2023 International Women's Day - QLD

2023 International Women's Day - QLD

2023 International Women's Day (QLD)


Date: 8th March 2023
Time: 7:30am arrival for 8:00am start 10.00am finish
Venue: The Edge Auditorium, Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane 4101

Dress: Smart-Casual


We, as architects, are in the practise of making place. In a globally shifting and mobile world, many architects travel far from home to practice. Understanding how diverse experiences from places other than Brisbane help inform and craft inclusive placemaking is essential to professionals. We have invited a range of fantastic speakers who all practise in a different physical or digital space than their upbringing. The speakers will share how their diverse socio-cultural environments and changing life experiences altered their professional development and career paths. We will explore the ways in which holding space for our “original place” informs the way we practise/ learn/ live and grow in a new or other place.

This year's International Women's Day theme emphasizes the importance of experiences that empower female leadership in accelerating progress towards gender equality and multicultural inclusion in all aspects of our life. Forging gender equity isn't the responsibility of women only. New pathways to gender equality require collective action in challenging stereotypes and embracing the culture of inclusion. 
Join us to celebrate how holding space for our original place guides our inspiration and ambitions and reinforces professional resilience and strength.  

We hope to see many of you at this annual celebration of our many amazing women who are part of the Queensland architecture community. Tag us on social media to let everyone know you are going! LinkedIn   Instagram   Facebook


Speaker: Caroline Yuen

Caroline Yuen
Senior Executive Interior Architecture, Peddle Thorp Brisbane.

Caroline is an imaginative problem-solver whose skill in interior architecture is informed by a genuine passion and talent for art and design. She brings originality and a sense of prestige to the internal spaces she creates. Her experience includes more than 30 years working as an architect and designer in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia across a wide range of fields including commercial, health, retail, education, residential and hotels. She is committed to exceeding expectations and displays strong empathy for clients and other stakeholders in crafting and refining ideas. This allows her to transform every brief into a contemporary yet timeless example of interior architecture that genuinely reflects the project goals. Caroline’s artistry, ability to convey a strong design ethos and ability to find clever solutions means she achieves an inspired outcome regardless of the project scope or budget. Caroline is an emerging artist with an interest in painting and sculpture. Her works have been exhibited and a number of her paintings and sculptures are held in private collections around Australia. In 2022, Caroline was chosen as a finalist from 650 entries in the Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne ‘Exploration 2022’ exhibition for emerging artists. Practising architecture has given her the avenue to express her passion, with a focus on spatial planning and interior architecture. Caroline provides executive leadership in project design and interiors. She takes part in Peddle Thorp business development and management teams, to brainstorm alternative insights in an ever-changing market. Caroline leads Peddle Thorp’s Reconciliation Working Group and is an Implementation Leader in the Champion of Change committee. As a first generation migrant being involved in the Queensland Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is an extension of her belief in addressing diversity in architectural practice.

Speaker: Lindy Osborne Burton

Lindy Osborne Burton
Associate Professor, School of Architecture & Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology

Originally educated in South Africa, Lindy emigrated to Australia, where she commenced working at Brisbane’s Cox Rayner Architects, before registering as an architect in Queensland. Following 18 years of practice, where she received 15 professional design awards, Lindy chose to pursue a full-time academic career. Now an Associate Professor of Architecture at Queensland University of Technology, Lindy is a Senior Fellow and an Associate Fellow (Indigenous) of the Higher Education Academy and her teaching and research excellence has been recognised at QUT and nationally, with multiple Awards. Lindy’s research centres on the integration of Inclusive (belonging), Biophilic (connection to nature), Salutogenic (health and well-being) and Eudaimonic (joy and contentment) architectural design approaches. She supplements this with expertise in the design of innovative environments to support mental health, neuro-distinction, and gender equity. Lindy is currently collaborating with scientists and engineers globally, to propose innovative new approaches to reduce airborne infection transmission through improving indoor air quality. Lindy has served as a juror for the International Union of Architects Award for Innovation in Architectural Education, and the International Innovative Health Design Awards program, and is the Australian regional editor for the International Journal of Architectural Research. Lindy is currently appointed as the Academic Board Director of the Board of Architects of Queensland, as a Referee for the Queensland Development Tribunal, and to the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia Accreditation Standing Panel and Overseas Qualifications Assessment Panel.

Speaker: Liza Ringdahl

Liza Ringdahl
Principal at Hayball, Brisbane

Architect Liza Ringdahl a Principal in the Brisbane studio of Hayball, has an intrepid spirit and strengths in management and executive leadership. With significant experience in education, commercial and retail projects throughout Australia, Liza has delivered numbers of major projects throughout Queensland. She is instrumental in the successful delivery of projects whose innovative design attracts international recognition. Liza applies research and neuro-scientific principles in her passionate exploration of design to influence learning and working experiences. Her interest in neuroscience and the cognitive benefits associated with a ‘sense of place’ adds exceptional value to workplace design, and education design for improved learning outcomes. A motivated achiever, Liza has been a Telstra Women in Business Awards finalist and received numerous accolades for achievements in the construction industry, including the NAWIC Laing O’Rourke Crystal Vision Award in 2015 for promotion of gender diversity within the Construction Industry. One of Liza’s most important values is working collaboratively. “The collective mind is more powerful than the single mind. Both in my design leadership, and as a people leader, I focus on helping people to get along, feel valued and trusted. Happy people are usually more productive and creative.”

Speaker: Anna Svensdotter

Anna Svensdotter
State Manager Queensland, Australian Institute of Architects
Originally from Sweden, where she studied at trade college and worked as a carpenter prior to moving to Australia and embarked on studies in architecture, Anna is the State Manager for the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter. She joined the Institute in 2021 as a Member Services Specialist focused on Research and Advocacy. Prior to her work for the Institute Anna was a Lecturer, Research Assistant and Sessional Academic with the Centre for Justice, QUT School of Law, Urban Informatics Research Group, QUT Design Lab and School of Design at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She graduated B.Des Architectural Studies (1st Class Honours) at QUT 2013, M.Arch QUT 2014 and completed her PhD in architecture in 2021. Anna has coordinated courses in design and architecture at the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and the University of the Sunshine Coast. Anna is a transdisciplinary researcher and has taught in architecture and design at Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, University of Sydney and Sunshine Coast University in areas such as visualisation, design studio (Architecture and Landscape Architecture), design theory, design history at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has been involved with several research projects eg The InstaBooth, HCI After Dark, Dignity First Homelessness Hackathon, The Hospital Burrow Project and the Internationally awarded QUT Art Museum exhibition Vis-Ability, since graduating from the Master of Architecture at the School of Design at QUT at the end of 2014. Anna’s research is transdisciplinary with a focus on socio-spatial structures of the urban public space, spatial justice, urban assemblages and social affordances of the public place, temporal civic activity, territoriality, and temporary public urban places.

Speaker: Tanya Golitschenko

Tanya Golitschenko
Senior Associate Architect, Hassell and 2022 Emerging Architect Prize winner for Queensland

Tanya Golitschenko challenges society to remember the outliers and stands up for those still finding their voice. Her daughter Florence, born with hearing loss, reminds her how compassion and good design can empower all members of society. A Senior Associate Architect at Hassell, a single mother of a strong future female leader, a koala advocate and treasurer of a Not-For-Profit, Tanya serves as a mentee, coach, and advocate for women in architecture and construction while championing inclusive cities and sustainable environments. Tanya has crafted a respected career in transport infrastructure projects, actively helping to shape the city and facilitating widespread accessibility in Brisbane’s public spaces while simultaneously promoting the representation of young women in design and construction. Challenging the status quo and business-as-usual ideologies, Tanya has built a career and rapport within the industry of influence and leadership. Tanya sees this as a great privilege and a platform to mentor and coach other women to have the confidence to speak up and value themselves. As chair of the NAWIC Qld education and mentoring committee, she supports other amazing women to do the same; to provide education, mentoring, scholarships, and leadership training to women across our profession. Tanya’s contributions to architecture and the community were recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Chapter, through receiving the 2022 Emerging Architect Prize.

MC: Katerina Dracopoulos

Katerina Dracopoulos
Director, Fulton and Trotter Architects, Brisbane

Katerina is a dynamic leader and designer. She brings an energy to her projects that excite and unite her clients, collaborators and colleagues. She is naturally skilled at developing big-picture architectural visions and elegant details. Katerina’s breadth of experience as an architect includes working in our Sydney office and working in Paris on international projects. For over 16 years Katerina has worked within a range of sectors including education, aged care, cultural and community. She is a leader in the education sector and more recently has been honing her expertise in library design. Katerina enjoys the challenge of projects that require interpreting complex briefs, and detailed consultation and coordination with multiple stakeholders.


Members $80 
Non-Members $100

Table of ten/Members $750
Table of Ten/Non-Members $950



Is this an event for women only?
Absolutely not. This is an event that celebrates diversity and inclusion. It is fundamental to the theme of the 2023 International Women's Day that we embrace the WHOLE community and that we all pledge to champion equity, no matter what gender we may be.

Getting to the venue

Changed access
From July 2022, access to the State Library and the Queensland Culture Centre will change due to ongoing Brisbane Metro construction.
- Victoria Bridge is permanently close to general traffic
- Melbourne Street will close to general traffic between Hope Street and Grey Street
- Grey Street will be reduced to two traffic lanes (one lane in each direction) between Russell Street and Peel Street
- Best access to the State Library and the Cultural Centre car parks will be via Montague Road (north bound) or William Jolly Bridge (south bound)

Public Transport
The State Library is a short walk from both the Cultural Centre Busway Station in Melbourne Street and the South Brisbane train station at the corner of Melbourne and Grey Streets.
The closest CityCat and City Ferry terminals are located at South Bank.
The nearest CityCycle station is located in Kurilpa Park close to the barbecues.
For further public transport information visit TransLink or contact them on 13 12 30.

By Car
Parking is available under State Library and the Queensland Art Gallery, accessible via Stanley Place.
- Flat fee of $17 per entry, per day. Payment to be made on entry by credit card only (Visa or MasterCard).
- Overnight vehicles will incur an additional $17 fee per day or part thereof. Vehicles exiting after hours will incur a fee of $40.
- Enter via Stanley Place (access via the Grey Street and Peel Street intersection or Montague Road).
- Open Monday to Friday 5.30am to midnight, Saturday and Sunday 7am to midnight.
- Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
All Cultural Centre car parks are managed by Arts Queensland. For more information (including a map), visit Arts Queensland or phone 3840 7942. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre car park remains closed until further notice. Alternative car parks are located at South Bank Parklands and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Taxi or rideshare
Drop-off points are located on Stanley Place outside State Library.

Refunds and cancellations

Please refer to our terms and conditions for information about refunds and cancellations. By registering for this event you are agreeing to these terms.