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Tara Veldman

Billard Leece Partnership

Tara has over 18 years’ experience designing projects across Australia, Europe and the Middle East. In the Netherlands she pursued her interest in socially based design, working with prominent health design practice De Jong Gortemaker Algra and explored her passion for painting and printing studying fine art at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.

At BLP Tara has been involved in the Royal Melbourne, Royal Women’s and Royal Children’s Hospitals. Tara is known for her ability to add value, challenge existing paradigms, motivate her team and expertly engage in complex relationship management with stakeholders and usergroups. Most recently she has led the multi-million dollar Wagga Wagga Health Service and Shellharbour Hospital Redevelopments.

Professional Affiliations: Bond Nederlandse Architecten (Professional Association of Architects), Architects Registration Board NSW, National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Australian Institute of Architects.

Talina Edwards

Talina Edwards Architecture

Talina Edwards is an emerging leader, known for her passion for sustainable architectural projects within her practice and being a powerful advocate for building a better future.
Talina established her architectural practice in regional Victoria. She is passionate about creating healthy, beautiful, functional, comfortable and sustainable architecture. She’s a internationally-Certified Passive House Designer, which requires rigorous training to deliver the healthiest, highest-performing and lowest-energy buildings in the world. Talina embraces this scientific, rational and practical side of architecture, as well as the more creative and intuitive path to design. She employs a holistic and collaborative approach, including biophilic design to improve our wellbeing by connecting to nature.
Talina is a leader and organiser of Australian Architects Declare, on the ArchiTeam Advocacy committee, is actively involved with the Australian Passive House Association, and is co-curator of the ‘Ballarat Architects’ Regional Practice Forum.

Photography: Michelle Dunn, Tatjana Plitt

Nadine Samaha

level architekture>konstrukt

Nadine established with her partner level architekture>konstrukt 26 years ago to fulfill the need for a comprehensive interdisciplinary service that pursue sustainable built outcomes.
To broaden her knowledge, Nadine became LEED green associate and green classroom professional. As lecturer on ESD at RMIT, she empowers students with tools to improve the built environment and runs workshops on climate change, biophilic and regenerative design.
As an AIA Chapter councilor and chair of SAF, in collaboration sometimes with Architects Declare, she promotes sustainability issues to architects, academics and the public through forums and webinars on climate change, zero emissions and low carbon.

Photography: level-architecture>construct, John Golllings, Emma Cross, Melanie Dove

Kate Nason

Atelier Ten

Kate is a passionate advocate of high-performance, healthy and resilient buildings. With a background as an architect (ARBV) she has worked across multiple low-energy buildings including Certified Passive House projects such as the Monash Gillies Hall and several single residential homes utilising low carbon prefabricated construction systems. She is a certified Passive House Designer (PHI), Green Star Accredited Professional and Board Director at the Australian Passive House Association. She now works with the international environmental engineering firm, Atelier Ten to help stakeholders & architects realise ambitious sustainability goals through their projects.

Photography: Atelier Ten

Dana Moussaoui

A1 Office

A1 Office Design Director Dana Mouassoui has quietly and persistently been turning the corporate interiors landscape sustainable for 20 years. Her influence is evident in many buildings and she has been an inspiration for those around her. As a Green Star Accredited Professional, Dana’s career started at Bates Smart Architects with large contributions, of which her most notable included the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne.

Now leading a team of green designers at A1 Office; Dana’s influence can be admired in Melbourne and Sydney and will soon be international in 2021. Less tangible to the eye is the sustainability education of staff and clients Dana has undertaken and the greater effect this has had; including an upcycling of office furniture and conscious energy efficient design. Leading by example, Dana’s sustainability stance and work has led her to speaking events, being published in international design magazines and numerous online publications.

Photography: Lisa Atkinson

Marrick & Co

Mirvac Design and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer

A well-resolved ground plane allows two residential buildings, by Mirvac Design in collaboration with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, to reside harmoniously alongside heritage fabric, public green space and the new Council Library and Pavilion, which were designed by BVN and delivered by Mirvac.
Guided by One Planet Living principles, design brings connections and open spaces for socialising, creates safe and equitable access to amenity, improves habitat, promotes wellbeing, mitigates long-term environmental impact, and supports local economy, culture and community.

Creatively reimagining the traditional display apartment helped Mirvac educate the market on the sustainability principles underpinning Marrick & Co while reinforcing its own company-wide goal to send zero waste to landfill by 2030.

Fitzroy Shiatsu

Winter Architecture

Fitzroy Shiatsu is a renovation of a longstanding Shiatsu practice within a Victorian-era three-storey shophouse in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
It consists of a discreet street entry, stair landing and waiting area, three treatment rooms, powder-room and tea space.
A key driver of the project was to reuse as much as possible of the existing fitout to lower costs and minimise waste and stair traffic.
Waste was further minimised by selecting suppliers, designers and craftspeople located within a 5km radius of the site. This kept transport costs and pollution as low as possible.
Since completion, Fitzroy Shiatsu continues to delight its practitioners and clientele in use. It is a model for business owners who lease their spaces and have limited influence over the building envelope. The design makes the most of what the tenant can control, working within the envelope of an 1890s shop building.

Engineered Bench tops made from Recycled Glass

Betta Stone

Betta Stone is a Victorian-based company who has invented technology which allows it to use recycled glass and binding agent to manufacture high quality, durable bench tops and Splash backs.

Citizen _ Pop-up Coffee Pavillion

ZWEI Interiors Architecture

The project was conceived as a launch point to further develop design thinking for hospitality projects and how we as designers can create both built and operational systems to minimize or eliminate waste and develop sustainable systems as standard for future projects.
An off-grid pavilion, the design demonstrates the use of solar power, water collection, battery storage and recycled / environmental material selections within a temporary coffee outlet. The design also investigates and communicates the provenance of coffee beans, sustainable cups and coffee waste as a circular economy.

Photography: Jack Lovel

Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre

Carter Williamson Architects

Opened in 2019, the new Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre in Western Sydney replaces an uninspiring municipal building that was burnt down in January 2015. It’s the first public project to be realised since the client, Blacktown City Council, established its City Architect’s Office in 2015 that will service around 12,000 people from Woodcroft and surrounding suburbs including Maryong, Doonside to the west and south, Blacktown to the east, and Bungarrabie, in the Western Sydney Parklands.

Photography: Brett Boardman, Ben Guthrie

The Canopy Precinct

Scott Carver with Supermanoeuvre

The Canopy is a vibrant urban precinct in the heart of Lane Cove that tells the story of the community it serves and an ambitious client-driven vision. A development key to ensuring the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the Town Centre.

This bustling retail precinct and large community space offers an inclusive experience that intrinsically promotes a shared environment for enjoyment. The Canopy Precinct aims to bring sustainability into our consciousness in a visible, tangible way, bringing its community into the conversation through educational touchpoints throughout.
The result is a place that reshapes the way we think about community spaces and how we integrate landscape with built form in a way that promotes longevity for its environment and the community.

Photography: Phu Tang, Andrew Walsh

For Our Country

Edition Office and Daniel Boyd

For Our Country, is the inaugural National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial, commissioned by the Australian War memorial (AWM) and is located on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country.

The work provides a space from which to contemplate and commemorate Indigenous connection to country and the sacrifice that Indigenous serving men and woman have made in the protection of their country. A basalt stone field outlines the outer face of the memorial, establishing a collective gathering space defined by a two-way mirror glass veil which captures the landscape and the viewer within a cloud of mirrored lenses. This reflection is seen to exist on the other side of this veil, establishing an empathetic othering whereby a viewer can witness themselves and their surroundings as existing elsewhere, both in space and time, allowing the contemplation of an indigenous gaze and an indigenous experience of war, conflict and sacrifice. Behind this veil, a black pigmented rammed earth edifice is carved out to provide an intimate and darkened resting space which provides a view out to the stone field and landscape beyond through the myriad lenses of the two-way mirror glass screen.

At the centre of the memorial is a cast bronze plate for ceremonial fires alongside the cast bronze mouth of a sealed earth vessel, which penetrates 4m into the ground. This vessel collects together offerings of earth, of country, that is brought to the memorial by elders of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities from across our country, and in this offering of earth, each nation can be commemorated in this place while the soil of their Country joins the many lands their ancestors have defended.

Photography: Ben Hosking


Joe Adsett Architects with Solaire properties and Eco Lateral Environmental Consultants

This home is Australia’s largest architecturally designed passive house and one of only 38 ever built to this standard in a Sub Tropical climate anywhere in the world. This home is the benchmark gold standard of building design within the country and features world first heat pump technology as well as Australian first 3 phase Hybrid smart inverters that integrate with not only the hot water system but are fully VPP ready for integration with the future energy retail sector and localized energy trading schemes.

Photography: Martin Mischkulnig

InterContinental Double Bay Sydney


The project at InterContinental Double Bay is the first-of-its-kind in the world. It optimises existing air-conditioning chillers automatically, in real-time to decrease the carbon footprint of the building. This was achieved by shifting HVAC usage to match the availability of renewables, providing absolute savings averaging 3,000 kg CO2e per month, a 17% reduction on CO2 footprint of air-conditioning load.
ample’s software solution creates predictions on the availability of renewables and the building’s HVAC electricity requirements. It does this by applying Machine Learning (ML) techniques to real-time data from AEMO, and sensors located in the building. Large amounts of historical data and advanced ML techniques are combined with expertise in energy market dynamics and building management to create a finely tuned carbon reduction strategy.
Using automation to decrease operational carbon footprint is a powerful tool in the transition to net-zero. There are thousands of buildings across Australia with the required functionality already in their BMS systems to allow for real-time monitoring and automation. Retrofit smart building projects, such as this one, display the possibility for reduction in carbon footprint through the smart operations of existing assets and without high-capital cost investments.
Over a quarter of electricity in Australia is used for refrigeration and air-conditioning, with around 30% of this from the commercial sector. Thus, commercial chiller units can be instrumental in the transition to net-zero.

Upside Down Akubra House

Alexander Symes Architect

The Upside Down Akubra House seeks to do things differently and to form an empathetic and nurturing relationship to the big landscapes around the Northern-Central district of NSW. The Upside Down Akubra House, inspired by the wide brim of its namesake, it marries beauty and functionality to create an off the grid family home on a 314 hectare cattle farm an hour south of Tamworth in regional NSW.

The siting, orientation and form of the building is derived from it’s place atop a gently sloping hill and is composed to experience the surrounding vistas; immediate views to paddocks and gum trees, and long views to Yella Rock and Hanging Rock that punctuate the horizon.

Photography: Barton Taylor

The Good Life House

MRTN Architects

Good Life House is a suburban home located in Fairfield for a family of five. The home needed to provide beyond the traditional kitchen, living and dining living spaces and allow a range of social and alone activities to occur. It also needed to be a space of learning and exploring and playing.

Photography: Dave Kulesza

Phoenix House

Field Office Architecture

Built to the highest bushfire resistance requirements, this off-grid house in the Grampians, Victoria, is a modern replacement for a loved family weekend retreat lost to fire six years ago.

• Designed for fire resilience in a BAL-FZ zone
• Off-grid holiday home for a large extended family
• Simple, passive solar design

The house has no air conditioning; instead, the narrow footprint allows easy cross ventilation in summer months, aided by well-placed ceiling fans. A fireplace in the living room is the home’s only heating.

Photography: Dan Farrar


Ingrid Donald Architect with Blue Eco Homes

PASSIVE-FZ HOUSE is a certified passive home located on a large bush property in the Blue Mountains. Nestled among World Heritage-listed wilderness, the design aims to strike a delicate balance between the environment and the elements, maintaining connection to the landscape while providing protection from the region’s cold winters and hot summers. The PASSIVE-FZ HOUSE project is the first certified passive house in Australia to also meet the highest Bushfire Attack Level – Flame Zone; a crucial requirement in an area ravaged by bushfires in 2019. Optimal thermal comfort was achieved through extreme air tightness, high performance continuous insulation, highly efficient glazing, no thermal bridges, and a Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation system.
The PASSIVE-FZ HOUSE design enhances livability for occupants with a strong focus on indoor environment quality, providing extensive views to the pristine bush surroundings. The strategic placement of windows and building orientation also maximises the use of natural daylight, eliminating the need for electric lighting during the day. These innovative techniques set new benchmarks in sustainable design and pave the way for similar developments in the Blue Mountains region.

Photography: Open2View

Olinda House

BENT Architecture

The Olinda House is a new home surrounded by spectacular natural landscape and designed for sustainable living in the Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne.

The home embraces the sun and utilises passive solar design techniques to ensure year-round comfort and efficiency. Long and narrow, the home stretches from east to west to maximise the opportunity to capture north light. Windows on opposite sides of the home capture cooling breezes keeping the interior naturally warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

Thermal mass is used extensively throughout the home, with polished concrete floors and an innovative type of blockwork, Timbercrete which is a lightweight, sustainable building block fabricated with waste timber content. In addition to the Timbercrete, locally-sourced, sustainably-harvested ironbark is used throughout to minimise the home’s carbon footprint and provide the necessary bushfire protection. Combined with 60 solar panels on the roof, the home is not just comfortable, but low-energy. The owners estimate their yearly power bill will be around $300!

Built broadly on the footprint of a demolished house, the design minimises site disturbance and maintains existing trees on the site. The landscape is an essential element of the home and the design connects the owners to the garden. Windows on both the north and south sides bring the landscape inside and, from the outside make the home partially transparent, merging building and landscape into one.

Olinda House celebrates and enhances the spectacular natural landscape of its site. Whether it’s getting out in the garden, feeling connected to nature (even when inside), or just sitting back and enjoying a slower pace of living, the Olinda House makes it a joy!

Photography: Tatjana Plitt

J&J Residence

Hogg & Lamb

The J&J Residence is a house that is sustainable, energy-efficient and firmly embedded in its place. Rising from the site like a remnant of a previously eroded hilltop, a two-story high, 40m long, 75 tonne rammed earth wall acts as the primary architectural and organising device: – anchoring the building to its place while providing a thermally stable and beautiful interior.
Architecturally, the house is sited to optimise its northern aspect that opens towards a protected eucalypt reserve shared across several adjacent properties and northeastern summer breezes.
Separating the primary northern spaces and the secondary southern sides of the house, the continuous rammed earth wall provides 75 tonnes of “activated thermal mass”.
A series of vertical ducts run through the rammed earth wall, connecting the roof space to an under-floor ventilation system. Heat is drawn into, or out of the mass achieving an air temperature between 18C and 25C for greater than 85% of the year.
Incorporating a suite of sustainability strategies developed by Rob Lord at Seed Engineers, the J&J Residence is a passive design, that significantly reduces the reliance on air conditioning and artificial lighting.
The home utilises natural materials including timbers, stone, rammed earth and low-voc paints.

Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones

Edgars Creek House

Breathe Architecture

Edgars Creek House is designed to connect to country. It’s about living simply as part of its ecosystem and connecting materially to the ironbark trees and sandstone cliffs it sits between.
This home is about building less, to give more. Building three small pavilions – one for sleeping, one for living, one for bathing – connecting each of those to its own view, its own context, and connecting them to the natural elements through an open-air brise soleil.
Edgars Creek House is about raw honesty. We thought deeply about the life cycle of the building – from construction to deconstruction. Almost no adhesives were used. Every piece of cladding and decking was screwed and bolted together – with the exception of the shower – to allow it to be unscrewed, unbolted and reused at the end of the building’s life.

Photography: Tom Ross



This home in Scarborough presents a new vision of sustainable housing: one that balances affordability and efficiency, and is delight to inhabit all year round. Abbetthaus is the second certified Passive House in WA, and the first to demonstrate that PH- certification can be achieved on a modest budget.
The brief called for the home to be simple, affordable and robust. Taking cues from the site and orientation – and inspired by the desert Modernist style – the design features generous living spaces that open to the outdoors. The plan provides future flexibility, to accommodate a growing family or house-share scenario as needs change.
In contrast to typical Perth housing (built with double-brick skins), this house was constructed using renewable and recyclable timber. With high levels of insulation, air-tight construction and high performance windows, it is comfortable and healthy – without any additional cooling or heating – all year round.

Photography: Jody D’Arcy

Willow Street Residence

Adapt Architecture

The Willow Street residence, perched on the hillside of the Merri Creek precinct surrounded by mature vegetation and bushland. For a suburban block within an inner-city location, the property provided a rare opportunity to nestle within and celebrate a setting with rural feel.
Essential sustainable and energy efficient design objectives were to utilize passive solar and energy efficient design principles to improve the thermal performance of the building fabric, increase daylight and air flow and utilize the established vegetation as well as new structures to passively shade the north facing rear yard.
The home celebrates the original Californian Bungalow detailing and form, while effortlessly integrating industrial and modern tones, textures and simple forms. The result, a welcoming, warm home, surrounded by the earthy and urban tones of timber, recycled red bricks and rusted steel, embracing its natural surrounds, and providing purpose to all spaces.

Photography: Mark Farrelly Photography

Warehouse Greenhouse

Breathe Architecture

Warehouse Greenhouse is about the past and the future. It is a story of industrialisation and human occupation, and an attempt to reconcile these with the natural environment. This project is about doing more with less, it’s about giving more than it takes and signals the possibility of a simple, elegant path to a sustainable future.
The home is built to Passivhaus standards, is extremely air-tight with only 1.2 air changes per hour, and uses passive solar design to maximise sun penetration in winter and shade the interiors in summer. It has a highly thermally efficient envelope, is cross-ventilated and harnesses the existing buildings thermal mass.
It has high performance, double glazed tilt-and-turn windows, which were installed inside the existing glazed openings – essentially adding a third layer of glazing with a large cavity (making this a triple glazed dwelling). Incredibly, there is no active heating or cooling in this residence, instead, it solely relies on the tight thermal envelope and the HRV system.
Materiality took precedence over form and ethics came before aesthetics. Remnants of the existing building are preserved and expressed revealing its imperfections and years of layered wear. Prioritising the longevity of the existing warehouse, the project is a simple, contextual extension built using as many reused, repurposed materials as possible.

Photography: Tom Ross

The Snug

Green Sheep Collective

The Snug successfully converted a run-down, dark, poorly insulated and ‘inward looking’ two bedroom, one bathroom Californian Bungalow into an energy efficient, comfortable and healthy home in inner Melbourne.
The footprint of 99m2 consisted of a series of separate rooms and lean-to structures that were in need of substantial maintenance. A comprehensive site analysis including shadow studies informed the siting and massing for passive solar design. The design process explored multiple layouts for the building to test possibilities and ensure the chosen design was the best response to the brief, the surroundings and the climate.
The solution resulted in a gorgeous small-footprint home that significantly improves the solar orientation, thermal performance, comfort, daylight, ventilation, views and connections to the outdoors, whilst preserving the existing streetscape and built form heritage of the neighbourhood, and not using tonnes of new materials and land in the process.

Photography: Emma Cross Photographer

South Yarra Townhouse

Winter Architecture

South Yarra Townhouse is a reset, realignment and reinvigoration of a cumbersome and wasteful 1990s era townhouse. Angled walls drawn on a designer’s whim made valuable floor space unusable and created awkward angles.
The design of the walls and joinery, and their calm white finish, allow daylight to penetrate deep into the home, reducing the need for artificial sources. Single glazing has been replaced with double glazing to increase the thermal inertia of the building envelope, minimising heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter. Lighting and appliances have been carefully selected for energy efficiency. In short, no effort has been spared to make this a durable, beloved and sustainable home.

Photography: Tatjana Plitt

Sky House

Marra + Yeh Architects

Sky House provides a broad view of sustainability, incorporating: creating connections to nature that are underpinned by adaptability and flexibility; through its dynamic response to predicted changes in climate; and by considering future changes to the family’s composition.
As a result, interior spaces can easily be reconfigured to accommodate the family’s evolving needs, while the external skin of the building adjusts to mitigate variations in climate.
Our clients’ request for a beautiful and functional house – one that is serene, robust, sustainable and flexible – is addressed through planning and material selection. The plan creates a central area connected to, but separated from, private areas, allowing individuals to retreat or engage as desired.
For example: the children enjoyed sharing a bedroom, so they now occupy three spaces connected via large sliding panels, with individual window cubbies for sleeping. This design encourages them to negotiate their desired levels of privacy or community, and be responsible for creating their own specific environments.

Photography: Brett Boardman

Deck House

SSD Studio

The Deck House is the Alteration and Addition of an early 1900’s Timber Weatherboard Cottage in Suburban Sydney.
The orginal house was full of character yet dilapidated to the rear and did not take advantage of the North facing rear garden.
The design removed a rear wing housing a Dining room, Kitchen and
Bathroom and replaced it with an L-Shaped addition with a Dining Room, Kitchen, Bathroom, Laundry and Living Room around a new timber deck to capture the Northern light and provide privacy and screening from the neighbouring commercial buildings at the rear.
The concept was underpinned by a philosophy of modestly, innovation and re-use of materials.

Photography: Sophie Solomon

Brunswick East House

Winter Architecture in collaboration with Field Office Architecture

This tiny Victorian miner’s cottage in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Brunswick East has been transformed by much-needed additions and alterations, including a new second-level parents’ retreat and generous new living spaces on the ground floor. Finding a dwelling of this era with no significant changes is extremely rare.
A small courtyard along the north boundary was built to bring in as much natural light as possible to the living spaces. It also allows daylight into the existing bedroom, a new bathroom, and kitchen, and provides great ventilation and thermal comfort for sustainable urban living. A small void to the stairs bathes the seated living area with light from the first-floor glazing at certain times of the day.
The design meets modern expectations of dwelling while celebrating the home’s humble heritage.

Photography: Dave Kulesza Photography

Art House & Studio

Zen Architects

The original residence had been left in a state of disrepair over the last 50 years and without heritage or planning protections was destined for demolition having been sold with a building report recommending as such. Art House began as an exploration in restoration, re-use and recycling through the use of natural, local materials re-imagined by local craftsmanship.
Priority was given to retaining the character of the original Victorian residence. External weatherboards and Victorian detailing remained in-situ, Baltic pine floorboards, skirting boards, architraves, doors and windows were retained and re-used. The walls, floor and ceiling were all heavily insulated and existing windows re-glazed, elevating the residence to exceed current standards.

Photography: Emma Cross