Adam Haddow Director, Architecture, Sydney

Won the Penelope and Edward Bilson travelling scholarship, design excellence, from University of Melbourne where he holds a Bachelor of Architecture. Architect and Urban Designer. Interested in what makes cities vibrant, connected and civil. 2007 won a 40th anniversary Churchill Fellowship to research urban density and culture, with reference to public and private space. 2009 Property Council of Australia National Future Leader award; furthered discussion about Australian cities and living environments. Has taught at University of Melbourne and University of Technology Sydney. A principal of the Sydney SJB practice since 2002. Project Director for St Margaret’s, Louisa Road, Marine Apartments, SOHO Alexandria and Casba.

Alison McCabe Director, Planning, Sydney

Has over 30 years’ experience in statutory and strategic planning for government and private practice. Worked at Cessnock, Rockdale, Woollahra and North Sydney Councils and Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. Before establishing SJB Planning NSW in 2005, with Stuart McDonald, was Director, Environmental and Community Management, Leichhardt Council. Experienced in all facets of urban and regional planning: local government administration, statutory planning processes, policy development, public participation, conflict resolution; expert witness to NSW Land and Environment Court. Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of New England; Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law, Sydney University. Has lectured on planning at Sydney’s University of Technology.

Amanda Ring Director, Planning, Melbourne

1986 graduated from University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning. Occupied planning positions in public and private sectors, gaining considerable experience of strategic and statutory planning. 1987 joined the former Ministry of Planning and worked in Central City Group advising the minister on central city developments; worked in its heritage branch and Historic Buildings Council, managing regional heritage. Since 1991 in the private sector, much of it with SJB Planning, helping public and private clients to meet land use and development objectives. An expert witness in planning approval review. Interested in cultural heritage. Has tutored at University of Melbourne.

Amanda Roberts Director, Urban Design, Melbourne

Amanda Roberts is an Urban Designer with experience in both the private and government sectors in delivering and advocating for thoughtful design within the context of competing needs. Amanda is passionate about Urban Design and its role in the delivery of engaging spaces which contribute to the community’s quality of life. Her professional career has focused on the practicalities of delivering the quadruple bottom line for development: achieving socially, environmentally, financially and culturally successful projects.

Andrew Parr Director, Interior Design, Melbourne

Andrew Parr is considered one of Australia’s foremost interior designers. Since founding SJB Interiors in 1994, he has developed and refined his ideas concerning modernism as a basis for design. He interprets and designs for spaces in response to each specific client, location and brief. His design ethos of combining clarity with an unexpected, expressive signature is evident in projects such as the Est.

Beau Fulwood Associate, Architecture, Melbourne

Beau studied architecture at the University of Newcastle graduating in 2006, before relocating to Bangkok, Thailand to work for Woods Bagot. There he was involved in a variety of projects from high-rise residential, mixed-use, educational and luxury resorts and homes. After relocating to Melbourne, Beau completed the Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne graduating in 2010. In 2011 he joined the team at SJB and has worked on multi-unit residential, mixed use, high-end homes and leisure projects across all phases from design and feasibility to construction.

Cathy Pearl Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Over 20 years in the Melbourne property industry. Bachelor of Arts (Urban Studies) and Graduate Diploma (Environment and Planning). Following work in the legal industry, was a planning consultant in private practice. Has experience of land use planning, playing a lead role in facilitating development approvals for industrial, commercial and residential proposals. Assists clients throughout the statutory planning processes, including planning permit applications, technical and strategic advice to developers, architects and consultants about site and neighbourhood character assessment, planning scheme policies, Rescode objectives, standards and decision guidelines, design review, advocacy and presentations at VCAT. Experience of the Greater Dandenong Priority Paid certification process.

Charles Peters Associate, Architecture, Sydney

Charles Peters is a registered architect and has worked at SJB since 2006. With a background spanning infrastructure, retail, residential, hospitality and commercial, he is able to provide bespoke high-quality solutions for a wide range of projects. At SJB Charles specialises in complex urban sites, maximising efficiency and optimising design outcomes. A process of considered, innovative and collaborative design has resulted in multiple award-winning projects. Charles is a graduate of the University of Sydney and currently teaches at the University of NSW.

Claire Murray Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Joined SJB Planning as a Senior Planner in January 2011; has over eight years’ experience in the private sector. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Planning and Environment Studies) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) at the University of Melbourne, began her career as an economic and planning consultant with SGS in Melbourne before completing a Master of Science (Spatial Planning) at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. 2005 returned to Australia, taking up a position in Perth and gained significant experience in statutory and strategic planning. 2010 returned to Melbourne and has worked on commercial, residential and mixed-use developments.

David Hickey Associate, Planning, Melbourne

David joined SJB Planning in 2008 and brings with him 11 years’ experience. David began his career with an Urban Planning degree at the University of Melbourne. Previously a Ministerial Adviser within the Victorian Government, David’s professional planning career commenced at the City of Kingston as both a strategic and statutory planner, gaining extensive local government experience in both disciplines. Since commencing with SJB Planning, David has worked on a variety of residential, commercial and public sector projects and often represents clients at public consultation forums as well as being an advocate at VCAT.

Fiona Coakley Associate, Architecture, Melbourne

Originally from Ireland, Fiona graduated from Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Prior to joining SJB, she worked in Ireland and Queensland where she gained experience in mixed-use, hospitality, leisure, health-care and residential projects. At SJB, Fiona has been responsible for the successful completion of numerous high quality apartment projects. Fiona is adept at coordinating all aspects of the delivery process, ensuring design excellence whilst striving to exceed the expectations of all stakeholders.

Francisco Layson Associate, Urban Design, Sydney

Associate Urban Designer, Francisco Layson, has developed a unique breadth of skills and experience from his work in both the public and private sector, where he has become accustomed to working and collaborating within multidisciplinary teams. His project experience ranges from complex mixed-use city centre precincts, to precinct-wide masterplans, transport corridor studies, wayfinding strategies, and residential and commercial developments, over the various stages of a project’s life. Francisco is also championing the use of technology in design by utilising parametric modelling to develop innovative approaches to urban design and architecture.

Gabrielle Suhr Associate, Architecture, Sydney

Gabrielle Suhr received a Bachelor of Architecture with first class honours from RMIT in 2001, and joined SJB Architects in 2008. Before this she worked for Marchese + Partners Architects in Sydney and for boutique architectural practices such as BBP Architects in Victoria. Gabrielle’s experience ranges from mixed-use towers to large-scale, multi-unit residential developments and luxury single dwellings. She generates close client/architect relationships and good communication to achieve the best architectural outcomes. Most of her clients have been in the construction industry or owner builders. This has contributed to her construction knowledge base but also requires astute attention to detail and reliable project management skills. Gabrielle enjoys on-site problem-solving and achieving quality-conscious design.

Georgia Hickey Associate, Interior Design, Sydney

Georgia studied Interior Architecture at the University of New South Wales and began her career working on large scale commercial projects in Sydney. After joining SJB in 2011 her focus shifted to exploring hospitality, residential and boutique commercial projects at an intimate level. It was through this work that Georgia discovered her passion for heritage buildings and personal love of adaptive reuse projects. She enjoys the challenge of such spaces and the possibilities involved with designing within them.

Henry Wood Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Henry has more than 12 years planning experience gained in both consulting and government environments in Australia and the United Kingdom. In addition to a strong network of client and stakeholder relationships, his professionalism gives him valuable insights into the systems and approach adopted by local Councils, which equip him to provide accurate, expert advice on development options and add substantial value to his clients. Henry is a ‘big picture’ thinker who takes time to understand his clients’ vision. He is skilled at guiding planning choices that achieve the best possible result for clients, councils and communities.

Hugh Smyth Director, Planning, Melbourne

Joined SJB Planning in 2004. His professional skills cover statutory and strategic planning requirements including formulating and obtaining major development approvals, policy formulation for land use and development, public presentations, community consultation and preparation of urban and regional strategic plans. Hugh’s portfolio of major projects includes redevelopment of the Richmond Plaza shopping centre and former Honeywell site on the Yarra River. He frequently appears before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s Planning and Environment List and Planning Panels Victoria as an advocate and expert witness. He joins SJB Planning’s directors Phil Borelli, Amanda Ring, Kel Twite and Peter Doyle.

James Goulding Director, Planning, Melbourne

For the past 15 years, James has worked in the planning and development profession, within both government and private practices.  He obtained a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning with Honours from the University of South Australia before commencing his first role with the City of Mount Gambier.  James is an experienced advisor who has worked on a broad range of statutory and strategic planning projects throughout South Australia, United Kingdom and Victoria. James has an excellent understanding of the technical, political and commercial factors influencing planning and development and, in turn, provides effective leadership and advice to clients to enable the timely and cost effective delivery of approvals for projects. James represents clients at council meetings, public consultation forums, Panel hearings and VCAT proceedings.

Joanne McGuinness
Joanne McGuinness Associate, Planning, Sydney

Joanne McGuinness has 20 years’ planning experience in government and private practice. Prior to joining SJB, Joanne worked in consultancy as well as in state and local government. She is experienced in all facets of urban and regional planning including: statutory processes,  strategic planning and policy development; social planning and public participation; and master planning and rezoning proposals. Joanne’s experience ranges from small scale domestic residential proposals, to the project management and coordination of large scape urban renewal projects involving multi-disciplinary teams. She also provides statutory planning reviews, planning advice and due diligence, and has assessed major development applications, masterplans and rezoning proposals.

John Pradel Director, Architecture, Sydney

John Pradel graduated from The University of Melbourne with Bachelor of Architecture in 1986. He joined SJB Architects, Melbourne in 1989, and became a director of SJB Architects, Sydney in 1997. John has strong management capabilities and is responsible for projects of all scales and size, ranging in complexity. His objective is to encapsulate and realise the particular potential inherent in each project, and he harnesses and exploits the abilities of his project teams. John believes that design that seeks clarity, responds to context and purpose and is respectful of the environment fulfils its cardinal role.

Jonathan Knapp Director, Urban Design, Sydney

Director and founder of SJB Urban Design in Sydney. Leads complex urban and greenfield master plans that respect cultural, built, environmental site values. Believes in open consultative process, and finding solutions to urban problems through collaborative design. Qualifications in urban design, architecture, town planning. Approach to urban design and planning forged during eight years in London studying at Bartlett School of Architecture and working for BDP (Building Design Partnership). As a BDP associate, gained experience of master planning, design, regeneration and community projects in UK, China, India, Turkey, Russia, Italy, Canada. Lectures at UNSW, University of Sydney, UTS Centre for Local Government, and Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).

Jonathan Richards
Jonathan Richards Director, Interior Design, Sydney

Jonathan Richards is an interior designer and director of SJB. With a career that began in theatre and exhibition design, Jonathan brings a style of refinement and craftsmanship to the interior design projects at SJB. His joint passions for fine art and architecture are fused with interiors that are characterised by an elegant resolution of materials, textures and light. Jonathan’s twenty years of experience has crossed a broad range of projects including hospitality, corporate and residential sectors. He has been recognised by his peers with industry awards and is regularly invited to chair and participate in judging roles. Jonathan’s designs have been published widely and have been featured in local and international design magazines and books. His illustrative sketches are the hallmark of concept presentations by SJB Interiors and reflect his passion for an artistic approach to interior design.

Jonathan Tondi Associate, Architecture, Sydney

Jonathan specialises in high density multi-unit residential projects with a broader range of experience encompassing hospitality, community and leisure facilities. Jonathan’s passion lies in achieving the highest possible outcomes through all stages of the design and building procurement process. Having worked with many large scale developers Jonathan excels within collaborative working environments. His experience co-ordinating all specialist consultant services through to site construction phase has delivered a comprehensive design sensibility that achieves innovative solutions at every opportunity.

Joseph Loh Associate, Architecture, Sydney

Joe is consistent in his delivery of high quality architectural outcomes, ranging from feasibility studies and master planning through to design and documentation of mixed use and multi-unit residential projects. He draws on his local and international experience to develop intelligent and considered solutions to complex sites. He sits on various committees and juries at the Property Council and the Institute of Architects and is a former NSW Chapter Councillor. Through these forums he remains engaged with the industry and informed about current and emerging practises.

Kel Twite Director, Planning, Melbourne

Kel has more than 20 years’ experience working in the planning and development industry, having worked across local government and private consulting sectors. Kel has developed an industry leading reputation for successfully managing planning approvals processes for some of Melbourne’s most challenging and complex redevelopment sites. He is an excellent negotiator and communicator with an intimate comprehension of key land-use and development planning issues. With extensive experience across a diverse range of planning proposals, Kel maintains a proven track record in providing sound planning advice in relation to a range of statutory and strategic planning matters. Kel also is a respected expert witness and regularly appears before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Kellie Burns Senior Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Kellie completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Planning) at RMIT. She is an associate at SJB Planning. Kellie has worked with both local government and the private sector, and moved to SJB Planning from a senior position at the Melbourne City Council. Kellie has experience in both statutory and strategic planning, including policy formulation, and her work has involved urban and regional projects. Kellie has appeared before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal as an expert witness and also has extensive experience as an advocate in this forum.

Kirsten Stanisich
Kirsten Stanisich Director, Interior Design, Sydney

Kirsten Stanisich studied architecture at the University of Melbourne and joined SJB Architects as a registered architect in 1995. Realising that her design interests lay more with interior design, she then joined SJB Interiors. Kirsten was instrumental in establishing SJB Interiors in Sydney and was appointed a director in 2005. She loves the new and original in design, and design that pushes the industry. She is NSW president and a national director of the Design Institute of Australia.

Klaude Lania Associate, Architecture, Sydney

Klaude Lania joined SJB in 2011. His experience in the construction industry has given Klaude a deep understanding of the important role design has in delivering exceptional built outcomes. Klaude treats each project as means and opportunity to alter the future through design excellence.

Lauren Clerey Associate, Urban Design, Melbourne

Lauren Clerey is an urban planner and designer whose breadth of experience ranges from master planning, design guidance, policy formation and public consultation.  Originally from the UK, Lauren moved to Melbourne 5 years ago, and has enjoyed getting to understand the specific challenges facing the City, whilst tapering her experience into a passion for public space and interdisciplinary collaboration. As part of this growing area of interest, Lauren has competed in the Urban Realities 72 Landscape Challenge in the Docklands, where her team won the Public Vote for their public realm installation.

Leo Terrando Director, Interior Design, Melbourne

Architecturally trained in France, Leo honed his practical skills working for the likes of Charles Kaisin and Frank Ladeuich enabling him to meet greater creative challenges, broaden scope, as well as realising design integrity. After relocating to Australia and joining SJB Interiors in 2007, Leo has worked on a variety of projects in the hospitality and high-end residential sectors, as well as commercial offices and retail. With a combination of leadership, concept design and technical skills, Leo is uniquely placed to execute all stages of medium to large projects.

Ljiljana Gazevic Director, Interior Design, Melbourne

Ljiljana Gazevich joined SJB Interiors in 1994 and became a director in 2006. She has a reputation for elegant and refined design, and her use of materials and meticulous detailing especially mark out her work. She is well travelled and very familiar with international design directions. Ljiljana’s work on a wide variety of projects has been recognised by many awards and through publication in local and international magazines.

Marc Ellenbroek Director, Planning, Melbourne

January 2010 joined SJB Planning as a Senior Planner, bringing 11 years’ experience gained in public and private sectors in Australia and UK. Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, Honours, University of South Australia. Started his career in local government; moved to the UK where he held public sector planning roles, increasing in seniority with experience. 2004 returned to Australia and has worked as a planning consultant since. On a variety of complex schemes, has assisted facilitation of large-scale projects from residential, retail and mixed-use developments to strategic road and infrastructure schemes. Represents clients at council meetings, public consultation forums and VCAT proceedings.

Marcus Lewin Associate, Architecture, Sydney

Marcus joined SJB in 2010, after having completed a Bachelor of Design, and a Masters of Architecture at Sydney University. Prior to joining SJB, Marcus gained experience in master planning, seniors living and affordable single lot housing projects. Since joining SJB, Marcus has gained experience in a variety of sectors including, multi-unit residential, mixed use developments, hospitality and commercial developments, all at various stages of the design process, from project inception through to approval stages, and construction services. Marcus specialises in the management of complex, large scale, multiple stakeholder projects that require an in-depth understanding of planning frameworks. Marcus’ works closely with the clients and consultants to achieve the best possible outcome.

Marjorie Kennedy Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Marjorie began her career at the City of Boroondara in 2007 working in both the Statutory and Strategic Planning Departments as part of her Applied Science (Planning) degree at RMIT in which she graduated with first class honours, before joining the SJB Planning Team as a Senior Planner in 2012. Marjorie is an experienced planner with excellent communication and negotiation skills, which has resulted in positive working relationships with Council, State Government and consultants as demonstrated in the successful realisation of a wide range of planning projects including mixed use development, Major Projects within the CBD and large scale industrial subdivision. Marjorie is also experienced in the Planning Appeals process and Planning Scheme Amendment process, regularly appearing at the Tribunal and Planning Panels Victoria and managing applications through these processes.

Michael Baker Associate Director, Planning, Sydney

Michael Baker has worked for over 16 years in local and state government and in private practice in Australia and the UK and is versed in statutory and strategic planning disciplines. He has been involved in small inner-city residential projects as well as large-scale urban land release subdivisions, and in mixed-residential developments, large-scale seniors’ living complexes and commercial and industrial projects. Michael has an eye for detail and passion for solving problems. He has prepared strategic planning instruments and strategic studies for government and private clients, and also provides expert evidence in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Michael Bialek Director, Architecture, Melbourne

As a founding director of SJB, Michael has been a key driver in the firm’s continued growth and success for over 35 years. His experience and reputation for delivering a portfolio of highly acclaimed, multi-award winning projects is recognised within the profession and the building industry. Michael has also been actively involved in the design community and has served as a jury member for numerous awards. Michael currently sits on the Large Practice Forum of the Australian Institute of Architects and is a member of the Property Council of Australia.

Nick Hatzi Director, Architecture, Sydney

Nick Hatzi graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Technology Sydney in 2002. In 1999 he joined SJB Architects Sydney. He has worked on significant developments including Louisa Road, the Cammeray residences and many multi-unit residential projects. Recently he worked on the winning scheme for Leighton Erskineville residential development and was involved also in the design of the Rhodes tower projects for Billbergia. His particular interests are in using digital media in design, advocating BIM and exploring new technologies.

Nigel Morris Senior Associate, Architecture, Melbourne

Originally from the UK, Nigel Morris studied at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and the Architectural Association School in London. He has experience of a range of project types and scales. In the UK, Europe and South-East Asia he completed residential, education, hospitality and arts projects. These provided specific experience of complex multi-stakeholder schemes and early stage briefing and design development. Nigel has won several international design competitions. At SJB he continues to work on projects at all scales, from bespoke private residences to large-scale multi-unit residential and mixed-use developments.

Owen Chow Director, Architecture, Melbourne

Owen received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1984 from RMIT University and in the final years of his degree joined SJB as a work experience student. Owen was appointed an associate director in 1986 and in 1997 was made a director. Owen has a particular interest in the CAD development, computer modelling and visualisation capabilities of the firm.

Peter Doyle Director, Planning, Melbourne

1994 graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University with Bachelor of Applied Science (Planning). Began in planning at the City of Frankston before moving to the private sector. Worked for local and international consulting practices before joining SJB Planning 2008. 2009 appointed a Director. Skills cover statutory and strategic planning, master planning of new communities, development facilitation across residential, commercial and industrial land projects, planning feasibility and property advice. An effective project director, negotiating and consulting with private and public sector clients in facilitating complex projects. Appears before Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal as an expert witness and has experience as an advocate.

Phillip Borelli Director, Planning, Melbourne

Is a founding director of SJB Planning. Studied at RMIT and completed a Diploma of Applied Science (Town Planning) (Hons) in 1981. His planning career began at the former metropolitan planning authority (the MMBW) and the state government, where he ultimately managed both the Southbank and Central City Planning Areas. Began working in the private sector in 1989 and, since then, has assisted a wide range of public sector and private clients in meeting their land use and development objectives. Is a regular expert planning witness and an experienced adviser on planning and property issues. Recently celebrated his 21st year with SJB Planning.

Scott Barwick Associate Director, Planning, Sydney

Scott Barwick has more than 20 years’ planning experience in government and private practice. Before joining SJB Planning NSW, Scott had worked in consultancy before establishing his own practice. He is experienced in preparing strategic planning instruments and advising on their interpretation and implementation for government and private clients. His development experience ranges from single residential proposals to large-scale urban land release, mixed residential and industrial projects. He also provides expert evidence to the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Stuart Gordon Associate, Planning, Sydney

Stuart Gordon became an associate of SJB Planning in 2011. He gained a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of New England in 2002. He has worked in the public and private sectors and has experience of local government administration and statutory processes, policy development, conservation, land use planning, land subdivision, planning proposals and appeals, and community consultation. He prepared rural resource lands strategy plans for Baulkham Hills, Campbelltown, Gosford, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Penrith and Wollondilly Councils and the Department of Planning. Stuart has acted as an expert witness for the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Stuart McDonald Director, Planning, Sydney

For more than 25 years, Stuart McDonald has worked in the planning, development and building professions, both in government and private practice. Before starting SJB Planning NSW, Stuart held senior planning positions in NSW local government: as director of planning at the City of Sydney and South Sydney City, and director of environmental management at Leichhardt Council. Stuart is experienced in statutory and strategic planning. He frequently provides senior level policy and strategic advice to the NSW Department of Planning, the Central Sydney Planning Committee and local authorities, as well as expert evidence to the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Tristan Wong Director, Architecture, Melbourne

Tristan graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2006 with First Class Honours in his Bachelor of Architecture. He joined SJB in 2011 bringing with him a diverse range of skills acquired from working on small, stand-alone residential projects through to large scale commercial, health and multi-unit residential projects. Tristan has a strong interest in design and creating quality and innovative outcomes in collaboration with the client. His strengths lie in feasibility studies, identifying site and project opportunities, and initial project conception, concept design and planning through to town planning approval and tender documentation.

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