Friday 18 March 2022
8.30 am – 5.00 pm (AEST)


Underground Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
Yagara Country
119 Lamington Street
New Farm Brisbane Queensland
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Program Info

This edition of The Architecture Symposium will explore the theme of the 2022 Asia Pacific Architecture Festival: “Co-operate, co-design, co-exist.” Presented by Architecture Media as part of the Design Speaks series, the symposium looks beyond Australian shores to the broader Asia Pacific region. We consider how architects and designers can leverage the myriad opportunities of working collectively – with other built environment professionals as well as with those working outside the industry.
Held at Brisbane Powerhouse on Friday 18 March, the program includes nine speakers from the Asia Pacific region, joining us both physically and remotely, and will conclude with closing drinks on the River Deck.


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Sophia Buckle

Event Coordinator Header Image In the Mountain (2016) by Sanitas Studio, an installation at Doi Tung mountain in the Chiang Rai region of Thailand, constructed from cloth made from ground coffee and the fruits of the tea oil tree. The project represents the idea of a coexistence between people and the land.


  • 8.30 am Delegate arrival and seating
  • 9.00 am Welcome and opening comments
    Katelin Butler and Georgia Birks, Architecture Media
  • 9.15 am Presentation
    Luke Hayward, Atelier Luke (Byron Bay, Australia and Kyoto, Japan)
  • 9.50 am Presentation
    Sanitas Pradittasnee, Sanitas Studio (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • 10.25 am Presentation
    Elisapeta Heta, Jasmax (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • 11.00 am Morning tea
  • 11.30 am Presentation
    Song Yehao, SUP Atelier and School of Architecture at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)
  • 12.05 pm Presentation
    Amanda Sturgeon, Mott MacDonald (Sydney, Australia)
  • 12.40 pm Presentation
    Marina Tabassum, Marina Tabassum Architects (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
  • 1.15 pm Lunch
  • 2.15 pm Presentation
    Daniel Boyd, artist (Sydney, Australia)
  • 2.50 pm Presentation
    Erika Nakagawa, Erika Nakagawa Office (Yokohama, Japan)
  • 3.25 pm Presentation
    Benjamin Mendoza, BAAD Studio (Manila, Philippines)
  • 4.00 pm Closing comments
    Katelin Butler and Georgia Birks, Architecture Media
  • 4.10 pm Closing drinks
  • 5.00 pm Event concludes
  • CPD Questions – The Architecture Symposium: Co-operate, co-design, co-exist


Luke Hayward

Atelier Luke

Luke Hayward is an Australian architect and Japanese 1st-class Kenchikushi (architect and building engineer). His practice, Atelier Luke, collaborates closely with local craftspeople to create uniquely personalized and culturally sensitive designs. Built work by Atelier Luke has been recognized with multiple awards and frequent publication globally, in magazines, newspapers and books.

As the first architect in the world to be registered in Japan via the APEC Architect Project, and one of only a handful of architects registered in both Australia and Japan, Luke is uniquely positioned to practice in both countries.

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Sanitas Pradittasnee

Director, Sanitas Studio

With a background in landscape architecture and fine art, Sanitas Pradittasnee is interested in sculptural space. After completing a degree in landscape architecture at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Architecture, Sanitas earned a Master of Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. She founded Sanitas Studio in 2010, which works with art, art installation and landscape architecture.

In her creations, the self of “architecture” is reduced while the changing “nature” is highlighted. The works give space to interaction, as well as offering time for observation of changes constantly happening in nature.

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Elisapeta Heta

Principal and Kaihautū Whaihanga – Māori Design Leader, Jasmax

Elisapeta Heta (Ngātiwai, Ngāpuhi, Waikato Tainui, Sāmoan, Tokelauan) is an associate principal and Kaihautū Waihanga at architecture firm Jasmax, and an artist and writer living in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa.

Through her role and time at Jasmax she has worked on Western Springs College, Ngā Puna o Waiorea, the New Zealand Pavilion at World Expo 2020, and the City Rail Link. She was the first director on the Te Kahui Whaihanga NZIA board to represent Te Kawenata o Rata, and Ngā Aho (2016–2019).

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Benjee Mendoza

Principal, BAAD Studio

Benjee Mendoza, together with his wife Annabelle, founded BAAD Studio in 2010. The Manila-based architectural office works on various typologies, ranging from residential, commercial, hospitality and institutional projects.

Benjee finished his university years in Manila, Philippines. He is currently a jury member for the World Architecture Festival, a global event that celebrates and presents architectural ideas. As well as running his office, Benjee is an active speaker at design events and universities, where he passionately shares his philosophies to young aspiring architects.

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Amanda Sturgeon

Head of Regenerative Design, Mott MacDonald

Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA, is the head of regenerative design at global consultancy firm Mott MacDonald and is based in Sydney.

Amanda is an award-winning architect, author of Creating Biophilic Buildings, and TED speaker on Bringing Biophilic Design to Life. She also has an essay in the recently released anthology All We Can Save: Truth, Courage and Solutions to Climate Change (September 2020).

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Marina Tabassum

Principal, Marina Tabassum Architects

A Bangladeshi architect and educator, Marina Tabassum founded Dhaka-based Marina Tabassum Architects in 2005. In her work, Marina seeks to establish a language of architecture that is contemporary yet reflectively rooted to place, always against an ecological rubric containing climate, context, culture and history. Tabassum's practice remains consciously contained in size, undertaking a limited number of projects per year.

Marina is a visiting professor at Harvard University, the Technical University of Delft, the Technical University of Munich, the University of Texas and Bengal Institute.

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Daniel Boyd


Daniel Boyd was the first Indigenous Australian to win the prestigious Bulgari Art Award in 2014. He has been exhibiting in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia and overseas since 2005.

Boyd's paintings are held in major collections in Australia and internationally, including: the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra; the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in Sydney; the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney; the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne; the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, in Brisbane; the Samdani Art Foundation in Dhaka, Bangladesh; and the Kadist Collection in Paris.

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Erika Nakagawa

Erika Nakagawa Office

Erika Nakagawa is a first-class architect and part-time lecturer at Tokyo National University of Arts, Yokohama National University, Hosei University, Shibaura Institute of Technology, and Nihon University.

In 2014, Erika established Erika Nakagawa Office. Instead of creating architecture from ideas, Erika Nakagawa Office undergoes a process of thinking about architecture based on surrounding environments and human activities.

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Song Yehao

Professor and Director, School of Architecture Tsinghua University and SUP Atelier

Song Yehao is a tenured professor and director of the Institute of Architecture and Technology at Tsinghua University’s School of Architecture.

Professor Song has focused on sustainable theory and design for over 20 years – within the scope of architecture, urban studies, and building technology – while promoting the combination of modern design and vernacular architecture in China. He is among the leading academics in sustainable architecture in China and a key government consultant.

He has won awards for projects worldwide, receiving the ARCASIA Awards for Architecture gold medal, the World Architecture Festival engineering prize, and the Excellent Design Award of the Ministry of Education in China first prize.

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