Program Advisory Committee

Mr Peter Poulet, Central City District Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission (NSW) - CO-CHAIR


As Central City District Commissioner, Peter aims to bring resilient, quality outcomes to the natural and built environments of the District by deploying design methods and thinking to connect, engage and empower communities.

Peter was the 23rd NSW Government Architect from 2012-2018, providing independent, impartial, whole-of-government perspective and advice on the built environment to achieve optimal architectural, urban design and environmental outcomes.

Peter refocused the role to work across sectors and disciplines and to promote good design of the built environment through advocacy, research, consultation, and guidance. This has driven the inclusion of a new ‘design object’ in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, the development of the State’s first design policy Better Placed and Greener Places and the establishment of the NSW State Design Review Panel.

A champion of collaborative links between the public and private sector, Peter has fostered design-led approaches across government, industry and academia, with his projects receiving numerous awards including the Horbury Hunt, the Blackett and an Australian Institute of Architects’ award.

Peter sits on numerous boards and review panels including the Central Sydney Planning Committee, the Opera House Conservation Council, UTS Design Architecture & Building Advisory Board, and is a UNSW Adjunct Professor and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

He has over 30 years’ experience in both private and government architectural offices and was the inaugural State Architect of Tasmania 2009-2012.

Ms Jennifer Nichols, Executive Director, Tasmanian Chapter, Australian Institute of Architects (TAS) - CO-CHAIR

Jennifer Nichols is the Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Architects (the Institute)Tasmania. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) from the University of Tasmania. In equal measures she has a passion for both the natural and built environments. Jennifer grew up on a sheep and cattle farm at Saltwater River in regional Tasmania and also spent significant amounts of her teenage and early adult life on Tasmania’s West Coast. She had a family in Western Australia, where she worked for a local fashion label and taught maths at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and drawing as part of an associate degree in aboriginal art, both at Curtin University.

Upon moving back to Tasmania, Jennifer worked at the Institute and with graphic designers, Futago, procuring public art projects. In Jennifer’s current role at the Institute’s Tasmanian Chapter, she works tirelessly to provide high-level services to members as well as lifting the profile of the profession in Tasmania and highlighting the value architecture brings to the state’s unique built environment. Jennifer is the founder and producer of Open House Hobart. Six years on Open House Hobart has developed into a significant Tasmanian event.. Jennifer is also a founding member of International Dark-Sky Association Tasmania, working toward reducing light pollution and fighting to preserve the night sky. She is deeply connected to place and is a proud of her Palawa heritage. Her fierce passion for people motivates her to continues to develop a diverse range of public engagement events to promote the architectural profession in Tasmania and her combined vision and dedication have helped the Tasmanian Chapter of the Institute move beyond its role as a members’ body to embrace the wider community and highlight the contribution architects make to community and society.

Prof Edward Sullivan, Portland University Oregon, (USA)

Edward J. Sullivan teaches Planning Law at Portland State University, Lewis and Clark Law School and Willamette University College of Law.  He is a member of the American Planning Association’s Legislative and Policy and Amicus Curiae Committees, co-authors a monthly column on planning law for the Portland Daily Journal of Commerce, and is the author of more than 60 law review articles relating to constitutional, administrative and planning law.  Mr. Sullivan is a retired partner in a Pacific Northwest law firm and is a former chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of State and Local Government Law.

Ms Helen Norrie, Lecturer, Architecture & Design, University of Tasmania (TAS)

Dr Helen Norrie teaches architecture in the School of Technology, Environments & Design at the University of Tasmania. She is the coordinator of the Regional Urban Studies Laboratory (RUSL – pronounced Russell), a collaborative practice-led urban design research project that engages directly with local councils and communities to examine urban issues in small towns and cities.  RUSL undertakes collaborative research that examines the spatial, temporal and social aspect of urban settlements, focusing on the intersection of development, planning and urban design.

Mr Dajon Veldman, Associate Director Urbanism, McGregor Coxall (NSW)

An urban designer and master planner, Dajon has an innate appreciation for the urban landscape and its historical development. Throughout his 20+ year career, he has built an extensive portfolio, creating urban visions; city strategies; urban master plans; renewal plans, and Brown- and Greenfield plans in Australia, the Middle East, China, India and the Netherlands.

With a love of architecture and travel, Dajon’s passion lies in the cities he experiences and the variation of urban places. This passion for place, and his ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams towards a shared vision, enables Dajon to help define cities both here and abroad through intelligent design that amplifies life on every level.

Mr Geoff Barker, Managing Director, PM+D ARCHITECTS P/L (WA/NT

Geoff Barker is a registered architect with more than 30 years’ experience in providing services to regional and remote parts of Australia – and overseas including East Timor – involving him in; a diverse range of architectural projects, planning, housing, community engagement, community development and research.

He has a particularly interest in working collaboratively with like-minded people incorporating an holistic approach to project development and design, including a stakeholder engagement methodology that places participants as partners in the process, all of which enhance the potential to deliver a broad range of direct and indirect outcomes attuned to the project context and the special requirements of users, clients and service agencies.

Dr Beau B. Beza, Associate Head of School - Teaching and Learning, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University (VIC).

At Deakin University, Dr Beza is Associate Head of School – Teaching and Learning and charged with leading and coordinating scholarship in the Landscape Architecture, Planning, Architecture and Construction Management programs. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, a Master of Urban Planning and PhD (Architecture and Design). He has years of professional and academic experience working on a variety of projects in Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, The United States, Norway, México, Colombia, Nepal and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Mr Lee Beattie, Director of Urban Programmes, University of Auckland (NZ)

Lee is an urban designer and urban planner with 25 years’ professional experience. He has qualifications in urban planning, urban design, and environmental science. Lee is currently a Deputy Head of the School of Architecture and Planning and the Director of the School’s Master of Urban Design Programme. He specialises in urban design, urban planning policy development and implementation, growth management, economic development and housing issues.

Lee’s research interests include urban design, urban planning and urban design policy development, implementation and evaluation. He is currently involved in a number of research projects considering urban design implementation and growth management issues and the role urban design panels in a range of Pacific Rim (Australasian and North American) new world cities.

Lee is actively involved in the urban design and urban planning professions in New Zealand. He is a rotating Chair of the Auckland Council’s Urban Design Panel, an Auckland Council and Queenstown Lakes Independent Hearing (Planning) Commissioner and a secretary of the Urban Design Forum (NZ).

Mr David Cooke, Director, City Collective (SA)

David Cooke has the unique skillset of being an internationally qualified Urban Designer, a registered Architect and an accredited Planner. In 2014 David was awarded a prestigious scholarship to attend the University of California, Berkeley in their intensive Masters of Urban Design program. Upon returning to Australia, as Director of design studio City Collective, David is now applying this international knowledge and experienced gained to address the urban renewal challenges that face Australian cities.

Dr Dominque Hes, Director Place Agency and Lead Researcher Beyond Zero Emissions

Dominique received a science degree from Melbourne University and followed this with a graduate diploma in Engineering (Cleaner Production) and a Doctorate in Architecture 2005 from RMIT University, Melbourne. Her key research questions are: ‘why, when we have been ‘doing’ sustainability for so long, are we having an ever increasing impact?’ People create such beauty with music, food, art, buildings and community why is it so difficult to be a thriving part of the earth’s systems? and How can the built environment be part of this thriving? As such she has looked at biomimicry, biophilia, regenerative design, permaculture and development and positive development. This resulted in the publication of the award winning book ‘Designing for Hope: Pathways to Regenerative sustainability’, co-authored with Professor Chrisna du Plessis. Her continued research centres on how to create a built environment that is good for people and the nature they are a part of. She has written a further 4 books, 11 Chapters, 19 Journal articles, 46 Conference papers, and 20 reports and non-refered industry publications.