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October 13, 2012
9:30am - 6:00pm ACDT
(UTC +10.5hrs)
Adelaide, SA

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Tuxedo Cat
199-200 North Terrace
Adelaide, SA, 5000
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Timothy Horton

Timothy Horton is the South Australian Commissioner for Integrated Design, who, along with the Commission team, provides independent expert advice to the Premier and Cabinet across design, planning and development. The Integrated Design Commission is Australia’s first state level multidisciplinary design, cross-government advisory unit. Timothy is an architect with experience spanning the public and private sector in Australia and internationally. Common throughout has been a deep interest in civic space and the role for design in shaping human-centred urban policy. Most recently, the Commission has partnered with 3 spheres of government, industry and the research sector to develop a new design-led model for how we plan, build and govern our urban centres.

Ben Hewett

Ben Hewett is the South Australian Government Architect, and Executive Director of the Integrated Design Commission (IDC) SA. In his role Ben provides strategic advice to government on design planning and the built environment. As Government Architect, Ben is chair of the Capital City Design Review Panel and Head of IDC SA’s Design Review Program. Ben is also the Director of 5000+, an Integrated Design Strategy for inner Adelaide. 5000+ is a collaborative national pilot project with the three tiers of government working on the creation of a design-led vision for Adelaide. He has previously worked as an architect in large and small practice across a broad set of project types and scales in Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Melbourne, as well as China and the United Arab Emirates.

Nick Tridente

Nick Tridente has been the principal designer for Tridente Architects since its inception in 1989. He participates at all levels of design and project development to ensure a rigorous standard is maintained within the studio. He has extensive experience with the design of facilities in every market sector. He is the current SA Chapter President and National Director for the Australian Institute of Architects. His focus is on design outcomes and this is demonstrated by number of awards the studio has received during its years of operation.

Wendy Keech

Wendy is the Director of Cardiovascular Health at the Heart Foundation in SA. She is chair of the SA Active Living Coalition and sees herself as a social planner recognising the importance of social norms and the built environment of individual health. She has worked in the public health field for almost 25 years. She has specialised in the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, tobacco control, skin cancer prevention and heart health. She has enjoyed living and working in the public health field in SA, NSW and Boston, USA.

Mark Lusis

Mark is a green urbanist leading Arup’s Integrated Environments team in Adelaide. Building upon architectural qualifications, Mark has 20 years of experience in government and consulting to clients and the community on organisational sustainability, greening of cities and responding to climate change. He practices in the areas of sustainability appraisal, resilient community masterplanning, carbon management, climate change risk assessment, and infrastructure sustainability. Mark is passionate about discovering the relationships that either already exist between the built environment and natural systems or that are formed during the development process – allowing affirmative design integration, and treatment of sustainability as an enabler of innovation that unlocks hidden value and delivers a greater sustainability dividend to projects and the wider community. Mark’s ties through his strong Latvian heritage also help ground his beliefs in maintaining strong cultural identity and gain exposure to live issues of intergenerational equity.

Michelle Tabet

Michelle Tabet is an urbanist leading Arup's Urban Informatics Team in Sydney. From an urban planning and mapping background, Michelle has developed an interest in smart cities, strategic design and culture-driven regeneration. Much of Michelle's work recently has involved developing strategies to develop a cultural brand that fully leverages contemporary expectations of information and space, often articulated around a strong user-centred investigation process. For Arup, Michelle helps clients frame the right questions through 'strategic design' workshops, identifying the key drivers for taking action and the best strategies to enact decisions.

Matt Davis

Matt is a lecturer in Architecture at UniSA, Director of Davis & Davis Architects, and was formerly Design Leader of 5000+ an Integrated Design Strategy for inner Adelaide. Matt has designed a few good buildings and whilst still seduced by the charms of traditional architectural practice, is increasingly drawn to the potential found in working across and between practice, academia and urban policy. Matt is a firm believer that difficult contexts are a necessary ingredient for creative practice and that the best ideas are often the ones most easily dismissed.

Nicholas Harding

Nicholas’ association with Adelaide, his birth place, extended through his education and continues with commissions based there although he leads an expat life in next door Melbourne. Previous experience includes employment with John Wardle Architects in 2004, focussing primarily on civic and residential projects. In 2011 Nicholas founded NEH architecture; a practice dedicated to people focussed design of varying scales and discipline. The practice is currently involved in a community retail hub project in Salisbury North, in conjunction with Housing SA. Other projects include a mixed use development project on King William Road, Unley, and an associated precinct master-plan commission for the 5000+ investigation into densification and living on inner city arterials. Nicholas is dedicated to undertaking focussed research to understand Adelaide’s inhabitants and work to steer Adelaide into an exciting and vibrant future.

Sharon Mackay

Sharon Mackay is an award winning Landscape Architect and urban designer with over 16 years of collaborative practice in South Australia, Victoria and North America. She currently works with the Government Architect in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and is co-host of the successful Radio Adelaide program, The Plan. Prior to this, Sharon spent seven years as a Senior Associate at HASSELL, receiving recognition for the major redevelopment at Adelaide Zoo including the Giant Panda Exhibit and Entrance Precinct Sharon has a particular interest in interdisciplinary practice and the role of design led thinking in shaping public policy and the future of our cities. She is passionate about connecting people and opportunities, sustainable ecosystems and healthy communities.

Lovisa Muyderman

Lovisa Muyderman has lived in Adelaide for ten years and attended Mitcham Girls High School up until her graduation last year. She has been a member of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), a youth run organization made up of over 70 000 young people, since July 2010 due to her strong interest in climate change. Throughout her time with the AYCC Lovisa has been part of many campaigns, most recently walking from Port Augusta to Adelaide over two weeks to promote solar thermal technology to replace coal fired power stations and will soon travel to Qatar as part of the organization’s delegation to the Conference of Youth and the UN Climate Change negations.

Joshua Fanning

After working in the media for less than 18 months, Joshua Fanning decided that it could be better. His first attempt and changing the media landscape in SA was with the art culture magazine, MERGE which was aimed towards keeping young creative-types in SA. Following on from MERGE, Joshua was cajoled begrugingly back into the publishing world by design wunder-kind, Adam Johnson with the idea that MERGE was good but COLLECT could be better. Joshua Fanning is a sucker for making things better. Joshua Fanning wants things to be better - that doesn't necessarily mean, cheaper, faster or shinier but essentially more human.

Jason Sweeney

Jason Sweeney’s interdisciplinary practice in the last 15 years has been in the emerging, risk-taking and constantly developing fields of digital art, music, sound installation, performance, participatory art projects and experimental film. Since 1999 he has collaborated with some of Australia’s leading performing arts companies as well as directing and creating a number of his own interactive works for galleries, theatres and public spaces. As a composer of electronic music, he has also been releasing music internationally with two bands, Panoptique Electrical and Pretty Boy Crossover, via the record label Sensory Projects. Music from the releases has since been used in short and feature films, as well numerous theatre and dance productions around the world. Jason is one of 10 winners of this year's TEDPrize for the City2.0.

Andrew Wallace

Andrew Wallace is a lecturer in Interior Architecture at the University of South Australia He has practiced as a designer in Adelaide, Sydney and London since 1984 and has been responsible for the design and delivery of projects ranging in scale from small consumer products to developing a design strategy for the London Underground system and fitouts for major institutions, corporates and retail brands nationally. In his capacity as an academic Andrews particular research interests are in sustainability and communities, he is a pioneer of sustainable interior design and of late has turned his interest to communities of all scales, from workplace communities to precincts such as the West End of Adelaide of which he is the current precinct president. He continues to provoke discussion in regards to urban regeneration and quality night time communities in the city through both his teaching, research and advocacy work Andrew sits on the board of Mainstreet SA and in one of his other lives is a Jazz Dance DJ with a career in music of over 20 years.

Stephen Yarwood

A town planner with nearly 20 years’ experience in state and local government, Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood has dedicated his professional life to developing cities. Stephen was elected an Adelaide City Councillor in October 2007 and was Deputy Lord Mayor in 2009. He is a member of the Adelaide Development Assessment Panel, Capital City Committee, Adelaide Parklands Authority, Rundle Mall Management Authority and the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors. He is also the Presiding Member of the Local Government Association committee, overseeing the State/Local Government Climate Change Sector Agreement. Stephen has an MBA, as well as post-graduate qualifications in Regional and Urban Planning and Environmental Studies. He worked as a researcher in state parliament before joining the City of Playford as Principal Planner for six years. Stephen has lectured in planning and management in several countries, as well as studying future cities in Tsukuba, Japan's technology city.

Brian Parkes

Brian Parkes has been CEO and Artistic Director at JamFactory in Adelaide since April 2010. He spent ten years prior to this as Associate Director and Senior Curator at Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design in Sydney. He curated several important exhibitions for Object including the landmark survey of contemporary Australian design; 'Freestyle: new Australian design for living'. Parkes has written extensively on design and contemporary crafts and in 2009 co-curated 'Menagerie' a nationally touring survey exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sculpture.

Angelique Edmonds

Angelique Edmonds has a passion for engaging communities in the design of public spaces which impact upon their everyday lives. Trained as an architect, she has worked with Indigenous communities in Arnhem Land in Australia’s remote north, and established design advocacy projects with CALD (culturally & linguistically diverse) women in Sydney’s South West and with Youth at risk of homelessness in SA. As a former Board member of SA Council for the Care of Children and Engagement Leader of 5000+, an Integrated Design Strategy for inner Adelaide, she led a collaborative forum of 400 South Australians considering child and youth friendly approaches to city making. Angelique has completed a PhD, M.Phil and degrees in Architecture in Australia and the UK, has taught in 4 different Australian universities, and is currently a Lecturer at the University of South Australia.

Cassandra Tombs

According to The Adelaide Review, Cassandra Tombs and Bryan Lynagh started Tuxedo Cat as a rooftop venue in Synagogue Place, running for three Fringes before the building underwent development. For the 2011 Fringe they opened in Electra House opposite Town Hall, and this year they opened on North Terrace. They also run a venue in Melbourne with plans for Cairns. The pair holds a strong commitment to placing the needs of the artists at the centre of the venue and are excited about this space continuing in an ongoing contribution to Adelaide.

Organizing team


Adelaide, Australia
  • Alison Kershaw
  • Kieran Andrews
  • Rubina Carlson
  • Petra Dzurovcinova
    Digital Support
  • Marlon Pinto
  • Lucas Cristofali
  • Diana Snape
    Program Partner
  • Alexandra Smart
    Production Support
  • Rod Lewis
    Production Support
  • Sarah Keenihan