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Design review

Space strategy and briefing

Teaching

simon@SSDA.com.au

Architecture
Apartments

0402438385

Design thinking
OVGA Design Review Panel
Education projects
Capability

Architecture
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The Space Program


What's new?

20201119

The Space Program
The Space Program is a kit-of-parts system for outdoor dining developed with my friends Gab Olah and Workshop Architects.

20200602

Box Hill CBD by Vicinity goes public
I've been working with Vicinity Centres on their redevelopment of their land in Box Hill. We lodged the first three Development Applications for three major projects:

3,350 square metres of new public space featuring a town square, amphitheatre, extension of Main Street and extension of Prospect Street to link with Clisby Court and Whitehorse Road

a 25-level, 42,000 square metre commercial office building in the heart of the town centre, next to Box Hill train station

a 48-level, 43,000 square metre residential building with 366 apartments, 7,000 square metres of office space and retail on the ground level trading onto a revitalised Main Street.

See links below for Press.
The Urban Developer
Financial Review


Collaborations

The Space Program
The Space Program is a kit-of-parts system for outdoor dining developed with my friends Gab Olah and Workshop Architects. Space Program

Education projects

My experience of Education projects covers a range of jurisdictions, roles and project types. I have worked in PPP projects in Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. I have led Independent Certifier teams across $670m of schools. With a rigorous and independent investigative process, I was able to resolve complex issues with the respect of the project parties.

I have worked closely with academics and professional staff to develop project briefs, transformation strategies, commercial development strategies, masterplans and visions. I am able to bring together my design skills and advocacy for better buildings and cities, project structuring and development knowledge and teaching experience to create robust solutions for my clients. I appreciate the culture of universities and the need to engage with stakeholders widely and meaningfully. Developing a strategy, I distil the core insight from a complex and technical situation and propose an actionable way forward. This almost always requires a diplomatic and creative approach to resolving competing needs.

University of Tasmania, Southern Infrastructure Transformation, $600M
University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Mixed Use Masterplan and Business Case, 100Ha
University of Tasmania, STEM Project Brief
Project Director - Strategic Advisory
2017 – 2018

This substantial transformation project includes relocation from a suburban campus to the CBD, EFTSL forecast and space strategy, Urban Design Principles and Masterplan, Academic Vision, and Business Case. I led an internal team of cost planners, project managers and programmers, and a sub-consultant team of designers, education analysts and real estate advisors. Key aspects of my role included:

Writing Academic Vision
Writing Urban Design Principles
Writing STEM Project Brief
Designing Sandy Bay Mixed Use Masterplan 100Ha
Project reporting to PCG, COO, VC and University Council
Coordination of masterplan design team
Coordination of specialists in Education and Real Estate
Development strategy & feasibility for surplus land
Project procurement structuring
Coordination with Heads of Transformation and Finance
Space strategy and facility savings
Complete asset audit for existing campus
Commercialisation opportunities and benefits

WA New Schools Public Private Partnership, $300M
Vic New Schools, Public Private Partnership, $370M
Director - Project Management, Independent Certifier (IC)
Dec 2016 -Jan 2019

I was the Independent Certifier for delivery of 27 new schools under two PPP projects in WA and Victoria. The IC role is appointed jointly by The Project Company (the Investor) and The State under the Public Private Partnership Agreements. I led multi-disciplinary teams of specialists including cost planners, inspectors, commissioning specialists, acoustic engineers, project managers and programmers. The projects required rigorous reporting and certification under strict time constraints and a high workload. Key aspects of my role included:

Project reporting to PCG
Management of team resources
Management of consultancy commercial performance
Determination of contractual obligations
Determination of Disputes
Review, audit and certification of quality and fit for purpose
Certification of progress and milestones
Project compliance
Design and regulatory compliance
Review and certification for operational readiness
Certification of Commercial Acceptance

Apartments

From my first days as an architecture graduate working for the Singapore Government Developer Surbana, I have had an interest in the discipline of housing projects. At ARM, I worked on a number of residential projects, and in 2010, I designed a pair of apartment buildings containing 100 apartments in South Melbourne for Arno Corporation. In a competitive residential market, the apartments sold in the opening weekend and the project is recently completed. I was one of the Design Architects for One East Melbourne. This project won the 2010 Best Overend Award for Multiple Residential.

SELECTED HOUSING PROJECTS
2014- Commonwealth Games Village, 1,250 apartments Grocon Design (Development) Manager
2013 McNab Avenue, 500 apartments Grocon Design (Development) Manager
2010 Eastern Road Orbis and Momentum 100 apartments ARM Design Architect
2010 Ambient Apartment Building Carlton, 20 apartments ARM Design Architect
2009 One East Melbourne 100 apartments, ARM Design Architect
2003 King Street Wharf Development, Sydney $200M ARM Design leader waterfront mixed-use development
2015 Railway Parade Apartments, Grocon Design (Development) Manager
1997-1999 Housing Development Board (Surbana) Singapore, Design Architect 4000+ apartments

These websites are worth your time.

The Long Now Foundation https://longnow.org/

The Long Now Foundation is an organisation that fosters long-term thinking and responsiblity. It was founded by Steward Brand, Brian Eno and Danny Hillis. Look for the excellent series of presentations.

Peter Bennetts Photography http://www.peterbennetts.com

Peter Bennets is possibly the best architectural photographer in Australia today.

Edward Tufte https://www.edwardtufte.com

Edward Tufte is the authority on the visual display of information. A real genius in the art of communication.


Design and project review

I provide design review and peer review advice to a number of organisations including the Department of Premier and Cabinet (OVGA) and Vicinity Centres. These reviews provide high impact and high value at critical points in the development of the design for a project. I also provide project origination and developer liaison at the City of Melbourne. At Grocon, I acted as client to the design team and managed the planning process. In this role, I worked on major projects and development bids in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. My expertise includes development of the brief, assembling high calibre design teams and capturing value through exceptional design. Design review is a large part of project management and my key strengths are the consideration of project risks, safety, construction cost, program, staging and revenue.

2016 Member, Victorian Design Review Panel
2019 Consultant Design Reviewer Vicinity Centres $683M Project
2019 Consultant Senior Development Manager City of Melbourne
2019 Accredited Reviewer, Gateway Review Department of Treasury and Finance
2011-2015 Design (Development) Manager Grocon