Friday 15 March 2019
8.30 am – 5.30 pm


Auditorium 1 and Queensland Terrace, State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place
Brisbane Queensland
Google Maps


$450 – early bird (until 18 January)
$495 – standard

Buy Tickets

Program Info

Innovative thinking and transformative projects creating new world cities for the emerging Asian Century.


Supporting Partner

Part of

Venue partner

Hotel partner

Earn CPD Points

Header Image Paragon Walk by (AK+) Archipedia. Photography: Patrick Teow.


Download Program
  • 8.30 am Delegate arrival and seating
  • 9.00 am Welcome
  • 9.15 am Keynote
    Yarinda Bunnag, co-founder, Imaginary Objects (Thailand)
  • 10.00 am Keynote
    James Grose, CEO, BVN (Australia)
  • 10.45 am Morning tea
  • 11.15 am Keynote
    Alan Kueh, founder, (AK+) Archipedia (Singapore)
  • 12.00 pm Keynote
    Elva Tang, founding partner and managing director, Henning Larsen (Hong Kong)
  • 12.45 pm Lunch
  • 1.45 pm Keynote
    Boonserm Premthada, founder, Bangkok Project Studio (Thailand)
  • 2.30 pm Keynote
    Eleena Jamil, founder, Eleena Jamil Architect (Malaysia)
  • 3.15 pm Afternoon tea
  • 3.45 pm Keynote
    Nicholas Dalton, director, TOA Architects (New Zealand)
  • 4.30 pm Keynote
    Sheng-Yuan Huang, founder, Fieldoffice Architects (Taiwan)
  • 5.15 pm Closing comments

Keynote Addresses.


Presented by Yarinda Bunnag, Co-founder, Imaginary Objects


Presented by James Grose, CEO, BVN

Building strong communities

Presented by Alan Kueh, Founder, (AK+) Archipedia

People and their ways of living evolve and we aim to create structures, of products and byproducts, that are enduring in character, designed to maintain utility and a relevance to society. Design norms can and should be re-examined and repurposed, with the goal of challenging expectations to allow for more communal spaces where people can congregate and make meaningful connections.

We respect the past in order to design the future. By breaking conventions and applying global thinking in ways that make sense in a local context, we will be able to build strong communities through the spaces we create. This requires a careful balance of, at times, conflicting demands and expectations to produce works that will last and stay relevant for generations to come. To embrace international influences while staying true to our local DNA, we are constantly attempting to construct frameworks that make room for the organic growth and inclusion of local culture. We aim to weave together seamless communities through architecture.


Presented by Elva Tang, Founding partner and managing director, Henning Larsen

Opening up possibilities

Presented by Eleena Jamil, Founder, Eleena Jamil Architect

This talk revolves around an approach in architecture that combines natural local resources, cultural patterns and modern building techniques through innovative construction strategies. The use of local materials and patterns drives the architectural concepts to create engaging and meaningful structures.

The designs are motivated by the belief that architecture that responds to the stimulus of a place will start charging the spaces around it with connective possibilities. It will allow for multiple occupancy patterns to take place, sometimes in unexpected and surprising ways. The idea that architecture can open up possibilities of use means that it is a powerful tool with which to contribute and to learn about the world.


Presented by Sheng-Yuan Huang, Founder, Fieldoffice Architects

Overcoming restrictions

Presented by Boonserm Premthada, Founder, Bangkok Project Studio

In this presentation I will share how I use construction technologies that make construction easier and save cost, by using locally produced and handmade materials that are cheap and strong. By doing this, my works help to preserve communities’ legacies. In my work I am commonly faced with economic constraints such as low budget, and we need to turn local materials into a solution that overcomes the restrictions. We have to think of simple ways to construct a building. Often we cannot find contractors and we have only a handful of people to work on a project. These are some of the constraints that architects in developing countries have to face. I like to say that my works represent sustainability that keeps moving forward.

Sign up.

Stay in touch for Design Speaks priority invitations and event launches.

Select Event Types..