Wednesday 24 October 2018
9.00 am – 5.00 pm ()


Warrane Theatre
Museum of Sydney
Corner of Phillip Street and Bridge Street,
Sydney NSW
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Design Speaks Conferences 2018

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Health Care / Health Design

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Sponsorship and Events Header Image Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, USA, by HDR Architecture, Inc. Photography by Dan Schwalm.


  • 8.30 am Delegate arrival and seating
  • 9.00 am Welcome from Katelin Butler, editorial director, Architecture Media
    Luke Baxby and Robbie Robertson, Global Healthcare Practice, Deloitte (Brisbane / Sydney)
    Tom Trenolone, design director and principal, HDR Architecture, Inc. (USA)
  • 10.30 am Morning tea
  • 11.00 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS
    Rama Gheerawo, director, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Reader in Inclusive Design (UK)
    Vanessa Bird, partner, Bird de la Coeur Architects (Melbourne); Ann-Maree Ruffles, director – design lead seniors living, Thomson Adsett (Brisbane); and Damian Barker, design director, Jackson Teece (Sydney), with questions from the audience.

    Q&A chair: Rama Gheerawo, director, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Reader in Inclusive Design (UK)
    Sarah McGann, dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Notre Dame (Perth)
  • 1.00 pm Lunch break
    Finn Pedersen, director, Iredale Pedersen Hook (Perth)
    Lara Calder, director, Calderflower Architects (Sydney); Meaghan Dwyer, director, John Wardle Architects (Melbourne); and Dylan Brady, conductor, Decibel Architecture (Melbourne), with questions from the audience.

    Q&A chair: Sarah McGann, dean, University of Notre Dame (Perth)
  • 3.15 pm Panel discussion
    Chair: Bruce Wolfe, director and company chair, Conrad Gargett (Brisbane)

    Tom Trenolone, design director and principal, HDR Architecture, Inc. (USA); and Rama Gheerawo, director, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Reader in Inclusive Design (UK), with questions from the audience.
  • 3.45 pm Closing comments from Katelin Butler, editorial director, Architecture Media
  • 4.00 pm Closing drinks
  • 5.00 pm Event closes

Keynote Addresses.

The power of unique pairings

Presented by
Tom Trenolone, Design director and principal, HDR Architecture, Inc.

The healthcare industry and the subjects of art/art history were integral to Tom Trenolone’s upbringing. As the son of a hospital administrator and an art teacher, the idea of unique pairings have ignited his curiosity and influenced his education, first in advertising and marketing and then in architecture. In this keynote presentation, Tom will draw on his passion for architecture and design advocacy to share stories about the power of unique pairings, including a year-long research project that investigated the shared creative elements of haute couture, the automotive industry and the U.S. military. He will also take the audience on an insightful journey through four recent healthcare projects in which his teams were able to identify opportunities to create unique pairings that improve outcomes and deliver better care for its communities.

“The Park” tells the story of bringing the park back into the Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas; “Focus” centres on the Focal Point Community Campus on the southwest side of Chicago and the idea that a medical centre can be more to the urban community than simply a hospital; “Main Street” inversely looks at how the role of the critical access hospital as population anchor could save rural communities. The presentation will conclude with “Ability,” the story behind the ground-breaking Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the first “translational” research hospital in which clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together 24/7 in shared, flexible spaces, surrounding patients, discovering new approaches and applying research in real time.

Humanizing healthcare: the creative power of design

Presented by
Rama Gheerawo, Director, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Do you ever think about how you can make a positive difference in the world and effect real social change? Rama Gheerawo has dedicated his life to this, using his chosen profession of design to enable this work. Rama believes that design is one of the most powerful professions and that it can be used to change the world for the better and address some of the biggest challenges we face in healthcare.

In this keynote presentation, Rama will share inspiring stories and outline challenges drawing on two decades of experience working in inclusive design. The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art, which he leads, has completed nearly 280 projects with organizations such as Samsung, Unilever and Ford as well as third-sector organizations and governments across the world.

Rama’s lecture will show how healthcare can benefit from good design and how to be more creative by involving people in the design process. Projects to be explored include a redesign of the emergency ambulance, ways of making urban space more liveable and loveable, home-care design and creative approaches to paranoia and mental health. The work spans healthcare and wellbeing, from the home to the hospital.

Design and delivery.

Staying relevant

Presented by
Robbie Robertson, Partner, Experience Design, Deloitte Digital

In an ever-changing workplace within the healthcare industry, the integration of technology has seen a profound change in the work that we are now undertaking. Cognitive, AI and robotics are fast taking over many of the tasks that have traditionally had to complete. Futurists have predicted that 50 percent of all roles today will not exist by 2030. This is having a fundamental affect on healthcare employees and patients as we all try to stay relevant and up to speed with new frameworks, methodologies and software packages. This is also changing the way we design our hospitals and clinics across the healthcare sector as we move to agile ways of working. Will we be able to keep up to pace as the work, worker and workplace mature at differing speeds?

Research and practice.

Work, rest and play: Designing for a lifecycle of healthy buildings

Presented by
Sarah McGann, Dean of Arts and Sciences, The University of Notre Dame

This presentation draws on three case studies to illustrate the importance of interdisciplinary strategic leadership, a lifecycle approach to the design of healthy buildings, and advocates for the inclusion of diagnostic design research in building budgets to inform future briefing documents.

Health Care / Health Design

Research and practice

Presented by
Finn Pedersen, Co-founder and director, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects

Check back later – coming soon.

Innovation Roundtable.


Presented by
Lara Calder, Managing director, Calderflower Architects


Presented by
Meaghan Dwyer, Principal, John Wardle Architects


Presented by
Dylan Brady, Conductor, Decibel Architecture

Future Living Roundtable.


Presented by
Vanessa Bird, Principal, Bird de la Coeur Architects


Presented by
Ann-Maree Ruffles, Director-Design Lead, Seniors Living, ThomsonAdsett


Presented by
Damian Barker, Design director, Jackson Teece

Panel discussion.

Panel chair

Presented by
Bruce Wolfe, Director and company chair, Conrad Gargett

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