Cristina Garduño Freeman is an Early Career Researcher and Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Australia. Her research focuses on the role of representations as evidence of, and instruments in, forms of participation with architecture, heritage and media. She received the 2014 International Visual Sociology Association Rieger Award for an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis. She has published in the International Journal of Heritage StudiesArchitectural Theory Review, and in the edited collection Nexus: New Intersections in Internet Research. Other projects include CmyView an app and methodology for participation and social value, Super Sydney, a community project that aims to build a metropolitan conversation through social engagement, and The Lost Street, a creative collaboration exploring contemporary participation with demolished buildings of Sydney. Cristina is also a multidisciplinary designer and has practiced professionally in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, and in visual communication design.

Ursula de Jong is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and built Environment at Deakin University.  She is the newly appointed Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning. Ursula is an architectural historian and a scholar of the 19th century Gothic Revival! She is also a researcher of place, using a phenomenological approach to study coastal environments in Victoria, Australia, working with communities to document change, to understand place attachment, to tease out perceptions of sense of place across generations.  When people feel connected to a place – emotionally, culturally, and spiritually – they care deeply about it. How does this then impact on planning, on heritage, on values of place? Ursula is a Director of the NTA(V) and a Member of the Heritage Council of Victoria.

David Beynon is a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University and an architect with AlsoCAN Architects in Melbourne. His research involves investigating the social, cultural and compositional dimensions of architecture and the built environment in Australia and Asia, in particular the adaptation of architectural content and meaning through motifs, rituals and form in response to notions of place, culture and hybridity. Subjects of this research have included multicultural built environments, the effects of changing demography on buildings, and the relationships between art practices and the built environment.

Mirjana Lozanovska is a Senior Lecturer and coordinates the Cultural Ecology Research Group at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University. Her research has developed multidisciplinary theories of space for the study and interpretation of architecture. Longitudinal projects have developed field-work methodologies of the village (of emigration) and the city (of immigration) that challenge dominant perspectives of place. Critical theories on visual representation and psychoanalytic theories of human subjectivity are drawn upon for the examination of migrant houses and villages, and cities devastated by war. These extend the scope of architecture related to ethnic aesthetics, war and memory, performance, and the spatial body.

Diego Fullaondo is Lecturer in Architecture Design at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University.  His research approach to Architectural criticism and design attempts to define a framework where creativity is released from constrictions of simple deductive and inductive methodologies, and expands the rational and logical structure of its processes using the concept of abductive or hypothetical reasoning. Understanding the process of invention and creation permits the translation of the concept of industrial patents to architectural language, related not only to constructive and technological aspects, but to the spatial, perceptual, social and organizational conditions that define built environment. This theoretical approach has been tested on a broad range of topics and scales from urban planning to architectural proto-typologies.

Kok-Leong Ong is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information and Business Analytics. His research includes business analytics and intelligent applications through information. In the mobile information and analytical space, he has recently completed the 2Loud? app for noise mapping and funded by the City of Boroondara and the Empower app for clinical trial of weight management funded by School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. He is currently working on the Growing Healthy project, which includes a mobile app and a visual analytics tool, and is funded by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute.

The Super Sydney project is run by a working group of volunteers, and is associated with the Sydney Architecture Festival. Super Sydney guru Tim Williams is joined by old hands Gillian Redman-Lloyd and Eva Rodriguez Riestra, 2013 members Roslyn Irons, Cristina Garduno Freeman, Michael Zanardo, Claire Mallin and Mija Keane and new members Karen King, Stephen Pierce and Susan Carol.

Tim Williams is an architect and urban designer practising in Sydney. Tim wears several hats. He splits his time between parenthood, practice, research, education and advocacy. His practice, established in 1998 has been built on a collaborative approach to working with clients and users with an emphasis on community engagement. His projects include the urban design aspects of infrastructure, policy and strategy, town centre visions and plans, public spaces and cultural buildings.

Gillian Redman-Lloyd is Super Sydney’s project coordinator, member of the Sydney Architecture Festival Organising Committee, the AIA’s design culture committe and the Waverley Public Arts Committee. Gillian is the events and marketing officer for the Australian Institute of Architects, Architecture on Show coordinator as well as the NSW Architecture Awards manager. She is a keen advocate of public access events and of empowering the public through education and involvement.

Eva Rodriguez Riestra is Public Art Program Manager at the City of Sydney and recently completed a Masters thesis in Art History at COFA on site-specific art. Her background is in architecture, urban design, photography, and teaching. Eva is interested in the relationship between people and place, the politics of space, and in the role that imagination and artistic agency can play in making cities. She is a founding member of Architects for Peace and of the IPRA Art and Peace Commission.

Michael Zanardo is a registered architect, an urban designer, and principal of Studio Zanardo. He is devoted to the improvement of the built environment through denser forms of housing and is a passionate advocate for good residential design. Michael teaches in the M.Arch program at USYD, where he is currently undertaking a PhD on affordable housing.

Roslyn Irons is the NSW Manager at the Australian Institute of Architects and sits on the Sydney Architecture Festival organising committee.  In her role at the Institute Roslyn sits on a variety of committees including the Design Culture Committee which specifically focuses on the Institute’s outreach program to create greater awareness of the value of good design and architecture to Australian communities.

Claire Mallin is a recent graduate in architecture from The University of Sydney. She is currently working at Turner and is enjoying being part of a respected team of architects working on various projects across Sydney. She is primarily interested in engaging with communities to deliver socially responsible architecture, exercising a hands on approach. She participated in Global Studio 2012 which travelled to India to work with struggling communities and found this experience to be very rewarding. She has a passion for travelling, and is always looking forward to her next adventure.

Mija Keane is a recent graduate in architecture from The University of Sydney, currently working at Connor + Solomon Architects as project architect across several projects. She is gaining valuable experience with an aim to soon become a registered architect. She was student body President of Sydney University Designer’s Association (SUDA) in 2011 and a Global Studio India participant in 2012. Her involvement with SuperSydney reiterates her interest in community development through architecture. She also believes in a balanced life outside of architecture, enjoying music, sport, photography, food and travelling.

Karen King is Leader of Learning, Creative Arts at Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park and she teaches Visual Art Curriculum and Teaching units at the Australian Catholic University. Over the past 25 years, Karen has been involved in local, state and national Visual Arts Education. During time, she has worked on syllabus development, HSC examinations and marking. She has worked with regional groups on professional development and advocacy for Visual Arts and has served on the Visual Art and Design Educators Association executive for the past three years. In 2013, Karen was awarded the COFA NSW Premier’s Visual Arts Teaching Award enabling her to study contemporary artists and architects whose work has regenerated communities in France, United Kingdom and Japan.

Susan Carroll has a professional background across Government, Law and the Arts with extensive experience in senior executive roles. Strategic advisory, partnerships and communications alongside policy development and legal advisings are areas of deep expertise. Susan is engaged across the community sector and sits on the boards of not-for-profits in the Arts and Sustainability sectors.


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