Independent Design Advisory Panel - current members

Independent Design Advisory Panel (IDAP) members have a wealth of industry and real world experience. Read the individuals' industry background and experience.

The panel members for 2019-20 are:

Mr Noel Robinson LFAIA - Chair, Independent Design Advisory Panel

Noel Robinson is the Chair and CEO of the NRA Collaborative and is an eminent Australian Architect with over 45 years of experience. Noel is also an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at QUT.

In 2003, Noel was the recipient of the Prime Ministers Centenary Medal and, during his distinguished career in private practice, he has been the recipient of numerous architectural and industry awards.

Noel continues in his role as Chair of the Independent Design Advisory Panel; a role in which he has made significant contributions to the shape of Brisbane.

Mr Bevan Lynch FAIA - Chair of Urban Futures Brisbane Board, and Chair of Urban Renewal Brisbane

Bevan was a founding partner of McKerrell Lynch Architects and has 46 years practicing in Australia, the Pacific region, Asia and the Middle East. He was the first Chair of IDAP established in 2006 and continues to serve on this panel as well as acting as Chair of Urban Futures Brisbane, Chair of Urban Renewal Brisbane and a Director of Oxley Creek Transformation Pty Ltd.

Ms Natasha Chee - Senior Project Manager, Generate Property Group

Natasha has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Queensland and has worked in the design and property sectors for over 10 years. She has extensive experience in commercial workplace fitout and project management and is an ongoing member of IDAP.

Mr Kevin Hayes - Architect

Kevin is a registered architect with over 30 years of experience in the profession and is a former founding partner of Brisbane based design firm, Hayes Anderson Lynch. Kevin is a continuing member of IDAP having served on the panel for numerous years.

Dr Rosemary Kennedy FRAIA

Dr Kennedy is Director of the Subtropical Cities Consultancy and Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at QUT where she was Director of the former Centre for Subtropical Design and Research Leader in the School of Design where she authored the influential publication Subtropical Design in South East Queensland, a Handbook for Planners, Developers and Decision Makers. She is also an award-winning architect and was the Queensland Director of the AIA’s National Awards program in 2008. She has served on national design competition juries and has extensive design review experience for major urban development proposals and urban policies in Australia and overseas. She is currently an elected member of the AIA’s Queensland Chapter Council.

Ms Ingrid Richards - Owner and Architect, Richards & Spence

Ingrid Richards co-founded Richards and Spence Architects with Adrian Spence in 2008 with the aim of creating vibrant public spaces from private commissions. She is a University of Queensland graduate of Architecture and has practiced in her home town of Brisbane for over 20 years. 

Richards and Spence have been instrumental in the development of the James Street Precinct in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley including the Calile Hotel.

Ingrid was one of 21 speakers selected to demonstrate the breadth and capacity of Australian architecture at the 2018 Architecture Symposium.

Ms Kirsti Simpson - Principal, Hassell

Kirsti Simpson is a distinguished architect with more than 25 years of experience in private practice specialising in commercial and workplace design. Kirsti is also Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland – School of Architecture. Kirsti also sits on several high-profile Boards across Brisbane including the South Bank Corporation, the Newstead House Board of Trustees and the Brisbane Institute and as Chair of the Artworkers Alliance. 

Mr James Tuma - National Director, Urbis Pty Ltd

James is a visionary designer and established commentator on the competitiveness of Australian cities. His background is across planning, urban design and the public realm – diverse perspectives he draws on while leading major city shaping projects on behalf of both government and private clients. Since joining Urbis in 2005, he has worked on significant national and international integrated developments in Australia, Asia and Europe – from planning for new towns to delivering revitalised city centres and major public spaces. James sits on several boards advising on urban issues and is an Adjunct Professor of Design at the Queensland University of Technology.

Ms Nathalie Ward FAILA - Director, Lat 27

Nathalie is passionate about the role that design can play in enhancing a project outcome to create sustainable and meaningful places that inspire the people who use them. Working in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Australia over the last 25 years, she has collaboratively engaged with multidisciplinary teams to produce award-winning outcomes on projects in the realms of urban design, infrastructure, park design, residential design, site rehabilitation and visual impact assessment. Nathalie is a panel member of the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel and was awarded a Fellowship from AILA for her contributions to the Landscape Architecture profession in September 2017.

Mr Heath Williamson - Lighting Consultant, Firefly Lighting Pty Ltd

Heath has over 30 years of experience in lighting, film and television. He worked on thousands of television commercials for Australia and worldwide, as well as some feature films. Heath made the move into architectural lighting and has not looked back, encompassing his expertise and passion for lighting within every project. These projects now include an impressive list of lounge bars, nightclubs, pubs, restaurants, homes, hotels, offices, fountains, shopping centres, high rise buildings, city malls and streets, service stations, and casinos. He is passionate about the role creative lighting outcomes play in enhancing the identity of a city and extending economic activity and vibrancy into the night time for our inner-city places and spaces.

Mr Bruce Wolfe FAIA - Managing Director, Conrad Gargett

Bruce Wolfe, ex-Company Chair and ex-Director of Conrad Gargett, is a highly respected architect and esteemed leader within the industry, and continues to practice architecture with Conrad Gargett. Bruce is renowned for his inspirational work on some of the most prominent, innovative projects in Queensland, including the internationally awarded Queensland Children’s Hospital. Guided by his astute design sensibility, appetite for idea exploration and commitment to collaboration, Bruce facilitates shared vision through design. He places people and sustainability at the centre of all his work, and is inspired by his ability to make a difference to the way people live, now, and in the future.

Mr Glen Wright - Managing Director Queensland, Cushman & Wakefield

A seasoned property services professional, with 28 years of experience in the industry, Glen is investing and developing real estate in South East Queensland via his private family company after stepping down as Queensland Managing Director for Cushman & Wakefield. His breadth of industry experience spans all aspects of the property sector from designing and assisting in planning around development projects, re-positioning advice and marketing initiatives, advising on supply and demand needs of the various markets, major capital transactions and always ensuring that he is delivering successful client outcomes.

Mr Paul Curran - Owner and Architect, Push Architecture

Paul formed Push Architects in 2001, an award-winning practice with a focus on the delivery of quality architecture where unique design ideas are derived through insightful solutions to functional brief requirements. The body of work produced by Push encompasses all aspects of architecture including new house builds, house renovations and extensions, beach houses, interior design and custom furniture.

Mr Jeff Brown - Principal, Rothe Lowman Architects

Jeff is a registered architect in Queensland with over 15 years of professional experience as an architect and urban designer. Jeff brings a broad range of architectural experience from an extensive portfolio of work both nationally and internationally.

His leadership of our Queensland studio is characterised by an emphasis on collaboration and innovation in design across all aspects and stages of the projects the practice undertakes nationally. He is equally proficient designing individual luxury homes as he is mixed-use residential and commercial buildings across all scales.

Mr Stuart Vokes AIA - Owner and Architect, Vokes and Peters

Stuart Vokes lives, teaches and practices architecture in Brisbane and has over 20 years of industry experience. In 2015 Stuart co-founded the architectural practice Vokes and Peters with long-time collaborator Aaron Peters to focus on projects that respond to prevailing settings, cultural narratives, human occupation and the presence of nature. Vokes and Peters is recognised for its private houses and sustained research into suburban Brisbane, however the practice also works across a range of cultural and commercial projects, as well as heritage work. Stuart has served as a juror on the AIA national awards program and has served as a panel member on both the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel and the Abedian School of Architecture Industry Panel.

Mr Graham Nottle AIA - Practice Director and Architect, Arkhefield

Graham has been a registered architect in Queensland since 2007 and is an experienced architect with significant experience in residential building typologies. With a long history of residential projects – from private residences to whole new communities, Graham balances pragmatism with the desire to create places that are unique, uplifting and enhance the everyday lives of our clients. Graham’s consideration, skill and perseverance delivers great designs that collectively find success.

Mr Stephen Pate FAILA - Director and Landscape Architect, CUSP

Stephen Pate is a founding director of CUSP and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects with over 30 years of experience in the design coordination of multi disciplinary teams for the delivery of successful public realm. He has been recognised for his significant contribution to landscape architecture and urban design through numerous awards. His most notable works include the James Street precinct, River Quay at South Bank and the Outdoor Stage HOTA at the Gold Coast cultural precinct.  He is currently the lead designer of the riverfront Queens Wharf public realm.

Ms Elizabeth Watson Brown - Design Director and Architect, Architectus

Elizabeth is a practicing architect with a deep interest in the role of architecture and urban design in the relationship between human amenity, landscape and climate in our subtropical urban realm. Elizabeth’s work has been widely awarded, published and exhibited including at the seminal ‘Place Makers’ exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art and at the Venice Biennale. Elizabeth’s involvement in architectural and urban design beyond practice include roles such as AIA Queensland State Awards Director, AIA National Awards Juror, AIA Northern Territory Awards Jury Chair, Gold Coast Urban Design Awards Jury Chair, adviser to The Sunshine Coast Council, and Adjunct Professor of Architecture, University of Queensland.

Elizabeth was an inaugural member of Queensland Board for Urban Places and the Queensland Cultural Precinct Design and Heritage Roundtable advising on the development of the Conservation Management Plan.  Elizabeth now sits on the Independent Expert Panel advising the Queensland Government on works to the Queensland Cultural Centre. 

Dr Kelly Greenop - Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture at University of Queensland

Dr Greenop is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland's School of Architecture, where her research focuses on the relationships between people and places. Her two key areas of interest are Indigenous people’s housing including their experiences of places; and the digital recording, interpretation, analysis and archiving of heritage. Kelly is one of four editors of The Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture (Springer, 2018), is an elected member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and a founding convenor of the digital cultural heritage: FUTURE VISIONS series of international conferences.

Ms Catherine Baudet LFAIA - Ferrier Baudet Architects

Catherine is the Design Director of Ferrier Baudet Architects, a graduate of Architecture from University of Queensland and Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.  She has 35 years’ experience in the Queensland Building and Construction Industry. Through her active membership of the AIA, Catherine has played an instrumental part in developing policy recommendations for architecture.

Her extensive experience has enabled her to develop a strong rapport with major operators in the building and construction sector and a good understanding of the practicalities involved in designing and managing building and construction projects. Catherine received the Australian Institute of Architects Inaugural Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize in 2017.

Catherine, in her current role as Australian President of Women Chief ‘s of Enterprises International, continues to promote and champion entrepreneurial women in business.

Mr Mark Tendys - Design Director, James Cubitt Architects

Mark Tendys is a registered architect in private practice in Brisbane, Australia. In his career spanning over 20 years he has been involved in a diverse range of community and institutional projects across Australia with a significant number delivered in regional locations.

Mark’s experience includes delivering complex projects in remote and international locations, often in post disaster contexts where community resilience and project resources are challenged. Mark brings significant project lead experience in community engagement and pre-project briefing and vision conceptualisation.

Ms Sandra Browne FAIA - Director and Architect, Cottee Parker Architects

Sandra Browne, Architect and Director of Cottee Parker Architects has 30 years’ experience specialising in the delivery of thoughtfully designed commercial, multi-residential and master planning projects. She has worked on a variety of significant catalyst projects in Brisbane over the years including The Highgate, Emporium Fortitude Valley and the James St Masterplan.

More recently Sandra has been working on the Portside East and West Masterplan and the delivery of Gallery House at Hamilton. Sandra is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architecture and an examiner for the Board of Architects, for the registration of new architects in Queensland.

Ms Kelly Geldard - Associate Director, bureau^proberts

Kelly has over 20 years’ experience in architectural practice, most recently at Brisbane firm bureau^proberts where she is Associate Director and Project Design Director. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 1997.

Kelly is a co-contributor to numerous award winning residential and hospitality projects and has successfully delivered a variety of small to large scale projects throughout South East Queensland.

As a design leader, she specialises in project initiation with the ability to quickly formulate preliminary responses through coordinated analysis and research. She works closely with the Creative Director in the development of conceptual design.

Kelly’s strengths are client engagement, creative problem solving and navigating complex circumstances for clients whilst achieving highly creative and innovative outcomes.

Ms Caroline Stalker - Principal Urban Design Director, Arup

Caroline Stalker is a Principal, Design Director (Urban), and Australasian Architecture Leader at Arup. An architect and urban designer, she is a skilled designer, communicator and leader of teams for complex architectural and master planning projects. Her career spans 30 years and a range of project types, including master planning cities and town centres, urban design for transport infrastructure, universities and schools, and architectural design of public spaces, public and community buildings, mixed use developments, multi-residential and aged care/retirement living.

Throughout her career Caroline has demonstrated a sustained passion for enhancing people's connection to the natural world and each other through design - this has been recognised through numerous architecture and planning awards. Caroline has served on and chaired numerous awards juries in architecture and urban design, is an Honorary Life Fellow of the Urban Design Alliance of Queensland, a member of The Queensland Urban Design and Places Board, and an Adjunct Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT.

Mr Andrew Gutteridge - Principal and Owner, Arkhefield

As Principal at Arkhefield, Andrew drives the design direction of the practice. His extensive skills and experience in providing strategic direction and managing the design process ensures a keen vision and strong leadership for the studio. An advocate for the architecture profession and construction industry, Andrew is committed to innovative work practices that embrace collaboration and integration in how we design and deliver the built environment.

He has been an active member of numerous government and industry steering committees and is a regular speaker at conventions and forums nationwide. Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Ms Ruth Woods - Director, Heritage Architect

Ruth Woods is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), a practicing architect working in heritage for nearly 30 years and was a member of the Queensland Heritage Council for eight years from 2002 to 2009. Ruth is also a Member of Australia ICOMOS and the heritage sub-committee for the Queensland Chapter of the AIA. In 2004, Ruth started her own practice which specialises in the adaptive re-use and conservation of heritage listed buildings.

Mr Ivan McDonald FAIA M.ICOMOS - Director, Ivan McDonald Architects

Ivan McDonald is a registered architect in private practice with over 30 years’ specialised experience in the conservation of heritage buildings, places and areas. He completed post-graduate study in urban design majoring in urban conservation and has been heritage adviser to Ipswich City Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Regional Council and Noosa Shire Council. He has served on the Queensland Heritage Council and the National Trust of Queensland Council and is currently a member of the Brisbane City Council Heritage Advisory Committee.

Mr Ben Lyons - Director, Urbis

Ben is a respected town planning consultant with over 20 years of experience. His strategic advice, professional opinion and project leadership skills are highly sought after by both the private sector and government.  Ben is a Director of Planning at Urbis and is a past-President of the Committee for Brisbane. 

Ben is passionate about shaping cities and has contributed to the success of a wide variety of projects, from master planning and drafting planning instruments and policy, through to guiding development projects and appearing as an expert in the Queensland Planning and Environment Court. 

Mr Simon White - Design Manager, Aria Property Group

Simon White graduated Queensland University of Technology in 1998 and has over 20 years’ experience as the Owner and Design Principal of an award winning national architectural practice. He is now Head of Design at Australia’s most awarded high-density residential developer and drives Aria Property Group’s creative direction and innovation across all their apartment, retail, public realm and public art projects. His notable projects include Southport Broadwater Parklands, Oxley + Stirling Residences and South Brisbane’s Fish Lane redevelopment.

Ms Brooke Williams - Principal, CoDesign Studio

Brooke Williams is an experienced urban designer, event manager, and placemaking advisor, with over 10 years’ experience working on urban renewal and place-based economic regeneration strategies throughout Australia.

Brooke is Head of Practice for CoDesign Studio Queensland, a social impact design consultancy and Australia’s leading experts in locally-led placemaking and activation. Brooke applies a highly participatory and evidence-based approach to designing places and delivering activation strategies that result in strong stakeholder support and robust, tested outcomes.

Mr Damian Thompson AILA - Director, Lat 27

Damian is co-owner and director at Lat27° and has spent over 29 years designing public and private environments along Australia’s eastern coastline, including stints in the UK and Asia. His work spans across urban design and landscape architecture and he has enjoyed a long association lecturing and tutoring at Queensland University of Technology. He has led and contributed to multidisciplinary teams that deliver award-winning projects ranging in scale from intimate laneways through to major public parklands and urban renewal projects. Damian is passionate about site-specific, community-driven design outcomes and is one of the founding members of the Flood of Ideas project.

Mr Andrew Galt AILA - Principal Landscape Architecture and Environment, JFP Consulting

Andrew is a registered landscape architect and Principal at JFP Urban Consultants.  Nearing 25 years in practice, his experience covers the master planning, design and documentation across many sectors including public realm mixed use precincts, residential and senior living, education and green spaces.  His experience includes some of SEQ’s most awarded sub-tropical places including the Gasworks Plaza precinct, the SW1 Mixed Use Precinct SBC and the Epicurious Gardens at South Bank Parklands.  Andrew's practice seeks to blur the boundaries between architecture and landscape to create truly inclusive places for people. 

Mr David Uhlmann - Manager Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Wolter Consulting

David is an Urban Designer, Registered Landscape Architect, and Precinct Sustainability Consultant with over 27 years experience. David is also the Queensland Chapter President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. David has extensive experience in large and small scale landscape design and master planning projects and is one of only a few Green Star Accredited Landscape Architects, resulting in him being highly familiar with ESD as applied to landscape projects. David is passionate about the sustainability, design and community dividend benefits that good development can bring to our cities.

Mr John Gaskell - Director, John Gaskell Planning Consultants

John Gaskell has over 30 years planning experience in the public and private sector and is currently a Director of JGPC, who have a range of government, private sector and not for profit clients.  He has wide experience in strategic planning, planning scheme preparation, major development applications and as an expert witness.

John's standing in the planning profession has been recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia's elevation of John's membership to fellow in 2015. A consortium led by JGPC (in conjunction with DSDMIP) was recently awarded the overall winner of the 2019 PIA Queensland awards of excellence for the Southport Spit project. 

Ms Natalie Hoitz - Director, Urbis

Natalie Hoitz in an urban designer with a background in architecture, planning and urban geography. With over 20 years of experience, she has worked on urban design and built-form projects around the world. Over many years she has helped provide strategic and practical design, master planning and placemaking advice for major urban renewal precincts, new cities, airports, university and health campuses and public spaces.

Natalie is a keen advocate for elevating the design agenda in our city and promoting human-centric outcomes in the built environment. She is involved in several industry bodies and organisations including the Property Council of Australia and the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Her most recent project work includes leading Brisbane’s City Reach Master Plan for Urban Renewal Brisbane, the Mater South Brisbane Campus Master Plan and The Dunwich (Goompi) Master Plan for the Queensland Government.

Dr Anne Kovachevich - Australasian Foresight and Innovation Leader, Arup

Anne is an experienced sustainable buildings consultant who leads the Arup Foresight and Innovation offering in Australasia. Anne specialises in the area of education with experience on many education projects including the net zero designed Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland and the Science and Technology Building at the Queensland University of Technology.

Anne believes that foresight and innovation skills are integral to achieving sustainable outcomes and is passionate about applying these techniques for long term positive outcomes. Anne's work has included Smart cities strategic development working with Brisbane City Council to develop their Smart, Connected framework.

Anne is currently developing the Smart Cities readiness cards with the Smart Cities Council of Australia and New Zealand and contributed to the Smart Cities Guide for Built Environment Consultants and has presented on this subject around Australia.

Last updated:11 February 2020