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Contributor’s section

Guest Editor – Julie Firkin

Julie Firkin established Julie Firkin Architects in 2009. She holds a Master in Architecture degree from Harvard University and is a registered architect with 15 years’ experience. Julie has been involved in the design and delivery of a variety of projects both in Australia and internationally, including large mixed use projects in Melbourne and bespoke projects in Europe and the USA. Julie regularly leads design studios at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT.


Anne-Marie Treweeke

Anne-Marie Treweeke joined Lovell Chen in 1993 and her experience includes working on built environment projects in a diverse range of typologies — from museums, galleries, tertiary institutions and sports centres to commercial offices… and a circus. The single common denominator is heritage.


Anthony Richardson

Anthony is currently studying his Bachelor of Architecture at Deakin University and is the 2014 SONA representative for the University. When he isn’t slaving over a studio project or writing essays he is gaining valuable experience with a construction company, taking plenty of architecture related photos for his Instagram, and writing entries on his blog.


Breathe Architecture

Breathe Architecture is a small Brunswick-based practice with an interest in meaningful design and an agenda for social change. We approach projects with a holistically sustainable attitude, aiming to produce contextually appropriate outcomes that are considered, affordable and livable.


Brent Allpress

Brent Allpress was born in Auckland, New Zealand and gained his Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Auckland. He is a Senior Lecturer at RMIT Architecture in Melbourne and was Program Director from 2000-2005. He is the coordinator of Architectural History and Theory, teaches design and supervises in the postgraduate research by practice program.


Brod Street

Brod Street is a senior policy officer with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. His interest in sustainable housing goes back to the late 1990s. Brod was a finalist in the 2010 National Savewater! Awards (Australian Achiever) and regularlycommunicates his interest in green roofs through contributions in the print media.


Helen Lardner

Helen Lardner, Architect, Director HLCD Pty Ltd, is passionate about industrial heritage and twentieth century design. She is Australian Convenor of The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage and actively engaged in enriching our environment with remnants of our industrial past.


Kate Gray

Kate Gray is a professional historian with over 25 years’ experience in the heritage field providing specialist advice in the assessment of heritage places and sites, and strategic advice on their management, adaptation and development.


Martina Johnson

Martina Johnson is a Structure Planning Manager at the Metropolitan Planning Authority, having previously worked on Fishermans Bend whilst at the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. Martina’s contribution was prepared with assistance from Jane Monk, Director of Inner City at the MPA, and Anthony Calthorpe, Planning Policy Manager at the MPA and project lead for Fishermans Bend.


Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards is a Landscape Architect and director of Coolthinc Living Architecture.  He spent 10 years in landscape architecture practices, had a long standing role in leading change through Water Sensitive Urban Design, and launched a career in Living Architecture at the City of Melbourne on CH2. Recently Phil has focused on Living Architecture policy and practice, including changing the water industry’s view of the urban landscape.


Rob Adams

Rob is currently the Director City Design at the City of Melbourne and a member of the Urbanization Council of the World Economic Forum. With over 40 years’ experience as an Architect and Urban Designer and 30 years at the City of Melbourne, Rob has made a significant contribution to the rejuvenation of central Melbourne. He and his team have been the recipients of over 140 Local, National and International Awards including on four occasions receiving the Australian Award for Urban Design and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Award 2014 for its Adaptation and Resilience Projects.


Sara Wilkinson

Sara is a Chartered Building Surveyor, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has been an academic for the last 23 years in the UK and Australia. Her research focuses on sustainability and adaptation in the built environment, user satisfaction, retrofit of green roofs and conceptual understanding of sustainability


Sasha Hadjimouratis

Sasha Hadjimouratis is the founder and Director of SASHIMI, an emerging architectural design studio based in Collingwood. Since founding SASHIMI in 2012, Sasha has worked on a broad variety of small projects; some that lay a little outside the architectural norm. She enjoys uncovering a buildings’ past and using this to create sensitive and original spaces.


Victorian Chapter Heritage Committee

The Heritage Committee advocates on behalf of buildings at risk and contributes recommendations for updating the Institute’s Register of Significant 20th Century Buildings, as well as responding to state and federal government heritage policies.