14 August 2017 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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In partnership with Investible and WOTSO WorkSpace, we are bringing you an evening of exploration in sustainable design.


Do you ever think about the brains behind the physical objects that paint our cities and the buildings and structures we spend most of our time in? Design impacts the environment and influences our daily lives and behaviours in many ways.


Learn about how designers are connecting buildings with the natural environment. Design is shifting to focus on sustainable design and a sustainable future: our panel discussion will explore how designers are reducing negative health and environmental impact while creating spaces that are innovative and captivating.


Come and meet some of the amazing folk who believe that good design is sustainable design. Our panelists will be sharing their opinions on how “form follows environment” and how sustainable design is applied to  architecture, property development, construction and urban planning. See you there!



6:00pm-Doors Open

6:20pm- Panel Starts

7:00pm- Q&A

7:20 pm- Networking


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Claire Marshall (MC)

Speaker, Facilitator and Consultant in Disruptive Technologies and the Collaborative Economy

Claire Marshall has a love for stories, technology and social good. An award-winning creative and experienced speaker and facilitator, she has presented at conferences such as Ouishare (Paris), Re:publica (Berlin) and Disrupt (Sydney). With a focus on helping people think creatively about disruptive technologies, she has co-developed (with Dr Ele Jansen) a facilitated co-design card game that has been played with organisations worldwide including Google, and run experimental workshops for organisations such as UTS (the University of Technology Sydney) on topics like Blockchain and Virtual Reality. She is a passionate advocate for the sharing economy and sits on the board of Mercury Centre co-operative and on the advisory team for The Studio a media technology incubator.

Chris Bosse

Founder and Director of Architecture, LAVA

Chris Bosse founded LAVA in 2007 with Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck. This international network of leading architects uses the latest research and technology to build efficient, sustainable beautiful structures.

Educated in Germany and Switzerland, Bosse bases his work on the computerised study of organic structures and resulting spatial conceptions.

His award-winning design projects have won Bosse an international reputation as a new generation architect who pushes the boundaries of traditional structure and architecture by digital and experimental form-finding.

Whilst Associate Architect at PTW in Sydney Bosse was a key designer of the Beijing Olympics Watercube, winner of the Atmosphere Award at the 9th Venice Architecture Biennale. The following year he received the Emerging Architect RIBA award, in 2012 Perspective’s 40 Under 40 for Asia’s rising design stars and an Australian Design Honour in 2015.

LAVA is the 2016 Laureate of the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

Grace Turtle

Lead Design Strategist, Deloitte

Grace is a Lead Design Strategist at Deloitte Digital. A conductor for human-centred design creating at the intersection of management consulting, service design and social science.

Within Deloitte Digital, Grace is responsible for driving co-creative and transdisciplinary practices in speculative futuring, experimentation and participatory design research. Critical to Grace’s role is the application of systems thinking to prototyping and testing activities to help organisations solve complex problems and execute transformation strategies that achieve positive socio-ecological impacts.

She brings 9 years of international experience working with social and sustainable design start-ups and corporates developing holistic, human-centred design strategies across a range of sectors for private companies, independent authorities and Government.

In a past life Grace co-founded Three Farm (2013-2016) and Makers Place, both multifaceted social design focused practices specialising in sustainability, emerging technology and the democratisation of knowledge, goods and services through STEAM social learning experiences and community-making

Rob Roggema

Professor of Sustainable Urban Environments, UTS

Professor Rob Roggema is a Landscape Architect and an internationally renowned design-expert on sustainable urbanism, climate adaptation, energy landscapes and urban agriculture. He is Professor of Sustainable Urban Environments in the UTS School of Architecture and has a wealth of industry and academic experience; he has previously held positions at universities in the Netherlands and Australia, State and Municipal governments and design consultancies. Rob developed the Swarm Planning concept, a dynamic way of planning for future adaptation to climate change impacts.

Recent design-concepts Rob has developed include Double Defence, a proposal of a second row of barrier island to protect the coast for storm surges in times of climate change; A Floodable Eemsdelta for a region under threat of flooding, Bushfire Resilient Bendigo, a method of anticipating bushfires by creating a protective shield and slowly moving away the town; and FoodRoofRio, a rooftop garden with an aquaponic system that provides food for the whole family in Cantagalo favela in Rio de Janeiro.

Rob has designed and led over 30 design charrettes around the world, involving communities, academics, governments and industries in the design process. He has written three books on climate adaptation and design, four on Urban Agriculture, and one each about design charrettes, Rio’s FoodRoofs and Design for Recovery in Japan.

Cameron Tonkinwise

Professor of Design at UNSW Art and Design, Australia

Cameron Tonkinwise is the Professor of Design at UNSW Art and Design. He recently returned to Sydney, Australia from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design where he was Director of Design Studies and Doctoral Studies. Before that he was the Associate Dean Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design and co-Chair of the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School in NYC. Cameron has a background in continental philosophy and continues to research what design practice can learn from material cultural studies and sociologies of technology. His primary area of research and teaching is Sustainable Design. Cameron is widely published on the ways in which Service Design can advance Social Sustainability by decoupling use and ownership – what these days is referred to as the ‘Sharing Economy.’ He has also been a strong advocate for the importance of critical practice-based design research. Cameron’s current focus, in collaboration with colleagues at CMU and an international network of scholar-practitioners, is Transition Design – design-enabled multi-level, multi-stage structural change toward more sustainable futures.

Dates and fees
14 August
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


3/55 Pyrmont Bridge Rd,

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