ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN CONDITIONS
Russell Rodrigo is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at UNSW and has a broad range of experience in architecture and urban design gained over ten years with the NSW Government Architect's Office, including the design, documentation and project management of a range of architectural projects including interiors, residential dwellings, public buildings, urban art projects and urban design projects in the public sector and through private commissions. Prior to joining the Architecture program, Russell taught in the Interior Architecture program at UNSW, including a 3-year term as Program Director.
Russell's primary research interest focuses on how public and private memory is represented in the built environment and how spaces of memory can be designed as ongoing, meaningful places of engagement in late modernity. This research is both theory and practice-based. In addition to this, his most recent research focusses on the significance of the Modernist inheritance in architectural design through the investigation and contextualization of significant post-1950s Sydney architecture. He has published internationally in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and is a recipient of numerous teaching and research awards including the Dean's Award for Teaching, the British Council Design Researcher Award, Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre, ANU and the UNSW Cite de Internationale de Arts residency. Russell currently leads the First Year Communications course of BArchStudies and the MArch Graduation Studio and Urban Conditions stream.
Katarina Vrdoljak is project leader in the education sector at dwpIsuters. With a career that spans twenty years she has a broad project base, ranging from large scale masterplanning projects through to feasibility studies, architectural design and documentation as well as interior and furniture design gained from her experience working on projects both locally and internationally.
Katarina’s design approach is focused on research and evidence based design. Her depth of knowledge is founded on research of evidence based findings linking human cognitive abilities and wellbeing to the built environment with a clear, focus on creating designed environments that are person centred, sustainable and functional. Katarina has a strong understanding of environmental design issues and has also undertaken extensive research and coauthored a book and guidelines available in several languages, which deal with climatically appropriate urban and architectural responses achievable through basic design principles. She has also taught for over ten years in both the disciplines of architecture and interior design.
ARCHITECTURE AND HIGH PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY
Philip Oldfield is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at UNSW and a member of the High Performance Architecture research group. Prior to joining UNSW, Philip was an Assistant Professor at University of Nottingham where he was the co-creator and Course Director of the Masters in Sustainable Tall Buildings – the world’s only course and qualification dedicated to the design and research of high-rise architecture. In addition, he has taught at universities in Chicago, Venice and Singapore.
Philip’s research interests are focused primarily on tall building design, sustainability, liveability and embodied carbon. He is an active member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), and was co-chair of the CTBUH Research, Academic and Postgraduate Working Group, authoring the CTBUH Roadmap on the Future Research Needs of Tall Buildings. Philip writes widely around the topics of tall building design and sustainability in both peer review journals and at international conferences. He is a recipient of a British Science Association Media Fellowship (2015), and regularly contributes to the media, including the Guardian (UK), the Architects’ Journal (UK), The Conversation (AUS), ArchitectureAU (AUS), Middle East Construction Magazine (UAE) and others. Philip leads “Architectural Science & Environment 1” in the first year of BArch Studies and runs the MArch High Performance Graduation Studio exploring sustainable tall building and hyperdense architecture.
Ivan Ip joined Architectus in 2007, he is a registered Architect and Senior Urban Designer with professional experience working on a variety of projects including tertiary education, mixed use, residential, commercial, industrial, student accommodation and retirement living. Ivan has led both Architecture and Urban Design project teams to deliver strategic master planning and urban design projects for a number of major clients.
Since 2012, Ivan has coordinated a Design Studio for the Masters of Architecture program at the University of New South Wales. Initially working alongside Architectus’ Managing Director Ray Brown, his design studios and teaching continues to explore the programmatic potential of mixed use hybrid and commercial office buildings in high density urban environments.
More recently, Ivan has organised the Sydney leg of the Global Twilight Walking Tour for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Urban Design Committee (CTBUH) in Chicago. Currently in its third year, the annual event is a walk and talk tour, bringing industry professionals and members of the public together to discuss the merits of key tall buildings and their public spaces. The tour is conducted as part of a larger global initiative by the council, to provide participants with a new perspective on the potential of their city’s public spaces in facilitating evening experiences and will also help inform a new CTBUH Technical Guide being produced by the Committee.
ARCHITECTURE AND SOCIAL AGENCY
David Sanderson is Professor and the Judith Neilson Chair in Architecture at UNSW. He has 25 years' experience working across the world in development and emergencies. David worked for eight years for the NGO CARE International UK, as head of policy and subsequently regional manager for southern and west Africa. From 2006-2013 David was Director of CENDEP, a centre at Oxford Brookes University focusing on development and emergencies. Between 2013-14 he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University. He was trained in architecture and holds a PhD in urban livelihoods and vulnerability.
David is a member of several NGO boards and committees, including the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF). He is editor of this year's IFRC World Disasters Report. David leads the MArch Social Agency Graduation Studio "Resilient City, Resilient Neighbourhood" which explores the practical and strategic aspects of design interventions that strengthen both communities and wider urban areas.
Mark Szczerbicki is the director of Mark Szczerbicki Design Studio, based in Sydney. The studio is currently involved in projects including new houses, residential alterations and additions, multi-unit housing, as well as small commercial and public buildings. In addition to architectural practice, Mark is actively involved in design research and education. He is a recipient of the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship, one of the organizers of the Urban Islands program, and a Masters Studio tutor at UNSW.
Mark graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004. Between 2003 and 2013 Mark worked with Perumal Pedavoli and Studio [R] Architecture & Design, where he was the Design Architect for a large body of built work for residential, commercial, retail, industrial, educational, and government clients. Many of these projects have been published and recognised nationally and internationally. He established Mark Szczerbicki Design Studio in 2013.
Mark has collaborated with architects and engineers on award-winning competitions in Australia and overseas, lectured at Institute and Board of Architects events, and designed exhibitions as part of the Sydney Architecture Festival and the Sydney Art & About program.
Salvatore (Sam) Rigoli is a registered architect who is involved private practice. He has amassed a diverse range of project experience on a multitude of unique and complex projects. A key focus of his practice is to work on projects of varying scale and at any one time. Sam has participated in numerous international design competitions including 27 Smith Street, NEAT Affordable Housing Project ACT, Flinders Street Station, Word War II Museum, Macchu Pichu Tourist Lodge, Venice Bridge Project amongst others. Sam led the team responsible for the competition winning design for Gosford Performing Arts Theatre and Conservatorium of Music. Sam is engaged in a tutoring role at both the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales as well as mentoring students within the practice. Sam is the co-curator of the Australian Institute of Architects Architecture On Show Talk Series for the Inner West Council area.
ARCHITECTURE AND HOUSING
Alison Nobbs has worked as a design architect for over 20 years and has considerable experience in residential and, increasingly, public and commercial works. She is a founding partner of Nobbs Radford Architects which has received award recognition locally and internationally for its residential work. Along with practicing architecture, Alison has taught as a tutor at UNSW and Sydney Universities, she has contributed to journals and has been a panelist or speaker at architectural forums. She has an ongoing interest in the need to evolve housing topologies within Australian cities. Alison was recently awarded a 2014 Byera Hadley Architectural traveling scholarship to research alternate housing solutions in Japan. Alison currently leads the MArch Housing Studio “Interpreting Housing” which explores how housing can intrinsically respond to the evolving needs of our society.