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Now celebrating its second year, Talking Architecture & Design is Australia’s first B2B architecture podcast that regularly talks about a range of issues that affect Australia’s architects, building designers and built environment professionals.Run by Australia’s most popular architecture magazine, Architecture & Design, the Talking Architecture & Design podcast gives a regular bite-sized dose of what is important and sometimes what is just plain old interesting to anyone and everyone in the business of building design.
61 Episodes
Dr. Steve Cummings Director Innovation, GWA Group, owners of the Caroma brand of bathroom products, a brand just about everyone in Australia is familiar with. Dr. Cummings talks about designing with the consumer's dignity in mind, aged-care issues and how a constant thirst for great design drives innovation at Caroma.
The managing director of Stormtech, Troy Creighton, talks about Stormtech’s history - its humble beginnings and the interesting back-story of the NSW South Coast company's stellar growth.Troy also covers a number of other areas including his passion - manufacturing to proper standards in Australia  as well as the current state of the industry, and how the continuing move towards higher levels of sustainability is set to change the future of his company and water usage in general across this wide, brown land.
Since graduating from the University of Melbourne, Tisha Lee has accumulated over twenty years of experience working on significant educational, residential, and civic precincts.Before joining K2LD in 2007, Tisha was previously a Senior Associate with HASSELL where she was responsible for the management of a dedicated team working on educational and community projects for both the State Government and the Private sector.Tisha says that design, as well as designers, are changing and adapting and even thriving to the new normal reality that is the way we live, work, and play. 
HY William Chan is an urbanist, architect, and designer dedicated to creating resilient and inclusive places for people. A UNICEF Young Ambassador during the 25th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, William has led community-building projects for the homeless, slum dwellers, and refugee youth. He was named in the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list as a game-changing business and industry leader in the Asia-Pacific region. He is also an ambassador for the 2020 Sustainability Awards.Here William talks about how architecture and designers, in general, have a crucial role to play both in mitigating climate change and in improving social conditions here and around the world.
Aidan Mullan, the Interface Engineering and Sustainability Manager about company initiatives, processes and methods, and where the evolution of technology is headed. With sustainability being at the core of everything that Interfacer does, Mullan describes how flooring manufacture is key to achieving sustainability across our built environment.
Christian Hampson is a Woiwurrung and Maneroo Aboriginal man interweaving Indigenous tacit knowledge and collaborative design thinking to walk a new path, away from conventional approaches, and create new opportunities for intergenerational capital to allow future Indigenous generations to thrive.As the co-founder and Director of Yerrabingin, Hampson, who is also an Ambassador for the 2020 Sustainability Awards talks about the need for more rooftop farms in urban environments and how Indigenous knowledge can be used far more effectively for bushfire mitigations and control.
Nicci Leung from Lifepod Evolution began her career providing design and project services to some of the most highly regarded architectural and interior design practices in Melbourne. Combining her passions for design, innovation, and technology, Nicci’s vision for the future is a positive one, and in this episode, she talks about how technology, data, automation, and AI are all combining to play an ever-increasing role in influencing sustainability in the built environment.
In this episode of Talking Architecture & Design, architect and lecturer Tone Wheeler looks at where we went wrong with the design and build of our social housing stock.Wheeler discusses some novel ideas to get social housing back on track in Australia and what are some examples from overseas that we could emulate, as well as wondering whether a housing crash would be the best thing to invigorate the social housing sector?
One of Australia's most well-known and most respected architects, Philip Thalis is a founder and principal of Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects, professor of practice at UNSW Sydney, and a City of Sydney councilor.Philip's advice and expertise have regularly been sought by government and private clients and in this episode, he talks about what we need to do to make Sydney great once again in terms of urbanism, liveability, and overall design.After 30 years’ experience in the design of public space, urban design, multiple housing, infrastructure, and heritage adaptation, his insights, views, and understanding of what a modern city needs both now and in the future are incisive and unparalleled and he shares these views in this exclusive podcast.
Gerhana Waty is a well-rounded designer with a solid understanding of built form and an appreciation for viable, sustainable and pedestrian-oriented cities. She talks about how to strike the right balance between stakeholders’ interests and achieving triple bottom line outcomes through urban design practice when it comes to our urban spaces.Gerhana explains why evidence-based design and urban analytic influence quality decision making and design outcomes in a constantly evolving urban environment, more so now with the fallout from our global pandemic.
Koichi Takada is a member of a new generation of architects that aim to ‘naturalise’ architecture in the urban environment – an approach he developed after living in cities of high urbanization: Tokyo, New York, and London.In this interview, he talks about his latest projects, why bringing the 'outside-in' is the new black, and how COVID-19 has altered human activity for god and what this means for architects and designers both here and abroad.
Peter Hogg is a practicing architect with more than 30 years experience in the field and is a foundational tutor and lecturer in the Bachelor of Built Environment program at Melbourne Polytechnic, where he has been Head of Program since January 2018.Peter is presently researching traditional indigenous building typologies in Victoria for his PhD at Deakin University. He talks about the challenges of teaching, the impact COVID-19 will have on apartment design, why work will never be the same and why sustainability needs to be at the very core of everything we design in the urban environment.
Troy Creighton is the managing director of Stormtech Grates & Drains who has some 31 years of working in the building materials industry.In 2004 Stormtech won a Design Mark at the Australian Design Awards for their drainage design and since 2006, Stormtech has been a member of the Standards Australia Committee and has been involved in the writing of the code covering linear drainage in bathrooms, and other plumbing products.With his unique outlook on the industry, Creighton talks about bringing manufacturing back onshore, water conservation and sustainability and the latest in 'smart' drains.
Steve Fox is an architect and the general manager and principal of BIM Consulting as well as a leading expert in BIM technology and on the impacts of technology on the construction process. After 15 years working as an architect for well-known firms like Architectus, he has spent the last 10 years in technological leadership positions as well as being a lecturer at Sydney University.He explains how the explosion in data is changing the world of design and how it is more than ever leading the industry into different ways on how it will design and construct the buildings of the future.
We talk with executive director of the Suzanne Toumbourou, executive director of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and a judge for the 2020 Sustainability Awards about how the pandemic has changed the way we look at green buildings, why sustainability should be now on everyone's mind and is there a real possibility that Australia will start manufacturing more of its own building products and materials.Toumbourou also talks about what she would like to see included in the entries for this years' Sustainability Awards.
Big River Group began operations in the early 1900s as a family-owned timber business. Today, it has established its position as a major Australian building materials distributor, supplying an extensive range of high quality timber, builders’ hardware, building supplies and services for the residential, commercial, industrial, building and construction industries.With almost 20 years of working in the building materials industry, John Lorente, general manager sales and marketing talks about sustainability, the building industry, timber use in architecture and what he thinks this pandemic will bring the industry and the idea of bringing more manufacturing of building products back to Australia.
Builder and developer Kris Daff is the managing director of two progressive building firms – the first is Make Ventures, a Melbourne-based property development and investment group focusing on large scale urban renewal projects and the second is Assemble Communities, an end-to-end build to rent developer and community manager responsible for the introduction of a new and exciting housing model gaining significant interest across the country.He explains why the the social, human and societal benefits of building housing for rent-with-the-option-to-buy schemes far outweigh by a wide country mile any arguments over potential lower or for that matter, slower profits. 
This episode we talk with founder and owner of design firm Archisoul Architects Jo Gillies about what is really important in these days of lockdowns, social isolation and social distancing and how we respond to these challenges will determine how we will get through them.Gillies also talks about wellness and its intimate relationship to our mental and physical wellbeing in a time of stress and isolation and how individual wellness is critical to our eventual general recovery as a society.
Principal and director of Sydney-based architecture studio Furtado Sullivan Sandra Furtado talks about what it's like working as an architect under a lockdown situation with an economy that's in hibernation and an industry desperately trying to keep going under the most unusual and trying of socio-economic conditions.Furtado gives us an insight into how things are at present and where they may well end up when the situation eventually starts to change back to what we would consider as being much more normal.
Dr Peter Sweatman graduated with first class honours in Industrial Design from the University of Canberra Peter started work with Caroma R&D on research to launch the first generation of Smart Flush toilets to the market and is currently completing a PhD in user centred bathroom design for older people at UNSW Built Environment. He talks about creating a new class of bathroom that works as an integrated space that can also be tailored and adapted to individuals to provide convenience, comfort and safety.
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