Who we are

   

 

 

Geoffrey London

Victorian Government Architect

Geoffrey London leads the OVGA in advising and advocating for high quality design in the built environment. He is also the Winthrop Professor of Architecture at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and is a Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne. Geoffrey was also the inaugural Government Architect in Western Australia.

He is a past Dean and Head of School at UWA, a past President of the Western Australian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and a Life Fellow of the Institute. Geoffrey is a past member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts and has acted as a consultant on numerous architectural and urban design projects. Geoffrey has also served on and acted as chair of many architectural design award and competition juries.

Jill Garner

Associate Victorian Government Architect

Jill Garner is the co-founder of Garner Davis Architects, a St Kilda based architecture studio. In 1995, Garner Davis won the international design competition for the Wagga Wagga Civic Centre. Garner Davis continue to demonstrate their architectural credentials through considered, articulate and timeless public buildings and private works.

Jill has taught at RMIT and Melbourne Universities in design, architectural history and contemporary theory. She is a regular contributor to architectural events, awards juries, publications and journals, seminars and local and interstate lectures.

Kate Mallyon

Office Manager

Prior to joining OVGA in 2008, Kate Mallyon accumulated over ten years of management experience in the retail sector, event management and music and recording industries. Since joining OVGA she has developed a keen interest and appreciation of the built environment and the value of design excellence.

Sophie Patitsas

Principal Adviser, Urban Design + Architecture

Sophie Patitsas brings over twenty years of urban design and architecture experience in government and the private sector to OVGA. She has spent a significant part of that time providing design review and advice on major public and private sector projects.

Sophie has practised urban design and architecture both locally and overseas, has served on selection panels and design advisory committees and regularly attends urban design and architecture critique sessions at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Sophie is a passionate advocate for design excellence in Victorian towns and cities.

Thomas Alves

Senior Adviser, Urban Design + Architecture

Tom Alves has fourteen years' experience in architectural practice in Sydney and Melbourne, where he has designed and overseen the construction of houses and community facilities. He was the recipient of both an APA(I) and AHURI Top-Up Scholarship for his PhD, Managing Medium Density Housing Development: A Municipal Case Study, which considered issues surrounding medium density housing in metropolitan Melbourne through a case study of the process in an inner/middle ring municipality.

Tom is interested in how the governance of the built environment affects design quality outcomes and since commencing at the OVGA in 2009, has provided policy advice in the fields of built environment design, housing provision and urban development.

Kim Irons

Principal Adviser, Architecture + Transport

Kim Irons is a registered architect with twenty years' experience in designing and delivering public, commercial and residential projects. She has worked in significant design practices in Melbourne and internationally, leading projects in design and management roles.

In addition Kim has held teaching positions and provided design critique at the University of Melbourne. Kim's role within OVGA is to provide assistance to the Department of Transport in achieving good design in public transport projects. Along with her role at OVGA, Kim also has a practice in regional Victoria, specialising in residential projects in metropolitan and rural locations. In 2014 she was elected to the Council of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Emma Appleton

Director, Victorian Design Review Panel

Emma Appleton is a registered landscape architect and urban designer and brings 18 years of experience, including roles in both design consultancy and the public sector in Australia and the UK to her role. Previously the Director of Urban Design for regeneration projects at VicUrban, Emma was advisor and Head of Urban Design and Housing at the Commission of Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) in London, which provided procurement and design advice to over 300 housing renewal and growth projects across England. At CABE, she co-authored 'Creating Successful Neighbourhoods', and contributed to 'Creating Successful Masterplans'. Emma sits on the Board for Urban Places in Queensland, and chairs the Urban Design Advisory Board at Melbourne University. She is a Churchill Fellow, with a focus on the revitalisation of post-industrial contexts in Germany and the Netherlands.

David Islip

Principal Adviser, Urban Design + Architecture

David Islip is an architect with experience in urban design, education and heritage. His experience has covered both the private and public sector with a focus on promoting design excellence. David has acted as an expert witness at VCAT on urban design and heritage matters. He has provided urban design advice on major local government projects and authored urban design studies.

David is a Board member of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria and actively involved in the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, Urban Design Committee and a jury member for the Victorian Architecture Awards. David has taught and served as an architectural critic at Melbourne University, RMIT and Monash University.

Lauren Beattie

Coordinator, Victorian Design Review Panel

Lauren Beattie arrives at the OVGA following five years at the Department of Planning and Community Development where she worked on the planning and delivery of major sport infrastructure projects. Prior to that Lauren worked in planning and operational roles for a number of major events including the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar and the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Lauren's experience also extends to recreational planning at the local government level. She has recently completed a Master of Planning with a specialisation in Urban Design and is a full member of the Planning Institute of Australia. 

Cara Wiseman

Adviser, Victorian Design Review Panel

Cara Wiseman is a graduate architect with wide-ranging experience across the built environment sector. In addition to roles in architecture and building offices in Australia, she has worked for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) in the UK and taught at universities across Germany.
While at university Cara was the national Vice President of SONA, the Student Organised Network for Architecture, sat on the Victorian Chapter Council of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and was awarded the Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture by the AIA in 2002.

 

 

 

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