Global Speakers



Chairman, Design Director

NBRS Architecture

For Sydney

Topic: Modular Construction for school education & correctional facilities

Andrew is Chairman of the Board of Directors. In his role as Director of Design, Andrew is responsible for overseeing design direction across the practice. He is committed to achieving excellence and believes that architecture can positively transform people’s lives.
Andrew has a depth of experience in design and management of complex projects. His
abilities cover all project phases including feasibility, master planning, client liaison,
conceptual design, detailed documentation.

His drive for design excellence has been reflected in an award winning, and competition recognised portfolio of significant work. To each project Andrew brings creative design solutions, client and user engagement, inspiring problem solving, management of complex projects, and clear team leadership.

Understanding people in the context of space and place has produced projects such as Macquarie University Mitchell Building, Newlife Church, Railway Square, Modupod,
Willoughby Church, Vivo on High Line NYC and Oran Park Public School.

Andrew integrates a local knowledge achieved with a unique capacity to conceptualise and deliver relevant detailed designs. The outcomes being an architectural language relevant to the project with practical realisation, constructibility, and connectedness with ESD, contextual fit, and landscape. He is particular about establishing creative partnerships in order to achieve a connection between architecture and people.


  • Taronga Institute of Science & Learning
  • International Screen Academy
  • Vivo on High Line, New York
  • 2050: Beyond the Third Workplace
  • 2025: The Learning Continuum
  • Willoughby Uniting Church
  • Railway Square
  • Inaburra School
  • Cairnsfoot School
  • Mitchell Building, Macquarie University

NBRS Architecture



Senior Structural Engineer


For Sydney

Topic: Design, Construction and Challenges of Prefabricated Light-Weight and Massive Timber Modules

Fred is a senior Structural Engineer with more than ten years’ experience in R&D, structural design and construction management of residential and non-residential projects. He has worked at the forefront of developing structural timber systems in Australia and New Zealand.

With a background in structural engineering and innovative timber design, Fred strives for structural solutions that won’t compromise the desired architectural form. Fred’s passion for prefab technologies, a more sustainable built environment, Façade engineering and smart design of structures fits well with the future of Australian construction industry.

He is an honorary industry fellow at the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering within the Western Sydney University. He is also Civil/Structural panel member of Engineers Australia in Sydney.

ACOR Consultants





For Sydney

Topic: Sustainability on the Ground in Prefabrication, case studies in Tasmania

Stephen is an environmental architect graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Masters of Architecture.

Stephen founded Stephen Sainsbury Architecture also known as SS arch studio winning many prizes of distinction such as the Marrickville Council Heritage Award and the HIA GreenSmart Award for the famous Australia St development in Newtown, Sydney.

Stephen is also the founder and director of Ecoshelta – a prefabricated, environmentally focused building company. The company was established in the early 2000’s after Stephen invented the use of marine grade, structural aluminium in the framing of his buildings. This originated out his desire to create habitable shelters in some of Australia’s most remote locations. Initially experimenting with site sourced timber and the use of steel in the framing until eventually discovering the light weight nature, extreme strength and non-corrosive nature of aluminium.

Through his propriety EcoCost system Stephen challenged conventional thinking and using a mathematical costing system determined the overall environmental impact of aluminium in the building process. From the mining to the light weight nature & easy transportation, ease of construction and recyclability Stephen has discovered the real credentials of aluminium – rather than the overly simplistic embodied energy argument. Something he can speak about in more depth.




Director, HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab | Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

For Sydney

Topic: 3D Printing: The World’s first 3D Printed Prefabricated Bathroom

Ming Jen is a Professor at the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received both his B.Sc (Eng.) in 1985 and Ph.D. in 1989, from The Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London.

His research over the years cover the processing & mechanical properties of light alloys (Aluminium-Lithium alloys, metal composites, biodegradable metallic glasses, superplastic forming of titanium alloys), friction stir processing, post-weld heat treatment, and Construction 3D Printing.

He was up to end 2018, the Programme Director in the Singapore Centre for 3D-Printing (SC3DP) for Building & Construction; and is currently the Director of the HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab, the largest HP Inc. lab in a university.

He is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Advanced Manufacturing and Processing.

Nanyang Technological University




Head of Robotics/Ventures Advisor – Engineering Excellence Group

Laing O’Rourke

For Sydney & Melbourne

Topic: Construction Robotics Advances and Update

Nathan has developed an extensive track record of devising, implementing, and delivering deep-tech companies, products, departments, cultures & ecosystems in both academic & commercial settings; many with successful exits. His expertise is in making fundamental insights in human-robot/machine interactions and building robotics beyond those plugged onto standard human practices – but building robotics that elicit and submerge into behaviors inducing dramatically better realizations.

Nathan’s achievements include being named as “one of the top ten young scientists in the US & Australia” in 2011, along with a number of awards for his innovation & entrepreneurship outcomes, several highly competitive grants, being honored as 1st named co-chair on Australia’s 2018 Robotics Roadmap released by Australia Centre for Robotic Vision, Australian Research Council & the federal government.

He is the named lead inventor on multiple revenue-generating patents – he has devised, implemented & delivered over 30 revenue-generating commercial products, including the acclaimed, multi-award winning, highly sticky & sustainable Toolbox Spotter. He recently founded a robotics & AI-based spinoff company from his future robotics program in Laing O’Rourke Engineering Excellence Group, and has held various academic appointments at universities such as Stanford and University of Technology Sydney centered on his ability to induce sticky, sustainable & viral adoption of high-tech innovation since 2011.

Laing ORourke



Digital Engineering Manager & Augmented Reality Specialist

Lindsay Dynan

For Sydney

Topic: The Vision for Augmented Reality in Construction

I’m the Digital Engineering Manager at Lindsay Dynan Consulting Engineers here in Sydney. I also work as a structural design engineer mainly focussing on temporary works. Since late 2017 I have been developing augmented reality applications for mobile devices, researching the market and writing a variety of articles about the topic. My day to day role involves how we integrate people and technology and managing the change process.

Lindsay Dynan




Associate Professor in Environmental Design - Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

University of Melbourne

For Sydney

Topic: World-Class International Prefab Modular Exemplar: Japan’s modular housing business updates – The Zero Energy Mass Custom Home Case Study

Dr Masa Noguchi is an Associate Professor in Environmental Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, specialising in a human-centric “Environmental Experience Design (EXD)” research for physical and mental health and welling of users in built environments. In parallel to EXD studies, he also initiated global movement on zero energy mass custom home (ZEMCH) and vertical village/subdivision plug-in housing system research and development for future-proof city evolution. Dr Noguchi is a Chartered Engineer, Environmentalist, and Technological Product Designer registered respectively with the Engineering Council, Society for the Environment, and the Institution of Engineering Designers in the UK. Today, he serves as a global coordinator of ZEMCH Network which consists of over 750 partners from nearly 45 countries, contributing to a series of industry-academia knowledge transfer activities. Dr Noguchi systematised a “mass custom design” system approach to the delivery of quality affordable housing and he designed Canada’s first net zero energy modular home ‘EcoTerra house’ built and commercialised through the federal government’s EQuilibrium sustainable housing competition in 2007.

University of Melbourne



General Manager - Prefabrication


For Sydney & Melbourne

Topic: Prefab MEP System: Construction Industry Productivity Transformation through Prefab Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) System

Neil Wypior’s experience in building services prefabrication and off-site manufacturing spans over a decade and has seen him work on projects all over the world.
PREFAB MEP is a Contracting firm specialising in providing a multitude of services to builders and mechanical contractors in the provision of off-site manufacturing and prefabrication.
Our mission is to support businesses from the conceptual and feasibility stage until full installation and signoff.





Ineni Realtime

For Sydney & Melbourne

Topic: Digital Engineering & BIM for Smart Cities

Jeremy Harkins is a Founding Director of “ineni Realtime”, an innovative building technology company focused on the development of the Realtime Visualization Industry.
Delivering Keynote presentations, Jeremy is at the leading edge of real-time virtual technologies and has spoken internationally about the visual interaction with Smart Cities through 3D immersive environments, VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality).
Jeremy is a strong advocate of Building Information Modelling (BIM), believing that the seamless integration of intuitive visual interfaces with robust data is a vital direction for architecture, construction and infrastructure.
His company has partnered with world leaders in building automation, integrated systems and business process management and is providing cutting edge visual solutions for some of the largest and most complex developments in the world.
With over 18 years of experience in Architectural Technologies including professional work, consultancy and Full-Time Academia, Jeremy has been a lecturer at an international university (UNSW) helping to educate industry in what can be possible, and is currently focused on the rapid growth and positioning of “ineni Realtime” as market leaders in virtual interaction design.


Ineni Realtime



Product & Strategy Manager

James Hardie Australia

For Melbourne

Topic: How Innovation in Building Materials will Accelerate Prefab Adoption

Currently working as the Head of Product and Strategy for James Hardie Australia, Ronnie is an Architectural Engineer and Product Designer with over 8 years of experience in the construction industry. Ronnie has worked in range of fields within the construction industry such as pre-fabrication, fire engineering, passive house design, façade engineering and manufacturing. He has led systems such as Zerolot and other recent new product advancements within James Hardie. Ronnie is passionate about the future of the building industry and focuses his work on addressing issues such as labour shortage and housing affordability through product innovation.




Associate Dean (International) at School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics

Western Sydney University

For Sydney

Topic: Perceptions and barriers of adopting prefabrication in the NSW market, New Learnings and the Strategic Options going forward

Professor Vivian W. Y. Tam is the Associate Dean (International) and Discipline Leader (Construction Management) at School of Built Environment, Western Sydney University, Australia. She was nominated to the College of Expert, Australian Research Council, Australian Government. She received her Ph.D. in sustainable construction from the Department of Building and Construction at City University of Hong Kong in 2005. Her research interests are in the areas of environmental management in construction and sustainable development. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Construction Management and Editor of Construction and Building Materials. She has published over 3 books, 21 book chapters, 262 referred journal articles and 173 referred conference articles. She has been awarded forty-two research grants (totaled over $8 million), including five national competitive projects from Australian Research Council, Australian Government.

Western Sydney University




Jackson Teece

For Sydney & Melbourne

Topic: Case Study: Aveo Norwest, Australia’s Award-Winning, CLT Building Was Completed 13 Weeks Earlier Than Scheduled

Georgios is a shareholding director of Jackson Teece architects. He provides over 25 years of experience in planning, design, architecture and construction.

With a background in carpentry and timber-engineering he began his architecture career in Germany and moved to Sydney in 2002. His experience includes design and construction of timber engineered buildings and designs in a variety of sectors including healthcare and public buildings. His experience in ESD projects includes sustainable masterplans, ‘greenstar’ commercial developments and low to zero energy houses in Australia and overseas.

He has led the design team for the AVEO Seniors Living development at Circa Norwest, Sydney – a 10 storey residential CLT tower and is involved in several projects designed for prefabrication and modular construction.

Jackson Teece



Director, Technical Futures and Engineering Excellence Group | Member, Advisory Board

LAING O’ROURKE | Australian Centre for Robotic Vision

For Sydney

Topic: The Future of Construction – Embracing Innovations, Digital Engineering, Facing Disruption, Towards Singularity?

Andrew Harris is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Sydney, and the Australian director of Laing O’Rourke’s future engineering and innovation consultancy, the Engineering Excellence Group.

Laing O’Rourke is Australia’s largest private engineering and construction business, with local turnover of ~$3 bn p.a.

Andrew received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Engineers Australia (IEAust).

Throughout his career he has worked at the interface between industry and academia. He is an expert in disruptive innovation, with deep experience of most of the technologies likely to impact all industry sectors in the future, including IoT, robotics and automation, big data, digital, augmented and virtual reality, biomimetics, smart cities and AI.

Andrew is a non executive Director of Hazer Group (ASX:HZR), a listed clean tech and serves on the board of the Australian Research Council Centre for Robotic Vision.

He was recognised as one of Australia’s 50 most innovative engineers by peak body Engineers Australia in 2016.

Laing ORourke




Betti & Knut Architecture

For Sydney & Melbourne

Topic: Designing and Building The First Prefabricated CLT house according the PassivHaus standard: A Case Study

Knut Menden is an experienced Architect and senior associate at BVN, he was Project Architect for the Sulman Medal winning Mabel Fidler Building at Ravenswood School, and Our Lady of the Assumption the first multi-storey CLT school in Australia and has since been involved in several significant learning and teaching projects in Australia.

A major focus of his work at BVN over the last couple of years has been the use of CLT and prefabricated timber structures within the education environment. In addition working with his partner Bettina Steffens with a focus on sustainable architecture and prefabricated timber buildings he has recently completed the first certified CLT Passivhaus in NSW.

betti&knut architecture




National Precast Concrete Association Australia

For Sydney & Melbourne

Topic: Technological and Material advances in Precast Concrete, with case studies in new building projects and infrastructure projects

National Precast Concrete Association Australia



Research Fellow

Western Sydney University

For Sydney

Topic: Perceptions and barriers of adopting prefabrication in the NSW market, New Learnings and the Strategic Options going forward

Dr Evangelista is a Civil Engineer, Lecturer at the Engineering Institute of Technology. Her research in Australia has been focused on sustainability in construction and engineering materials. PhD research was mostly concentrated on non-destructive tests to evaluate concrete structures. In 1997, she started her academic career coordinating and teaching units at the School of Civil Engineering at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Additionally, she managed the Construction Materials Laboratory providing external consultancy to the Construction Engineering sector.  In 2008, she joined the Environmental Engineering Program at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) conducting research and supervising higher degree students investigating eco-friendly engineering materials. From 2016 to 2019 she worked as a visiting research fellow in the area of recycled concrete at Western Sydney University / School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. Also, she worked as a casual academic teaching Engineering and Construction Management Units.


Western Sydney University



Sustainable Building Advisor

Master Builders Association Of Victoria

For Melbourne

Topic: Update on National Construction Code trends and Sustainable Construction Challenges

Philip has been employed as the Sustainable Building Advisor at Master Builders Victoria for the past 14 years and on building and construction related projects and research for the last 18 years. Phil’s extensive experience in education and training has informed the development of nationally recognised sustainable construction training programs and the national roll out of the accredited Master Builder Green Living program.

He has provided advice on sustainability solutions and onsite environmental management on projects ranging from large infrastructure developments to small residential building companies. Phil has also spent time working for the Environment Protection Authority Victoria, Melbourne Water, local government and as an academic.

In 2014 he received a fellowship from the International Specialised Skills Institute which enabled him to travel to Germany in 2015 to investigate job skills in the prefabricated construction industry. He has presented at forums and conferences both nationally and internationally on sustainability, modular construction and emerging industry trends.

Philip has a PhD in Ecology and land management, Masters of Environmental Science and is a Certified Passive House Consultant.

Master Builders Association Of Victoria




BluKube Architecture

For Sydney

Topic: Modular Passive Houses & Positive Energy Homes, with case studies

Kylie is a registered architect who is a sole practitioner, working with small commercial and residential clients. She teaches part-time for Interior Design at Enmore Design Centre TAFE & tutors at Sydney University in Architecture and Architecture & Environment Subjects. Kylie was recently re-elected to the Australian Passive House Associations board, and active member of the design and construction industry for over 25 years.




Managing Director | Industry Engagement Lead

Marosszeky Associates | Centre for Smart Modern Construction

For Sydney

Topic: Strategic Lean Thinking and Supply Chain Management best practices for the Prefabrication Sector

Professor Marton Marosszeky is the Industry Engagement Lead at the WSU c4SMC (Centre for Smart Modern Construction), he is the former Multiplex Professor of Construction Innovation at UNSW, and Principal of Marosszeky Associates. Marton is the co-founder of the Lean Construction Institute of Australia and foundation chair. His recent book Total Construction Management—Lean quality in construction project delivery contains case studies of lead adopters of lean quality in the UK and USA. Marton is an international lean management consultant with recent assignments in Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Russia and the US.

Marosszeky Associates




Planet Ark

For Sydney

Topic: Use of Timber in Modular Construction: An Update  

David studied Architecture and Building Engineering in the UK and also has an MBA from MGSM and a Master of Marketing from UNSW. He manages Planet Ark’s Make It Wood campaign, which aims to increase the use of responsibly sourced wood as a building material. Prior to joining Planet Ark David was CEO of a major Sydney-based building products manufacturer, and is currently a judge on the NSW Green Globe Awards.

Planet Ark



Discipline Director, Computational Design | Head of Research, Foresight and Innovation

UNSW Built Environment | Giraffe Technology

For Sydney

Topic: Giraffe Technology – Making Computational Design for Prefabrication Accessable for Al

Associate Professor M. Hank Haeusler is Discipline Director of Computational Design / Built Environment at UNSW Sydney; Professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing; Head of Research, foresight and Innovation at Giraffe Technology; and known as researcher, educator, entrepreneur and designer in media architecture and computational design through over 100 publications.

UNSW Built Environment



Head of Planning


For Sydney

Topic: Planning and Scheduling for Modular Projects: Factors for Success

25+ years of experience managing programs ranging from $50 million expansion to $10 billion large-scale projects in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Central Asia and Latin America. Expertise across multiple industries including infrastructure, energy and utilities throughout all project phases in the private and public sector. Currently working as Head of Planning for a multinational engineering and construction company overseeing the building and engineering business from a planning and scheduling perceptive.




Assistant Commissioner

Queensland Building and Construction Commission

For Sydney

Topic: Future Prospects, Challenges and Opportunities in Queensland’s Building and Construction

Yvonne Pengilly has had an extensive career in the building and construction industry from starting out as a subcontract brick and blockwork to a company director overseeing high end resort and multi-storey apartment developments.

During her career, Ms Pengilly has worked in all facets of the industry, including trade contracting, contract administration, project, design and development management, and has held titles such as project superintendent, regional manager and company director. During this time she studied at Construction and CAD at TAFE and a Bachelor of Technology Engineering.

Yvonne is a licensed open builder and has held board positions with two state regulatory authorities and an electoral committee member of Master Builders Queensland (MBQ).

Ms Pengilly was awarded MBQ State Woman in Building 2013 and used this platform to establish Women in Construction FNQ, which successfully promotes engagement of engineers, architects and builders in Far North Queensland through educational events.

Queensland Building and Construction Commission




PLACE Technologies

For Sydney

Topic:  Innovation Solutions to Australia’s housing needs: When Vision becomes Reality 

Sarah developed and pinoeered a brand new tech category ‘gamified living’, which stands to revolutionize how we build, buy and experience our homes, while also giving back to those in need through their partnership with Head Start Homes and Westpac Group.

Recognized for her thought leadership, combining computer game engine tech with game theory, behavioral economics, AI, data science, and applying this to residential and housing affordability alike. Sarah has captivated the popular imagination with her TED talk on the topic reaching 1M +.

Invited to speak in 2019 at The World Bank Summit in Kuala Lumpur on Sustainable Housing Technology her keynote was heard by 200 influential leaders of industry and politics in the Asia Pacific Region. While on the same speaking tour she presented in Copenhagen to IKEA’s think tank SPACE10, and then at the invitation of the City of Toronto where she again shared a keynote during a series of events hosted by the city as it explored technology and Industry 4.0.

In 2019, Sarah’s start-up PLACE grew, expanding its reach to the United Kingdom and West Africa, while locally she secured a space in the coveted Mirvac Impact Accelerator for social entrepreneurs in association with Artesian VC and INCO.





HOW-Social Construct

For Sydney

Topic: Modular Solutions for Social Housing, with case studies

Matt is the Co-founder of HOW Social Construct, a purpose driven organisation established to bring the broad benefits of Precision Modular Construction to the social, affordable, seniors and specialist disability sector. Matt is an MBA Graduate from MGSM who believes the private sector can play a role in addressing our social challenges, in particular homelessness and Australia’s burgeoning housing crisis.

HOW-Social Construct



Head of Architecture, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

The University of Sydney

For Sydney

Topic Human-Robot Collaboration, Work Processes and Interfaces for Design, Fabrication and Construction Industries

Dr Dagmar Reinhardt is a practising architect, researcher and educator. Reinhardt leads the robotics research group and the Master of Digital Architecture Research stream and at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, and her design research studios are regularly awarded the prestigious National Student Award for Structural Innovation and for Digital Innovation by the AIA Institute of Architects, Sydney, NSW. Lecturing internationally, she was the Foundational Program Director of the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments (BAE, 2014-2018). As a practising architect, her built works, competitions and installations are research-based, widely published and have received numerous recognitions and awards for affordable and multi-generational residential works (

Reinhardt’s research focuses on the intersection and integration of architecture, acoustics, structure, robotics, fabrication, material and constructions constraints into design and interdisciplinary collaborations. She investigates opportunities for leveraging robotic fabrication methods to adapt geometry, materiality and construction methods within design technology, so new solutions become available for the difficult relationship between human labour and construction automation in the building trades. Reinhardt leads two substantial industry and state-government funded projects on new robotic applications for workspace scenarios, and for safer and healthier construction work environments. As associate editor of the Springer Journal of Construction Robotics, she networks the Australian section. Reinhardt is currently writing a book on ‘Design Robotics’ that bridge robotic approaches between construction robotics, social robots, and collaborative and creative robotics.

The University of Sydney




Chief Operating Officer

The PARKD Group

For Sydney

Topic: Case Study of Specialty Modular Prefabrication: Modular Relocatable Multi-level Car Parking Solutions

Peter is a cofounder of PARKD Ltd where he holds the position of Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director. Peter is a structural engineer by profession and it was his experience and expertise in post tensioning design that lead to the development of the key IP behind PARKD’s novel concrete modular prefabricated multilevel car parking system. Peter and co-founder David Thomas incorporated the company in 2016 where he lead the commercialisation of the company through an initial public offering resulting in the company being listed on the ASX December 2017. Since this time the company has delivered it’s first project in Western Australia and the first relocatable car park in Australia establishing PARKD as a leader in flexible car park design and construction solutions.

The PARKD Group



National Building Engineering Leader


For Melbourne

Topic: Extreme climates, extreme economics – prefabrication as a tool in community housing

Tai is a design engineer and leads the Building Engineering business at GHD nationally. He has 20 years of experience delivering a range of award winning projects internationally with architects including Daniel Libeskind, OMA and Renzo Piano. Tai is an expert in building physics, sustainability assessment systems and the application of emerging technology in buildings. He works with architects to integrate science-based approaches into design solutions and believes in the beautification of engineering through architecture. He lectures at university on building physics and engineering design in architecture.





WSP Australia

For Melbourne

Topic: Rethink Offsite: Exploring Modular Construction from a Building Services Perspective

Charuka is a Principal for WSP with over 15 years industry experience of success in overseeing all phases of multi-million dollar Residential, Retail, Education and Mixed-use projects, managing multiple design teams, demonstrating a history of on-time, on-budget and high-quality project completions. He is passionate about sustainable development and its role in addressing environmental issues in the built environment.

 Charuka has a distinctive insight into the modular design and construction process, understanding the importance of early involvement, logistics, standardisation and risk assessments, based on his close collaboration with international manufacturers through all stages of the design, manufacturing, installation and commissioning processes.





National Technical Manager


For Melbourne

Topic: Live Design Review with Multiple Stake Holders using Bluebeam Studio

Deepak Maini a qualified Mechanical Engineer with more than 20 years of experience working in the design industry. Currently working as the National Technical Manager – Named Accounts with Cadgroup Australia, Deepak is also the author of the Up and Running with Autodesk Navisworks, Autodesk Navisworks 2020 for BIM/VDC Managers, and Up and Running with Autodesk Advance Steel series of textbooks.

 Deepak is a regular speaker at Autodesk University in Las Vegas USA and was awarded as the Best Speaker in the Instructional Demo category two years in a row at Autodesk University Las Vegas 2018 and 2017. He was also recently voted as the Best Speaker at the Bluebeam XCON 2019 conference in Washington DC. Additionally, he is among the Top Speakers at various BILT conferences in ANZ and Asia. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), two of the biggest universities in Australia.





Matrak Industries

For Melbourne

Topic: Machine-Learning enabled modular product supply chain visibility and checking, off-site manufacturing, just-in-time manufacturing, new prefab construction technology, with case studies in Australia and in China

Shane Hodgkins is the co-founder & CEO of Matrak Industries. Matrak provide a global material and progress tracking network, connecting companies across the global supply chain. To date they’ve worked on 80 projects with clients such as Hutchinson Builders, Hickory, Reece, Mace Group and many others across Australia, China, UK and US.

Matrak Industries



Computational Design Leader


For Melbourne

Topic: New Automation Tools & Data to improve Modular Design and Analysis

Jeremy leads Computational Design efforts for HDR in Australia, developing workflows that utilise data to assist strategic design making in relation to space planning. Jeremy has extensive computational design experience on projects of varying scales across Australia, the UK and the Middle East, where he developed algorithms that parametrically drive large structures, including stadiums. These data driven design models demonstrate expertise in rationalising complex geometry, interoperability and optimisation algorithms.

Jeremy has made a significant contribution to the computational design and BIM community, including speaking engagements at BILT Asia, BILT ANZ, and Autodesk University. He has also worked closely with LinkedIn to produce online courses that teach programming to architects and engineers.




Director, Technical & Regulation

Victorian Building Authority, Australia

For Melbourne

Topic: Regulatory Challenges, New Technical Matters and Permits for Prefab Projects in Victoria

Dr. Darryl O’Brien, Victorian Building Authority Darryl O’Brien is Director of Technical and Regulation, at the Victorian Building Authority. Darryl holds undergraduate degrees in Building Surveying and Building Design and Postgraduate qualifications include a PhD, Masters Environmental Planning and Graduate Certificates in Tertiary Education and Urban Planning.

Darryl is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors and past QLD NT Vice President, former member of the AIBS QLD State Executive Committee, AIBS National Technical Committee and AIBS National Education Committee. Darryl is also a sessional lecturer in Built Environment studies at CQUniversity.




Founder/ CEO/ Director

Tribe Hotel Group

For Melbourne

Topic: Case Study: Tribe Hotel’s investments in Modular Hotels: Lessons from Australia’s First Integrated “Modular” Design Hotel using Pre-Fabrication to Deliver Project on Schedule and on Budget. Future Investments

Mark holds a bachelor of Commerce degree. He spent his former years working in the field of banking and finance in Australia. Specialising in off shore projects with majority of his banking career spent at JP Morgan.

In 2003 Mark established MP Direct with offices established in Australia, United Kingdom and China. MP Direct was set up to facilitate the procurement requirements of large-scale projects conducted by developers, builders and hotel groups worldwide.

Mark has developed an integrated Business (MP Modular) to facilitate the supply of modular building capabilities from its established comprehensive platform and infrastructure in China.

Mark has worked with many of Australia’s leading hotel owners and operators and identified a significant ‘market gap’ opportunity in providing the hotel sector with a high quality yet efficient build solution combined with an innovative “limited service” service offering. Mark’s combined experience in the development sector and banking has enabled him to identify this significant market opportunity and build the project team to deliver the Tribe model to the local and international market.



Program Manager, Permanent Modular School Building Program

Victorian School Building Authority

For Melbourne

Topic: Prefabricating the Victorian Education Infrastructure: Modular Construction for Schools, Early Childhood Centers and Universities

Victorian School Building Authority




Angelucci Architects

For Melbourne

Topic: Delivering Offsite Volumetric Solutions for Retirement Villages and Aged Care Centres

Enza Angelucci is an accomplished architect with over 21 years of experience on a range of local and international projects including Italy, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea. Her portfolio includes institutional projects for the Department of Education, Victoria and RMIT International University, her commercial clients include the newly completed Brompton Junction Store in Carlton North and residential projects range from heritage and new construction.

Enza is also established in academic circles, with over 15 years of academic experience within architectural faculties including RMIT University, Melbourne. In completing her post graduate research at RMIT entitled “Urban Generosity: Design Strategies for an Architecture of liveability”, her design focus has developed the modularisation and prefabrication of built form. She has realised her architectural practice as experts in the educational realm in the recent delivering of permanent modular school buildings for Bayles Regional Primary School, Elwood Primary School, Glengala Sunshine West Primary School and soon to be completed Red Hill Primary School.

In establishing Angelucci Architects, Enza has created a practice leading in design and delivery of innovative buildings solutions, particularly focused on “off-site construction” for the rising immediate building needs of our current urban conditions. She recognises the opportunities available to the construction industry through manufacturing and how architects can complement these building typologies through innovative design solutions. Enza has embedded Angelucci Architects in delivering the next generation of architectural solutions, combining contemporary volumetric building solutions with extensive practice based research.



Asset Manager

Monash University

For Melbourne

Topic: Post Occupancy Study on the prefabricated Peninsula Residences at Monash University: New Learnings

Roger has been in the design and construction industry for over 40 years. His experience throughout his career has included 3 Dimensional Design, Interior Design, Space Planning and Strategic Facility Planning.

In 2007 Roger joined Monash University’s Building and Property Division, as Asset Planning Engineer – Building Fabric.

As the University’s authority on the built form, Roger’s key responsibilities include:

  • Authorship of related sections of the University’s Design & Construction Standards.
  • Guidance to stakeholders and design teams
  • Review of proposed Architectural design proposals for all projects.
  • Condition assessment of Built Assets.
  • Strategic advice on the built form for the University’s Asset Renewal Programme

Monash University



Principal Designer & Builder


For Melbourne

Interactive Roundtable Discussions: Designing Storm and Fire-Resistant Modular Homes: Case Study of the Award Winning “Convertible Home”




Architect and Studio Design Manager

ARKit Advanced Prefabricated Architecture

For Melbourne

Topic: Modular Passive Houses & Positive Energy Homes with case studies

Practising Architect and studio manager at Arkit. Mario has a passion for Architecture, sustainable design and manufacturing technology, with experience on complex projects such as the Sydney opera house. He believes that Alternative forms of procurement such as design and construct (in the form of Pre-fab) where buildings are manufactured and assembled, not built, is the way forward. His idea of a utopian world would be one where Architectural and Engineering BIM models are fed directly to manufacturing plants.  

ARKit Advanced Prefabricated Architecture



Director, ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing

University of Melbourne

For Melbourne

Topic: Global Technological Advances and New Design/Structural Developments in Prefab & Modular

Priyan Mendis is a Professor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering and the Leader of the Advanced Protective Technology of Engineering Structures Group. He was also the Convener of the ARC Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA) from 2004 -2011.

Prof Mendis obtained his PhD from Monash University, Australia.

He is also the Director of the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing

  • Research interests
  • Protective technology of structures
  • Smart Infrastructure, design, assessment and monitoring
  • High-strength/High-performance concrete
  • Seismic design of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures
  • Design of tall buildings and bridges
  • Disaster mitigation and management
  • Sustainable infrastructure

University of Melbourne



Director of Operations


For Melbourne

Topic: Quality World-Class Bathroom & Kitchen Pods: A Lead Forward in Innovative Technology & Waste Reduction – The Hickory Experience

Mechanical and metallurgical engineer Eddie Pallotta has been with the Hickory Group since 2010, joining us after excelling in the automotive industry in both Australia and internationally for General Motors. Combining technical knowledge that spans mechanical design, manufacturing, material selection, welding and corrosion with a broad range of management and people skills, Eddie has been an important part of the Group; improving process and design on both the conventional construction and prefabricated sides of the business.

As site engineer on Hickory Construction projects, Eddie’s role included managing site environmental and OH&S activities, building fit out and site management activities. Whilst working for Hickory’s prefabricated construction business Eddie was able to implement strong manufacturing process controls and methodologies to improve quality and delivery. In addition to his project management skills, Eddie has utilised his wealth of experience to lead and coach fellow engineers, designers and tradespeople.

In 2012, Eddie was appointed General Manager of Hickory’s new prefabricated bathroom business, SYNC Bathroom Pods. His broad technical knowledge, strong communication skills, business acumen and project leadership have been an integral part of building this business from the ground up.

Under Eddie’s leadership and technical guidance, SYNC has developed a unique, market leading manufactured bathroom product that offers an infinitely faster, higher quality and more environmentally sustainable alternative to traditional multi-unit bathroom construction.

In 2014 Eddie was promoted to SYNC Operations Director and continues to successfully lead the business in this strong period of growth.




Senior Principal Architect

Level Architekture>Konstrukt

For Melbourne

Topic: Designing and Constructing an autonomous CLT house in Ceres Geelong, Victoria: CLT Case Study of a Farm and a House

Nadine is a senior principal architect, casual lecturer, environmental and social sustainability advocate based in Melbourne. Level architekture>konstrukt was established 26 years ago to fulfil the need for a comprehensive interdisciplinary service, where design, construction and other disciplines intertwine. LEVEL as a palindrome alludes to a balance between Architecture, Construction and Environment. Nadine is passionate about creating spaces and forms that seamlessly connect with the natural world, promotes wellbeing and support positive emotional energy. The practice’s Construction continuum allows her with her civil engineer/builder partner John to push boundaries in construction techniques and explore new methodologies.

Level Architekture




Regional Director

Legend Logistics Group

For Melbourne

Topic: Construction Logistics in the Prefab Sector

Established in 2005, Legend Shipping’s rapid development in the Asia Pacific region in just a short 14 years, has put the brand on a global platform.

Legend’s heavy haul division supplies trucking services to all sectors of industry in all Australian states and territories.

With our corporate office in Melbourne, we specialize in transport to the mining, oil & gas, construction, infrastructure, energy and major project works.

As an asset based company with global deployment, Legend invests in its own fleet of trucks, expandable trailers, flatbed, stepbed, tank trailers, and modifiable purpose-built trailers.

Combining transport engineering, heavy lift skills and assets, Legend now has the scale, breadth and capabilities to compete more effectively in the Australian heavy haulage market, delivering compelling value to new stakeholders.

Legend Logistics Group



Design Director and Timber Technology Lead

Tzannes Associates

For Sydney

Topic: The Revolution in Commercial Office Building Design Utilising the Benefits of Prefabricated Mass Timber Construction

Jonathan has been a Design Director of leading Sydney architectural practice Tzannes since ‘98 and leads the company’s ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions for the built environment.

With a keen interest in utilizing the benefits of pre-fabricated mass timber technology supplementing strong passive design strategies, he aims to achieve enduring and inherently sustainable buildings which offer healthy environments for life.

Jonathan is particularly adept in the delivery of technically and operationally challenging projects, utilising innovative techniques with traditional materials to achieve a new form of beauty.

“Architecture should be authentic. We strive for an expression of the best that we can be, a place of enduring beauty that does not pollute nor consume needlessly, with the thread of a compelling common idea carried cohesively throughout design to realisation. Mass timber construction is a great expression of this authenticity, with health benefi ts to ongoing users, encapsulated carbon within the fabric and a deep intrinsic beauty in the natural material expression”

Tzannes Associates



Sydney Studio Director

Make Architects

For Sydney

Topic: Modular Construction – Make It Future Proof

Simon leads the Make Sydney Design studio and has been at Make for 15 years. Simon relocated to Sydney in 2014 as the design lead in the development of Wynyard Place. He has worked internationally across all of the Make studios in London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Beijing. He spent two years in Beijing where he completed Make’s first built project in China. During his 15 years at Make Simon has led several high-profile and award winning schemes across a variety of sectors, including commercial, residential and urban design.

Make Architects





For Sydney

Topic: Case Study of Collins House: Australia’s Slimmest Tower

Originally from Ecuador, Carlos undertook his architectural degree at the PUCV in Valparaiso, Chile. After completing his studies, Carlos returned to Ecuador and worked on the RMA Bridge, which spans three kilometres and was a joint venture involving TYLin International Group. Carlos subsequently travelled to Barcelona, Spain where he completed a Masters of Advanced Studies at UPC and also worked for a number of local firms and gaining experience with the design of schools, civic buildings and multi-residential apartments.
Carlos arrived in Australia in 2008, and joined Denton Corker Marshall (DCM), where he worked on variety of projects, most notably the Asia Square Towers in Singapore and the Oakridge Winery in the Yarra Valley and the Melbourne Quarter. During his time at DCM, Carlos was appointed an Associate. Subsequently Carlos joined Crone Melbourne as an Associate working on the ANMF building in Melbourne’s CBD.
Carlos joined Bates Smart in 2016 and was responsible for delivering the multi-residential projects Collins House and Opera.




Chartered Engineer & Concrete Structures Expert

For Sydney

Topic: Successful Project Control and Cost Engineering for Concrete Projects: What Works

Hans Brahim is currently Senior Project Engineer at the Northern Road Stage 3 project – after completing his role at Northconnex Tunnel Project for Lendlease Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and is registered on the National Engineering Register (NER) in the area of Civil Engineering. Having worked for more than 12 years as a Construction Engineer on Australia’s major road and tunnelling projects, his experience brings the ability to adapt knowledge base to various disciplines and to solve problems relating to design and deliver scope within the deadline.



Senior Engagement Manager

Standards Australia

For Sydney

Topic:  Standards in Prefabricated Construction and Products

Alison has been at Standards Australia for several years, holding roles in in the engagement and standards development sides of the business. Her work has taken her across a range of sectors in the Australian economy. As a Senior Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Alison is responsible for strategic management of the building and construction sector and represents Standards Australia on a range of construction industry bodies.

Standards Australia



Senior Lecturer

RMIT University

For Melbourne

Topic: Latest Updates on Innovative Research on Prefab and Modular: Future Applications in Industry

Kate is a Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow at RMIT University. She works in Materials Engineering with a focus on fire performance of materials and structures. Kate has completed a PhD in Civil Engineering on Fire behavior of tall building façades working with Permasteelisa Pty Ltd.

She is the leader of the Innovative Fire & Facade Engineering Group and presently involved in a number of projects on fire design and protection of buildings in Australia and overseas. Her research interest expands to advance manufacturing, smart and sustainable construction technologies.






For Melbourne

Topic: Prefab Product Authentication – An Online Approach

For 30 years Peter has been involved, managed or contracted variously across the design; manufacture construction and facility management sectors of our built environment.

This provided experience to consider more deeply the contribution and impact our buildings and infrastructure have on; resource availability, climate, warming and other limits and boundaries that are presenting risks to human wellbeing and our natural environment.

Material use and wastage, product flows, purpose and use, coupled with modular construction in defence manufacturing has informed a whole of product lifecycle approach has been developed.

This was formalised in a Master of Sustainable Practice at RMIT where he now works part time in research & industry projects.

Increasing connectivity through technology is providing the consumer more information on which to make procurement decisions.  New business models of product and service supply are initiating new commercial opportunities to deliver outcomes that are consumer led.  The consumer is increasingly demanding compliance to standards, codes and regulation at the same time as environmental constraints are prompting greater recovery and repurposing of natural resources.

Peter has more recently been dedicated to developing commercial incentives that promote compliance within the industry and incentives that help transition towards the circular economy.



Melbourne Area Sales Manager


For Melbourne

Topic: Lysaght – Our Products, Testing and Compliance to Industry Standards     

As the Melbourne Area Sales Manager and in various roles with Lysaght prior to this, Emily Sproull brings a wealth of industry knowledge and business experience to the table. Emily has experience working with architects, builders, distributors and contractors to deliver product solutions, many of which are showcased in projects around Melbourne including Phillip Island Penguin Parade Visitor Centre and Mernda Rail Extension




Research Fellow - Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering

University of Melbourne

For Melbourne

Topic: Design Modular Buildings for Sustainability and Resilience against Extreme Climate Events

Philip Christopher is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne currently leading research projects on cross laminated timber fire and structural testing and prefabricated roofing panel energy supply solutions in the Centre for Advanced Prefabricated Housing (CAMP.H).  Philip has also worked on a research initiative with CSR on the development of a unitised rainscreen façade with a focus on energy performance, fire resistance and digital as built scanning.

University of Melbourne