ArchiTeam 2019 conference: Making a Living

ArchiTeam has announced details for its 2019 conference for architects across Australia. The ArchiTeam 2019 ‘Making a Living’ will be held on 24 May at Melbourne Museum.

ArchiTeam and its sponsors are bringing together an exciting mix of architects and other designers and innovators who have been carefully curated in a conference not to miss.

Conference keynote speakers are:

Flora Samuel
Professor of Architecture and the Built Environment at the new school of Architecture, University of Reading. Flora is also the first RIBA Vice President for Research and a twice nationally-elected member of RIBA Council. Over the last 10 years, Flora has focused her attention on the way in which architects evidence and communicate their value. Her book Why Architects Matter (2018) is the result of over £500 000 of research council funding to investigate the issue.

Timothy Hill
Partners Hill, Hobart
Timothy’s output has been awarded at national and international levels and is deliberately unspecialised; projects have ranged through furniture commissions, city centre masterplans, landscapes, campus buildings, office towers and in a continuous stream, houses. Timothy is known for his strong interest in collaborative design activity.

Ben Shewry 
Owner of Attica, Melbourne
Attica started slowly but momentum built, and the restaurant began to attract both crowds and accolades. The success of Attica also made Ben personally aware of the long hours and often unhealthy work environments chefs are exposed to and how this impacts their physical and mental health. He has since implemented changes in his own kitchen and is outspoken on the matter.

Mat Hinds 
Taylor and Hinds, Hobart
In 2018, Mat was awarded the Tasmanian Emerging Architects Prize for his contribution to the profession. He has received architectural education in both Tasmania and abroad, and was registered as an architect in Tasmania in 2011. Driven and committed to a high-quality design outcome, Mat works closely with his clients.

Jorge Ambrosi & Gabriela Etchegaray 
Ambrosi Etchegaray, Mexico
Ambrosi Etchegaray is an art and architecture studio established in Mexico City in 2011 by Jorge and Gabriela. They were appointed curators for the Mexican Pavilion at the 2018 Biennale di Venezia and awarded first place for the construction of the FICA Pavilion 2016 located in the central square of Mexico City. They were selected by the Architectural League of New York with the recognition of Emerging Voices 2015 and they have both been invited to national and international schools of architecture as critics and lecturers.

Abigail Forsyth 
KeepCup Co-Founder and Managing Director
Abigail Forsyth is a leader in the global campaign to promote sustainability. Abigail is passionate about improving the take-up of sustainable alternatives to disposable and single use items. Following a successful career as a solicitor at a boutique Melbourne law firm, Abigail and her brother Jamie set up their own chain of cafés across the city. Alarmed by the amount of disposable packaging being wasted, Abigail started her search for a more sustainable and environmentally conscious way to serve food, and the concept of KeepCup soon became a reality.

Justin Kabbani 
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Hard Hat Digital, Melbourne
Hard Hat is one of Australia’s leading independent creative agencies. Over the past 10 + years, Justin (together with Co-Founder, Dan Monheit) has built a highly sought-after cross-disciplinary team of 40 in Melbourne and Sydney, who has delivered projects for some of Australia’s biggest brands including Visit Victoria, Tennis Australia, Lion, NAB, Deakin University and Melbourne Airport. Justin is a regular presenter and contributor on the topic of workforce and workplace of the future and is passionate about growing high performing teams.

Conference panelists are:

Chema Bould 
Designer Director and CEO at Bower Architecture and Interiors
Chema founded award-winning Bower Architecture and Interiors in 2005 alongside co-directors Jade Vidal and Anna Dutton. She has broad experience across residential, public and commercial projects. She relishes problem-solving challenges posed by the project brief and site, playing a key role in the early and interior design stages of all projects within the office, regardless of scale or type. In her role as CEO of Bower she is accountable for the overall performance of the company in achieving its vision as well as nurturing and steering the team’s culture.

Ray Brown 
Archibiz, Melbourne
Ray Brown is a business coach and entrepreneur who has worked in the UK, South Africa and the US. He operated at CEO level for over 25 years before relocating to Australia in 2005. His passion is helping business owners to realise their personal potential and that of their organisations. He has coached a number of architectural practices in Melbourne and is developing an online platform aimed at helping architects create thriving, sustainable and profitable businesses.

Dr Peter Raisbeck 
Dr Peter Raisbeck conducts research and teaches in the fields of architectural design and practice. He has over 20 years of professional experience as an employee and contractor in architecture and project management. Peter’s research interests reflect his diverse experiences but he is nonetheless focused on the points of convergence between global finance, construction management and architectural design and practice. He believes that architects must grow their profession by understanding that research, practice and theory are inextricably linked together.

8 CPD points will be earnt for attending the conference.

Conference Creative Directors are:

Lucinda Owen 
Lucinda is an architect, urban designer and heritage specialist and director of Lucinda Owen Architects, an emerging, multidisciplinary Melbourne-based practice specialising predominately in complex residential, multi-residential, commercial, civic and heritage projects with sustainability being key. Her knowledge and experience regarding construction, planning and environmental and heritage legislation underpins the practice. Lucinda is also a member of Yarra City Council’s Heritage Committee and is actively passionate about affordable housing, building better cities and environmental protection and sustainability.

Thom McKenzie 
Thom McKenzie is the director of Winwood McKenzie Architecture. His practice designs highly detailed and functional projects that reflect the lives of their inhabitants. He is a passionate advocate for the ability of architecture to enrich people’s lives.

Thom believes in supporting others in the profession and contributing to the education of the next generation of architects. He is the National President of the Emerging Architects and Graduates Network and a National Councillor of the Australian Institute of Architects. Thom is a lecturer at Monash University currently reimagining Professional Practice.

Warwick Mihlay 
Warwick is principal of Mihaly Slocombe Architects and leader in the architecture profession. He is instrumental in championing positive change within the industry through mentoring the next generation of architects, as a Director of ArchiTeam, Committee member at the Australian Institute of Architects, and founder of Australia’s most widely read business blog for architects, Panfilo.

In his spare time, Warwick practices yoga a lot and buys LEGO sets that he pretends are for his children.

Aimee Goodwin
Aimee is co-principal of Project 12 Architecture, which she established with partner Louis Gadd in 2012. Prior to this, Aimee gained over 10 years experience at award-winning architectural firms in both Melbourne and London.

She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a double degree in Bachelor of Property and Construction and Bachelor of Architecture (Hons). She has returned to the institution to teach construction subjects and design studios on a regular basis. Aimee is an active member of ArchiTeam and the Australian Institute of Architects, where is co-chair of the Smaller Practice Forum.

Robert Davidov
Robert Davidov is the director of Davidov Architects, a small award-winning architecture and interiors studio based in Toorak. With a primary focus on residential architecture, Robert has developed a reputation for creating highly pared-back architecture and interiors from both a material and spatial standpoint. His commencement of a masters in Cultural and Urban Heritage at the University of Melbourne is informing several renovations to heritage listed houses currently underway by the studio.

Rosemary Ross
Rosemary is founder and co-director of Rosstang Architects, an architectural practice specialising in residential and heritage work. Operating since 2004, Rosstang Architects has successfully completed many projects, and has been published both online and in print in Australia and internationally. A student of Melbourne University, Rosemary has also worked in both Melbourne and Sydney for HBO + EMTB as Associate Director and in Melbourne for Hayball.

ArchiTeam Conference
ArchiTeam is a not-for-profit cooperative with over 700 members comprising of emerging, small to medium architect practices. ArchiTeam supports, develops and assists in the growth of these practices.

Making a Living is the second biennial ArchiTeam conference, to be held in Melbourne at the Melbourne Museum on Friday 24 May 2019.

Making a Living seeks to share insights from architects and allied professionals leveraging entrepreneurship, business strategy, collaboration and disruptive innovation to achieve positive outcomes.

Exploring what architects produce, this one-day conference will examine how improved business and organisational strategies can supercharge the design process. It will investigate how the architecture profession can effectively produce work, translate ideas, and value the work that it produces.

Making a Living will examine how architects prosper, the relationship between practice and livelihood. It explores how architects can structure work, live better, realise goals and be more successful.

Making a Living aims to investigate further facets of architecture, business, strategy and purpose. These are posed as a series of discrete questions that encourage overlapping answers.

Tickets are available the ArchiTeam conference website

The conference would not be possible without partners:

Melbourne University
BEC Network –
Living Fire –
Aussie Gutter Protection –
Valley Windows –
Richmond Lighting –

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