Professor Paul Loh, Bond University

JOBS NEWS: Bond University appoints new head of architecture 

Bond University in the Gold Coast has appointed internationally recognised architect and researcher Professor Paul Loh as head of architecture, taking over from Chris Knapp, director of Building 4.0 CRC and Studio Workshop, who previously held the position for four years.

Bond University vice chancellor and president, Professor Tim Brailsford, said Professor Loh was selected for his “extensive experience in academia and industry”. 

Professor Loh joins from the University of Melbourne, where he was a senior lecturer of digital architecture design and co-director of the Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication research hub. With more than 15 years architectural experience in Australia, Malaysia, and the UK, Professor Loh is also the founding partner and principal designer of Melbourne-based architectural practice LLDS. He has lectured at higher education institutions around the world including ETH Zurich, Sweden’s Lund University, and China’s Tsinghua University.

Professor Derek Carson, executive dean of the faculty of society and design, said “Professor Loh’s expertise will be invaluable”.

“We are delighted to attract such a leading name in robotics, digital fabrication, and patented technology to lead the Abedian School of Architecture,” Professor Carson said. 

Professor Loh said he is “humbled and excited”. 

“It’s a privilege to lead a school with an innovative and professionally focused curriculum with world-class facilities. I look forward to leading and fostering innovative design research within the school that could be transformative to the profession. 

“Working closely with students, staff and colleagues from the industry, we can actively shape a more relevant school of architecture and question our role as architects in dealing with the issue of climate change, diversity, decolonisation, place and identity.”

Justine “JJ” Jarvinen

Aurecon appoints sustainability advisory business leader amid exponential growth

Design, engineering and advisory company Aurecon has appointed Justine “JJ” Jarvinen as managing principal to lead its rapidly growing sustainability and climate change team, overseeing the recently hired Dr Belinda Wade and Jodie Bricout

The newly-created role will see Ms Jarvinen take charge of Aurecon’s sustainability and climate change service group across carbon markets, decarbonisation, physical risk and resilience, transition strategy and ESG strategy. 

With more than three decades’ experience in national executive networks, Ms Jarvinen was recently made an adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales, and is on the reference committee for Energy Consumers Australia. She has experience in senior leadership, advisory and governance roles across organisations including at AGL Energy and Ampol Australia

Paul Gleeson, Aurecon’s group director of sustainability and managing director of energy for Australia and New Zealand said that Ms Jarvinen would help drive the company’s sustainability and climate change goals.

“JJ’s appointment is critical to our team in building a full-service model to solve our clients’ most pressing sustainability and climate challenges. The development of our substantial offering over the last 12 months has been a tremendous team effort, and JJ will undoubtedly play a key role in our continued growth.”

Jarvinen said that the firm’s collaborative workplace culture motivated her to join the team.

“Almost all sectors today have their sustainability on their agenda. While the energy sector is one of our biggest levers to create significant impact on future climate change, we can’t afford to leave any sectors behind if we seek to create a sustainable future for all.

“We’re in a critical decade for sustainability and climate change, and transformation must occur. It’s an exciting time for us to harness all the expertise we have through integration and take a proactive approach to building new opportunities that will make a real impact.”

Executive director of The Australia Institute steps down

Ben Oquist has stepped down as executive director of The Australia Institute after eight years, and the board has appointed the Australia Institute’s chief economist Richard Denniss as executive director.

Mr Oquist will move on to work on business, union and NGO engagement in politics and government relations.

Mr Oquist said in a statement: “After an agonising decision-making process, I have decided to leave the Australia Institute to take up a senior government relations position in the private sector.” 

“It is time for me to take up a new challenge where I plan to continue to help make politics work for good. The world is on a massive decarbonisation trajectory but it is not fast enough. Working with business and government to speed up the transition is an enormous opportunity for Australia. Working to help businesses, non-governments, and philanthropy to have a reasoned, strategic, and integrity-based engagement in politics and government is something I hope I can do in my new role.”

Australia Institute chair John McKinnon said: “Under Ben’s leadership, the Australia Institute has become the nation’s most consequential think tank. With over 40 staff and a range of projects and initiatives, the Institute is one of the country’s most known, astute, and high-impact organisations. The outstanding success of the Institute is in no small part due to Ben’s leadership; entrepreneurialism; and extraordinary strategic and political skills.

“The Australia Institute has big plans for the future. We are looking forward to the next chapter in the organisation’s development and its growing role in helping shape the future of the nation.”

New Design Inc Associates

DesignInc Melbourne leadership grows – five new associates appointed 

Melbourne architecture practice DesignInc has promoted five team members to associate – Emer Denneny, Emma Osorio, Damien Ferlazzo, Ashwin Murari, and Cameron James – each with a range of professional backgrounds and skill sets. 

DesignInc directors Christon Batey-Smith, Stephen Webb, Rohan Wilson, and Darryl Suttie said: “We’re delighted to congratulate our new Associates. It’s always a pleasure to offer opportunities for growth to our emerging talents. Broadening the mix of strengths and diversity in our practice is crucial to supporting our vision to create Australia’s healthiest buildings.”

Dr Bryan Coad, Fight Food Waste CRC

Fight Food Waste CRC gets new interim research director

Dr Bryan Coad has been named Fight Food Waste CRC‘s new interim research director, replacing Professor Vincent Bulone who has taken a position with Flinders University. Dr Coad is a senior research fellow at the University of Adelaide’s school of agriculture, food and wine.

The research centre has also appointed Allister Hill as deputy program leader for the REDUCE program, and Sina Davoudi of RMIT University is the centre’s latest PhD student. 

McCabes Lawyers expands commercial offering with new principal at the helm of property group

National law firm McCabes Lawyers has expanded its commercial division with the appointment of Penny Cable as principal in the property group. Ms Cable brings with her special counsel Daniel Murray, senior associate Nicholas Sharman, associate Daniel Weissel and lawyer Allegra Parker

Managing principal Andrew Lacey said that she and her team are “the perfect fit” for the firm: “Penny has a reputation of talent, professionalism, and efficiency, which is exactly the kind of leader that will take our property group, and commercial division at large, to new heights.” 

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