Saturday 20th June 2015




Brisbane Showgrounds
Sponsored by bankmecu

We’re slowing things down!

The ATA is happy to present Slow Date a Sustainability Expert as part of the SEE Sustainable Experience expo 2015, at the Brisbane Showgrounds. Join us for a fun day where you will receive free personalised advice from Brisbane’s leading sustainable designers and eco experts, in leisurely 30-minute sessions.

Registrations are now closed for this event. Please join the ATA’s eBulletin list to be kept informed about future Speed Date a Sustainability Expert events in Brisbane. Thanks for your interest!

The Sustainability Experts

  • aardvarc

    aardvarc architects have been awarded regionally and state wide for their practical and unique approach to sustainable design. Director Mick Hellen was a carpenter/joiner by trade before becoming an architect by passion. His skills and practical approach filter through aardvarc staff and office to produce unique design/living experiences.

    Sorry, fully booked for Brisbane 2015

  • Alison McDonald – Griffith University

    Alison McDonald is a multi-award winning architect and experienced sustainability design consultant with over 20 years’ experience. Alison joined Griffith University’s School of Environment (Architecture) in 2013 as Lecturer and Course Convener for the Master of Architecture course, and she created and leads the annual international Green Design Camp. Alison’s research explores positive development, embedding net-positive design into practice, sustainable learning environments, metabolism of communities and building envelope performance. She is also renowned for her implementation of design-build studio, delivering universal, socially and culturally responsible design, bioregional, disaster-responsive aid projects. Her family were founding members in the world’s largest permaculture community and she is a member of The EcoVillage in Currumbin Valley.

    Sorry, fully booked for Brisbane 2015

  • Bligh Tanner

    Alan is an environmental and civil engineer and a recognised expert in urban water management and water sensitive urban design. He provides advice on rainwater and stormwater harvesting, raingardens, permeable pavements, erosion and drainage issues. He has an active interest in how energy efficient pumping systems and grey water use can contribute to more sustainable and productive homes.

  • DSGN Kartell

    Ronny Matzat works as a freelance designer and consultant focusing on social architecture and design. He has a big passion for innovative, green and low cost building solutions, and a reputation for entrepreneurial and innovative thinking and for leading projects in a variety of fields and disciplines. Ronny is the founder and director of DSGN Kartell as well as director and sustainable consultant for the Green Building Institute Australia. Ronny has conducted major building exhibitions as well as multiple seminars on green design in Europe, Asia and Australia.

  • Eco Effective Solutions

    Developing Eco Effective Solutions stems from understanding a client’s needs, wants and ideas about the environment. Founder of Eco Effective Solutions, architect Mark Thomson has studied Building Biology and taught Healthy Building solutions and is active in the sustainable building scene. Mark believes “Designs which integrate vegetation, access for all ages, resource and consumer efficiency and material lifecycles provide Eco Effective Solutions which are right for YOU”.

    Sorry, fully booked for Brisbane 2015

  • Ecolibrium Designs

    Ecolibrium Designs is an award winning design studio specialising in the design of environmentally sensitive buildings and sustainable property planning. Sustainable design is all we do. Ecolibrium strive to provide building designs that are not only energy and cost efficient in terms of day to day functioning and construction but also create environments that are inviting, inspiring and comfortable.

    Sorry, fully booked for Brisbane 2015

  • Emma Scragg Architect

    Emma Scragg Architect was first born as Earthly Designs in 1990 when designing the Wild Mountains Environmental Education Centre. Since then, Emma Scragg has run her own architectural projects alongside working with Riddel Architecture, and applies her keen commitment to sustainable design principles to all practice projects.  Emma Scragg Architect focuses primarily on adaptive reuse and residential projects with minimising impact on the planet and creating liveable spaces as essential ingredients of each design brief.

    Sorry, fully booked for Brisbane 2015

  • Jeremy Salmon Architect

    Jeremy Salmon Architect has been operating since 1993. The practice has worked on more than three hundred design projects of varying size and complexity. The core commitment of our work is to create places that respect and make use of our environment and that can be comfortably enjoyed for many years. The practice’s major work has been new and renovated single residences. We are responsive to all client requirements and work in close communication throughout the project, reinforcing a team-based approach to the process.  The practice has received numerous residential commendations from the Australian Institute of Architects and was awarded the Harry Marks Medal for Sustainable Architecture in 2006.

    Sorry, fully booked for Brisbane 2015

  • Jim Gall – Gall Architects


    Jim Gall is a Professor of Design at QUT and Director of Gall Architects, and has developed a profile as a leader in sustainable design in Queensland. He appreciates the important relationship between design, culture and environment: his aim is to provide places that are not just able to be sustained but are sustaining. Jim has designed several buildings that have won awards, including the Harry Marks Award for Sustainability. His most recent work includes a 9.5 star low cost house near Killarney, Qld. Jim’s first degree is in Environmental Science, hence his multi-disciplinary and ecological view of the world.


  • Lockstar Energy

    Lockstar Energy is committed to providing the highest quality solar energy solutions. We hope to empower individuals, communities, and businesses with opportunities to contribute to a sustainable future and clean energy economy. We are committed to ensuring that all our customers are well taken care of and receive the individual, personal attention they deserve. We specialise in the design and installation of standalone power systems and are Clean Energy Council Certified for Design and Install of Off-Grid Solar Systems with solar, wind, micro hydro and hybrid endorsements for when you want to be independent of the grid or connection to the network is excessive.

  • Peter McArdle – ptma Architecture


    ptma Architecture is a family collaboration between partners Peter McArdle and Teresa Wuersching. Sustainability is a theme running through both our professional and private lives, from childhoods in rural Queensland depending on tank water to our home in the Currumbin Eco-village. In our work we encourage clients to challenge themselves towards more enjoyable, connected and sustainable work and lifestyles. We enjoy evolving a client’s brief to make best and efficient use of site and budget, and to help them to imagine ‘what if?’

  • Reddog Architects

    Reddog Architects is a professional design practice that specialises in architecture, interior design and project management. In the pursuit of design for comfortable living through passive design principles our buildings innately become environmentally sustainable. Our practice philosophy is one of design integrity – honesty in the expression of materials, structure and detail. Director/Architect Paul Worroll is an Honours graduate from the University of Queensland who is heavily involved in the Australian Institute of Architects’
    Sustainability Committees at both a state and national level.

  • Rob Norman – Symbiosphere


    Symbiosphere is based at The Ecovillage at Currumbin, a leading ecologically sustainable development on the Gold Coast. Working in this environment has given us a strong foundation in the design, material sourcing and building strategies needed to produce affordable, sustainable housing. Our practice philosophy is one of creating streamlined, elegant spaces connected strongly with their landscape context, in buildings with very low environmental impact. Working to budget is a high priority for us and we have a particular focus on making sustainable design affordable, with a good track record of achieving this goal.

  • Skyring Architects

    Skyring Architects specialise in creating smart, beautiful, sustainable and climatically comfortable new homes and renovations, carefully and creatively customised to their clients’ individual needs. Stephanie Skyring works closely with her clients to ensure their dreams are realised and that their design and construction process is cost effective and enjoyable. Skyring Architects offer a range of flexible services to suit all budgets from the complete architectural service, through to design workshops and advice for DIY renovators at hourly rates.

  • Solaris Sustainable Homes

    Trevor Berrill is an award winning, private consultant in sustainable energy (SE). He has worked in both renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) for over 30 years, including system design and installation of solar PV, wind and solar water heating systems, energy efficient building design, energy auditing, and site and resource assessment.  Trevor is trained in mechanical engineering and energy auditing at QUT and has a Masters of Environmental Education degree from Griffith University. He lives in a fully solar powered, energy efficient home and he regularly does applied wind energy research (wind surfing) at Wellington Point, just to test the power of the wind.

    Sorry, fully booked for Brisbane 2015