Program Committee 2018

Director, Follent (Conference Co-Chair)

Philip Follent, Gold Coast City Council’s first City Architect (2003 -2008) later appointed Queensland Government Architect (2008-2011) became the inaugural chair of the Queensland Board for Urban Places and inaugural member of the Queensland Design Council. He became the founding Head of the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University in 2011.

His architectural practice won numerous architectural awards. He has been declared Lecturer of the Year at Queensland University of Technology across all campuses and received the Excellence in Teaching Award in the School of Sustainable Development and Architecture at Bond University.
Philip is Chairman of the Swell Sculpture Festival, executive member of Friends of Currumbin and Tugun Progress Association and a tireless advocate for sustainable city shaping and environmental stewardship.

His public advocacy on matters of design, planning process, urban design and cultural enrichment has earned respect and awards from both the environmental and community arenas as well as peer respect in the profession of architecture, urban design and planning where he is currently the Co-chair of the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Coast.

Philip initiated the International Urban Design Conference in 2007 and is currently Chairman of the Australian Liveable Cities Conference.

In 2017, the City of Gold Coast Council named a new award the Philip Follent Urban Design Award for Unbuilt Work and Master planning in Philip‘s honour.

Philip’s public high profile and professional and environmental credibility, coupled with his ability to convey design and planning complexities to lay audiences makes him a valuable conduit and moderator on projects of community interest.

Executive Officer, Bioregional Australia Foundation (Conference Co-Chair)

Suzette Jackson, director at Innate Ecology, is a designer, sustainability consultant and researcher with expertise in residential and commercial sectors and community engagement. She is passionate about sustainable living and urban settlements, particularly in addressing the regeneration of cities to provide a quality of life within the resource and productive capacity of our planet. With over 25 years experience in private practice throughout Australia and Asia, her work includes sustainable interiors, buildings and communities.

Suzette has conducted research in the private sector and more recently for Deakin University. Her current research project focuses on urban and peri-urban food resilience with particular reference to urban ecologies and city regeneration. Suzette continues to teach masters students in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin University in Urban Ecologies.

From research to the development of tailored training programs and workshop facilitation Suzette develops strategies to improve the sustainability of organizations, projects and communities. As a One Planet Living and Green Star specialist, Suzette is passionate about promoting a socially just and ecologically restorative future.

Manager Population Health and Planning, East Division, Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria

Trained as a community psychologist, Dr Iain Butterworth has a strong interest in the interrelationship between urban design, planning, governance and well-being. Iain has 25 years’ experience in a range of sectors, including community development, government, higher education and consulting. Iain is currently National President of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association, and an honorary Associate Professor at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.

In 2001, Iain’s doctoral dissertation on environmental adult education received the American Psychological Association’s Emory Cowen Dissertation Award for the Promotion of Wellness. In 2003-2004, Iain was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. His mentor was Prof Leonard Duhl MD, Professor of Public Health and Urban Planning. Prof Duhl’s ideas spawned the World Health Organisation’s Healthy Cities approach. Iain explored how Healthy Cities initiatives could help build community capacity, and strengthen people’s connections to place.

Whilst at Deakin University from 2004-2009, Iain helped establish an interdisciplinary post-graduate planning degree and supported the university’s community engagement agenda. Since 2010, Iain has been applying Healthy Cities principles within the Victorian Government to help create liveable, inclusive and sustainable communities. Iain contributed to the development of the Plan Melbourne metropolitan planning strategy.
In 2011, Iain helped establish the Place, Health, and Liveability policy research partnership with the University of Melbourne. This partnership, led by Fulbright alumna, Prof Billie Giles-Corti, has led to the Victorian Liveability Research Program and the five-year NHMRC National Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) for Healthy, Liveable and Equitable Communities. Iain is an Industry Partner and member of the Victorian Advisory Group for the CRE.

In September 2016, a special edition of the Lancet on urban design, transport and health was launched at the United Nations in New York. Drawing on this partnership the Lancet recommendations can play a major role in supporting the Sustainable Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities.

Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Bond University , QLD

Dr Bhishna Bajracharya is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning in the Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University at Gold Coast. He has previously taught in the urban planning program at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for more than ten years. He also worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University from 1994 to 1996. He completed his PhD and Masters in Urban Planning degrees from the University of Hawaii and Bachelor of Architecture degree from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.

Dr Bajracharya has carried out research in sustainable urban development on topics such as active and healthy living, master planned communities, transit oriented development, knowledge-based regional economy, sustainable campuses and disaster management. Dr Bajracharya together with academics from QUT’s Creative Industry faculty has received an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant on the use of community narratives and new media in urban planning. He has also worked on a collaborative research grant from Emergency Queensland on the role of local government in disaster management.

Dr Bajracharya is an alumni of the East West Center, a Hawaii based research organisation with strong focus on policy research in Asia Pacific region. He is also a member of the University Sustainability Committee at Bond University.

Architect, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney

Kerryn Wilmot is a highly experienced architect with particular expertise in sustainability in the built environment. Kerryn co-leads the Cities and Buildings research area at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS and supports the coordinator of the Sustainable Digital Cities Network in investigating the impact of new ways of working on the urban environment.

Prior to joining ISF, Kerryn had a 30-year career as a consultant architect. Formerly an Associate at Spowers, Kerryn was the project leader for the industry-leading 60L Green Building in Carlton, Victoria that won a Banksia Award and influenced today’s commercial buildings and sustainable development tools. When at Williams Boag Architects, Kerryn was the Accredited Green Star Professional for the 5-star green Star Gungahlin College campus in ACT.

She has been a guest lecturer at several universities and tutored in Sustainable Buildings and Environmental Building Services. Kerryn was an active member of the Public Transport Users Association, lobbying for improved public transport in Victoria, in recognition of the need to for good sustainable transport options for liveable urban environments. She represented PTUA on the Metropolitan Transport Forum and on the Minister for Transport’s Station Users Panel.

 School of People, Environment & Planning, Massey University

Associate Professor Caroline Miller is a former planning practitioner who became a planning academic in 1995. Her research has focused on the history of planning and the planning profession in New Zealand and critical assessment of the Resource Management Act 1991, New Zealand’s planning legislation.

More recently she had been involved in reconnecting health and planning and the use of HIA in planning. She is the author of three books, including Implementing Sustainability:

The New Zealand Experience, the only critical assessment of the Resource Management Act, and a number of book chapters and refereed journal articles.