Work Reimagined Sydney Edition
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Event Details
6:00 pm AEST Thursday 11/07/2024
Brickworks Design Studio Sydney
Join CO-architecture for a special evening over drinks and canapes

Learning from our mistakes is an intimate gathering where the design community embraces the reality behind the glamorous facades.

This event is dedicated to architects, designers, and practice owners eager to share not only their triumphs, but their "What was I thinking?" moments, the unforeseen hurdles, and the invaluable insights gained from plans that veered off course.

Picture an evening where we ditch the glossy editorials and delve into the true stories of building careers in design and creating the spaces that define our environment. Work Redesigned offers a rare peek behind the architectural curtain, celebrating the intricate, often bumpy journey of innovation and the learning that comes from every misstep.

Hannah Tribe - Principal at Tribe Studio Architects
Hannah Tribe Principal, Tribe Studio Architects

Hannah Tribe is a practising architect and the Principal of Tribe Studio Architects.

Hannah graduated from the University of Sydney in 2001 with First Class Honours and the University medal.

Established in 2003, Tribe Studio works across many sectors and many scales in Australia and abroad providing imaginative, energetic and innovative design leadership.

Right now, we are working on a large city residential development, a heritage listed commercial tower, eight houses, a prototype prefab social housing typology and a series a furniture made out of construction waste.

Hannah is actively involved in the profession. She is a seasoned public speaker, a university educator and experienced design excellence juror, and she has a long track record of contribution to professional bodies. She has two sons and loves bushwalking.

Melonie Bayl-Smith - Director at Bijl Architecture
Melonie Bayl-Smith Director, Bijl Architecture

Melonie Bayl-Smith is Director of BIJL Architecture, an architecture and interiors practice located on Cammeraygal land in Willoughby on Sydney’s North Shore.

Since establishing BIJL Architecture in 2012, Melonie has built a practice dedicated to achieving design excellence by pursuing meaningful and inclusive client relationships.

Her practice extends across residential, public, education and community projects, leveraging her drive for empathic and effective architecture. Well known for her commitment to architectural education, Melonie is Associate Professor of Architecture at UNSW and is currently the NSW APE Convenor.

In 2018 she was awarded the Paula Whitman Prize for Leadership in Gender Equity, in recognition of her significant contributions to the broader profession, further recognized by being made a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2020. In her spare time, she runs a vinyl record store with her husband and teenage children and plays drums in a jazz ensemble.

Ben Peake - Principal at Carter Williamson Architects
Ben Peake Principal, Carter Williamson Architects

Ben Peake is a Principal at Carter Williamson Architects.

In 2023, Ben was awarded the National Emerging Architect Prize for his outstanding contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence, and community involvement.

This is evidenced through his involvement as a founding member of Save Our Sirius, and Architecture With Pride.

Ben is also a recipient of the 2019 Dulux Study Tour Prize, the 2020 Adrian Ashton Prize for Architectural Culture and Literature.

Significant recent Carter Williamson projects by Ben include the award-winning Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre for Blacktown City Council, the seductive Concrete Blonde, and a sculptural waterfront home in Birchgrove in Sydney’s Inner West.

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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.

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