Prof Nina-Marie Lister (Canada)

Founding Principal of PLANDFORM studio with a background in landscape ecology and environmental planning, Nina-Marie’s career has spanned public and private sectors, working with developers and designers, policy makers and planners. Her work is known for creative, effective and accessible integration of science and policy with planning and design. Read more.

Dr Pierre Bélanger (USA/Canada)

Associate Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Pierre was curator and director of the controversial Canadian exhibition “EXTRACTION” at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale (@1partperbillion). He is currently completing an edited volume, “EXTRACTION EMPIRE”, profiling the scales, states, spaces and systems of Canada as the largest extraction nation on the planet. Read more.

Prof Hillary Brown (USA)

Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York, and former Assistant Commissioner, Hillary founded New York City’s Office of Sustainable Design in 1997, developing its High Performance Building and High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines. Since 2001, her consulting practice, New Civic Works, has engaged public and institutional clients in greening their capital programs. Read more.

Prof Jeff Hou (USA)

Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, Jeff focuses on community design, design activism, cross-cultural learning and engagement of marginalised communities in planning, design and placemaking. He has worked with indigenous tribes, farmers, and fishers in Taiwan, neighbourhood residents in Japan, villagers in China, and inner-city immigrants in North American cities, in projects ranging from conservation of wildlife habitats to design of urban open space. Read more.

Mia Lehrer (USA)

Mia is the founder of the Los Angeles-based landscape architecture and urban design firm, Mia Lehrer + Associates (ML+A), known for the design and implementation of ambitious public and private-sector projects including complex mixed-use development projects, urban revitalization initiatives, and neighborhood and regional parks. Read more.

Jan van der Grift (Netherlands)

Jan is an urban planner, landscape architect and founder of Bureau Plano. Currently he is working on the extension of the A15, the highway between Rotterdam Harbour and Germany. He also works on a regular basis for the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment, providing reports for government on the scope and on the quality of environmental assessments. Read more.

Adam Beck

Adam is Founding Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, an organisation dedicated to accelerating sustainability outcomes in cities and towns through the adoption of technology, data and intelligent design. He is also an Ambassador with Portland-based think tank EcoDistricts, where he was previously Director of Innovation. Read more.

Dr Julian Bolleter 

Julian is an Assistant Professor at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) at the University of Western Australia. His role at the AUDRC includes teaching a master’s program in urban design and conducting urban design related research and design projects. He is an awarded landscape architect and urban designer and has worked in Australia, the USA, the UK and the Middle East on a range of projects.  Read more.

Prof Rob Roggema 

Rob is a Landscape Architect and an internationally renowned design-expert on sustainable urbanism, climate adaptation, energy landscapes and urban agriculture. He is Professor of Sustainable Urban Environments at UTS. Rob developed the Swarm Planning concept, a dynamic way of planning adaptation to climate change impacts. Read more

Roderick Simpson

Roderick is the inaugural Environment Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission. He is an architect and urban designer and has worked at all scales of the built environment, for the Commonwealth as manager of urban design at the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and provided consultancy services to State and local governments in planning and urban design. Read more.

Additional speakers


Biographies and images coming soon...

  • Melissa Cate Christ, transverse studio
  • Prof James Weirick, UNSW Built Environment
  • Anne-Marie Pisani, Parks Victoria
  • Jon Hazelwood, HASSELL
  • Fiona Robbé, Architects of Arcadia
  • Tim O’Loan, AECOM
  • Dr Libby Gallagher, Gallagher Studio
  • Prof Margaret Somerville, University of Western Sydney
  • Aunty Jacinta Tobin, Darug Elder
  • Leanne Tobin, Darug Aboriginal artist and teacher