• Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Bondi Beach
  • UNSW Australia (University of New South Wales)
  • Tyree Energy Technologies Building at UNSW Australia
  • Tyree Energy Technologies Building at UNSW Australia


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Keynote Speakers

Professor Helen Lochhead

Professor Helen Lochhead is an Australian architect, urban and landscape designer, and the Dean of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia.

Prior to her appointment as Dean she held a number of influential positions in the NSW Government and the City of Sydney including including Executive Director roles at Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, and was most recently deputy NSW Government Architect.

Helen's career has focused on the inception, planning, design and delivery of complex multidisciplinary projects and public works ranging from a 5-year city improvements program for the City of Sydney leading up to the 2000 Olympics to major urban renewal and waterfront projects. She has been instrumental in shaping more major precincts around Sydney Harbour than most, including the transformation of Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay from a sports precinct into a mixed-use community and parklands with environmental credentials that set new benchmarks. More recently she led the development of 30-year plan for the transformation of Sydney Cove, the gateway to Sydney’s CBD and was instrumental in setting a new strategic vision for Sydney Harbour.

Helen maintains a high profile in the profession and her professional contribution has been recognized through many industry awards including AIA and AILA Urban Design and Sustainability Awards, the AIA Marion Mahoney-Griffin Prize, the NAWIC Vision Award for leadership in the construction industry and the AIA NSW Presidents Prize.

High level appointments including the National Council of the Australian Institute of Architects, Central Sydney Planning Committee, the ACT Planning and Land Council, the NSW Heritage Council and competition juries and Design Review Panels across Australia. All are a testament to her standing in the profession.

A graduate of both the University of Sydney and Columbia University in New York Helen’s career has combined professional practice and teaching both in Australia and the United States, as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and also as visiting academic at Harvard and MIT. In 2014-15 Helen was also the Lincoln/Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Scientia Professor Deo Prasad AO

Scientia Professor Dr Deo Prasad AO is an international authority on sustainable buildings and cities and among the leading advocates for sustainability in Australia. Deo won the 2006 Royal Australian Institute of Architect’s National Education Award for contribution to ‘sustainability education, research and design’. In 2004 he won the NSW Government’s individual GreenGlobe Award for ‘showing leadership and commitment to the supply of renewable energy’. He has also won the Federal Government’s national award for ‘outstanding contribution to energy related research’ and was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology Sciences and Engineering in 2014. He is a regular contributor to debate in this area in local and international media. Deo sits on numerous boards and committees in this field in Australia and abroad. He has published in excess of 270 refereed publications. He is now the CEO of the CRC for Low Carbon Living - a national innovation hub for the built environment.

Professor Matheos Santamouris

Mat Santamouris is Professor of Energy Physics at the University of Athens and also Professor of High Performance Architecture in the University of New South Wales in Australia. He is also visiting professor at the Cyprus Institute, Metropolitan University of London, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Bolzano University, Brunnel University and National University of Singapore.

Director of the Laboratory of Building Energy Research, at the University of Athens. Past President of the National Center of Renewable and Energy Savings of Greece.

Editor in Chief of the Energy and Buildings, Former Editor in Chief of the Journal of Advances Building Energy Research, Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal and actual or past Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Solar Energy, Journal of Buildings and Environment, Journal of Sustainable Energy, Journal of Low Carbon Technologies, Journal of Open Construction and Building Technology, Sustainable Cities and Society and of the Journal of Ventilation.

Editor of the Series of Book on Buildings, Energy and Solar Technologies published by Earthscan Science Publishers in London.

Editor and author of 12 international books on topics related to heat island, solar energy and energy conservation in buildings published by Earthscan in London.

Guest editor of twelve special issues of various scientific journals.

Coordinator of many international research programs and author of almost 250 scientific papers published in peer reviewed international scientific journals.

Professor Peter Newton

Dr Peter Newton is a Research Professor in Sustainable Urbanism at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne where he leads research on sustainable built environments. He is involved as a Research Leader and senior researcher in two Co-Operative Research Centres: CRC for Low Carbon Living and CRC for Spatial Information; is a member of the Research Advisory Committee in the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities; and is on the Board of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Prior to joining Swinburne University in 2007 he held the position of Chief Research Scientist in the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). His most recent books include: Resilient Sustainable Cities (2014), Urban Consumption (2011), Technology, Design and Process Innovation in the Built Environment (2009) and Transitions, Pathways Towards More Sustainable Urban Development in Australia (2008).

Mr Nils Larsson

Nils Larsson is an architect and is Executive Director of the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE), an international non-profit organization. During the 1990's he developed and managed a demonstration program for high-performance buildings for the Government of Canada, which resulted in the first public adoption of the integrated design process (IDP). He is principal developer of the SBTool, a system for assessing the sustainability performance of buildings and is active in several private- sector contracts related to sustainable technologies. He represents four international partners (CIB, iiSBE, UNEP and FIDIC) in managing an international series of regional and global conferences on sustainable built environment, and serves on the scientific committees of six of them. Currently, he represents iiSBE in a contract with UNEP-SBCI to support their COP21 activities and Habitat III preparations.

Mr. Larsson is a frequently invited keynote speaker at conferences related to sustainable building and he is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Professor Dennis Else

Professor Dennis Else leads Brookfield Multiplex’s safety and sustainability strategies with the aim of building a sustainable and long-term business. Dennis sits on the Board for the CRC for Low Carbon Living and is a part-time Professor of Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Ballarat.

Prior to joining Brookfield Multiplex Dennis was chair of the Australian National Occupational Health and Safety Commission for six years from 1996 to 2002. During that time he built support for a ten year National OHS Strategy which was endorsed by all State and Territory Ministers, the ACTU and the ACCI in 2002. Having previously led the development of the first Australian Standard for OHS Management Systems Dennis focused the Commission’s work on closing the gap between paper systems and real practice in workplaces. This included improving the quality of auditing processes and the improvement of performance measures.

In 2003 Dennis received the following awards: Australian Centenary Medal for National OHS Strategy Development; Worksafe Victoria Award for Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to OHS and the NSCA Ian Chisholm Award for Distinguished Service to OHS.

Mr Man-kit Leung

Mr Man-kit Leung is Sub-committee Chairman, Scientific Committee of the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017 Hong Kong, Director of Hong Kong Green Building Council, and Chairman of Policy and Research Committee, Hong Kong Green Building Council.

Man-kit is the laureate of the inaugural Singapore Institute of Architects – Uniseal G-Architect Award 2014 and is well recognized locally and internationally for his specialized knowledge and integrated design skills in sustainable building design. His diverse portfolio comprise high-performance new buildings adopting a humane, ecologically-centric approach, green retrofit of existing buildings, sustainability master planning and research. .

His award-winning projects include the first zero carbon building in Hong Kong, a community-centric vertical green campus for the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, the pioneering sustainability master planning for Hong Kong Science Park Phase 3, the Transformation of the existing Jockey Club Environmental Building into a Centre of Excellence in Sustainability, and a number of research studies related to sustainable design such as the formulation of the new BEAM Plus Neighbourhood certification tool and the Study for Design and Construction Requirements for Residential Buildings for Energy Efficiency. He has been active in academic and professional circles related to the issue of building performance, energy efficient building design and green architecture.