Hear from Acting Deputy Government Architect, Olivia Hyde,National Manager Urban Renewal for Smec, Kate Drews and photographer Louise Hawson; CONNECT from their perspective.
ACTING DEPUTY GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT
Olivia Hyde is Director of Design Excellence and Acting Deputy Government Architect at GANSW (Government Architect NSW). She is a registered architect, with diverse private sector experience on projects locally and internationally. In her role with GANSW Olivia leads the development of a range of measures to support and promote greater design quality in the built environment across the state, including most recently the pilot State Design Review Panel. Olivia has studied, worked and taught in Australia, the USA, Asia and Europe. Prior to joining GANSW she was a Senior Practice Director at BVN Architects in Sydney and worked for Foster and Partners in Hong Kong and London. In addition to practise, Olivia has taught locally and internationally at the University of Michigan, where she won a teaching and research fellowship, and has been a regular contributing writer for Architecture Australia.
NATIONAL MANAGER URBAN RENEWAL, SMEC
Kate Drews is a senior executive with more than 25 years experience in the property, construction and infrastructure sectors. She commenced her career in the Australian Defence Force and was one of the first women to graduate from the Royal Military College Duntroon to a combat related role in the Royal Australian Engineers.
She has held senior roles in public and private sector organisations where she has been accountable for strategy design and execution and building high performance teams.
In addition to her time in the ADF she has worked at WoodsBagot, Pacific Turbine, APP, GHD and AECOM. She is currently the National Manager Urban Renewal at SMEC responsible for delivery of services on complex urban sites. In her spare time she is the Vice President of the Queensland Military History Society.
Prior to becoming a photographer, Louise Hawson worked in a variety of roles in written and visual communication, including award-winning copywriter, TV shooter and independent documentary maker. Then in 2010, after a run-in with a particularly nasty white-tailed spider, she surrendered to her favourite creative tool, the camera, and dedicated a year to exploring and photographing a different suburb in her home city of Sydney each week, searching for the beauty in the ‘burbs.
Her blog, 52 Suburbs, became a cult hit and went on to have other lives as a 500+ page book and an exhibition at the Museum of Sydney, as well as inspiring the more ambitious global project, 52 Suburbs Around the World. As a result of her 52 Suburbs projects, Louise now works as a commercial photographer, doing a mix of portrait, landscape and lifestyle photography.
louisehawson.com | @52suburbs
Thursday 06 June, 8:00AM
Monday 12 August 6:30PM
Thursday 10 October 8:00AM
Monday 02 December 6:30PM
Introduction by Justine Clark
Aileen Toland and Amelia Sage