Global Speakers


Matt Lloyde

National Sales, Marketing & Innovation Manager


Matt Lloyde is the National Sales, Marketing & Innovation Manager with Lysaght, Australia’s first and largest rollformer of steel building products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets. A qualified structural engineer, Matt has over 24 years in the steel industry with extensive experience in the development and execution of the strategic business, marketing and innovation strategies with businesses operating in the building and construction sector. Many of the product development outcomes delivered by Matt’s team have grown to be market leading brands and building solutions in their respective markets.

As building methodology and customer expectations continue to change, an agile and innovative business will always identify an opportunity.

Topic: Advances in Steel Technology: LYSAGHT® Steel Products 



John Martinovic

State Manager/Project Consultant

Stiebel Eltron

With a passion for engineering related industries, John has more than 20 years’ experience in sales and project management. He has extensive experience in delivering hydraulic solutions for large scale projects – from early concept designs, through to the final stages of commissioning and hand over.

Topic: How IIoT and Rising State of Interconnectivity are Shaking Up Traditional Manufacturing: Unlocking True Business Potential with IIoT 



Christina Knorr

Team Leader / Accredited Fire Safety Engineer

Stephen Grubits & Associates

Sydney Session Only

Christina is a practicing Accredited Fire Safety Engineer with an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master with Distinction on Fire Safety Engineering. She currently works at Stephen Grubits & Associates at their Sydney office. Christina delivers an extensive range of building projects covering product development and litigation work, as well as innovative fire engineering solutions for all sectors in the building industry. Her projects cover residential, commercial, educational, heritage and infrastructure developments.

Topic: Modular Construction and Australian Fire Safety Regulations

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Andrew Hill

MTWO Business Unit Lead

Cloud A2K

Andrew is the Business Unit Manager for MTWO within Cloud A2K.    He is responsibilities include setting the strategies and processes to implement cloud enabled construction solutions with clients across the ANZ region and providing the latest innovations to deliver on requirements.  Previously Andrew has held the positions of BIM Practice Leader for Autodesk and the Chief Operating Officer of CSi Global Services.  In these capacities he was responsible for all of the deliverables of a highly skilled team in relation to the implementation and adoption of BIM for construction and infrastructure projects globally.  Andrew has been working with CADD & design technology for over 20 years starting out in the mechanical area before studying civil, structural and mechanical engineering.  Andrew has lectured both at university and technical college in engineering and run the design teams for a large consulting engineering company in the mechanical, civil and structural disciplines.  Andrew now works with some of the leading companies globally as well as owners and governments in a thought leadership capacity and has been recognised for this expertise in delivering process change management solutions to an international clientele.

Topic: The Future of Construction in a Connected Environment



Steve Hassett


Foundation Technologies

Steve Hassett is the CEO and Director of Foundation Technologies and has 11 years experience in the steel screw pile industry.

Prior to the steel screw pile industry Steve worked in various roles within the Smorgon Steel Group including the Lite Steel Beam Division where he gained exceptional knowledge of bearer and joist construction.

Steve is passionate about helping builders find a more cost efficient method for improving foundation systems utilizing the benefits of a steel screw pile. His knowledge of steel screw piles in bearer and joist constructions often sees massive time and cost savings in the build process.

Topic: Installation benefits of steel screw piles in prefabricated construction

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David Jongeneel

Acting Director

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

David Jongeneel is Acting Director of Australia’s Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) program in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. He has worked in WELS since March 2011. He has worked in the Australian Public Service, state and local governments for over 24 years in environment protection, water resources and waste management.

David will speak about WELS’ requirements for plumbing products in modular construction.

Topic: Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) requirements for plumbing products in modular construction



Alison Scotland

Senior Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Standards Australia

Alison has been at Standards Australia since 2013, 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 strategy and engagement in the building and construction, and water and waste sectors.

Topic: How do standards facilitate innovation in the construction sector?


Neil Wypior

Prefabrication Manager


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.

Topic: Prefabrication in Building Services: Options for builders and mechanical contractors – prefabricated risers, corridor modules and plant room skids


Stuart Marsland


Rothelowman Architects

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

As a Principal at Rothelowman, Stuart’s role is to constantly push the boundaries in design and detailing, creating cleaner, more efficient, rigorous and elegant solutions on challenging sites.

Stuart’s passion for high quality dense urban design was born out of training at the Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, just as the city was going through its post-industrial regeneration.

Upon graduation in 1996, Stuart moved to London where he worked for nine years on large commercial and residential projects with clients including the London Underground. Throughout this period Stuart was constantly creating innovative designs and expanding sites that initially appeared to have reached their maximum yield.


Andrea Morton

Director, Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Management, Finance & Performance

Housing New Zealand

Sydney Session Only

In her current role as Director of Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Management Andrea leads the Procurement function at Housing New Zealand (HNZ), and has done so since 2013.   Andrea has agency-wide responsibility for HNZ’s external spend across all categories ranging from residential construction, remediation and maintenance, to Information Technology and learning & development, plus everything in between, and the Procurement team works closely with key business partners within HNZ such as the Asset Development Group, the team accountable for construction within HNZ.   Andrea has spent 25+ years in the commercial sector across a range of industries as both a client and a supplier in a variety of roles.  HNZ and the procurement function has seen a number of challenges, changes and opportunities during her tenure ranging from repairing and rebuilding HNZ’s Canterbury property portfolio following the 2010/2011 earthquakes to the current opportunity of working with the construction sector to increase the capacity of the residential construction sector, and to deliver a significant number of new state houses over the next 20 years.

Topic: Procuring, Tendering and Contracting for Modular Construction Projects: A Perspective from Housing New Zealand



Knut Menden

Senior Associate

BVN Architecture

Knut Menden is an experienced Project Architect who came to Australia to join BVN in November 2008, having spent the previous five years working in Austria, Luxemburg and New Zealand.

Knut was Project Architect for the Sulman Medal winning Mabel Fidler Building at Ravenswood School, and has since been involved in several significant learning and teaching projects in Australia.

He is a technically excellent designer with high levels of attention to detail and expert design resolution in documentation and site delivery. A major focus of works over the last couple of years has been the use of CLT and prefabricated timber structures within the education environment.

Topic: An Update on the Our Lady of the Assumption School Prefab Project Utilizing Cross Laminated Timbers (CLT), Mass Engineered Timber (MET), Glulam beams & columns and Lignotrend slabs: Lessons Learnt

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Basil Richardson

Studio Director

Bates Smart

Sydney Session Only

Basil is a senior architect who has worked on a wide variety of projects in the commercial, residential, and institutional sectors. His experience includes university buildings, concert halls, theatres, libraries and high end residential and commercial developments, both in Australia and abroad.

With an extensive knowledge of detailing and construction and a particular focus on the design and integration of facade systems, Basil has coordinated the documentation of several high profile jobs in Sydney, most recently the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW, and a 30-storey commercial building at 177 Pacific Highway in North Sydney.

Basil has been involved in several jobs from the initial design concept through to construction documentation. His experience in the management and coordination of large projects makes him a key component in their design and delivery. He is particularly experienced in identifying and resolving conflicts which may arise during the documentation and construction process.

Topic: World’s Largest Engineered Timber Building Case Study: Landmark Modular Project at 25 King at Brisbane Showground

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Dr Ana Evangelista

Research Fellow

Western Sydney University

Sydney Session Only

Dr Evangelista is a Civil Engineer, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Western Sydney University-School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics working as a member of the research group of Sustainable Construction Management and Education. She has experience in research and teaching within the area of Engineering Materials and Sustainability in Construction Currently, she is investigating properties of recycled concrete and eco-friendly building materials using construction and demolition waste. Future research plans are to expand her investigation into the sustainable tools for green buildings and life cycle assessment of buildings and materials. She has particular interest in the main area of prefabrication, environmental management and liveability.

Topic: New Opportunities: Tapping the Prefabrication market in Sydney – An Update



Simon Amos

Director Construction Technologies

FBR (Fastbricks)

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Simon has over 25 years of experience in the Building and Construction industry both locally in Australia and internationally. He has predominately worked in the Head Contracting environment and held senior management or director positions with companies such as John Holland Construction & Engineering, Leighton Contractors and Broad Group Holdings. He is an experienced General Manager and has sat on a number of external boards and associations. Past positions include sitting on the board of the Western Australia Construction Industry Redundancy Fund and an Alliance Board member of the New Future Alliance under the $672M Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program in the Northern Territory. In addition, he has experience in company acquisitions and mergers. Simon has a Masters Degree in Business Administration specialising in Information Systems, is a Corporate member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a corporate member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (UK), a Chartered Building Professional and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building. He is also a Register Building Practitioner and Contractor in Western Australia. Over the years Simon has also been a member of a number of support committees assisting the Master Builders Association in WA. He is a strong advocate of lean construction principles and constantly seeks to find innovative solutions in the construction process using contemporary technology such as BIM and 4D & 5D methodologies.

Topic: Robotics – Brick Laying and Lean Construction



Michael Haines



Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

40+ years’ experience in a wide variety of management and consulting roles (including at chief executive and board level) across a range of industries: government, telecommunications, brewing, construction, consumer goods, car manufacturing and transport and logistics, covering a wide range of disciplines: corporate strategy, company start-up, Toyota production and management systems, improving the value chain, systems design, information management, financial management and change management. Previously Manufacturing Manager for Toyota, Board Member of Australian Logistics Council and Chair of the Council’s ICT Committee, as well as Member of Austroads Intelligent Transport Industry Reference Group.

In 2011, Michael established VANZI, a ‘not-for-profit’ Initiative in collaboration with a range of key stakeholders to broker development of the Digital Built Environment (DBE):

“A fully-integrated secure 3D+ computer model of the Physical Attributes and Legal Entitlements of the Natural and Built environment (inside and out, above and below ground), on all scales required for decision making across the whole property cycle: from planning to decommission”.

For the last year he has been working with ACIL Allen on a study jointly funded by Qld State Govt and the Spatial Industries Business Association to develop the Road Map for 3D Qld based on the VANZI Vision.

He has also established a national workgroup comprising around 80 people covering all stakeholders with the aim of developing the Governance Framework for the DBE.

Topic: Towards a full 3D Federated Digital Built Environment



Professor Priyan Mendis


ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

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

Topic: The Future and Latest Developments in Modular Construction – Latest developments for the future

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Peter C. Lippman

School Designer, Educational Facility Planner | Researcher | Educator

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Topic: Can future-focused learning environments be prefabricated? The evolution and development of schools as prefabricated buildings and protoypes/ kit of parts. How can we make the simplest of buildings the most inspiring places to learn?


Catherine Skinner


Architecture BVN

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

A Principal and owner of BVN, Catherine is a large project expert with a focus on design, innovation and excellence. Unburdened by pre-conceived ideas of the ‘right’ way to do things, she brings a fresh, positive and mindset. Catherine seeks out new tools, workflows, techniques, partners and opportunities to constantly improve the projects that she is involved in and positively influence those she isn’t. She has worked across all project sectors, from public buildings through to education, residential, health, transport infrastructure and commercial. Catherine leads BVN’s role on the new Sydney Fish Market, collaborating with 3XN to deliver this landmark project. Additionally, she has had key roles on a number of tall buildings across Australia including the landmark Quay Quarter Tower. She is involved in BVN’s various research efforts into contemporary fabrication, analysis and design methodologies, including robotics, computational design techniques and advanced visualisation technologies.

Topic: New Case Studies & Updates on:
A. The Australian National University that involves 6 new buildings to create a new heart for the campus, incorporating significant prefabricated facades and 2 buildings are full timber CLT construction essentially prefabricated and built on site.
B. Construction robotics initiative using 3D printing and carbon fibre.

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Matthew Tobin

Co-Founder/Managing Director

UAP Company

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Matthew Tobin is co-Founder and Managing Director of UAP. He and his brother Daniel established the company in 1993, as a studio and workshop in which to collaborate with artists and create artwork for the public realm. These days Matthew oversees all operations of the company, spending his time in the Brisbane, Shanghai and New York studios. Matthew’s primary focus is strategic business growth, and UAP’s engagement with advanced manufacturing techniques and Industry 4.0.

Matthew has played an integral role in UAP’s evolution from a small Brisbane workshop to an international brand, fostering an outlook that embraces all creative possibilities. From 2009 – 2012 he was based in China establishing UAP’s Shanghai office. Matthew has a vast knowledge of all aspects of project delivery, providing sound government which enables the ever expanding UAP team to undertake jobs which push the levels of innovative fabrication and artisanal craftsmanship.

Matthew studied Visual Arts at the Queensland University of Technology. He currently resides in Brisbane.

Topic: Robots that can see in Construction: Digital Transformation in Art and Design-Led Manufacturing – Making big, ambitious art and architectural projects

Developing innovative robotic vision systems and software user-interfaces to reduce the integration time between design and custom manufacturing, with case studies


Kate Nason


ARKit Advanced Prefabricated Architecture

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Kate is an architect and passionate advocate of the high performance buildings in Australia. She has experience across both multi and single residential projects designed to meet the Passive House Standard and is currently the Passive House coordinator and project architect at ARKit – a firm specialising in architecturally driven prefabricated construction.

She is also a Board Director of the Australian Passive House Association and is undertaking research around the international adoption of the Passive House Standard as method of reducing the carbon footprint of buildings whilst simultaneously improving the quality of life within them. This research is supported through the Byera Hadley Trust on behalf of the NSW Board of Architects.

Topic: The Path to Positive Energy Buildings – Prefabrication and the Passive House Standard



Jamie Coe

Senior Management

Hutchinson Builders

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Jamie is the Business Development Manager (BDM) at Hutchinson Builders, Australia’s largest privately-owned construction company.

Jamie came to ‘Hutchies’ in 2015, bringing 22 years’ experience in the construction industry. He started out as a Project Manager, combining his vast expertise in commercial and residential building, project management and team leadership, before progressing through the ranks to his current role.

As BDM, Jamie manages all client relationships, providing end-to-end leadership across the pre-construction phase – from initial budget estimates, to value and design management, right through to contract negotiation.
Jamie’s work spans all sectors of Hutchinson Builders, but he is particularly passionate about modular building.

Topic: Current Modular Industry Snapshot from a Builders Perspective

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David Rowlinson


Planet Ark

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

David studied Architecture and Building Engineering in the UK and also has an MBA and a Master of Marketing. He manages the Make It Wood campaign for Planet Ark, 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 Australian-based building products manufacturer. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Living Future Institute of Australia and is also a judge on the NSW Green Globe Awards.

Topic: The Benefits of Wood: Is Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) Build Material of the Future as CLT is 30% Lighter than Concrete and Steel, Improves Construction Costs by 15% and Promises 50% Lower Carbon Footprint?



Dr Shan Kumar

Head of Innovations and R&D Chief Engineer | National Vice President

Hickory Group | Concrete Institute of Australia

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Shan is a Senior Engineer in Melbourne and has over thirty years’ experience working on building & Infrastructure projects.

Currently heading the innovation team with Hickory involved in design and construction of number of high rise buildings including Award winning 44 level Latrobe Tower, 43 Level student accommodation & 60 level Collins House.

Shan is the National Vice President of Concrete Institute of Australia

In recognition of Shan’s contribution to Construction industry over thirty years Swinburne University has awarded with honorary doctorate in engineering.

Shan has been recently awarded with one of most innovative engineers 2017 by the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Topic: Case Studies of Award-Winning Prefab Projects



Carl Pettersson

Senior Fire Engineering Consultant

RED Fire Engineers

Melbourne Session Only

Carl has an MSc in Risk Management and Safety Engineering and a BSc in Fire Protection Engineering from Lund University, Sweden.
Carl has technical and practical expertise in all aspects of performance based fire engineering and risk management. He is a Senior Fire Engineer and the office manager at RED Fire Engineers, Sydney. Carl is a registered chartered professional engineer in the field of fire safety engineering. He has experience in both peer-review and design of fire safety in complex buildings using engineered timber as the main structural element.

Topic: Performance Based Design of Fire Safety in High-Rise Timber Buildings



Daniel Wurm

Managing Director

Green Building Institute | National Painting and Decorating Institute

Melbourne Session Only

Daniel is a professional education consultant for the construction industry with a passion for education in sustainability. In 2009 he created the award-winning GreenPainters program for the painting industry, educating over 600 painters in 3 countries. In 2012 he co-founded EduBytes, an international e-learning and digital education consultancy, and in 2013 co-founded the Green Building Institute. He is a member of the Green Building Council of Australia, a Good Environmental Choice Australia technical committee advisor, a member of the Construction Industry Skills Council’s Technical Advisory Committee, and a director of the National Institute of Painting and Decorating. In 2015 he created the Green Tradies program and won Trainer of the Year at the NSW Training Awards in Sydney.

Topic: Upskilling Labour Force to Adopt New Construction Systems: Overcoming Shortages of Skills in Modular Construction, Training for Prefab

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John Gardiner

Managing Director | Manager, Determinations and Assurance

Building Confidence | Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, New Zealand

Melbourne Session Only

John Gardiner is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and Managing Director of Building Confidence Ltd. Building Confidence Ltd is a niche consultancy helping those with obligations under the Building Act and related legislation meet those obligations in a savvy and business smart way.

Clients include:
• product suppliers and the building product support industry such as certification bodies
• importers and local suppliers of manufactured building solutions (PreFab)
• network building owners
• local authorities

Building Confidence also provides consulting services in the area of engineering governance, technical risk management and management systems audit.

Prior to setting up Building Confidence, John was Manager Determinations and Assurance at MBIE. At MBIE he was the decision maker for Determinations under the Building Act, was responsible for building product issues as well as being programme manager for the implementation of the new Earthquake-prone Buildings legislation. Prior to joining MBIE he was Deputy Chief Executive of Engineering New Zealand (then IPENZ).

Topic: Clearing New Zealand’s Imported Prefab Product Compliance Pathway: What Suppliers and Builders need to know


Professor Tuan Ngo

Research Leader

CRC-P for Advanced Manufacturing Building Envelope Systems

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Prof Ngo is the Research Director of the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (CAMPH) at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Research Leader of the CRC-P for Advanced Manufacturing of Building Envelope Systems. He has carried out significant research collaborations with industry to develop new products and perform R&D experiments of prefabricated building structures (facades, wall panels and floor slab systems). Prof Ngo has won a number of prestigious scientific awards, including the prestigious Eureka Science Prize (2013) for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia. He has been working as an expert on many projects to protect critical infrastructure against extreme events (blasts, impacts, fires, earthquakes). He is one of the pioneers in Australia carrying out research in the research area on safe and sustainable technologies for structures and high performance façade systems. Prof Ngo has also been leading the research and development of advanced protective materials and systems for a number of companies in the civil and defence industries.


Nick Deeks

Managing Director

WT Partnership

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

A forward-thinking leader, Nick Deeks is the Managing Director of WT Partnership Australia and joint chairman of WT’s international business. Nick is passionate about future-proofing our cities in the face of inevitable population growth and is all about transformation and change for a better tomorrow.

Topic: Visionary Address: New Cities – Creating Smarter Cities with Modular Construction



Jeremy Harkins



Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

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.

Topic: AR/VR & BIM: Latest Advances in Digital Innovation in Modular Construction



Eddie Pallotta

Operations Director

Hickory Group

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.

Topic: How Kitchen & Bathroom Pods New Designs Can Help to Cut Construction Time by 30% and Slash Defects by Up to 80%


Dr Fred Moshiri

Senior Structural Engineer


Sydney Session Only

Topic: Prefabricated timber modules in multi-residential, commercial and industrial buildings

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Joyce Ferng

Associate Director/ ANZ Modular Lead


Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Joyce has 20 years of international experience as a chartered building structural engineer and has delivered structurally complex and challenging projects in Singapore, UK and Australia working in close collaboration with renowned Architects like Zaha Hadid and Lord Norman Fosters. Project highlights London Olympic 2012 and MASDAR City (UAE) first zero carbon city.

Combined with her vast technical structural knowledge and appreciation of architectural and building services disciplines, Joyce has extensive project and construction management experience gained during her roles as a PPVC Senior Design Manager.

With her experience in Systemised Technology, Joyce has delivered modular projects across various Australian states and is currently leading the AECOM ANZ modular (PPVC) initiatives. She is also working in collaboration with Swinburne University and Melbourne University on PPVC researches.

Topic: Universal Boltless Interlocking Prefabricated Modules, with case studies



Charles Fortin

Managing Director, Nominated Architect


Charles graduated architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, a Chicago institution known for its Bauhaus philosophy and expertise in high-rise design and construction.

He made Australia home 14 years ago, following his passion for architectural design, research, construction, and warner weather.

Six years ago, he took ownership of Collard Maxwell Architects, a practice that had been in business since 1947, and as an Executive Architect he now oversees the delivery of 30-to-40 projects a year, many of them construction-side.

Charles’ focus is on the design and delivery of Complex projects of all types, from Data Centers to Lifestyle Retirement, Aged Care, Dementia Care facilities, and Remedial.

Topic: Fast-tracking Design Delivery, with case studies on Data Centres and Other Infrastructure Transportation or Telecom Projects: Modular as an Option


Simon Lincoln

Nominated Architect

Make Architects

Simon has been a Maker since January 2005, and has lived and worked for the practice in the UK, UAE, China and Australia, leading a range of projects. He has established experience across numerous sectors – from transport and urban design to commercial, residential, arts and culture, and hospitality – and in 2014 moved to Sydney to lead the design and oversee the delivery of Wynyard Place, a major new development in the city’s CBD.

Simon is a Freeman of the City of London and a keen runner and cyclist.

Topic: Modular Project Design and Construction in China & UK; An Update on Wynyard Place: Its Design And Modular Elements – Text In Black Colour


James Marsden

Associate Director


James shares a passion for projects that enhance the experience of all users, this not only translates to creating healthy, connected spaces but to improving the sense of community through the built environment.

Most recently, James has undertaken an extensive review of global offsite manufacturing practices and its impact on project procurement in the Australian built environment. James sees significant opportunity to harness the benefits offsite approaches can bring to a project – predictability and precision of time, cost and quality outcomes which in turn lead to enhanced environmental, sustainability, work health safety, and employee wellbeing outcomes.

Day to day, James’ draws on extensive experience across building and infrastructure projects in aged care, education, health, commercial, transport and lifestyle sectors both nationally and internationally. James recognises the importance of building trusted working relations with clients and across the project team.

Topic: Offsite Manufacturing: Global Practices Review and Impact to Project Procurement


Dr Teresa Vidal Calleja

Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

University of Technology Sydney

Dr Teresa Vidal-Calleja received her BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, her MSc in Electrical Engineering from CINVESTAV-IPN (Mexico) and her PhD in Automatic Control, Computer Vision and Robotics from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain). She was postdoctoral fellow at LAAS-CNRS (France) and the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney. She joined the Centre for Autonomous Systems at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS:CAS) in 2012, where she has moved from UTS Chancellor’s Research Fellow to Senior Lecturer.

She is currently Deputy Head of School (Research) at the School of Mechanical and Mechatronics. Teresa has established links with top robotics research institutions such as Autonomous Systems Lab – ETHZ (Switzerland) and the German Aerospace Center- DLR (Germany). Her industry collaborations are with the Agriculture and Infrastructure maintenance industries with a large research grant funded by the water industry and Meat and Livestock Australia. Her research interests include robotic perception, multimodal sensor fusion, localisation and mapping, machine learning, air/ground robotic cooperation, and autonomous navigation.

Topic: Robotics in Construction and Infrastructure Maintenance


Rowan Braham

Data Team Lead/Senior Innovation Engineer

Laing O'Rourke Engineering Excellence Group

Dr Rowan Braham is a Senior Innovation Engineer in the Laing O’Rourke Engineering Excellence Group, a leading centre for innovation in the engineered and build environment. Rowan has worked across a range of disciplines, including virtual and augmented realities, machine learning and data driven engagement, robotics and 3D printing, both in developing the technologies and leading their business implementation. Rowan has a strong belief that innovation is not just gizmos and gadgets, but is instead the interaction of technology with society and culture. He has developed and delivered a range of engagements around technology, culture and their interactions for local universities, Sydney Science Week, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum), and Academy X.i.

Topic: Latest Developments in New Construction Automation Technologies & Artificial Intelligence in Australia


Robert Linsdell

Managing Director


Robert brings a global perspective to the Australian technology market. His fascination for all things digital enables him to translate technical complexity into relevant analogies using simple story telling techniques. He is frequently sought after for his perspectives on how to leverage emerging technologies for increased consumer engagement and retention, productivity and profit. He brings his knowledge of growth and speed to connect users with applications and how the demand from things like big data, IoT, mobile, social & AI is driving data centre requirements from an organisation’s core data centre right out to the edge of network.

Based out of Sydney, Robert leads Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power). He has over two decades of experience across technology-driven industries, including telecoms, electronic materials and powder coating. In addition, Robert has previously held board positions with CEPE, Intellect UK and EIPC. More recently Robert is leading Vertiv business transformation into energy efficiency in the data center space. Robert and his team are focused on aligning customers’ ICT and business strategies to reduce energy costs in sustainable and innovative ways.

Topic: Designing and Developing Data Centers in Australia and Asia: Modular as an Option


Jeremy Graham

Computational Design Leader


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.

Topic: Leveraging Data Driven Design to Automate Modular Design and Analysis


John Neish

Former Group Director of Strategy & Planning / Current Executive Director

NSW Department of Education/Helpful Solutions

John’s career has spanned the Local Government, Private, Not for Profit and State Government Sectors where he recently served as Executive Director Strategic Planning at the NSW Department of Education. John was instrumental in developing the first ever School Asset Strategic Plan leading to the largest Government investment in public school infrastructure across NSW ($4.2b + over 4 years).

Previously, John has served as a Lead Inspector for the South West of England for the UK Audit Commission, as the General Manager – Parramatta City Council, the Executive Director of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and as the General Manager – City of Ryde Council.

John is now the Executive Director of Helpful Solutions assisting organisations on their change journey. He is passionate about place based planning and facilitating projects which are fit for purpose, add value and are enjoyed by communities.

Topic: School Trends of the Future: Implications for Australian School Design


Raymond Chan

Director (Special Projects)

Teambuild Engineering & Construction

Mr. Raymond Chan is a Director (Special Projects) with Teambuild Engineering and Construction Pte Ltd, a multi-disciplinary construction group based in Singapore. Teambuild is recognized as the pioneer in PPVC (Prefab Modular) technology in Singapore.

He has been actively involved in development of Integrated Construction & Prefabrication Hub (ICPH) in Singapore being the key member in the development 1st ICPH and is currently the development director of Teambuild’s latest development and Singapore’s 4th ICPH under a public tender.

Mr. Chan has been member of the Workplace Safety & Health Council (Construction & Landscape) Committee and BCA Construction Productivity & SkillsFuture Tripartite Committee

Topic: Singapore Success Case Study: How Singapore Drove Construction to Higher Efficiency with Mandatory Pre-Fabricated Bathroom Pods and Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) 


Chris Johnson


Urban Taskforce Australia

Chris Johnson is a former NSW Government Architect and former Executive Director at the NSW Department of Planning. He has extensive experience in the planning system and the delivery of major projects.

Chris was a member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee for 10 years and the NSW Heritage Council and has represented New South Wales on many national bodies.

He is a life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and a member of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). He has written 14 books on planning and architecture and has been an adjunct professor at three universities in New South Wales.

Chris has a Bachelor of Architecture from Sydney University; a Master of the Built Environment from the University of Technology, Sydney; a Master of Architecture from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University.

Chris Johnson was Director of Chris Johnson Special Projects for 3 years undertaking consulting services in the areas of architecture, planning and urban design. He was also the recipitent of the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship award for 2011.

Topic: The Swing to Urban Living in Australian cities: The State of Australia’s Construction Sector and Future Prospects, Going Forward


Daniel Zhang

General Manager

Broad Group of Companies, China

Daniel Zhang, Modular Architect and Community Storyteller.

With his productions of a series of viral internet videos of Broad Sustainable Buildings, Daniel Zhang introduced to the world Broad Chairman Zhang, his father’s record-setting invention: the world’s fastest, largest, and tallest Broad Stainless Steel Core modular housing constructions to date. With sustainability as the key message, together they believe these are the only solutions to the challenges of human urbanization on every continent. Having been trained as an architect at Carnegie Mellon University, Zhang continued his doctorates in India and Germany. Since 2016 he and his life-long partner, Angela, had begun an experimental intentional community for 100 which continued to grow. It began with an eight-story vertical community in Changsha named P8, a second-tier Chinese city of 7 million residents.

Topic: Countdown to Post-Material World 


Brett Bassett


Queensland Building and Construction Commission

Mr Brett Bassett was appointed as QBCC Commissioner on 30 May, 2016.

Prior to commencing at the QBCC, Mr Bassett was the Queensland Regional Commissioner for the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). With ASIC from 2011, he was also their Senior Executive of Small Business Compliance and Deterrence.

Mr Bassett led the ASIC team that focused on the business risks in the building and construction sector, and the development of ASIC’s response to the Senate inquiry into insolvency in the Australian building and construction industry. He developed and implemented ASIC’s small business strategy with a specific focus on education, engagement and regulation of the building and construction industry. He also chaired the inaugural Federal Government Building and Construction roundtable that now occurs annually.

As well as possessing strong customer focus, leadership and governance capabilities, Mr Bassett has a regulatory background, having held positions with the Queensland Police Service, NSW Department of Fair Trading, and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Mr Bassett holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business Administration. He is a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a certified fraud examiner.

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


George Argyrou

Managing Director

Hickory Group

George Argyrou and his brother Michael founded Hickory in Melbourne in 1991. The fourth generation of their family to enter the construction business, together they have led the group to become one of Australia’s most respected construction firms and an award winning company. George began his career as a carpenter, and more than 20 years on has forged a reputation as one of the industry’s leading most innovative directors.

From beginnings as a predominately Victorian based construction firm, under George’s leadership the company experienced strong and stable growth, and in the early 2000s seized the opportunity for interstate expansion.

Topic: Hickory Building System and Case Studies


Raage Aden

Program Manager – Permanent Modular School Building Program

Victorian School Building Authority Department of Education and Training

Bachelors of Business Project Management, 6 years in project management experiences across a range of disciplines.

Raage have been in the Department about two years, and been managing the PMSB Program is the last 6 months.

The PMSB Program is a new initiative for the Department that is innovative, delivered in a systematic approach and; planned and built in a short timeframe.

It is a vastly rewarding role knowing the program’s realised outcomes significantly contribute to the development of the Victorian communities.”

Topic: Prefabricating the Victoria’s Education Infrastructure: Modular Construction for Schools, Early Childhood Centres and Universities to Prepare for 175,000 Students by 2030 


Chris Smiles


Smartform Architecture

Chris co-established Smartform in 2017 and has over 18 years’ experience in the design and delivery of award winning major Sports and Transport infrastructure projects in Europe and Australasia .

He joined Cox in 2011 as an Associate in a lead design role for the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment and subsequently established the Adelaide Cox office.

He led design proposals in 2015 for the FC Barcelona Nou Camp Redevelopment submission and was a key member of the leadership team for New Perth Stadium winning bid with BrookField Multiplex.

Topic: The Smartpod. An Adaptable, Modular, Stack-Able Prefabricated Accommodation 


Sean Lees

Team Leader

Hutchinson Builders

Sean joined Hutchinson Builders in early 2013, with his broad background in almost all facets of construction proving to be a major asset to the company. Sean’s drive and determination enabled him to rapidly move through the ranks of Hutchies to where he is now – a valued and highly respected Team Leader. Sean has complimented his trade background with tertiary education and is an Open Builder’s License holder in his own right.

Since joining Hutchies, Sean has delivered a diverse range of projects including high density residential, accommodation camps, several hospitals, aged care facilities, schools, defence projects, complex infrastructure projects including aquifer reinjection and control centres. Through this experience Sean has developed a special interest in modular construction.

Sean has led teams in numerous modular design and construct projects including vast accommodation projects, control centres, switch rooms and a number of large scale health projects including some multi levelled facilities.

Topic: Current Modular Industry Snapshot from a Builders Perspective


Enza Angelucci


Angelucci Architects

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.

Topic: Permanent Modular School Building Template and Bespoke Design Solutions – Case Studies


Lucretia de Jong

Social Procurement


More than 20 years’ experience in the social enterprise sector, including strong working relationships with leading industry partners and key government infrastructure leads, having advised on social procurement strategy and opportunities within John Holland, Boral, Lend lease, Metro Tunnel, Westgate Tunnel, LXRA and DHHS.

Topic: Social Procurement, Thinking Differently and an Insight into the Social Procurement Framework


Peter Mulherin



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.

Topic: From Compliance to Circularity in Construction 


Dr. Philip Alviano

Sustainable Building Advisor

Master Builders Victoria

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.



Joachim Clauss


Smartform Architecture

Joachim is an award winning architect and urban designer who completed his studies and practiced architecture in Germany and South Africa prior to moving to Sydney in 2005.

In 2017 Joachim co-founded Smartform Architecture with his business partner Chris Smiles. Smartform is a Melbourne based architectural design consultancy specialising in conceptual design and design technology with a focus on projects ranging from small scale structures and installations to complex major sports, transport infrastructure and residential.

Topic: The Smartpod. An Adaptable, Modular, Stack-Able Prefabricated Accommodation 


Jason Bouwhuis

Senior Planning Expert

Western Australia Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

Jason’s current responsibilities have exposed him various modular construction techniques attributed to this form of assembly.  Having completed a Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Climate Policy and significant progress towards finalising a Master of Environmental Law (June 2019), his knowledge base has significantly expanded.  Modular and pre-fabricated construction benefits from economies of scale in efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and construction cost savings.  This represents a fledgling industry with statistics and several case studies demonstrating this market.

Topic: Planning for new Prefab Projects in Western Australia


Jochen Ristig

Technical Director, Building Structures Practice Lead Victoria


In his 18 year long career he has worked on projects in Germany, the Middle East, Singapore and Australia in senior technical and management roles. In his current position as the Practice Leader of the Building Structures Team for AECOM’s Melbourne office Jochen is driving new and innovative design solutions within his team. Through his passion for timber he has been involved in several CLT projects across Australia including Macarthur Gardens, the largest CLT structure in Australia at the time, La Verde in Adelaide and most recently in the Monash Peninsula Student housing project. He has worked across many sectors including Education, Transport, Sports and Culture, Industrial, Commercial and strives to develop best for project solutions that maximize offsite fabrication and the use of sustainable materials.

Through the delivery of the several timber projects in Australia he is familiar with the approval process and challenges associated with the use of mass timber.

Topic: Advances in the Use of CLT – Case Studies of Recently Completed Projects in Australia 



Simon Elliott

Director and Chief Operating Officer

Matrak Industries

Simon Elliott is a Director and Chief Operating Officer at Matrak, a company focused on digitalising the construction supply chain.

Simon is passionate about leading innovative, digital transformation businesses and feel’s fortunate to have done so successfully in many different countries and markets. He enjoys the opportunity to mentor, consult and encourage enterprises at the beginning of their journey as an active angel investor.

Simon is proud to be the deputy chair of industry engagement for the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) in Victoria, supporting its role as Australia’s peak IT influencer in government policy and industry representation.

Topic: Digital Supply Chain for Modular/Prefabrication Projects 


Tim Rossiter

General Manager (Asia Pacific)


Tim Rossiter, recently appointed as GM Building Solutions Asia Pacific, has previously been State Manager NSW & WA at MiTek Australia and Chief Engineer, is a civil engineer with over 30 years timber truss and frame industry experience. Tim was a member of the Taskforce that originally created AS4440 Installation of nailplated timber trusses. He has been a lecturer for the Master Builders Association in NSW in Structures and Timber framing and is currently a Director of the Timber Development Association. Conducting training and seminars for all sections of the building supply chain relevant to frames and truss, from architects to builders to carpenters to building inspectors, Tim is readily able to relate actual field experience to the requirements of Codes and Standards.

Topic: New and Upcoming Panelisation and Prefabrication Technologies


Rob Ferrari

Business Manager

CSR Limited

Rob has a background in construction and business management which he combines to deliver solutions to industry. He joined CSR Building Products 13 years ago and focused on integrating products into systems to meet requirements for performance and buildability.
Rob has spent the last four years developing a new business that delivers a total building envelope solution by incorporating building science, design and offsite manufacturing. He believes that there is a great opportunity for manufacturers, designers and builders to bring their expertise together and develop smarter and more efficient methods of construction.


Mark White

Manager, Construction Supplier Register/Infrastructure Policy & Assurance

Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria Government

Mark is currently the Manager of the Construction Supplier Register (CSR) – a whole of Victorian government pre-qualification scheme for suppliers of construction works and related services and is a member of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) – this committee of building industry representatives provides advice to the Minister for Planning on draft building regulations and also accredits building products, construction methods and components or systems connected with building work.


Roger Wallis

Asset Planning Engineer – Building Fabric in lieu of Department

Monash University

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.


Adam Shkolnik

Program Manager – Permanent Modular School Building Program


Topic: Prefabricating the Victoria’s Education Infrastructure: Modular Construction for Schools, Early Childhood Centres and Universities to Prepare for 175,000 Students by 2030 


Dr. Jackson Yin


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