Davina Rooney, Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)

Davina has led the Green Building Council of Australia since June 2019. The GBCA’s role is to lead the sustainable transformation of the built environment and has achieved over 2,500 certification with rating tool Green Star.
Davina is a property professional with a broad range of sustainability experience, from environmental projects, not-for profit boards and overseas community development work, spending 8 months working in the Indian Himalayas on the construction of a school which won multiple international awards.
Career highlights include a decade at Stockland which was a global leader in sustainability and therefore understands how the GBCA’s global leadership translates into real-world outcomes. Stockland was recognised in 2016 and 2018 simultaneously holding the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Global Property leader, GRESB Global leader (Retail/Office) and recognised on the CDP Leaders A-list.

Suzanne Toumbourou, Executive Director of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council

Suzanne Toumbourou is the Executive Director of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, a body of peak organisations committed to a vision of more sustainable, productive and resilient buildings, communities and cities. Her passion and expertise lies in communication, collaboration and an inclusive agenda for a sustainable Australia.
Suzanne has broad experience encompassing Federal and State Governments, industry and non-profit organisations including the Australian Conservation Foundation and GetUp. She played a coordinating role with the Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change and was a foundational member of the steering committee for Al Gore’s Climate Project in Australia.

Andy Marlow, Director at Envirotecture and Passivhaus Design & Construct

Andy holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture, is a certified Passive House Designer, and has extensive experience in sustainable design at a variety of scales.
Andy is driven by a desire for all people to live, work and play in buildings that make them happier. He believes that good design should be accessible to and benefit all, not just those who commission it.
He speaks regularly at conferences and events on sustainability issues; design principles, materials specification, community engagement, and the future of our cities including the national conferences of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Green Building Council of Australia.
Andy is currently a Board Member of the Australian Passive House Association, has previously been Co-Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Sustainability Committee, and sat on the Property Council of Australia NSW Sustainability Committee and the Green Building Council of Australia NSW Industry Group.

Jeremy Stewart, ARM Architecture

Jeremy has been at ARM Architecture for over 20 years. During that time, he has worked on an extensive range of educational, cultural, and urban design projects throughout Australia including RAC Arena Perth, the Shrine of Remembrance Redevelopment, Monash University Chancellery and, most recently, St Leonard’s College.
Jeremy has always been interested in what software can do for a designer. There are designs that you can’t draw by hand but you can model them with the computer. Simply modelling something doesn’t guarantee a good outcome, though. There needs to be a strong idea to base a design on, that relates the project to its place, its context. Jeremy enjoys teasing out the idea, pushing it to its limits. The idea informs all design decisions, so the question is never “Does that look good?” The question is always about whether the idea is good.

Kia Mahmoudian, Aurecon

Kia is a senior mechanical engineer with over 13 years of experience in building services engineering. He is experienced in designing a range of HVAC systems and central plant and consistently looks to find energy efficient and robust technical solutions that are sensitive to the architectural aspirations of the building.
Kia has led the building services team and mechanical design on a range of high-performance building types which includes recent educational building experience, the Woodside Building for Technology and Design and Chancellery building at Monash, Clayton Campus. The mechanical services on these buildings were designed to meet Passive House stringent performance standards.

Jack Cahir, KANE

Jack has been involved in construction delivery as both a contract administrator and project engineer. Now leading teams as a design manager at Kane, Jack works primarily on health, tertiary and architecturally complex projects and is passionate about bringing together skills from consultants, clients and subcontractors to deliver high performing buildings.
The Monash New Chancellery Building was Jack’s most recently completed project, and was delivered in line with high performing air tightness targets and Passive House design principles.

Natalie Colbert

Natalie a military veteran – after serving as a Project Manager in the Royal Australian Air Force. She is a business entrepreneur – and has ten years of experience in early childhood education and care, and she owns and operates three separate early childhood learning centres (Majura Park Childcare, Urambi Early Learning and Torrens Early Learning) in Canberra. Natalie has project managed the build of 5 early childhood centres, notably – she was the Construction Manager for Torrens Early Learning Centre – Australia’s first commercial passive-house building. Torrens Early Learning Centre was certified ‘Premium’ in March 2020.

Dejan Simovic

Dejan graduated as an Engineer of Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia. He worked in building research on implementation of Artificial Intelligence in architectural design and published research papers early in his career. Dejan lived and worked in Southern Africa where he had his own practice in the mid 1990s.
For the past 20 years, Dejan has been living in Sydney, Australia and has been involved on some of the largest residential and mix use developments for developers and developer builders. His architectural practice, DESIM, has been operating since 2015, and he became a Certified Passive House Designer in 2019.

Dr Cameron Munro, Director of Passive Analytics

Cameron has a PhD in aerospace engineering. He has an interest in data analytics and post-occupancy evaluation of residential buildings and is passionate about the role Passive House can play in resolving the climate crisis.

Katie Skillington

Katie is a sessional tutor, research assistant, and PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne researching environmentally sensitive design practice in contemporary Australian multi-residential housing. Katie is also a registered practicing architect and former APHA Board Member.

Jim Stewart

Jim is an Associate at Fender Katsalidis, Architect, a Passive House Designer, and proud owner of too much Lego. Jim has been a passionate member of the Passive House community in Australia for many years and served as an APHA Board Member from 2014 to 2016.

Marcus Strang

Marcus is a specialist sustainability engineer and experienced Certified Passive House Designer, having had the opportunity to work on many Certified Passive House buildings in Australia. His expertise is in refining building energy performance, analysing thermal envelope junctions and fenestration details, as well as identifying interstitial and surface moisture risks using hygrothermal modelling tools.
Marcus’s interests encompass holistic systems design, building physics, passive design optimisation and natural building materials. Currently, also a PhD candidate specialising in the Passive House standard and mass timber design, which he sees as a fundamental step for striving towards a net-zero carbon emission society.

Knut Menden

Knut draws on more than 17 years of experience as an architect in sustainable architecture. With a European background and in depth knowledge of sustainability and energy-efficient buildings, along with experience in different climate zones in different countries (Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, New Zealand and Australia), he runs an architectural studio based in Coledale, NSW together with his partner Bettina Steffens.
Coming from high-end residential design and complex commercial projects (particularly education projects) the practice offers a personal and passionate service to clients, covering a wide range of project typologies and delivering creative and innovative design.
A major focus of their work are pre-fabricated mass timber structures, as well as utilising Passivhaus design principles. Minimising architecture’s impact on the natural environment with very low energy use as a pathway to creating sustainable and healthy living and working environments is at the centre of the practice’s core values.

Luc Plowman, Founder and Director of Detail Green

Luc is founder and director of Detail Green, who specialise in helping create Passive House and other low energy buildings.
Luc is an engineer by training and has a background in the commercial building industry. His qualifications include Certified Passive House Consultant, Building Certifier, Green Star Professional, as well as NABERS and NatHERS Assessors.
Luc is passionate about ensuring buildings are designed and constructed in a manner to minimise their environmental impact during their whole life cycle.

Clare Parry

As Better Buildings Lead with HIP V. HYPE, Clare seeks to provide advice on improving health, comfort and efficiency outcomes for our built environment. Clare believes that our buildings should serve us without detracting from the living systems we are a part of, and she seeks to harness opportunities and consider constraints to deliver a lower carbon, more systems-integrated outcome. Clare’s favourite part of any project is challenging assumptions about how things ‘should’ be done; habits are hard to break and silos are the norm.
Clare starts by going back to the objectives of a project; there are many pathways for highly varied outcomes. Most projects start in a similar vein – to build something that’s good for people with good economic outcomes. Clare looks beyond the surface and seeks ways to truly improve sustainability outcomes in a way that suits everyone. Clare always chases robust, performance-based outcomes. Ticking boxes on scorecards might be a means to an end but these ratings are tools not outcomes.
Clare seeks to work on projects where innovation or new approaches is common, and that means team members and stakeholders have to be open minded and ready to be early adopters. Systems based solutions are everything, and it’s as much about building capacity as assisting with solutions. Coming to a shared solution can sometimes result in a better outcome, and Clare aims to build ideas up rather than break them down.
Clare was also the Founder of the Australian Passive House Association.

Andrew Cortese, Managing Partner Grimshaw Architects

Andrew is Grimshaw’s Managing Partner in Sydney. He established the partnership’s Sydney Studio in 2010 and leads conceptual design and strategy across the studio’s portfolio.
Andrew’s commitment to excellence is observed in his numerous citations within State, National and International Architectural Awards in all categories.
The environmental and human impact agenda of his response challenges and evolves building typologies, and the agency and transformative potential of architecture  is promoted through the imperative of beauty with utility, memory with place, and exploitation of performance and economy. Founded in research, his  investigations occur through the frame of natural ecologies, functionality in relationship to human experience within spatial volumes in sequence attuned to climate, landscape and cultural constructions, and the ordering of programme within exacting geometries.  An architecture of legible forms with expressed structures, a precise tectonic of materiality attuned to context with elements detailed to buildability, and the generation of intrinsic and holistic sustainability embodying technology and efficiency.

Alberto Sangiorgio, Grimshaw Architects

Alberto is Senior Facade Engineer and Sustainability Team Leader at Grimshaw Architects.
His eclectic background and his extensive international experience across the facade sector allow him to bridge architecture and engineering, focusing on high performance facade design and optimisation, from concept to completion.
Alberto is also engaged in teaching and research activities with the University of Sydney, where he is a guest lecturer in architectural technology for the Master of Architecture.

Ben Brown, Head of Design & Project Management for Lendlease

Ben is primarily responsible and accountable for ensuring Lendlease provides clients with design and project management excellence; a journey and end-product that adds value to our client’s business, which is safe, buildable and rewards our business in terms of reputation. Fundamentally Ben’s role is about delivering a great product through the combination of strong leadership, engaging innovative, creative and talented people and ensuring diligent execution.

Jeffrey Robinson, Technical Director & Sustainability Consultant at Aurecon Melbourne

Jeff has worked as a consulting engineer for over 33 years working in London, Ireland and for the last 23 years in Melbourne and overseas.
He has an industry wide reputation as a passionate advocate for great Architecture and Urban Design and the design of sustainable and healthy buildings which meet the Passive House Standard.
Jeff is an experienced Green Star Accredited Professional, LEED AP, and Infrastructure Sustainability Professional a member of the WELL Building Faculty and a Climate Reality Leader.
He chairs the Property Council’s Victorian Sustainable Development Committee and is a sustainability specialist on the Victorian Design Review Panels.
In June 2020 he was selected as one of the GBCA’s Inaugural Green Star Champions for his work inspiring change across industry by showcasing what is possible.

Walter van der Linde, Aurecon

Walter is a senior mechanical engineer working in Aurecon’s Melbourne office. He has experience in the design of HVAC systems for Passive House buildings and various other facilities requiring high performance HVAC systems such as cleanrooms, bio-containment facilities, medical device manufacturing facilities and laboratories.
Walter has 10 years’ experience as a consulting engineer during which he has continuously developed his skill set by also designing HVAC systems for office buildings, hotels, museums, art complexes and nutritional manufacturing facilities.
Walter holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, (B.Eng (Mech)) and is professionally registered engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

Dr Rob Brimblecombe, Head of Monash University’s Engineering and Sustainability Team

Rob leads Monash University’s Engineering and Sustainability team, including the development and delivery of the Net Zero Emissions Initiative and operational Circular Economy Strategy. Over the last ten years, he has directed the University's Energy management and procurement activities, lectured in building science and renewable energy systems, supervised applied research projects in sustainable development and co-authored the book 'Positive Energy Homes’.
Rob has a PhD in Bio-inspired Solar (solar hydrogen) and before taking up his position a Monash, completed a Fulbright Fellowship at Princeton University and a postgraduate fellowship and Monash University, with publications in leading peer reviewed journals.

Dr Kellee Frith, Architectus

Kellee is an Education Environments Strategist at Architectus. Her primary roles are to facilitate meaningful collaboration and effective communication between school communities and school facilities designers (including architects, interior designers and landscape architects), and to develop Education Design Briefs for education projects.

Simon Farr, Architectus

Simon, an Associate at Architectus has been involved in the delivery of a number of award-winning education projects, including; Mandeville Centre, Loreto, Toorak; Gipson Commons, St Michael’s Grammar School, St Kilda; Royal Far West Centre for Country Kids, Manly; and Carey Grammar Middle School, Kew. Simon has recently turned his attention to Passive House Schools to further improve the quality of educational projects delivered.
Simon and Dr Kellee Frith co-host ED Talks—a professional knowledge sharing platform at Architectus that focuses on Sustainability in Education. With 80 participants nationally joining fortnightly virtual presentations and discussions, ED Talks is a great forum for colleagues to learn together about Passive Schools, and to develop a collective passive design practice for education projects.

Rory Martin, Sustainability Manager at Frasers Property Australia

With 10+ years industry experience in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, Rory leads the sustainability agenda for Frasers Property Australia, as well as the Climate Risk and Resilience operations for Frasers Property globally.
He holds both a Bachelor of Architecture with Honours and a Masters of Science in Environmental Design with Distinction, as well as being a registered Architect. Rory participates on multiple industry panels, speaks regularly at local and international conferences, guest presents at universities and has been recognised through award wins and nominations for his work in both design and sustainability.

Danielle Savio, Project Manager for Multiplex Constructions

Danielle works as a Project Manager for Multiplex Constructions. She has a Masters in Architecture, a Bachelor of Planning and Design (Architecture) and a Bachelor of Property and Construction from the University of Melbourne. She is currently the Project Manager for the La Trobe University Student Accommodation project, and recently completed the Monash Gillies Hall, Australia’s first at-scale Passive House project. In her spare time, Danielle runs GAZELLA with Justine Hadj, an online blog for women in the built environment. Danielle is also on the Committee for the Women’s Alumni Network for the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. In 2019 Danielle won NAWIC’s award for Outstanding Achievement in Building and Construction

Francesca Muskovic, Policy Manager for Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Property Council of Australia

Francesca is the National Policy Manager for Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at the Property Council of Australia. She works with representatives from Australia’s leading property companies to develop policy and advocate to federal, state and local governments. Francesca has over 12 years of experience in the built environment sector with previous roles at AECOM, the Green Building Council of Australia and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. She is passionate about diversity, ethics in leadership, championing social justice issues in the property sector and advocating for ambitious public policy to support a transition to a zero carbon economy.

Stuart Lee, Founder and Director of Craftsmen Quality Builders

Stuart is the Founder and Director of Craftsmen Quality Builders, who have over 40 years of shared experience in the building industry. Our passion is building Passive House Homes that are eco-friendly, low-energy consuming homes using sustainable materials. Craftsmen Quality Builders are also a valued Sponsor of SPPHC 2020.

Talina Edwards, Founder and Director of Talina Edwards Architecture

Talina is the Founder of Talina Edwards Architecture: elemental design, an award-winning small practice located in Ballarat and providing architectural services across Victoria. Talina and her dedicated and passionate team embrace the scientific, rational and practical side of architecture and construction, as well as the more creative and intuitive approach to design. The practice employs a holistic and collaborative approach which ensures the best outcome for our clients in the designs of their projects.

Matthew Cutler-Welsh, Education Manager for Pro Clima (NZ & Australia).

Matthew’s mission is to inspire people to make a better place to live. He has an Honours Degree in Natural Resources Engineering and is a Certified Passive House Consultant. He has over 10 years of experience leading residential energy efficiency projects in New Zealand and Australia. In 2016, Matthew joined the Board of the Passive House Institute New Zealand.
An experienced presenter, facilitator and podcaster, Matthew has interviewed over 200 architects, builders and industry experts from around the World on the Home Style Green podcast. He is also co-host of the Passive House Podcast. Prior to training as an engineer, Matthew was an Outward Bound instructor in New Zealand and the US.

Milica Tumbas, Principal Architecture

Milica is responsible for the delivery of major built environment projects at Lovell Chen Architects, including complex large-scale public and institutional schemes. Her expertise includes the design and adaptation of buildings to EnerPHit standards, and the seismic strengthening of heritage buildings to meet current requirements. Milica is a certified Passive House designer and consultant and has over 30 years’ experience in architecture, heritage conservation and adaptive reuse. Recent projects include the Old Quad Redevelopment Project (Victorian Architecture Award 2020 -- Sustainable Architecture Award) and Regent Theatre (Victorian Architecture Award 2020 -- Heritage : creative adaptation).

Andrew Bakonyi, Director of abfinance

Andy Bakonyi runs an ethical mortgage brokerage called abfinance down in Hobart. His recent professional passion project has been advocating for effective Green Mortgage products. Day to day, he assists clients to navigate the banking system to build (or retrofit) their dream-eco-home. He’s used his own home as a case study to tinker with different Passive House technologies and experiment with recycled materials.