EmAGN NSW – Generation Exchange Event

EmAGN NSW – Generation Exchange Event

EmAGN NSW – Generation Exchange Event

Wednesday 29 June, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Brickworks Sydney Design Studio, 2 Barrack St Sydney NSW 2000


The main aim of Generation Exchange is to connect young architects (attendees) with established and experienced architects (guest panellists). Generation Exchange is meant to be an informal event that breaks down the barriers between these two generations of architects.

There are many difficulties that young practitioners of architecture have wrestled with since time immemorial. We would like attendees to leave the Generation Exchange event with a realisation that issues they are facing are not dissimilar to what the panelists have experienced.

Mistakes are inevitable, but we need to be able to learn from them. It would be good for attendees to learn about positive ways to handle failures both large and small.

It’s clear for young architects to see that wisdom in architecture only comes from years of practice. We would like attendees to hear from our speakers Lindsay Johnston, Adam Haddow, Anthony Burke, Caroline Pidcock, Heleana Genaus, Jim Koopman and Carol Marra, that despite the difficulties inherent in our profession, it’s been worth it to ‘stay in the game’.


Lindsay Johnston - MC


Lindsay Johnston grew up in Ireland, studied architecture in Scotland, worked in practice in London and in research and practice in Dublin. He ran his own practice for 10 years in Dublin, was successful in several competitions and received awards for environmentally responsive houses. 

During this time he also designed exhibitions and furniture for the Irish Government in Germany and Switzerland, he opened an interior design shop, established a roofing company, became a developer and built apartments, was involved in the export of sheep to Malaysia, and worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Saudi Arabia.

He emigrated to Australia and became Head of the Department of Architecture at University of Newcastle, was on National Council of the Australian Institute of Architects, and was Chair of the National Education and National Environment Committees.

His research project, the ‘Four Horizon House’ and lodges received the NSW Environment Award and the NSW Premier’s Award. These projects have been published internationally. He received the Institute Architectural Education Award (Neville Quarry Prize).

He founded the Architecture Foundation Australia, which has been responsible for organising the annual Glenn Murcutt Master Class since 2001, student summer schools, exhibitions, and publication.

He holds radical and conflicting views on the future for the architecture profession.


Adam Haddow

Director, SJB

Adam Haddow is a Sydney based architect and director at leading multi-disciplinary design studio, SJB. A specialist in the built environment, Adam is interested in what makes cities vibrant, connected and civic with particular expertise in urban density, multi-residential design and the intersection of public and private space. 

Adam’s design achievements have been recognised with numerous awards including the AIA National and NSW Chapter Architecture Awards, the Urban Taskforce Awards, and the UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence. He is a Churchill Fellow who investigated alternatives to conventional models of urban design, resulting in a research project entitled ‘Shall We Dense,’ an examination into the state of modern density living in Australia that led to successful collaborations within the professional and architectural realms. As a studio, SJB is acclaimed nationally and internationally for their work in architecture, interiors, planning and urban design. Adam joined SJB in 1994 and has been a director since 2004.


Anthony Burke

Professor of Architecture, UTS & Presenter, Restoration Australia

Anthony Burke is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney, and the host/presenter for Restoration Australia, airing on the ABC /ABC i-view.
In 2012 he was co-creative director for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and directed the architecture symposium celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Sydney Opera House with the Danish Cultural Ministry. He is a sought after host, local and international tour leader, and lecturer on all topics architectural, publishing regularly on a range of contemporary topics with an endless fascination for the role of architecture in shaping our lives. 
A graduate of Columbia University, Anthony has held visiting professor positions at the Beijing Institute of Technology and Institute of Teknolgi, Bandung, and was an assistant professor at UC Berkeley from 2002-2007 before returning to Australia as an Associate Professor and subsequently Head of Architecture, and Associate Dean International in the faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at UTS from 2010-2020.


Caroline Pidcock

Director, PIDCOCK

Caroline Pidcock is passionate about the importance of architecture, biophilia and regenerative design, and how they can contribute to a “culturally rich, socially just and ecologically restorative” future. Her practice – PIDCOCK – has been inspired by the possibilities of creating beautiful places that demonstrate how the many issues that are fundamental to sustainability can be potent and profound influences. Her genuine interest and experience in sustainable built environments has been developed and enhanced through her involvement in a diverse range of professional, academic and community commitments.

In addition to her own practice, other roles Caroline currently enjoys include being Spokesperson for Australian Architects Declare a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency; Chair of 1 Million Women; member of the Beyond Zero Emissions Advisory Committee; Member of the AIA Climate Action and Sustainability Taskgroup; Chair of the AIA Environment Design Guide Advisory Group; member of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority Design Review Panel, Liverpool Design Excellence Panel and Northern Beaches Design + Sustainability Panel. She is also teaching at a range of universities in NSW and a member of Sacred Heart Education Ministry Board.

In 2021, Caroline was jointly awarded the National AIA 2021 Leadership in Sustainability Award and in 2019 the AIA NSW President’s Award. In 2014, Caroline was recognised by the International Living Future Institute as a Living Building Hero and in 2011 was awarded the Marian Mahony Griffin Award in recognition of her contribution to architecture in NSW.


Heleana Genaus

Founder and Architect, The Shed Collective

Heleana Genaus is drawn to architecture as a conduit to connect people and improve the life it supports and therefore her work often seems to just “fit”.
Since completing her Masters of Architecture at UNSW in 2009, she has worked in Nepal designing a women’s hospital which lead her to working with the late Paul Pholeros AM and Healthabitat for over 10 years. Through this experience she was able to hone an approach to architectural practice that saw the architect as a conduit of multi-disciplinary talents and the built form as a support for daily life. Since 2016 Heleana has also been the architect and co-founder of Rising Sun Workshop, a social enterprise with a communal DIY workshop for motorcyclists with a hatted restaurant, within which she operates her own architectural practice The Shed Collective, completing small residential projects.
Currently, Heleana is working with Constructive Dialogue Architects to support their work in upgrading Aged Care Facilities to improve health, whilst taking on select residential projects through The Shed Collective. She also has two small and totally wonderful children.


Jim Koopman

Director, AJ+C

Jim Koopman is an architect with a career spanning 40 years of which the last 10 have been as a Director of Architecture with AJ+C leading a wide variety of master planning and urban design projects for public and pri-vate sector clients .

His work has been acknowledged and published in Australia and overseas, including Graham Jahn’s Contempo-rary Architecture in Australia and A Guide to Sydney Architecture. He has been awarded many prizes in archi-tecture and urban design including the prestigious Wilkinson Award and Robyn Boyd National Award in 1992, the Washington Centre Honor Award for ‘Excellence on the Waterfront’ for the Honeysuckle Urban Design Framework in 1996.

Jim has extensive expertise in adaptive re-use and urban renewal projects and was shortlisted for the WAF Awards in 2012 for the Glass Loggia House and the Harris Street Studios. Recent urban design projects include work on the renewal of the North Eveleigh West rail heritage site, the TWT New Life Creative Precinct and the adaptive re-use of the iconic Bushell’s Factory on Snail’s Bay, Concord for mixed use neighbourhood develop-ment.

Jim has co-founded the AJ+C URBANBACKYARD Research Project that is currently investigating the ability of courtyard building forms to provide increased liveability for Australian families with children in high density urban environments.


Carol Marra

Principal Design Advisor at Government Architect NSW

Carol Marra trained and worked in the USA before relocating to Australia and setting up a small, award-winning practice focused on ecological approaches to architecture, Marra + Yeh Architects. She has over 20 years’ experience, ranging from large institutional and commercial projects to small scale residential works. Carol has tutored in sustainable design at Sydney University for over 10 years, has given talks throughout Australia and internationally, has served in the AIA architecture awards jury, and has been published nationally and internationally.
In 2009 Carol received a Churchill Fellowship to investigate architectural responses to climate change & adaptation.
Carol’s a Principal Design Advisor at GANSW, focused on design excellence and design review, and a subject matter expert in sustainability.


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