Naomi Milgrom AO (Chair)
Naomi Milgrom AO is an Australian business leader and philanthropist, internationally recognised for initiating and supporting cultural innovation and artistic excellence. With a focus on bold projects that engage communities and generate social, economic and environmental value, she is known for leading successful collaborations with government, business and not-for-profit partners. Ms Milgrom has an acclaimed track record for bringing future-minded architecture and design to the community. She has collaborated with some of the world’s leading architects and urban thinkers through her MPavilion project, regarded as Australia’s principal architecture commission, and the Living Cities Forum, an annual gathering of leading global architects and design innovators.
Through these initiatives, she has teamed with renowned architects such as Amanda Levete, Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, Bijoy Jain, Ryue Nishizawa, Sean Godsell, Carme Pinos and Glenn Murcutt. Numerous board positions and awards recognise Ms Milgrom’s achievements as a leader and contributor to civil society, including three Honorary Doctorates, the Australian Institute of Architects President’s Award, and in 2010 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. She was the commissioner of the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale 2017.
Kim Crestani has over 32 years’ experience as an architect. In September 2015, Kim was appointed as City Architect, City of Parramatta Council. In this role, she has been a juror on more than 25 design excellence competitions with a combined construction value of AUD $5 billion. Kim has been appointed to Design Review panels for Transport for NSW, the Sydney Metro and the over-station development at Martin Place, Victoria Cross and Central Station, as well as the Cross River Rail, Brisbane QLD, Urban Design and Architecture Advisory Panel and a range of projects for Sydney University.
In 2006, the RAIA awarded Kim the prestigious Marion Mahony Griffin Award for Distinctive Body of Architectural Work and to Recognise the Contribution of Women Architects to Architecture in New South Wales.
She has also been appointed as a member of the Government Architect’s NSW State Design Review Panel, following roles on Urban Design Review Panels for the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct. Whilst a principal at her award-winning architectural practice Order Architects, she was appointed to the NSW Premier’s taskforce on housing and was a member of six Local Government State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 Panels.
MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang is the founder and principal of Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects. Jeanne explores the role of design in revitalising cities. Her work ranges in scale from community anchors and cultural institutions to tall mixed-use buildings and urban design. Jeanne is internationally recognised for her visually striking work and environmentally sensitive approach.
With her practice, she aims to strengthen the synergy between urban and natural systems. Currently engaged in major projects throughout the world, Studio Gang recently established a New York outpost in response to the firm’s rising international profile.
David Gianotten is the Managing Partner – Architect of OMA globally, responsible for the overall organisational and financial management, business strategy, and growth of the company in all markets, in addition to his architectural portfolio.
David has overseen the design and construction of various projects including the Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taipei Taiwan; the Prince Plaza Building in Shenzhen China; the KataOMA resort in Bali; the New Museum for Western Australia in Perth; the masterplan of Rotterdam’s Feyenoord City and the design of the new 63,000 seat Stadium Feijenoord in the Netherlands; and Amsterdam’s Bajes Kwartier, a conversion of a large 1960s prison complex into a truly sustainable neighbourhood with 1,350 apartments, also in the Netherlands.
David led the design and realisation of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange headquarters in Shenzhen China and was also responsible for the end stages of the CCTV headquarters in Beijing China. David’s work has been published worldwide and several of his projects have received international awards, including the 2017 Melbourne Design Awards and two Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Awards in 2013.
Lisa Havilah commenced as Chief Executive of the Powerhouse Museum in January 2019. From 2012 to 2019, Lisa was the Director of Carriageworks. Under her leadership, Carriageworks experienced extraordinary audience, artistic and commercial growth, becoming the fastest-growing cultural precinct in Australia.
From 2005 to 2011, Lisa was the Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre, pioneering an internationally renowned contemporary arts program that brought together culturally and socially diverse communities, and from 1998 to 2004 was Assistant Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
Wendy Lewin is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and currently heads her own architecture studio. Since graduating in architecture from the University of Sydney, she has held leading positions in private practice and is the recipient of state, national and international awards for her built work and contribution to architecture, education and the profession.
Her projects include residential, mixed use, cultural and educational facilities. She contributes to the public discourse on architecture through her varied advisory and curatorial roles (national symposiums, and national and international exhibitions) and was a Creative Director for the 2008 Australian exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale and a Curator of the 2018 ‘Australia Now’ architecture exhibition at the Mori Sky Gallery, Tokyo for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Wendy is committed to design education and has taught at various universities including the University of Sydney, UNSW and UTS for over 30 years, was a visiting Professor at Hong Kong University and has chaired and participated in numerous state, national and international architectural design competition juries. In late 2018 she was appointed a Commissioner of the NSW Independent Planning Commission.
David has over 25 years’ experience in the property industry having joined Lendlease Corporation (Civil & Civic) as a graduate recruit in 1985. David spent 20 years with Lendlease in a variety of roles including Development Director within both Civil & Civic (design and construction) and Lendlease Development (development management) on a diverse range of major projects.
Whilst at Lendlease, David was seconded to Westpac Banking Corporation for two years (1991–92) to advise on development and refinancing strategies for a AUD $18 billion non-performing loan portfolio which included some of the largest loan exposures in Australia, across a variety of property types including commercial, hotels, land subdivision, hospitals, retail and multi-unit residential. After working in the Property Investment Banking Division of Macquarie Bank in 2003, David joined former Lendlease colleagues at Citta Property Group as a Director. David joined Infrastructure NSW in July 2013 as Project Director for Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct, and between 2015 and 2019, was the Head of Projects NSW.
Specialist Adviser – Sarah Lynn Rees
Sarah Lynn Rees is a Palawa woman descending from the Plangermaireener and Trawlwoolway people of north-east Tasmania. Awarded the Charlie Perkins scholarship, Sarah attended the University of Cambridge where she produced a thesis on Indigenous housing in remote Australian communities and graduated with a MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design. Having worked in London and now back in Birrarung Ga (Melbourne), Sarah practices at Jackson Clements Burrows Architects; along with various teaching roles across the Melbourne metropolitan Universities. Sarah is passionate about Indigenising the built environment and advocating for protocols and processes which respect and celebrate our Indigenous Cultural Authority. Sarah also sits on EmAGN; the AIA Editorial Committee; the National Trust Landscape Reference Group; the National Trust Aboriginal Advisory Group and various other committees.
Specialist Adviser – Malcolm Reading
Malcolm Reading is an architect by training and founded Malcolm Reading Consultants after six years as Director of Design and Architecture at the British Council. He has worked with many of the world’s leading cultural institutions including the V&A; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; the Royal College of Art; Mumbai City Museum; the British Library; and the Natural History Museum. Recent MRC competitions include those for MK:U; the Illuminated River; the UK Holocaust Memorial; Edinburgh’s Ross Pavilion; the M.K. Čiurlionis Concert Centre in Kaunas, Lithuania; and the Art Mill, Qatar. Malcolm was on the Board of Historic Royal Palaces from 2005-2014 and was a Trustee of English Heritage from 2015–2019. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He joined the Sovereign Grant Audit Committee in June 2015.