World Architecture Day – Queensland AIA


Monday 5th October 2020


3:00 - 5:30PM

Where: (link provided with confirmed registration)
Sponsored by Queensland Chapter, Australian Institute of Architects

To celebrate World Architecture Day, the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) is very proud to offer the chance to meet with some of Australia’s leading sustainable architects.

This event is now fully booked.  Last minute enquiries to : 

Review our incredibly accomplished, award winning architects below.

The Sustainability Experts

  • Alison McDonald – The Hopkins Centre


    Alison is an experienced Architect (from 1992; ARB, BOAQ), Sustainability Design Consultant (from 2004; MScAES), University Academic (from 2011), and Neuroarchitecture Consultant (from 2019). She has augmented her architectural practice with aid/care projects; and contribution to AIA Sustainability Committee Qld, netPositive Design Foundation, Food Connect Shed Board, Cities Research Institute, and BEEHive Brain + Enriched Environment Lab.

    In honour of World Architecture Day, Alison will consult on inclusive social sustainability, specifically the capacity of human-centred environments:  Cognitive-enriching architecture (i.e. ABI); Universal Design; LHA and SDA Design; Aged Care Design; Healthy Buildings.

    The Hopkins Centre: Research for Rehabilitation and Resilience Queensland.


  • Andrew Watson – Watson Architects


    Andrew Watson has 25 years’ experience in commercial and residential architecture, conservation, and refurbishment. He is a member of the Queensland AIA Climate Action & Sustainability Committee, helping support, advocate, and promote Sustainable Design.
    Watson Architects is a small practice established in 2007 focusing on:
    ▪ Architectural design
    ▪ Environmentally sustainable design
    ▪ Conservation (heritage and adaptive re-use)
    Andrew looks for practical, low-tech solutions that enhance sustainable outcomes for the client and environment. Andrew seeks to minimise a building’s environmental impact and use sustainable solutions.
    His approach considers passive design solutions, material selection, energy and water efficiency, design resilience and durability, future proofing, and adaptation.


  • Brian Hooper – Architect


    Brian Hooper is a graduate from the QUT School of Architecture, sole practitioner and director of Brian Hooper Architect. Based in Yeppoon & established in 1998, the design orientated practice has worked on numerous Local Queensland Government projects, commercial, high end residential and multi-residential sectors locally and throughout Western Queensland.  He has also collaborated with several larger practices with commissioned work as varying as; the Tree of Knowledge Memorial, Globe Visitor Information Centre & Art Gallery, Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame (m3architecture), Rockhampton Art Gallery (Clare Design / Conrad Gargett), & Yeppoon Foreshore Revitalisation (TCL / Architectus).

  • Emma Scragg – Architect


    Emma Scragg has worked on residential, commercial and heritage conservation projects in urban and regional Queensland and New South Wales.  She is particularly enthusiastic about the conservation and adaptation of existing buildings to improve their response to climate, making them more pleasurable and sustainable for their occupants. With Riddel Architecture, she has been involved in a number of award-winning projects including the Hill End Ecohouse (   

    Emma lives and breathes sustainability.  Keeping her own life simple has meant an ideal work-play balance and the clients she attracts and her projects reflect this. Checkout her cycle tour ( from Alaska to Oregon visiting many cohousing, ecovillage and adaptive reuse projects.

    SORRY, THIS EXPERT IS FULLY BOOKED FOR THIS EVENT waiting list only OR you can see Emma’s ‘Whiptail up at Wild Mountains‘ on Sustainable House Day, presented by Renew.  

  • Gaven Gilmour – Bauhinia Architects


    Gaven Gilmour is the current director of this 50 year old practice with a reputation for enthusiastic creative design responsive to market, climate and culture.

    Gaven is a long term Central Queensland resident and understands the issues faced by clientele with a desire to build in regional Queensland, from cattle properties to Queensland’s stunning beaches. He can assist with balancing the often competing priorities of sustainability, budget, liveability, durability…… the list goes on. Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is knowing where to start.

  • Henk Mulder – Mulder + Kennedy Architects


    Henk Mulder maintains the development of ideas combined with the practical fit for making.  He has extensive experience in multi residential sites for apartments, units, townhouses and rowhouses, residential projects, alterations and additions small and large. 

    Combining strong interests in design, construction/making, drawing, the social context or community, and communication of detail, results in the application of intrinsic benefits of design, both seen and unseen.

    From the ideas, collaboration, drawings and experience of built projects, towards an adaptable future that is resource conscious, climate-responsive, and with a positive connection to place all form part of the applied values.

  • 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.


  • Jo Case


    Jo Case grew up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland before studying architecture at the University of Queensland and now a registered Queensland architect and member of the AIA.

    After working and living throughout Australia and overseas, the practicality and unpretentious simplicity of her early rural life continues to inform Jo’s work. An intimate understanding of local climate, aesthetic and environment supports a blend of training in design, and an appreciation of how to bring out the best from a site.

    Over the past twenty years, Jo has worked on a variety of projects from large-scale commercial projects, including her work as project architect responsible for the award winning Sunshine Coast University Library, restaurants and bars, houses, residential renovations and custom designed furniture and fittings.

  • Katherine Gifford – Architect


    Katherine Gifford has worked for Jeremy Salmon Architect in Brisbane for the past two decades as project architect on a wide variety of new and renovated homes with the occasional commercial project. Sustainability is integral to Katherine’s design approach and the long-term accessibility of projects is always considered. She was project designer on ‘Nanna’s Verandah’, a project for which Jeremy Salmon Architect won the Australian Institute of Architect’s Queensland State Sustainability Award. Katherine is a member of the sustainability committee of the Australian Institute of Architecture Queensland Chapter and tutors in second year building technology at the University of Queensland Architecture Department.


  • Max Brammer – Brammer Architects


    Max has extensive experience across a multitude of sectors ranging from small scale residential, to multi-residential and up to large scale health and education projects. He enjoys construction detailing and project management and strives for environmentally sustainable, innovative solutions.

    We pride ourselves on creating spaces that are enjoyable and comfortable within highly functional, cost effective, low maintenance buildings that are underpinned by good solar orientation, shading and passive ventilation.

  • Nicole Ewing – NEArchitecture


    NEArchitecture is a Cairns based Architecture firm, offering design, documentation, project management and masterplanning expertise in Far North Queensland.

    Director, Nicole Ewing has a wealth of experience working in Cairns, and remotely in the Cape. She brings a refreshing enthusiasm to the design practice, along with a history of award winning projects.

    NEArchitecture focuses on design for tropical environments. The climatic conditions of the region create both challenges and opportunities for design and living. NEA strives to make the most of our fantastic climate, while designing to provide protection from the wet during the humid, hot period.

    Concentrating on outside living, cross ventilation, orientation, low thermal mass; NEA’s designs provide shelter while allowing buildings to ‘breathe’.

  • Paul Butterworth – PB Architects


    Brisbane residential architect Paul Butterworth designs new builds and renos that surprise and delight.  Paul takes the time to listen to how you aspire to live. From these lessons, he will design with you front of mind to unlock the true potential of your new home. 

    Coastal, city or suburban addresses — whatever your location, you’ll find in Paul a respectful, talented architect. He makes you feel part of the entire process. From introducing you to subbies on site … to translating complex design and construction details.

    Paul is a registered architect, member of the AIA and winner of multiple industry awards with more than 15 years design experience including sustainable design.  He is equipped to assist you to reclaim, reuse and recycle building materials and create a home that is truly beautiful.

  • Paul Worroll – Reddog Architects


    A qualified architect since 1992, Paul has 28 years experience in the industry. He believes in the positive impact that architecture has on a place and community and it is this passion that drives him to stay relevant in an ever evolving industry.

    Paul’s gets an enormous sense of accomplishment from bringing design concepts to fruition from their inception, He enjoys the relationship building
    of small project architecture and educating clients on the benefits of using an architect. As a member of the AIA chapter council and sustainability committee, he is driven to utilising sustainable practices and improving our understanding of our environmental impact in the design and building process.

  • 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?’

  • Phil Smith – Gomango Architects


    Phil is an energetic, mid-career architect and urban designer with 27 years practice on the Sunshine Coast across a wide range of projects. He learned his domestic craft working alongside gold-medal awarded architects Lindsay and Kerry Clare and Gabriel Poole. In 1994 he established (with architect Liza Neil) the boutique, multi-award-winning design firm Gomango Architects to explore new models of sustainable regional architecture.

    Phil has designed several award-winning buildings and develops strong, collaborative working relationships with his clients. He is passionate about drawing and design and believes that architecture and cities are powerful engines for creative enterprise and artistic expression. Phil currently sits on the Sunshine Coast Council’s Urban Design Advisory Panel, the Community Strategy Leadership Group and is a director of not-for-profit arts company Creative Arts Alliance.

  • Phillip Daffara – Place Sense


    Phillip Daffara is an Architect, urban designer and professional futurist advocating ecological design and the role of cities as catalysts for the development of planetary civilisation. He has received numerous awards for his contributions towards quality urbanism and architecture. His expertise includes (1) urban futures and adaptation to megatrends; (2) sustainable architecture, urban design thinking and city making; and (3) collaborative community and stakeholder consultation and visioning.

    Recent completed projects include the Montessori International College (Green School) and Jabiru Community College.

  • 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.

  • Tim Bennetton – Tim Bennetton Architects


    Director Tim Bennetton has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry – as a qualified Civil/Structural Engineer he worked as a project manager before becoming an architect.  He recognises the great privilege and responsibility of helping clients shape the environments in which they dwell by obtaining a deep understanding of your unique needs and desires through the design process. 

    Sustainability, natural light and space are very important elements of our projects whatever the size and budget. We maintain strong links with builders, landscapers, tradespeople and suppliers. This grounds us in the practicalities of building which is essential to navigating obstacles of regulations, budget and trades to deliver successful results.