QLD High Water Mark: Designing on Brisbane's Floodplains

QLD High Water Mark: Designing on Brisbane's Floodplains
This event will now be run as a webinar and include presentations and a panel discussion.

Join us for multi-disciplinary presentations and discussion centering around the Brisbane River, surrounding flood plains and how this has shaped our city. 

This is a collaboration event between AIA, AILA and QUT, inspired by Margaret Cook's book 'River with a City Problem' and  the 2020 Asia Pacific Architecture Festival's water theme.


Margaret Cook - School of Social Sciences- University of the Sunshine Coast, Historian, author of ‘River with a City Problem’.  
Margaret Cook is a freelance historian and heritage consultant with expertise in non-Indigenous cultural heritage and social and environmental history. Her work includes conservation management plans, heritage assessments, commissioned histories, public speaking, land tenure, cultural tourism, oral history and museum exhibitions. Margaret holds a PhD from the University of Queensland and is a history lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland and La Trobe University. Her research interests include floods, natural disasters, cotton, urban history and agricultural settlements and has resulted in a number of publications in academic journals. Her book, A River with a City Problem, was published by University of Queensland Press in 2019.

James Davidson – Director, principal architect at JDA Co. Over the last decade, he has become Australia’s leading flood-resilience architect
James Davidson has lectured worldwide and has run studio, urban and residential design workshops in the Netherlands, UK and the USA. In addition to being the principal at JDA, James holds a Doctorate in Architecture with a primary focus on architectural anthropology, which he continues to develop in JDA’s practice work. He is also a previous director of Emergency Architects Australia, where he led their 2011 Queensland Floods relief project.

In 2013, James was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship focusing on urban design and residential architecture, climate change adaptation and flood resilience in the Netherlands, USA and UK. This led to a 5 day design charrette in 2016 which brought together 170 professionals from over 20 different disciplines to work towards a regional water management plan for Southeast Queensland. In 2017, James published the culmination of this work titled, Water Futures: Integrated Water and Flood Management Strategies for Enhancing Liveability in South East Queensland.

Over the course of the last decade James has become Australia’s leading flood-resilience architect. He has written the Flood Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes for the Queensland State Government, the Flood Resilient Home Building Design Guideline for the Gold Coast City Council and is currently managing the roll out of the Flood Resilient Homes Program for the Brisbane City Council, which is the largest flood resilience built environment project to date in Australia.

Damian Thompson - Director and Registered Landscape Architect at Lat 27 (Oxley Creek Transformation Masterplan)

Damian is co-owner and Director at the Lat27 Design Studio and a life-long waterway devotee. As a landscape architect he’s found a profession that allows him to rationalise this addiction – particularly when delivering place-specific and ecologically beneficial outcomes with engaged and empowered communities. On top of being captivated by marginal landscapes he has also enjoyed and appreciated a long, albeit intermittent association with the QUT School of Design. 

Damian’s work over the last 30 years spans urban design and landscape architecture for both public and private clients. He has led and been part of multi-disciplinary teams that deliver award-winning projects ranging in scale from intimate laneways through to major public parklands and urban renewal projects. Each of these projects have interrogated the mutual benefits to be found when balancing the needs of both ecological and social systems.


Deb Cushing - Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture
Deb Cushing is an Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture and the Discipline Leader for Spatial Design at QUT. Her current research looks at healthy environments, specifically focusing on designing parks and urban spaces for all ages to be physically active and socially engaged. She recently authored a book (with Professor Evonne Miller) titled Creating Great Places: Evidence-based urban design for health and wellbeing which discusses several key design theories that can inform how we create places where all people can thrive. 

Date: Tuesday 21 April 2020

Time: 12:00pm – 1:10pm

Registration: $10

Riverwalk image credit: BCC Archives
21/04/2020 12:00 PM - 1:10 PM
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