Tuesday 6 August 2013
8.30 am – 5.00 pm ()


AGL Theatre
Museum of Sydney
Phillip St & Bridge Street
Sydney NSW 2000
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Program Info

For one day only, Australia’s leading practitioners will come together at the Museum of Sydney to focus on the issues shaping workplace design, sharing their experiences and speculating on possible futures.

The three keynote speakers will address the topics of economics, business and collaboration. These will be followed by moderated panel discussions in which panel members will draw the audience into the conversation.


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  • 8.30 am Coffee / tea on arrival
  • 9.00 am Welcome from Cameron Bruhn, Editorial Director, Architecture Media
  • 9.15 am Keynote Address 1
    Monica Parker, Head of Workplace Strategy, Morgan Lovell (UK)
    The Economics of Workplace Wellbeing
  • 10.00 am Moderated Panel Discussion
    Workspaces North and South
    Chaired by James Calder, Principal, Calder Consultants with Panellists Roger Macmorran, Project Director, NAB and Monica Parker, Head of Workplace Strategy, Morgan Lovell
  • 10.45 am Morning tea
  • 11.30 pm Keynote Address 2
    Bernard Salt, partner, KPMG
    How Demographic & Social Change Will Shape the Workplace of the Future
  • 12.15 pm Moderated Panel Discussion
    Brace Yourselves – Designing Good Workplaces is Going to Get Even Trickier
    Chaired by Steve Coster, Principal and Head of Knowledge and Sustainability, Hassell, with Panellists Brad Krauskopf, CEO, Hub Australia and Bernard Salt, Partner, KPMG
  • 1.00 pm Lunch break
  • 2.15 pm Keynote Address 3
    Oliver Marlow, Creative Director, Tilt (UK)
    Co-designing Workspace: The Future for Collaborative Environments
  • 3.00 pm Moderated Panel Discussion
    The Theatre of the Workplace
    Chaired by Rosemary Kirkby, Principal, Rosemary Kirkby and Associates with Panellists Denice Scala, Principal, MLC School and Oliver Marlow, Creative Director, Tilt (UK)
  • 3.45 pm Closing comments from Cameron Bruhn, Editorial Director, Architecture Media
  • 4.00 pm Closing drinks
  • 5.00 pm Event closes

Keynote Addresses.

The Economics of Workplace Wellbeing

Presented by
Monica Parker, Founder, Hatch

The World Health Organisation has declared that sitting is the smoking of our generation in terms of its impact on health, yet the great majority of knowledge workers sit for more than eight hours per day. How can office design and ways of working help enhance wellbeing? How can companies better understand the impact of wellbeing on the physical and mental performance of employees?

Using current data and trends covering the fields of design, technology, behaviour and health sciences, Parker will discuss:

  • What is corporate wellbeing?
  • Why does it matter to businesses?
  • What is the cost of failing to have a wellbeing program in place?
  • How can changes to the workplace and ways of working enhance employee wellbeing?

How Demographic and Social Change Will Shape the Workplace of the Future

Presented by
Bernard Salt, Partner, KPMG

Over the coming decade there will be powerful shifts in the nature, location and style of work, which will impact on the workplace and its design. Demographic and social change is underpinning demand for a new kind of workplace. The office is merging with the home just as the home is merging with the office. Workers in the future won’t so much work from home – or at least not full time – as work close to home. The great shift of the twenty-first century is likely to be the decentralization of office work to regional centres near the metropolitan area. But these lifestyle shifts are only part of the change that can be expected. The influence of Asian working styles may in fact lead to a return to rigid hierarchies in office design. And the greater use and acceptance of personal technologies will lead to even greater workplace flexibility, which must be incorporated into layout and design.

Co-Designing Workspace: The Future for Collaborative Environments

Presented by
Oliver Marlow, Creative Director, Tilt (UK)

Collaboration is about people and about transforming their relationships with one another. Using space as a way to transform these relationships is at the heart of a collaborative environment: the environment needs to be open, inspiring, collegiate and creative. With collaboration a focus, the design of workplaces is changing too. Without the user at the heart of workspace design the conception of a space will suffer. But fostering and harnessing user-focused values as the space evolves is the crucial next step to the environment of the future, and to ensuring it remains adaptable and interactive. How do we do this? What is the future of the collaborative environment?

Panel Chairs.

James Calder

Principal, Calder Consultants

James Calder is a practitioner, facilitator, author and part-time educator interested in all facets of the strategy, design and use of the workspace. Throughout his career James has practiced extensively in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific with the world’s pre-eminent organisations across most business sectors, including broad experience within the public sector. James has developed workspace strategies for lawyers, accountants, management consultants, media and technology organisations, investment and retail banks, government departments and universities; he also works for developers and owners of real estate to design the next generation of buildings for the information age.

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Steve Coster

Principal and Head of Knowledge and Sustainability, Hassell

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Rosemary Kirkby

Principal, Rosemary Kirkby and Associates

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Roger Macmorran

Project Director, NAB

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Brad Krauskopf

CEO, Hub Australia

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Denice Scala

Principal, MLC School

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