28 April 2021
Virtual, 11am - 3pm AEST

Conference Agenda

Tuesday 16th March 2021

11:00 - 11:05


11:05 - 11:30


Developing the World’s Tallest Net Zero Timber Building

  • Exploring Timber’s Potential Impact on Building Design, Manufacturing and Sustainability

 The challenge of designing the world’s tallest mass timber building came with some unique problems to solve for, chiefly the lateral forces of wind, and massing for optimal structural integrity and functional efficiency. To make this challenge even more ambitious, the architects were tasked with creating a building that could be factory-built for fast assembly on-site. Join Steven Paynter for his keynote talk to learn how Gensler partnered with Alphabet-owned company, Sidewalk Labs, to produce a prototype design for the world’s tallest mass timber skyscraper. He will give an overview of a 14-month long process of research and development including the work completed with Sidewalk Labs, as well as taking the best work from Gensler’s growing Smart City and Sustainably portfolio. The talk will cover the challenges of structural design, life safety, and new approaches to fire and sustainability.

Steven Paynter, OAA, ARB, Principal - NE Regional Practice Area Leader, Gensler

Steven Paynter, OAA, ARB

11:30 - 12:10

Navigating the High-Rise World in the COVID era

The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to impact property development and the financing of tall building projects. How can developers navigate this new terrain, to ensure the right high-rise projects are financed and built?

  • With apartment sales slowing swiftly Australia-wide, is the high-rise sector worth investing in at this stage?
  • How can developers work around this climate to achieve success in the skyscrapers sector?
  • How can architects collaborate with developers to create sustainable high-rises?
  • The role of technology in developing humanised, high-quality tall buildings

Daniel Cruddace, Senior Practice Director, Architecture BVN
Gary Henighen, Senior Associate, Architectus
Laurie Aznavoorian, Leader, Strategy and Research, BATESSMART

Daniel Cruddace
Gary Henighen
Laurie Aznavoorian

12:10 - 12:20

12:20 - 12:40

Designing Australia 108

  • The genesis of Australia 108, the tallest residential tower in the Southern Hemisphere
  • The client journey and the design process of the building currently sitting in the Melbourne skyline
  • The unique set of technical challenges to overcome in bringing this project to life
  • What is the future for projects like these in Australian cities?

Craig Baudin, Director, Fender Katsalidis

Craig Baudin

12:40 - 13:20

Panel discussion
How will the COVID-19 Pandemic Shape Future Cities and High-Rises

  • Pandemic proofing city buildings through mixed-mode and natural ventilation
  • Building Resilience in the Built Environment
  • Pre-fab construction as a post COVID-19 design alternative
  • Residential Elevator Designs in the Post-COVID world

George Abraham, Managing Director, Hickory Group
Glen Pederick, Building Services Leader - Victoria, Arcadis
Julian Anderson, Director, BATESSMART

George Abraham
Glen Pederick
Julian Anderson

13:20 - 13:40

13:40 - 14:00

Collins Arch – the conception and realisation of Melbourne's newest mixed-use skyscraper  

  • Case Study: Collins Arch (447 Collins St); a 44 storey twin tower that boasts an impressive arch shaped silhouette, nestled within the central Melbourne CBD skyline.
  • With its striking form and the nature of its mixed-use programming, various complexities were presented to the design team and consultants through the coordination and construction phases of this landmark building. What defined these complexities and how were they overcome?
  • In a contemporary global city like Melbourne, Australia, what are the factors to consider when designing large scale mixed-use towers? How were these applied to Collins Arch?

Blair Parkinson, Senior Associate, Woods Bagot

Blair Parkinson

14:00 - 14:20

Re-Evaluating Melbourne: Retaining the City’s Civic Soul Amongst a Sea of Skyscrapers

In an effort to manage a rapidly growing population, Melbourne’s buildings are becoming taller; its city more densified. 

How can designers and planners of these vertical buildings help future-proof the city to ensure that amongst these changes, Melbourne retains and even builds upon its unique character?

Leanne Hodyl, Managing Director, Hodyl + Co

Leanne Hodyl

14:20 - 15:00

A New Era of Skyscraper Facades

  • Today, the sky is the limit when it comes to high-rise envelopes. From the cantilevered and vegetated, to timber or twisted, new trends and prototypes are emerging, promising to challenge traditional notions of what is possible when designing a façade for a tall building. 
  • How can practitioners ensure they adhere to best practice standards, even while designing such ‘new’ facades? 
  • What are the social, regulatory and practical challenges faced when working to design facades today, and how do we meet these challenges? 
  • Exploring the latest trends in skyscraper façade design today and assessing how they will hold up in the future. 

Kieran Rice, Technical Director, Façade Practice Lead, Australia and New Zealand, AECOM
Simon Barnes, Principal, Façade Leader – Australasia, ARUP

Kieran Rice

15:00 - 15:05


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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