GUEST EDITOR – JAMES LEGGE
James Legge co-founded Six Degrees Architects 24 years ago. Since then, the practice has been developed into a nationally revered design firm. Six Degrees is widely recognised for engaging design in hospitality, tertiary education and civic fields, multi-residential, urban design, place-making and precinct development. Although many of the projects undertaken by the practice use conventional procurement methods, Six Degrees regularly utilises less conventional contracts such as the Cost-Plus Contract. James has taught at the University of Melbourne, regularly undertakes guest lectures and has served on a number of Institute Awards juries. On behalf of the practice, James is currently running the second Nightingale Model project.
Jon Clements is a founding director of Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCB). Jon is the current National President of the Australian Institute of Architects and is the Immediate Past President of the Victorian Chapter. Jon was also a member of the Building Advisory Council of Victoria for three years (2012 to 2015).
Cath Debreceny is a Partner in the Melbourne Commercial Group of Maddocks, Lawyers. She provides a broad range of corporate and commercial advice to multinational and private companies, specialising in mergers and acquisitions. Cath provides advice on various forms of capital raisings, including crowdfunding, and has significant national and international corporate and commercial experience.
Chris Gilbert is a Director and co-founder of award winning practice Archier, and designed and built the Sawmill House with his brother. Prior to launching Archier, he spent five years at Room11’s Melbourne office where he investigated building systems and procurement alternatives. Chris shares his knowledge and experience as tutor at RMIT, exploring diverse business models for architecture focusing on the utilisation of by-product.
Nicole Hardman runs a small, full service design practice, Hardman Architects, specialising in complex commercial projects. Recently her longstanding interests in low income housing and in manufacturing technologies have converged in a new venture, Unitecta, which is providing culturally and climatically appropriate buildings to remote communities.
Mark Healy is a founding Director of Six Degrees Architects with over 24 years’ experience in the industry and has been the project architect for many of the practice’s precinct revitalisation and hospitality projects. He is adept in liaising with various project stakeholders from CEOs to operators, and at running fast track hospitality projects. Many of Mark’s projects have been completed utilising Cost-Plus contracts, balancing client expectation, projects costs and design outcomes with tight deadlines.
Jas is currently the Manager of the Fabrication Workshop at the Melbourne School of Design as well as being a Director of a design studio that engages in an entrepreneurial approach to architecture. He also co-teaches a design studio at RMIT called By-Product that explores entrepreneurial architecture.
Peter is one of the founding Directors of Six Degrees Architects and has been project leader for many of the large institutional projects completed by the practice and the recently completed 6 Star Green Star rated Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence. In 2012 Peter was admitted to the National Council of the Australian Institute of Architects and is the current President of the Victorian Chapter.
Jeremy is the founding Director of Breathe Architecture. The practice focuses on sustainable urbanisation and is currently investigating the delivery of more affordable housing to Melburnians. Breathe were the instigators of The Commons housing project in Brunswick and now are collaborating with other Melbourne Architects to deliver the Nightingale Model. Jeremy believes that architects, through collaboration, can drive real positive change throughout Melbourne.