The Future of Work Sydney
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Event Details
6:00 pm AEST Thursday 12/10/2023
Brickworks Design Studio Sydney
Join us for a special evening over drinks and canapes

Join us for an industry roundtable on the challenges and opportunities of AI in design practice and the future of work in architecture and design.

Following the success of our events in Perth and Melbourne, we are thrilled to announce our upcoming industry roundtable discussion in Sydney. Join us as we delve into the ever-evolving world of AI, exploring the latest challenges and opportunities. Gain valuable employment insights and a deeper understanding of the future of work in architecture and design.

Automation, software, and digital skills are reshaping design work. Whole industries, workflows, and job categories are likely to change as a result of the rapid adoption and revolutionary impact of generative AI. New initiatives to upskill workers are bringing up new working and career-path paradigms and as the next generation of workers rises to the forefront in a transformed workplace, their patterns and preferences for communicating and learning will have an impact on work for all of us.

As a result, disruption has emerged as the one constant in an era of perpetual change in the workplace. In addition to the many changes, the pandemic brought about—an increasing shift towards remote and subsequently hybrid work, a skill gap in many industries, and a re-evaluation of the role of work in people's lives—come new and escalating challenges.

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Kevin Mitchem CEO, CO-architecture

After over a decade of practising architecture and engineering in Australia and abroad, he has directly felt the effects of the industry's reliance on the Australian economy.

Throughout his career, he, like many architects, had to deal with employment instability and project uncertainty. In 2020 amidst the COVID19 pandemic, Kevin co-founded CO-architecture as a sustainable way to manage and find work in architecture.

Architecture professionals and businesses can connect and grow more efficiently, sustainably, and equitably. After their formal beta launch in June 2021 CO-architecture has seen over 2500 users sign up, Kevin intends to disrupt the recruitment model with a fresh emphasis on benefits equity and providing sustainable, flexible working opportunities.

In addition to his passion for supporting design professionals and creative industries, Kevin's PhD research is focused on examining the interface between technology and the built environment to explore space users’ specific needs, specifically the wellbeing of users in the workplace.

Sally Campbell Principal, BVN Architecture

Sally’s enthusiasm for design and the vision of the projects she leads is contagious. She is naturally personable and effortless in her ability to engage clients, stakeholders, consultants, and project teams at all stages of a project.

She is an advocate for spaces that leave lasting impressions and believes everyone should have the benefit of living in, working in, or occupying well-designed spaces. Her curious nature leads to rigorous examination of clients’ briefs, to extract core needs and eliminate the superfluous.

She is passionate about workplace strategy and innovative design solutions across all sectors.
Jeames Hanley Digital Practice Manager, Gray Puksand

As a CTO technologist and strategist, I combine my technical expertise with a strategic and technical vision to propel organisations forward and deliver true digital transformation. Converting considered strategy into front line behaviour by using the right balance of hard and soft skills to support people in an ever-changing technology-centric environment.

Cathy Jameson Design Director, Gensler

As Design Director, Cathy’s focus is on the design of innovative workplaces in Australia and abroad. With 25 years’ experience, Cathy’s expertise and leadership in large scale workplace design has resulted in award winning projects designed with each specific client in mind.

A passionate designer and mentor, Cathy is Gensler’s APME Regional Financial Services Leader and has a diverse knowledge base with expertise in across a range of other sectors including Professional Services, Science & Energy and Media & Consumer Goods. Cathy has contributed to the industry through her involvement in the Design Institute of Australia, previously serving on the NSW Council for 6 years.

Outside of work hours Cathy has a fascination with mid-century object and 1960’s glass design, which takes up both time and space with no regrets.

Jet Geaghan Associate, Woods Bagot

Jet Geaghan is an associate at Woods Bagot's Sydney studio and a registered architect in NSW, Australia, with experience across residential, hospitality, commercial, retail, health, and education sectors.

Jet is passionate about design solutions involving adaptive reuse and evolving industry technologies to achieve uplifting, sustainable, and democratic built outcomes. Alongside his architectural pursuits, Jet is an advocate for the uptake of emergent technologies in architectural practice and the workplace in general, agitating for new processes and tools that can enhance design, efficiency, and well-being for all.

Tiffany Liew Associate Architect, Architecture AND

Tiffany Liew is an Associate Architect at Architecture AND, serves as the National EmAGN President, and recently joined the AIA Board as a National Council Director. Leading a network of nine EmAGN Committees, she supports emerging architects while advocating for sustainability and parental support. Within Architecture AND (formerly Andrew Burns Architecture), Tiffany leads sustainability-focused education projects and works on projects across several scales.

Alongside practice, Tiffany has taught architectural design studios at the University of Sydney and UTS. She connects with the public through curating exhibitions and talks. She was also previously on the Editorial Committee of the Architecture Bulletin. As a member of the Alastair Swayn Foundation's grants assessment panel, she contributes to crucial design research. Tiffany's design excellence has been recognised by the 2023 Dulux Study Tour Prize, the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship, and several other accolades.

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