Brisbane Open House
Speaker Series
Thursday 3 October
1.30pm to 5.15pm
$75 for AIA members / $120 for non members

This seminar will challenge you to think outside the box – three big thinkers come together to share how they challenge tradition, break down stereotypes and turn established ideas upside down.

This set of three 45-minute seminar sessions followed by a curated think-tank will allow you to tap into the creative side of your brain.

Learn how thought leader Ken McBryde creates pre-fabricated buildings from recycled materials. Hear from homelessness crusader Norm McGillivrawho re-purposes spaces to create pop-up housing. Develop a deeper understanding of inclusive design principles from cross-disciplinary industry expert and researcher, Jenna Mikus who uses pragmatic design thinking as a strategy for innovation.

The BOH Seminar will be administered through the Australian Institute of Architects (Qld) and will count as formal CPD activity. Topics will be drawn from the four units of competency – design, documentation, project delivery and practice management – to allow you to apply an expanded framework to your existing practice.

The Seminar is open to all members of the BOH community and will provide an important opportunity to network.

Presented by BOH and the Australian Institute of Architects (Qld).


Learn more about the speakers..

  • Jenna Mikus is an experienced advisor, with a background in engineering & sustainable design, digital transformation & strategy consulting, as well as smart building technology and user behaviour.Her specialty lies in people-focused intelligent infrastructure transformations–applying Change Management consulting and Choice Architecture principles to the Building Internet of Things (BIoT) market—resulting in Smarter Environments and Happier & Healthier Occupants.She recently relocated to Brisbane to pursue a PhD at QUT’s Creative Industries faculty to explore how smart building technology can be used to augment the mental, social, and physical health and wellness of aging adults in their built environments and is currently investigating how such research can be leveraged as a mechanism to Design for All (DfA).

  • Ken McBryde is an independent consulting architect with a reputation as a “thought leader”. A natural affinity with construction methodology, including prefabrication and materials technology underpins his approach.Ken’s Masters by Research at The University of Queensland explored prefabricated sustainable yield timber portal frames.He has extensive international experience in the design of highly innovative public & cultural places, hospitality, retail, commercial, residential and infrastructure projects.He has been the architect for Nevhouse since its inception – NevHouse takes the waste that we throw away and turns it into low cost, rapidly deployable shelter. Homes, school classrooms, medical clinics and other structures are made from recycled materials. These places of sanctuary can be built in just 5 days and are functional on or off the power grid.

  •  Norm McGillivary’s background has seen him work in the Automotive Industry for Jaguar and LandRover, and the Government and the Not-for-Profit sectors.Now Norm is challenging conventional thinking to address the homelessness with Beddown. Homelessness in Australia is a massive social issue with over 8,000 people sleeping rough every night.Beddown is challenging conventional thinking to tackle and address the issue by taking spaces which are busy in the day and left empty at night.By activating and re-purposing these spaces into pop-up accommodation to provide those who sleep rough access to a bed to sleep in in a safe, secure and comfortable environment.

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