcombe College. Marika has over 11 years tertiary study, including a Master of Cross Disciplinary Art and Design at UNSW (High Distinction); Post Graduate Painting at Düsseldorf Art Academy, Germany; Higher Art Certificate (Painting) National Art School, Sydney; Australian Dept. of Education Scholarship in Philosophy, Eötvös Lorándt Tudomány Egyetem, Budapest, Hungary and a Diploma in Teaching, Alexander Mackie CAE Sydney.Her cross-disciplinary professional career spans a variety of creative paths including an award winning career as a professional painter, digital interior design industry work, curating art exhibitions and working as artistic advisor to local council.



Fergal White, Sydney

Fergal for webFergal is an Architect with 15 years work experience, both in Australia and Ireland.His 15 years of architectural work experience have afforded him a very broad range of skills, especially in relation to the environmental design of buildings. He has been involved in all scales and aspects of architectural design and construction from a Low-Energy Supported Housing project in Dublin to a large Green Star Office & TV Studio Development in Sydney. He has previously held the position of Associate in Dublin, where he completed his Architectural Professional exams. His previous position as Project Architect in Sydney with PTW Architects included working in collaboration with Richard Rogers Architects in London.Fergal has been awarded a Post Graduate Masters in Environmental Design and is dedicated to maximizing the innovative quality, clarity and accuracy of environmentally sustainable design information available to a client at the initial stages of a project.