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University Masterplans Summit 2018

Critical design, planning and investment strategies for physical and digital university infrastructure

28-29 June 2018 | Swissotel Sydney

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With the significant freeze of commonwealth support places (CSPs) and Turnbull’s determination to make further cuts within the higher education sector, many universities are having to rethink their masterplans in order to safeguard their future.

With this in mind Informa is holding its inaugural University Masterplans Summit 2018, due to take place June 28-29 at the Swissotel Sydney.

Providing a timely platform for multi-sector collaborations across construction, ICT, sustainable and smart campus design and architecture, the Summit will explore the implications of financial instability and uncertainty within the sector and hear expert perspectives on how best to move forward.

There will be a close look at digital masterplans, the way new models of industry-university collaboration can inspire infrastructure planning, and the way soft-edge campuses may feature in urban and regional ecologies.

A range of case studies will be featured from urban, peri-capital and regional universities, with a focus on commercial-university interfaces.



8:45 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Prof. Peter Newman, Distinguished Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute

9:00 am

As the Chief Investigator of the 2016 Australian Government report How Regional Universities Drive Regional Innovation, Professor Graham Wise has put his research into practice, drafting the Amazon Regional University IKIAM’s $200m technical campus masterplan in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute and founding a university in nestled among 93,000Ha of cloudforest reserve in the Amazon.

In this Keynote, Professor Wise provides evidence from both sides of the Pacific about how to achieve a clear line of sight from developing a distinctive organizational mission to building campuses that reflect that distinctiveness, and how these factors work hand-in-hand when pursuing industry engagement and international prominence in higher education.


9:30 am

Attracting large-scale investment in masterplanning requires sound judgement on how universities can create successful strategies that blend and reinterpret the visions arising from their cross-sector partners and unique geo-social contexts. Seasoned masterplanner Adam Davies, author of Hassell’s 2014 International University Masterplanning Review, and currently the Lead for the Herston Quarter Redevelopment in Brisbane, shares key insights for innovative campus planning with Dr. Allan O’Connor.

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:45 am

After the recent Government freeze on Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs), some universities have been driven to lean on other in-house financial strategies, among which is the increasing
prominence of philanthropy departments.

Daniel McDiarmid led the first Australian University campaign to raise more than $100 million. In 2004, Daniel established a fundraising practice advising universities internationally and was an early adviser to the University of Auckland campaign which raised $203 million, and advised the National University of Singapore on the scaling-up of its fundraising and alumni programs.

12:15 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:15 pm

Planning campuses in the 21st Century is an intensive exercise in innovation, and Curtin University’s Greater Curtin Plan, which has attracted the largest Smart Cities grant from the Federal Government, is a high-definition example. Prof. Newman is joined in conversation by David Sim to put Curtin’s masterplanning outlook in comparative focus through related examples across Australia and around the world.

2:00 pm

CASE STUDY | From drafting to implementation of the masterplan of Australia’s largest university

Jocelyn Chiew, Architect and Urban Designer, Monash University

2:30 pm

Peri-capital city universities – institutions under two hours from capitalcities – have distinct economic characteristics that distinguishes them quite markedly from universities that are more geographically isolated from major capital cities. They benefit from lower business costs to attract innovation and entrepreneurial partnerships and favorable lifestyle factors while still servicing large metropolitan markets.

Prof. Birgit Lohmann uses the final part of her term as Senior DVC of the USC to reflect on the opportunities and challenges for peri-capital masterplanning in an interview with Senior DVC of UoN, Prof. Kevin Hall, adapting key insights together from how the University of the Sunshine Coast and the University of Newcastle to explore the subtleties of economic and demographic contexts stretching from north Brisbane to the Fraser Coast and from Sydney to the Central Coast respectively.

3:15 pm

Networking and refreshment break


3:45 pm

CASE STUDY | The Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building – Risk management in design & construction on the UTS Campus

Brian Moore, Delivery Manager, Program Management Office, University of Technology Sydney

4:15 pm

Process-driven innovation: Next Gen stakeholder engagement

4:45 pm

—— Shifting the traditional paradigm of Masterplanning through dynamic piecemeal approaches
—— Temporary and mid-term strategies for low-cost placemaking to enhance campus culture and student experience
—— Latest dynamic design trends from urban and regional cases
—— Q&A

5:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:50 pm

Networking drinks

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:30 am

Is digital always synonymous with de-territorialising education? In this Keynote Conversation, Adrian Turner and Jefa Greenaway share insights and remarks on two current and contrary impulses: the drive toward the latest in digital innovation in re-imagining university futures and the return to University placemaking.


10:15 am

—— Understanding the data service models and trade-offs between organisational IT approaches to Single Source of Truth and Multiple Versions of Truth in Universities
—— Reassessing the brief of the Chief Digital Officer in Higher Education
—— Latest trends in harnessing analytics in University-wide administration

10:45 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:15 am

As an increasing number of Universities are incorporating IoT tech into their design and planning solutions, and showcasing those projects as points of difference, the mainstay of the sector is yet to discover the rich possibilities of the coming IOT paradigm. Sarah Pink interviews Frank Zeichner for an IoT ‘state of the nation’ for Higher Ed.

12:15 pm

Join Gavin Cotterill, who will explore the opportunities for Australia in moving to a Digital Economy for its cities and campus programmes.

Gavin will provide context of why countries like the UK and Singapore have developed and are implementing a joined up digital built strategy, and how a similar digital strategy can provide solutions to Australia’s strategic challenges, and what a Digital Built Australia could look like.


12:45 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:45 pm

Achieving more ‘open’ digital and data strategies that go beyond silo’d research architectures, the founder of the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project (Nectar) Glenn Moloney discusses the development of its partnerships with Australian National Data Service (ANDS) and Research Data Services (RDS) in aligning investments to deliver transformation in the research sector through scalable computing, borderless collaboration and data that is findable, interoperable and resuable.

2:15 pm

—— Strategic digital approaches to industry/university interfaces
—— Recent history of Australian tech transfer initiatives in IP commercialisation
—— Improvements for existing platforms

3:15 pm

Paul Wappett, who recently joined the Australian Institute of Business as CEO after 6 years as CEO of Open Universities Australia, has seen a lot of online higher education programs; but not that many that make full use of the technology that is available to create and present engaging, memorable, immersive learning experiences. In his presentation, Paul will make the case for taking the lessons that have been learned from how changes to the physical campus infrastructure create better learning environments for students, and applying that to the potential for creating truly transformational online learning experiences that mirror what students are consuming in other aspects of their digital lives.

3:45 pm

Networking and refreshment break


4:15 pm

Improving learning analytics for performance and protocol in student retention

Cassandra Colvin, Manager, Adaptive Learning and Teaching Services, Charles Sturt University

4:45 pm

—— Transition management in overcoming legacy issues during digital shifts
—— I ntegrating fragmented digital presences while retaining differentiated reach
—— CRM and beyond

5:15 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:30 pm

End of Conference


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Jefa Greenaway

Director, Greenaway Architects

Prof. Graham Wise

Vice President of Innovation, IKIAM University

Prof. Peter Newman

Distinguished Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute

Narelle Pearse

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance and Planning), CQ University

Timothy Moore

Editor, Future West

Alex Lawlor

Executive Director, Property & Sustainability, University of Melbourne

Adam Davies

Principal of International Design Practice, Hassell

Bree Trevena

Research Manager, Arup Australasia

Adrian Turner


Paul Wappett

CEO, Australian Institute of Business

Prof. Birgit Lohmann

Formerly Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of the Sunshine Coast

Prof. David Adams

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community, Partnerships and Regional Development), University of Tasmania

Tricia Brand

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Services and Resources), James Cook University

Prof. Kevin Hall

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), University of Newcastle

David Sim

Creative Director, Gehl Architects, Denmark

when & where

28 - 29 Jun 2018

Swissotel, Sydney
68 Market Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
02 9238 8888

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