Industry Showcase | Best in Practice Management

Industry Showcase | Best in Practice Management


Industry Showcase | Best in Practice Management

2 Formal CPD Points
Available On Demand



Outstanding work cultures engender outstanding work, driving attraction and retention of staff and clients alike. But how is such a culture established and nurtured?
Four practices awarded for their achievements in this space present on how they have fostered a strong, unique culture and how it has benefited project outcomes and business performance. 
A panel discussion with speakers facilitated by Bespoke Career's Krista Shearer follows.


Brian Clohessy - Head of People and Character, BVN 

Brian Clohessy’s career path has taken him from architect, to project leader, to BVN’s Sydney Studio Director, through to his latest incarnation at BVN, as Head of People and Character. Brian’s 20 odd years practicing architecture, covers a diverse spectrum and scale of award-winning work, most recently as Project Director of the Marrickville Library and Community Hub project. Working with people and driving change within large architectural practices has led to his holistic approach to leadership, fostering a caring and supportive culture at BVN, one where everyone within the collective has a sense of purpose and place. Brian leads the development of the overall vision, strategy and structure for all things people-related at BVN. He has a special focus on mental wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, learning and development and people retention. Essentially Brian sees his role as maintaining BVN’s evolving culture based on human needs and aspirations which inevitably improves the collective’s wellbeing.


Diana Sarcasmo – General Manager, Mirvac Design

As General Manager of Mirvac Design, Diana leads a diverse team of professionals with expertise in architecture, interior design, urban design and graphic design. She is a registered architect with a Masters degree in Business Management and plays a pivotal role integrating design excellence across Mirvac development projects and its portfolio of commercial properties. Under Diana’s leadership, Mirvac Design has expanded its practice and become an increasingly important advocate for design principles that deliver positive urban design outcomes.


Tanya Awadallah – Practice Director, MHNDU 

Tanya has a broad architectural background and over a decade of professional experience. As Practice Director she works closely with the Leadership Team developing and implementing systems and strategies that cater for our ever expanding practice. Her key responsibilities at MHNDU include managing operations, human resources, marketing, communications and our externally audited QSEMS. She is passionate about MHNDU’s role both as an innovative design practice and a force for positive social change in the community. 


Shaun Carter – Principal, Carter Williamson Architects

Shaun is the founding architect of Carter Williamson Architects. Shaun came to architecture with a Structural Engineering degree and many years working in the construction industry. At Carter Williamson, Shaun is inspired by the wonderful colleagues he is fortunate to work with. The studio environment encourages wide-ranging conversations that broaden and strengthen everyone’s approach to architecture. As a student and practitioner, Shaun has received many awards for his work. Shaun believes we need to give back to the same architectural community that has afforded him and Carter Williamson the wonderful opportunities of education and critical thought. He has enacted this belief through his involvement in education and his active contribution to the Australian Institute of Architects, where he has held the role of NSW Chapter President, committee and forum member, and juror.



This presentation is equivalent to 2 hour/point of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

2015 Competencies:

Practice Management: 

9.1 Knowledge and implementation of appropriate practice model to ensure efficient, effective and ethical professional service.
9.2 Knowledge and application of practice resources required to ensure efficient and effective professional service.
9.3 Identification and application of practice systems and quality management systems to facilitate efficient and timely delivery of architectural services in accordance with project objectives.
9.4 Establishment of project team and practice structures required to deliver the professional services in a timely manner.
9.6 Knowledge and application of professional ethics and ethical practices in respect to practice management and provision of professional service.

2021 Competencies:

Practice Management and Professional Conduct:

PC 2 Implement practice resources and apply ethical employment practice methods and quality assurance systems to facilitate efficient, consistent and timely delivery of architectural services. 
PC 4 Be able to apply principles of project and staff planning and resource costs to establish realistic and achievable timeframe. 


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session participants should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key principles of diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  2. Identify bias in recruitment processes and ways of eliminating this bias
  3. List flexible work practices
  4. Identify how workplace practices and culture can impact practices and culture beyond the workplace
  5. Recognise ways that practice management approaches can influence staff recruitment and retention as well as client relationships


Panel facilitator


Krista Shearer, Bespoke Careers



Non member $ 149
Member $99 
SONA Student $35


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