Engaging Women in the Built Environment 2019

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UNSW Built Environment is committed to equity and diversity in the Built Environment professions. 

If we are going to reach 50% women in leadership roles by 2025 in the built environment industries we need to work together in new and innovative ways.

Continuing from the successful launch of this initiative in 2016, please join us for an evening with built environment women, from industry and academia, who will have 2 - 3 minutes to present:

1. Their professional background
2. What they're known for
3. How they can help other women in the Built Environment such as mentoring, internships, employment, research collaborations

On the night, we will share information about UNSW BE Involved programs that support the professional and academic growth of women in the Built Environment, and how you can be part of these exciting initiatives.

Date and time

Monday 12 August

Registration: 6:15pm
Public Lecture: 6:30pm sharp
Networking Reception: 8:00pm - 9:00pm


Sydney Lower Town Hall
78 Druitt St (entry opposite Queen Victoria Building)
Sydney, NSW, 2000


2019 Speaker lineup

Sydney Lower Town Hall, 78 Druitt Street Sydney
Event date: 
12 Aug 2019 6:15pm to 9:00pm
Penelope Seidler | Director, Harry Seidler and Associates
Penelope Seidler has been an architect for over 50 years, she and her husband Harry were responsible for may notable commercial and domestic projects in Australia and overseas. Penelope is still involved with many arts organisations and is a trustee of Sydney Living Museums and has been a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art New York since 1973.
Jessica Kite | Director, Planning & Design, Infrastructure NSW
Jess graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Planning and holds a Masters degree in Environmental Law. She has broad experience across the private and public sector and is currently INSW’s Director Planning and Design for Barangaroo. Jess is passionate about working alongside industry talent and diverse stakeholders to champion and deliver great outcomes for the community and environment.
Dr Simone Zarpelon Leao | Associate Dean International, UNSW Built Environment
Dr Simone Z Leao is the Associate Dean (International) and a Senior Lecturer in City Analytics at the Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales. Originally from Brazil and with professional experience across five continents, Simone has developed a global career in research and education in the built environment in the last 20 years.
Dr Leao is particularly interested in the interdependencies between built environment, society and technology. She works on developing knowledge and methodologies to assist urban planning to generate/regenerate urban areas and with awareness of contemporary challenges. Her research explores forms of using data and applying analytics in the domain of smart cities to promote sustainable and equitable development and improve quality of urban life. 
Kaylie Salvatori | Landscape Architect, Arcadia
Kaylie Salvatori is a recent graduand of Landscape Architecture (Hons) degree at UNSW and a practicing landscape architect at Arcadia Landscape Architecture. A proud Yuin woman, Kaylie’s Aboriginal heritage is a strong driver in her approach to placemaking, with an emphasis on landscape identity, fostering connections to Country, and creating spaces in which culture can be respected, shared, and celebrated.


Susan Freeman | Exhibition Designer & Director, Freeman Ryan Design
Susan Freeman is co-founder and co-director of Freeman Ryan Design, (FRD) a multi-disciplinary company specialising in design and creative direction for the museum, heritage and cultural tourism industries. A registered architect, Susan has over 25 years’ experience designing cultural projects both in Australia and internationally, and maintains a life-long passion for architecture.
Belqis Youssofzay | Architect & Director, Youssofzay & Hart
Belqis is an architect with a diverse portfolio of public and cultural built works for major institutions across Australia including the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Opera House, State Library of NSW and National Parks and Wildlife. In 2017, Belqis established Youssofzay Hart Architects.
Currently the practice is developing a series of exhibitions for the new Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney. And for their ongoing residential work, the practice is engaged in tackling Sydney’s housing issues relating to density and affordability.
Dr Kate Dunn | Lecturer, Interior Architecture, UNSW Built Environment
Dr. Kate Dunn B.A. Visual Arts (USyd), Hons (SCU), Ph.D. Architecture (USyd) is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Built Environment.  Kate’s research investigates experimental digital fabrication and robotics with a focus on the development of new and sustainable materials for digital fabrication. Kate’s research builds on traditional material processes and integrates them into emerging digital technologies for a range of industries including the Built Environment, Medicine, and 3D Data Visualisation. Kate convenes and teaches Design courses at UNSW Built Environment and has over 15 years undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience in Australia’s leading Universities and has had over 45 exhibitions both nationally and internationally.
Hannah Bolitho | Urban Designer, City of Sydney
Hannah is a Senior Urban Designer in Strategic Planning and Urban Design at the City of Sydney. She is a Registered Architect who previously worked for over ten years as both an Architect, then Urban Designer at SW Government Architect’s Office. She has a Masters in Urban Design from the University of Sydney, completing part of her studies in Barcelona, and most recently was awarded a Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship.
Dr Caroline Noller | CEO/Founder, The Footprint Company
Caroline’s track record of driving ecological efficiency and sustainability innovation in the real estate sector is recognised internationally. She founded The Footprint Company to provide lower cost access to life cycle assessment and sustainability solutions to the property industry globally.
Caroline has driven world class sustainability outcomes for real estate companies including Lend Lease, The GPT Group, Australand and CapitaLand. Her achievements include Dow Jones Sustainability Index world leadership listing for The GPT Group (2 years running) and CapitaLand in 2011; Banksia Awards for Large Company (GPT) and People’s Choice (Rouse Hill) and the Victorian Premier’s Award for Sustainability.
Cathy Smith | Senior Lecturer, Interior Architecture, UNSW Built Environment
Cathy Smith is an Australian registered architect, interior designer and Senior Lecturer in Interior Architecture at UNSW where she is also the inaugural Turnbull Foundation Women in Built Environment scholar (2018-2020). She was recently a Richard Rogers Fellow (Harvard University GSD, Fall 2018), and Visiting Professor at Carleton University (Winter 2019).
Drenka Andjelic | Managing Director, Construction Assignments Pty Ltd
Drenka established Construction Assignments in 2006. As sole-owner and managing director, her vision remains to “make things happen” in development, design, and construction. Construction Assignments provides a diversity of project management representation to investors and developers, managing the detail, and big picture. Drenka's positive attitude and strong leadership have seen Construction Assignments take on projects large and small, on land and sea.
For award-winning civil engineer Drenka Andjelic, good management is about creating a supportive, trusting and nurturing environment for staff and clients alike. She stands out for her unique and remarkable approach to business.
Suellen Fitzgerald | Executive Director, Parramatta Park and Western Sydney Parklands Trust
Suellen has qualifications in Botany and Ecology and a master’s degree in landscape architecture. During a diverse, 30-year career as a landscape architect, Suellen has led private and public organisations in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory. She is a respected authority on strategy, open space planning, landscape design financing public lands and organisational establishment and development and has presented nationally and internationally on these issues.
Dr Shamila Haddad | Associate Lecturer, UNSW Built Environment
Dr. Shamila Haddad is a Research associate/Associate lecturer at the Faculty of Built Environment in the University of New South Wales. Shamila is an architect and holds a PhD in Architectural Sciences from the University of New South Wales. Her research expertise and interest relate to indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and thermal comfort, healthy and productive environments, urban microclimate and heat island mitigation, environmentally sustainable design (ESD), and energy poverty. Before her current role at UNSW, Shamila was a research associate at the University of Sydney and the University Technology Sydney working on several projects related to IEQ assessment. Her broad research experience has formed the basis of successfully teaching and promoting in the context of ESD, health and productivity of building occupants, and urban microclimate analysis.
Jacqui Bonnitcha | Principal Consultant, Edge Environment
Jacqui is a principal consultant at Edge Environment- a company that helps clients to ingrain sustainability into their cultures, both for responsible and commercial performance. Jacqui’s skills are in the synthesis of complex ideas and technical information to develop solutions that are based on the best available science. Jacqui typically applies these skills across sustainability strategy and management, climate change adaptation and resilience, policy analysis and social value assessment.
Phillippa Carnemolla | Industrial Designer & Senior Research Fellow, Built Environment, UTS
Dr Phillippa Carnemolla is an Industrial Designer and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney. Her research spans design, built environment and health sectors, with a focus on diversity and inclusion as they relate to gender, age and disability.  Phillippa is a member of the City of Sydney Inclusion Advisory Panel and a Board member of CUDA. Her research project funders include NDIA, NSW Department of Family and Community Services, NDS, Uniting Care, Onemda and Achieve Australia.
Dr Deborah Dearing | District Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission
Dr Deborah Dearing is widely recognised for her leadership in improving the design quality of cities and communities. She has over 30 years of international experience in urban design, strategic land-use planning, heritage conservation, affordable housing and property development in both public and private sectors.
Dr Dearing has held senior executive roles with the NSW Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Architectus and Stockland, and board positions with the NSW Heritage Council, the Australian Institute of Architects, City West Housing, Livable Housing Australia and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.
She has received numerous prestigious awards, including Life Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects, Fellowship of the Planning Institute of Australia and the NAWIC Ryder Hunt Award for leadership in the Construction and Development Industry. She is President of the NSW Architects Registration Board, a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel and Sydney University's Henry Halloren Trust.