Friday 28 October – Friday 27 January 2023


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Program Info

This session was originally presented as part of Health Care / Health Design (2021).

As the world grapples with the most far-reaching health crisis in more than 100 years, along with an ageing population and persistent health disparities, the role that architecture can play in health care deserves renewed attention.

How can we ensure architectural agency in the health care sector is progressive and responsive, rather than reactive? This edition of the Health Care / Health Design forum explores how architectural outcomes can influence the quality and efficiency of our health care systems. Leading practitioners, researchers and administrators from Australia and abroad discuss issues, share their experiences and interrogate architecture’s relationship with the health challenges the world faces today


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Sophia Buckle

Event Coordinator Header Image PAMS Healthcare Hub in Newman, Western Australia, by Kaunitz Yeung Architects. Photography by Robert Frith.


  • All Together Now: Designing for Community
    The word “community” gets thrown around a lot in discussions around health care, but how can architects create healthcare environments that are truly embraced by the communities they serve while simultaneously cater to the unique needs of various health conditions? Speakers in this session will delve into the importance of design, consultation and collaboration for creating fit-for-purpose, community-centric healthcare facilities.
  • Session Information
    Siobhan Wyatt, Maggie's Centres (London, UK)
    David Kaunitz, Kaunitz Yeung Architecture (Sydney, NSW)
    Debbie Ryan, McBride Charles Ryan (Melbourne, Vic)

    Presentations are followed by a panel discussion moderated by Guy Luscombe from System Architects
  • CPD Questions – All Together Now: Designing for Community


Siobhan Wyatt

Head of Property, Maggie's Centres

Siobhan found her way into construction through the unconventional route of art history, fine art and interiors. Prior to joining Maggie’s, Siobhan worked for a leading construction consultancy helping deliver a wide range of building projects before focussing on work within the cultural and heritage sector. Working as a consultant to clients that include the Tate Gallery, Westminster Abbey and various museum charities and trusts, Siobhan worked with a skilled team to realize the most significant addition to Westminster Abbey since 1745 providing access to the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries as well as taking various roles in the delivery of the Tate Modern extension project at Bankside.

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David Kaunitz

Director, Kaunitz Yeung Architecture

David founded Kaunitz Yeung Architecture with his wife Ka Wai Yeung following his return to Sydney after living in the UK and the Solomon Islands. His seven years in the UK included five as a director of a large practice running its London studio where he worked on some of the largest projects in Europe, including the Barnsley Interchange and the London Olympic Village for clients such as HSBC, Marks and Spencer and Lend Lease. It was here he developed a passion for health, education and public buildings with a community focus and honed the skills to manage complex networks of stakeholders.

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Debbie Ryan

Principal, McBride Charles Ryan

Debbie is the owner of McBride Charles Ryan with over 30 years’ experience in design and the built environment. Debbie is recognized as one of Australia’s leading designers as is demonstrated by her numerous national and international awards.

Debbie believes that architecture should never relinquish experimentation and uses design of all scales as a means to this end. With each project, forms, spaces, materials and context are all up for grabs. Both scientific and intuitive, Debbie has a special ability to conceive design schemes that meet the individual requirements of each building.

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Kieran Wong

Co-founder and Partner, The Fulcrum Agency

Kieran is a co-founder and partner at The Fulcrum Agency, a creative consultancy that leverages community and social outcomes through evidenced-based design strategy, advocacy and research.

This new platform evolved following two decades as director of CODA, a multi-award winning Australian design practice delivering across a wide range of portfolios. The Fulcrum Agency builds on this experience, positioning design thinking and community co-production at the fore of all decision making. Kieran’s career is grounded in the challenge of bringing equity, social justice and inclusion to built environment projects across Australia.

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