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Advisory Council

UNSW Built Environment recognises that representatives in business, government and industry associations are important stakeholders in the success of the Faculty. To assist in working with these stakeholders more closely the Advisory Council Members have generously agreed to lend their energy, experience and influence to pursuing the Faculty's vision. The Advisory Council shares a belief that the Faculty’s success and leadership position depends on excellent teaching and scholarship, in all its dimensions.

The Faculty’s Advisory Council comprises leading members of the creative, design and planning professions as well as the construction industry.  It is Chaired by alumnus Peter Mould, Director, Peter Mould Architect Pty Ltd and Fellow, Australian Institute of Architects.


Adjunct Professor Peter Mould, Chair Director, Peter Mould Architect Pty Ltd

  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of NSW 
  • Registered Architect, NSW Architects Registration Board. ARN 3301 
  • Life Fellow, Australian Institute of Architects
  • Council Member, International Union of Architects
  • Former NSW Government Architect
Peter Mould is a leading Sydney based architect and Director of Peter Mould Architect Pty Ltd. He has over 40 years experience in Australia and overseas in both the
private sector and government.

Mr Nicholas Collishaw, Alternate Chair SA (Fin), FAPI, FRICS

  • CEO – Listed Property Funds, Centuria Property Funds
  • Former Managing Director, Mirvac

Nicholas Collishaw is the CEO-Listed Property Funds of Centuria Property Funds.  Prior to this appointment, Nicholas Collishaw was Managing Director of Mirvac.

Julie Bindon Founding Director JBA Urban Planning Consultants

Julie Bindon is the founding Director of JBA Urban Planning Consultants Pty Ltd (JBA). JBA is the largest planning consultancy in NSW with a staff of over 50.  A graduate in Town Planning from the University of Auckland with post graduate qualifications in Land Economy from Sydney University, Julie is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), a Certified Practicing Planner, an honorary Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Ms Oi Choong BSc (Arch), BArch (Syd) GradDip Landscape Design (UNSW), Grad Dip Environmental Studies, Fellow AILA 

  • Director, context Landscape Design
  • Registered Landscape Architect

Oi Choong is the Managing Partner of context Landscape Design.  She has been in practice for over thirty years and has worked on major projects in Australia, South-East Asia, China and the UAE.  

Adjunct Professor Philip Cox AO B Arch (Hon1), Dip T and CP University of Sydney, PhD Science UNSW, H.C., LFRAIA, HonFAIA, FAHA, MRAPI, RIBA

Philip Cox is the founding partner of the firm, Cox Architecture. The firm has grown to become Cox Architecture Pty Ltd with 315 personnel. He is responsible for the concept design of most of the firm’s projects and reviews all the designs produced by the practice. He is also responsible for the design management of the firm and is presently active in major overseas projects in the Middle East, Singapore, China, Malaysia and India.

Dr Penelope Seidler AM B. Arch The University of Sydney, B.Bus UTS, D.Litt (Hon.) UNSW, FRAIA

  • CEO, Harry Seidler & Associates, Architects

Penelope Seidler is an architect and an accountant.  Her particular interests are international and contemporary and ethnographic art, which she collects. Penelope Seidler is directly responsible for commissioning artists for projects of Harry Seidler & Associates and has an intense concern for both the built and natural environments.

Bridget Smyth BArch (Hon) University of Melbourne BPlan University of Melbourne MA Design Studies (Urban Design) Harvard University.

Currently, Bridget Smyth is Director Design for the City of Sydney and manages a range of urban design, strategic and special projects, including the Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision. She is responsible for implementing key SS2030 projects such as the transformation of the city centre including the design of the pedestrian-isation of George St and a program of works to improve Sydney’s public domain across the local government area. In addition to project implementation, she is developing key strategies and policies to guide the design of Sydney’s public domain and is responsible for directing the City’s Public Art Program. 

Alice Spigelman AM MA, Dip.Clin.Psych. The University of Sydney

Alice Spigelman is a writer and clinical psychologist and was director of the Benevolent Society’s Leadership Program and later the organisation’s marketing director. She was director of the Bundanon Trust and NIDA and is currently director of Australia for UNHCR.

Kirsten Stanisich B.Arch (Hon.) University of Melbourne

Kirsten Stanisich studied architecture at The University of Melbourne (BArch Hons 1993) and joined SJB Architects as a registered architect in 1995. Realising her affinity lay more closely with interior design, Kirsten joined SJB Interiors on a permanent basis and was instrumental in establishing the company in Sydney.   Since her appointment as director of SJB Interiors in 2005, Kirsten has established a national reputation as a leading interior architect noted for her innovative practices.

Dr Tim Williams PhD Wales University

Dr Williams is an expert in regional economic development and city planning.   In 2011, Dr Williams was appointed CEO to the Committee for Sydney.   Alongside his CEO role, Dr Williams is a part-time Principal with Arup - a leading global consultancy on urban development and place-making - and a Director of Compass Housing, one of the biggest community housing providers in Australia.


The role of the Advisory Council is to facilitate and enable the achievement of Built Environment’s vision through:

  • serving as a source of independent advice to the Dean;
  • reviewing the external relevance and potential development of curriculum and research agendas;
  • building the industry profile, brand and reputation of Built Environment;
  • increasing engagement with industry and the wider community;
  • seeking and acquiring funding for research, scholarships and projects as identified by Built Environment;
  • engaging with students and alumni through attendance and participation in Built Environment activities.

Advisory Council Charter


Built Environment recognises that representatives in business, government and industry associations are important stakeholders in the success of the Faculty.  To assist in working with these stakeholders more closely, Built Environment has established an Advisory Council.  Its members have generously agreed to lend their energy, experience and influence to pursuing Built Environment’s vision.  Similar faculty advisory councils are active across UNSW.


Advisory Council members commit to an annual program of active engagement with Built Environment.  This program typically includes one or more of the following activities:

  • direct engagement with the Built Environment student body (either in the classroom or in other fora);
  • serving on Built Environment faculty reference or advisory groups or research centre boards;
  • serving on a task force or working party to examine a specific issue;
  • recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students;
  • developing and hosting events such as graduate exhibition, symposia, fora, conferences;
  • hosting Alumni networking and professional development events; and
  • participating in fundraising and sponsorship activities.

Members are included in the life of the Faculty and invited to attend events such as significant public lectures, graduate exhibitions and alumni dinners as well as hospitality with the Dean and/or distinguished alumni and academics.


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