Mr David Barr Mr Philip Gresley
Director David Barr Architects
David Barr is a registered architect and director of David Barr Architects, which he founded in 2010. David’s practice works across small, medium and large-scale residential projects, exploring how housing can be adapted to suit Western Australia in the twenty first century.
David has significant experience with design review, having taken part in professional, government and academic review panels throughout his career. He sits on two local government design review panels and has served as a design tutor at local universities. More recently, he was part of specialist consultant teams that contributed to the Design WA Residential Design Codes Volume 2 – Apartments, and the draft Design WA Precinct Design Guidelines.
David’s keen interest in the quality of the built environment is premised on the observation that it affects us all daily and shapes who we are and how we live. He believes having a diverse design review panel of independent professionals will instil wide community confidence that significant built environment proposals are rigorously and fairly reviewed, while promoting liveable, accessible, sustainable cities; places for future generations.
Ms Elisabetta Guj
Director Gresley Abas
Architect Philip Gresley is a founding director of firm Gresley Abas and has cross-disciplinary experience in urban design and planning, landscape architecture, master-planning and public art.
Philip has wide project experience in developments ranging in scale and has been involved in several design review panels, including those for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, LandCorp and the cities of Bayswater, Fremantle and Stirling. He was also a lead consultant team member on the Design WA Residential Design Codes – Volume 2, Apartments.
Throughout his career Philip has served in design educator roles at the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University and as a juror for the Australian Institute of Architects. He has also been Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects Urban Design Committee and educational advisor at the Australian Urban Design Centre.
As Western Australia’s population grows, Philip believes it is critical that quality design is an integral part of planning and building procurement frameworks. He sees the State Design Review Panel as a foundation stone in the quest to improve design quality in WA so that planning instruments such as Design WA can benefit from rigorous design assessment at the earliest stages of a project.
As a member of the State Design Review Panel Philip hopes to help make a difference in guiding design proposals to create a contextual response – to the past, present and future.
Mr Paul Jones
Elisabetta (Libby) Guj
Principal Elisabetta Guj Architecture Design Art
Consultant Libby Guj is a multi-award-winning architect specialising in higher education design.
Libby is a past director and principal of Jones Coulter Young and is a regular juror for the Design Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects. She was awarded a Black Moon Award by Edith Cowan University and Kurongkurl Katitjin for her contribution to architecture and dedication to Aboriginal community.
Libby’s work focuses strongly on education, civic, not for profit, social and public housing, cultural projects involving Aboriginal communities, the arts, as well as broader community and infrastructure projects. She has held posts as an educator at Curtin University and The University of Western Australia where she has been a tutor, end of year juror and invited speaker.
Libby believes the greatest strength of the State Design Review Panel is the exceptional diversity of its members, which recognises the need to view every project from multiple perspectives and look far beyond the boundaries of place and time.
Mr David Karotkin
Regional Director (Hong Kong) OMA Australia
Paul Jones is an Australian Architect and Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, with over 25 years’ experience working across Australia and internationally in both the public and private sectors.
A director at OMA, Paul has been exposed to international architecture and urban thinking, exploring contemporary strategies and approaches through different places and cultures. Paul’s previous work experience also includes master planning, urban design, cultural, heritage preservation, research, education, sport, entertainment, commercial and residential projects. He is currently involved with the New South Wales Government Architect review processes.
Paul believes that design quality matters, that critical thinking adds value, and, that project pragmatics can be enhanced and balanced with a considered approach.
He is looking forward to contributing to the State Design Review Panel as he believes future places can become a positive differentiator that creates social, economic and environmental activation.
Mr Patrick Kosky
Managing Director Carabiner Architects
David Karotkin joins the State Design Review Panel with over 30 years’ experience from a career spanning the United Kingdom, Israel, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has worked on diverse projects in master-planning, education precincts, heritage, waterside developments and public works.
David is an awarded architect who believes in the power of a well-designed built environment to improve peoples’ lives. He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and a recipient of the American Institute of Architects (Hon) Presidential Medal.
Currently Managing Director at Perth-based Carabiner Architects, he specialises in the design of public buildings and places, where people interact and communities can flourish.
David was elected to be the WA State President of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2011, and in 2014 he became the National President. He has also served on design review panels for the Town of Cambridge, the cities of Perth and Stirling, and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.
He believes with the introduction of performance-based design guidelines, it is critical that development proposals are reviewed by experts with capacity to evaluate designs and determine if they will achieve the defined objectives.
As part of the State Design Review Panel, David is looking forward to encouraging proponents to come up with innovative, and uniquely Western Australian, design responses to deliver excellent outcomes on significant projects throughout the state.
Mr Will Lakin
Director Kerry Hill Architects
Patrick Kosky is a director at Australian architectural firm, Kerry Hill Architects and brings 18 years of significant project experience to the State Design Review Panel.
Patrick’s previous work includes project architect at the City of Perth Library and Kings Square, Fremantle and deputy member of the City of Fremantle Design Advisory Committee from 2014 to 2016 and a presiding member from 2016 to 2018.
Patrick graduated with first class honours from the University of Western Australia. Throughout his career he has served as a juror for UWA’s prestigious George Temple Poole Award and as a member on Australian Institute of Architects juries in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Patrick is looking forward to contributing to the State Design Review Panel as he believes design review is an important part of the planning and approval process for new developments, enabling the approving authority to understand the design merits of proposals and consequently making more informed decisions.
By making design quality part of the approval process Patrick believes this will lead to buildings and developments that are sustainable, adaptable and most importantly, valued by the community.
Ms Morag Lee
Principal Buchan Group
Will Lakin is an award-winning architect and master-planner, and Principal of Buchan Group.
A design leader and practice manager with a passion for his profession, William has built a career portfolio of city-making architecture and master-planning with heritage.
Will’s career has been shaped through projects in Hong Kong and China and academic posts at design schools in the UK and at Curtin University and The University of Western Australia. He has also worked in an advisory capacity to government bodies on master-planning with heritage.
Will brings to the State Design Review Panel his previous design review experience, having served on the UK South-West Design Review Panel for five years and chaired the Youth Design Review Panel in Bristol.
With experience in contemporary architecture in complex and sensitive environments, William is well-placed to contribute to the State Design Review Panel, which he believes will significantly increase the quality of schemes progressed in Western Australia.
Mr Peter Lee
Senior Associate HASSELL Perth
Morag Lee is a Senior Associate with HASSELL Perth whose career has revolved around the healthcare sector spanning across Europe, USA, Singapore and Qatar.
With architectural qualifications that includes a Masters of Arts in Health Building Planning, Management and Design, Morag moved to Perth in 2006 to take up the role as medical planning lead on the Fiona Stanley Hospital project.
Since her return to Western Australia Morag has seen Perth change dramatically, and believes the ongoing possibilities of the city cannot be underestimated. Morag wants to capitalise on the many opportunities the city has to offer and believes it is important to draw on the full spectrum of skills, experience and expertise available within the industry.
Morag is looking forward to contributing to the State Design Review Panel to ensure it pushes for exemplary design – and that it remains high on the agenda in this time of intense growth and development in Western Australia.
Prof Geoffrey London
Director HASSELL Perth
Peter Lee is an International Director of HASSELL and is responsible for leading a multidisciplinary international design team engaged in a di-verse range of major local, national and international projects.
Having worked on many award-winning projects including Optus Stadium, 140 William St, The Westin, ABC (East Perth) and Brookfield Place, Peter specialises in strategic planning, project team coordination, landscape architecture, placemaking, master-planning and urban design.
Peter is an adjunct Professor of Curtin University and has worked with peak industry bodies in the fields of architecture and urban design. He has a strong interest in integrated planning and was a founding director of the Planning Group and member of the Metropolitan Regional Authority design review panel.
Currently working on projects that will further transform Perth – Waterbank, Belmont Racecourse Masterplan, along with Chevron Tower and lots 5 & 6 at Elizabeth Quay, Peter has always had a focus on multidisciplinary practice.
Peter hopes to bring his constructive critique and previous panel experience to the design review panel.
Mr Chris Maher
Professor of Architecture School of Design The University of Western Australia
Geoffrey London joins the design panel with extensive experience as a former Government Architect of both Western Australia and Victoria. He is currently Professor of Architecture at The University of Western Australia School of Design where he has also served as Dean and Head of School. He is also chair of the City of Fremantle Design Advisory Committee.
Geoffrey’s significant design review experience involves the implementation and chairing of the Victorian Design Review Panel and advising Western Australian local government authorities on the establishment of their design review panels. Through these roles and participation in many other design review panels, he has developed great trust in the review process to assist in achieving better quality buildings and places.
Geoffrey is an active researcher in the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and has had a long-term professional interest in medium density housing and forms of delivery that provide more affordability and better design outcomes.
He is a Fellow of The University of Melbourne, an adjunct professor at Monash University, a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, a previous WA Chapter President, and an honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the State Design Review Panel.
Ms Carolyn Marshall
National Director Urban Design Hames Sharley Architects
Christopher Maher is National Director and Portfolio leader for Hames Sharley’s urban development portfolio with a thirty-year career spanning the public and private sectors, both nationally and internationally.
Christopher’s well-rounded experience has seen him design and deliver significant integrated developments across residential, commercial, hospitality, education and health, earning him accolades along the way.
Christopher has significant experience with design review as a current member of design review panels for several State and local government organisations. He believes successful design must interchange with built form, street and wider neighbourhood or landscape settings, and consider the dynamics between society, history, governance, planning and economics.
With qualifications that include a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (with Honours) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, Christopher intends to use his role to encourage and challenge applicants to improve and evolve their design for the benefit of the community
Ms Jennifer Officer
Previous Principal Architect Building Works Authority, Department of Finance
Carolyn Marshall is a Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects with a Masters in World Heritage and Sustainability and an accreditation from Green Building Council of Australia.
Now retired, Carolyn’s career spans both public and private practice and includes roles as Principal Architect at the Building Works Authority, elected member to the Town of Claremont council and a State Administrative Tribunal member. Her extensive experience also included work on significant projects around the world in England, West Samoa and Germany.
Carolyn is keen to bring her experience and passion for sustainability to the design review panel to ensure all buildings are energy efficient and have been designed to ensure comfortable conditions, low operational emissions and include smart water, energy and waste initiatives. She believes buildings and spaces between buildings should be inspirational, pleasurable, green, low maintenance and protect cultural heritage values, as well as being contextually responsive and sustainable over a minimum 50-year life cycle.
Carolyn hopes to see the design panel focus the creation of the built environment on social, environmental, cultural and economic requirements that has the needs of people as its central focus.
Ms Shelley Penn
Director Officer Woods
Jennie is a founding director at Officer Woods Architects and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at the University of Western Australia.
Jennie is a previous winner of the WA State Emerging Architect award (2010) and The Gil Nicol Travel Prize (2013) for enhancement of the built environment in Western Australia. She makes regular contributions to architectural dialogue and knowledge by review, presentation and publication, and has served as a jury member at both State and National level for peer-reviewed awards programs. She is a current member of the City of Fremantle Design Advisory Committee.
Jennie places high importance on design review as it foregrounds design quality through both process and form. Through the process of design review, the term design quality will be interrogated, explored and articulated, leading to better informed assessments on design and promoting confidence for both authorities and proponents.
She hopes to make a difference in serving on the State Design Review Panel by working constructively with diverse professionals and drawing on strong disciplinary knowledge without bias. She looks forward to fresh approaches that strongly engage with design value, improve existing practices and apply the design principles of DesignWA.
Mr Alf Seeling
Principal Shelley Penn Architect
Shelley Penn is a Melbourne-based architect and urbanist who has had her practice recognised through architecture awards, publication and exhibition.
Shelley is Adjunct Professor in Architecture Practice at Monash University and Associate Professor in Architecture at Melbourne University. She is a member of the State Design Review Panels for Victoria, NSW and the ACT.
With 20 years’ experience providing strategic design advice to government and the private sector, Shelley’s current roles include Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Advisory Board member Office of Projects Victoria and Women’s Property Initiatives, and membership on Waterways of the West Ministerial Advisory Committee (Victoria). Her past roles include chair of the National Capital Authority, national president of the Australian Institute of Architects and associate Victorian Government Architect. In 2014, Shelley was named an AFR/Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’ in the public policy category.
Shelley is driven by an enduring commitment to enriching culture, improving social outcomes and sustainability through the quality of the built environment. Through her involvement with the Western Australian State Design Review Panel, Shelley hopes to further those goals by providing meaningful insights that assist in advancing design proposals.
Shelley sees design review as a critical element in the procurement of high quality projects and will bring her breadth of government knowledge combined with hands-on experience to her role on the State Design Review Panel.
Mr Dominic Snellgrove
Senior Associate Architectus
Alf Seeling is a senior associate at Architectus in Perth, where his key focus is on design and client relationships.
After graduating from Curtin University (WAIT) Alf spent a decade working in Austria, UK and Japan with Ernst Giselbrecht, Eilfred Huth and then Lord Norman Foster before returning to Australia in 1996.
Alf joined Woods Bagot in 2000 and was based in the United Arab Emirates where he led the design of an extensive list of significant works, including the Qatar Science and Technology Park, the Masdar Headquarters in Abu Dhabi and the Nakheel Harbour and Tower in Dubai, which at upwards of 1,100 metres remains the world’s tallest building to have commenced construction.
In recent years, Alf has been involved in several design reviews for Government and private organisations. As a member of the Advisory Group for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Alf contributed to the deliberations on the One World Trade Centre project in New York being accepted as the tallest building in North America.
According to Alf, significant buildings generally have a wide and lasting impact on our overall built environment. Healthy, collaborative design reviews can contribute to ensuring they are the best they can be.
Ms Emma Williamson
Managing Director Cameron Chisholm and Nicol WA
In a career spanning three decades, Dominic Snellgrove has extensive experience in multi-dwelling residential, aged care, commercial, office and retail design and has a strong focus on ensuring developments are sustainable.
A graduate of the Architectural Association (UK), Dominic launched his career in the Berlin studio of Professor OM Ungers. On returning to London in 1994 he worked on low energy sustainable office buildings before moving to Sydney in 1997. There, he was the concept and design architect for ‘30 The Bond’ – the first 5 Star ABGR and 5 Star Green Star office building in Australia.
Dominic joined multi-award-winning Cameron Chisholm Nicol in 2004 and appointed Managing Director in 2014. He was the Project and Design Director for the award-winning Perth Arena, a joint-venture collaboration with Melbourne-based architects ARM.
An active member of the Property Council, Dominic has sat on design panels for the cities of Wanneroo, Stirling, Bayswater, Cockburn, Melville, Subiaco and Fremantle. He has also served in design education roles across several Australian universities and has been a juror for the Australian Institute of Architects and a competition assessor on projects such as Kings Square in the Perth CBD.
Dominic is interested in the way design review elevates the importance of design considerations in the planning process and facilitates a collaborative process in the early stages of a project that seeks to benefit the proponent, the community and the built environment.
CEO The Fulcrum Agency
As a founding partner and CEO of an innovative design practice that leverages community and social outcomes through evidence-based design thinking, Emma Williamson is well-versed in taking a wider view on the design of communities.
With more than twenty years’ experience stemming from a background in architecture and interiors, Emma is skilled in considering how a project of any scale responds to its community and urban context. A focus of her practice is to balance design, advocacy, research and action to address inequality, create impact and find opportunity across Australia.
Emma is the State Advisor on the new WA Museum project and has worked on the award-winning Broome Structure Plan, Elizabeth Quay Kiosk and the Murdoch University–Mandurah campus masterplan. She also has a strong publishing history and regularly presents at panels and conferences.
Emma is a passionate advocate of the value of good design and the role that expert design review panels can play in ensuring quality built environments. She currently sits on design review panel for cities of Canning, Stirling and Rockingham and has seen first-hand how they support better design outcomes.
Emma sees Western Australia as being at a turning point of transformation that offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to establish well designed, thriving communities to long-serve future generations. She views the State Design Review Panel as a welcome conduit between State and local government, architects, and developers that seeks the best possible outcomes for our growing cities and towns.