Building a better future through the acknowledgement of design excellence.
7th November 2019, The Star, Sydney
Australia’s most progressive buildings, spaces, people and building products that demonstrate real efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of our built environment.
They’re leaders in their respective fields. They’re from universities, industry associations and architecture firms, and they know what sustainable buildings look like. They are world-class industry experts and world-class judges, and will ensure that only the country’s most pioneering green projects have made the final cut.
Director & Building Designer, Envirotecture
Dick Clarke is principal of Envirotecture, with over 35 years’ experience focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings, as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels.
He is Director of Sustainability for Building Designers Australia (BDA) and is a member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC).
This is Clarke’s 12th year on the panel and is the Jury Chair.
Director, Winter Architecture
Just over two years ago, Jean Graham established Winter Architecture. Jean considers herself secondary to the practice, straying away from the fulfillment of a self-titled practice. Instead, Jean has elected to translate the quiet, introspective, site-specific qualities of Winter – the season – into an Architectural dictum.
With varied budgets and a range of client backgrounds, Winter Architecture has opened up the possibility of architecture to a number of clients who did not feel architecture was accessible to them, due to low budgets, difficult site restrictions and the desire to build themselves.
Director & Builder, Positive Footprints
Jeremy Spencer is a Director and Builder at Positive Footprints, a multi award-winning design and construction company that is working to show that energy efficient sustainable design and high-performance construction is a cost-effective option and can be a mainstream reality.
Jeremy is passionate about spreading the message of environmentally sustainable design, and to help bring about chance in the way we build homes. To this end, he gives lectures, sustainable house tours, and teaches other builders green construction in the Master Builders Greenliving program.
CEO, Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)
Kate Harris is the CEO of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) and brings an extensive background in leadership, capacity building and education aimed at finding sustainable solutions for the future.
She is on the Board of Directors of the Living Future Institute of Australia, the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) and the Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL).
Kate believes passionately in human potential and draws on her diverse experience to help individuals, organisations and communities to create a better future.
Senior Associate, BVN
Knut Menden is an experienced Project Architect who came to Australia to join BVN in November 2008. Having spent the previous five years working in Austria, Luxemburg and New Zealand, Knut’s project expertise ranges from commercial office developments, cultural and education projects to infrastructure projects.
He excels across all project phases but is particularly adept at the translation of concept designs into realised construction. Knut was Project Architect for the Sulman Medal winning Mabel Fidler Building at Ravenswood School, and has since been involved in several significant learning and teaching projects for ACU and the Catholic Education Office.
A major focus of works over the last couple of years has been the use of CLT and prefabricated timber structures within the education environment.
Director, Mahalath Halperin Architects
Mahalath Halperin, FRAIA, is an architect and environmental consultant living and working in regional NSW.
As well as running an architectural practice since the 1990s, addressing everything from domestic renovations through to large commercial buildings, resorts and education facilities, she also conducts energy and environmental audits and assessments, and has always tried to tie the scientific with the aesthetic to achieve highly sustainable but liveable works where possible.
Mahalath has also developed and delivered courses on environmental and architectural issues, and is also a published author, including assorted children’s books, including one about her cat building a house.
Mahalath Halperin Architects won the Single Dwelling, New category for Drumkerin at Sustainability Awards 2018.
Registered Architect, Faine Group Architects
Michael Faine has been a registered architect since 1980 and to date, has worked on a multitude of building types, designs, construction and procurement methods.
His diverse career led him to a teaching position at the University of Western Sydney in the Bachelor of Building/Construction Management degree, and saw him acting as the Head of School for a time.
After 17 years as an academic, and juror positions on both the Building Designers Association of Australia and the HIA Awards, Michael is attuned to analysing the work of builders and designers, and understanding the price in the work they are carrying out.
Sustainability Manager – Residential, Frasers Property
Previously named ‘Future Green Leader’ by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for his ardent commitment to innovative sustainable design, Frasers Property Australia’s Rory Martin joins the judging panel for a fourth time.
Responsible for the sustainability agenda of Frasers Property Australia’s large Residential portfolio, Martin holds both an Honours Bachelor of Architecture and Masters of Science in Environmental Design, as well as being a registered architect and Green Star Accredited Professional.
Having previously completed projects across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia, Martin is a multi-award winning professional who has solid experience in design, consultancy, development and industry standards. Martin sensibly describes sustainable design practises as simply “good design”.
Professor of Sustainable Property, University of Technology Sydney
Sara is a Chartered Building Surveyor, a Fellow RICS, a member of API with over 35 years professional experience in the UK and Australia. She has worked on public and private sector projects across various scales, from commercial due diligence reports, to pre-contract design of adaptation and adaptive reuse projects in residential and commercial property and post contract administration.
In January 2019 Sara became Australia’s first female Professor of Property. She works at the intersections of sustainability, urban development and transformation. Her research is focused on local, national and international built environments and adaptation. Sara undertakes trans-disciplinary research with colleagues from science, health and business.
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