28-30 Apr 2020
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

DesignBUILD 2019: Speaker Series Announced

Mar 13, 2019 DesignBUILD News

Media Release

A commitment to improving standards across Australia’s built environment is being made by leading industry players as this year’s DesignBUILD conference program is announced.

The only dedicated trade show to bring together Australia’s architecture, building, construction and design sectors, DesignBUILD is returning for its 33rd year for a three-day conference from 14-16 May.

Taking place at ICC Sydney, the theme for the year’s conference is ‘setting the new standard’, and will feature a speaker program curated to cover prominent issues across the industry, aiming to improve standards and support the owners and users of Australia’s buildings.

Headline speakers for this year’s program include Bronwyn Weir (co-author of the Shergold Weir report), Koichi Takada (Koichi Takada Architects) and Jonas Bengtsson (CEO at Edge Environment).

Topics to be addressed in this year’s speaker program include planning for a big Australia, the rise of luxury, the impact of the Modern Slavery Act, smart cities, the role of designers in reforming regulation, urban gardens and naturalising our cities, mental health on-site and navigating product rating schemes.

Conference director Pia Argiratos says this year’s program is about showing how the industry can advance by working collaboratively to create higher quality buildings and giving those working in the built environment the foundations needed to drive change.

“As an industry, we’re always seeking to improve practice, process and procedure, and therefore this year’s DesignBUILD program looks at how the entire industry, from designers to builders, can play their role.

“It starts with taking responsibility for when there are issues and then working towards reform and regulation to inform future projects.

“We have curated a range of speakers and presenters who are experts in their respective fields to help lead discussions around improving the way we shape our buildings.

“From cladding to construction issues, we have seen that there is room for improvement in the industry. The speaker program and expo seeks to offer a platform for exploration and education to work towards better solutions,” Argiratos says.

In addition to the trade show and speaker program, DesignBUILD will also feature ‘DesignBUILD RAW’, a collaboration with leading architecture and design universities to showcase the talent the next generation, and ‘DesignBUILD Incubator’, a platform to celebrate innovation and offer emerging businesses the opportunity to showcase their products and ideas directly to the industry.

“Year after year, DesignBUILD presents a great opportunity for industry professionals to learn about innovative products and services on the market as well as discover how they can develop a forward-thinking mindset to prompt advancements in terms of products, regulations and overall standards,” adds Argiratos.

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