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University Planning, Design & Construction Conference

Buildings and beyond: exploring innovative campus design and collaborative development

20-21 June 2019 | Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne

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Campus buildings make up an enormous portion of the iconic university experience, due to their unique designs, capabilities, maintenance requirements, and functions in the community. While we won’t deny the part technology has played in digital infrastructure, essentially transforming traditional course delivery, library resources, and student services, we still must place importance on providing buildings that are fit-for-purpose and that appeal to the current generation of learners. These spaces play the irreplaceable role of retaining university identity, attracting world-class students and faculty, and promoting 21st century learning.

There are over 1.5 million students enrolled in Australian higher education, with predictions to steadily increase over the next decade. The influx is putting increasing pressure on university and city infrastructure, pushing all stakeholders to seek out consultation, collaborations, and best practices to thrive.

A range of case studies will be featured from leading universities, helping us understand the expectation vs reality to implementing the largest and most advanced university projects.

Topics include:

  • Masterplan execution and effective strategic plans
  • Academic incubators
  • Student housing and Passive House Standards
  • Innovative learning environments
  • Transportation engineering
  • Renewable energy

The conference will emphasise university partnerships, and how, in every situation, there is opportunity to share resources and create value. When we join forces, with government, businesses or other campus departments, we are encouraging the exchange of ideas (by creating spaces for all). Without the separations of industry, age, and resource availability, the possibilities are endless.

Expansion and change—is your university up to the test?


“Great event, well organised and insightful presenters.”
– Lynn Nightingale, Charles Sturt University

“A high quality conference with continuous relevant content to university design and functionality.
– Delegate at 2019 event


Simon Topliss

Associate Director, JCB Architects

Dave Broz

Global Education, Civic & Cultural Principal, Gensler

Andrew Vamvakaris

Director, Property & Economic Development, La Trobe University

Vicki Williams

Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President, Finance & Infrastructure, University of Canberra

Madelaine-Marie Judd

Student Partners Adviser, The University of Queensland

Jon Hickman

Principal, Jon Hickman Strategy and Implementation

James Brennan

Director- Real Estate Advisory Services, EY

Ross Mannering

Principal Roads and Traffic Engineer, pitt&sherry

Neil Appleton

Director, Lyons

David Hadley

Manager, Built Infrastructure Projects, Southern Cross University

Emma Williamson

CEO, TheFulcrum.Agency

Kieran Wong

Principal, TheFulcrum.Agency

Merv Shortt

Manager, Major Projects, The University of Western Australia

Hamilton Wilson

Managing Director, Wilson Architects

Dr. Andrew Black

Director, The Living Lab, Westmead, The University of Sydney

Professor Andrew Western

Director of Infrastructure, Melbourne School of Engineering, and Professor, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Amanda Harris

General Manager, Design and Development, Infrastructure and Property Group, Deakin University

Terry Roche

General Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Utilisation, Infrastructure and Property Group, Deakin University

Graeme Spencer

Associate Director of Education, Science & Technology, HDR

Dr. Matthew Stocks

Research Fellow, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

PROFESSOR Angela Carbone

Associate Dean Learning Innovation, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology, Swinburne University of Technology

Sarah Backhouse

Principal, Talking Space and Research Associate, Learning Environments Applied Research Network, The University of Melbourne

Dr. Rob Brimblecombe

Manager, Engineering & Sustainability, Buildings and Property Division, Monash University

Health & Safety Commitments

When you join our event, you can expect to see that health and safety is a priority, and that a range of measures are in place to ensure everyone involved is able to enjoy a safe, hygienic, productive and high-quality organised event experience.

All Informa events will be run according to official government and local authority guidance in the first instance, as well as any venue or location-specific regulations. In addition, Informa Australia will follow some key health and safety priority commitments as part of “Informa AllSecure“.

Full vaccination against Covid-19 is required for all in-person attendees.

IMPORTANT: For more information on Informa’s Vaccination requirement for all in-person attendees, our Event Health & Safety measures in place and Conditions of entry, click here.


Our Commitment to Sustainability

In Australia, we are committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Across Informa Connect we are focusing on the short and long-term sustainability impacts we have on customers and colleagues alongside the communities we work in.

We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

To read more on our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives – click here.

when & where

20 - 21 Jun 2019

Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
328 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9250 1888

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call on 02 8585 0808.


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Jamie Elekman
Conference Manager
+61 (02) 9080 4429

Andrew Sinkovich
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (02) 9080 4008

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