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Juliet Byrnes

Juliet Byrnes, March, Graduated 1999
Development Manager, currently working with the NSW State Government’s Barangaroo Delivery Authority

“I chose the Architecture Program at UNSW because of its leading reputation and high-calibre graduates.  There was a genuine buzz of excitement and learning around the Faculty. Within weeks of starting the program, I knew that I’d made the right choice.  There was fantastic diversity and a healthy tension of ideas amongst the lecturers. The environment stimulated intense discussion and output, leading us in entirely new directions.

“My advice to anyone considering studying architecture  is to select a university with good networks in industry and academia.  Have a look at the guest lecturers they are attracting. The teaching culture at UNSW balanced the value of both practical and academic experience and, in my opinion, equipped us for the realities of working in industry.  Also have a look at the ‘extra-curricular’ activities available (and I don’t just mean the Roundhouse!).  A highlight of my time at UNSW was taking part in an architectural survey to Udaipur, India and in my final years I was employed by the UNSW’s SOLARCH research group, to help represent Australia on an international solar energy research task led by the International Energy Agency (IEA).  During this time, I also contributed to developing the first sustainability policy of the Australian Institute of Architects NSW and was on the board of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Chair of its Education Committee.

“My research work and first class honours degree from UNSW gave me the edge over hundreds of other people applying for a graduate trainee programe with Lend Lease. The interviewers were impressed that I had already been published in academia and presented at conferences.

“Since graduating from the Architecture Program at UNSW Faculty of Built Environment in 1999, I‘ve held senior management roles in developing  and delivering $2.8 billion dollars worth of award-winning property development in Australia and the United Kingdom.  I’ve worked directly with leading advocates of design excellence such as Jean Nouvel, Sir Richard MacCormac, Sir Terry Farrell, Simon Allford, Mark Whitby and Peter Rogers, former chair of the UK’s ‘Constructing Excellence’.

“Between 2002 and 2007 I played a key role in delivering the London portfolio of the UK’s largest developer Land Securities.  In collaboration with different sections of the industry, I fostered new  practices and legal agreements whereby multiple parties could share cost and time risks whilst maintaining a common and overarching approach to design excellence.  These initiatives involved changing attitudes towards the responsibilities for design quality.  Several of the projects received awards  including the RIBA Regional Architecture Award 2011; Winner International Property Awards 2010, Best Mixed-Use; RIBA National Architecture Award 2008; Civic Trust Award 2008; and the RIBA National Architecture Award,2004.”


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