Our host for the evening, Craig Zonca
Radio Presenter
ABC Brisbane

Craig loves a yarn and has spent over a decade behind a microphone sharing the many stories around Queensland. You can hear him on ABC Radio Brisbane’s Breakfast program with his co-host Loretta Ryan. Craig is an award-winning broadcaster and has hosted programs from massive cattle stations of Queensland’s Gulf Country to Lang Park for State of Origin. He’s climbed Brisbane’s Story Bridge to broadcast live from the top and taken part in a table tennis challenge all while on the air keeping you up to date. He grew up in the Beef Capital of Australia, Rockhampton, and after studying engineering and business, his career took a very different turn when he discovered the power of radio and the ability to constantly feed his never-ending curiosity. When he’s not behind a radio microphone he’s a keen adventurer and musician.



Lindy Johnson
Lindy Johnson Creative

Lindy is the Director of Lindy Johnson Creative, which provides marketing, business development and publicity & media services to leading architecture and design firms in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She has 30 years’ experience working at senior levels of government and industry creating national and global demand for artists, designers and architects. Lindy conceived and branded world-first government-to-business programs like HEAT Architecture. HEAT was a highly successful program for architects and designers, which generated millions of dollars in international editorial and new commissions. She also created Australia’s first whole-of-government 2% for public art policy and the Ulysses program, which continues to use design to transform Australian businesses. Lindy is a judge for Australia’s Good Design Awards, on the board of the Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University, and is a regular guest lecturer to universities and industry associations. She has received several government and industry awards in recognition of her innovative work in creating employment and new market opportunities for artists, designers and architects.

Cameron Bruhn
Dean and Head of School of ArchitectureUniversity of Queensland

Professor Cameron Bruhn is the Dean and Head of School at The University of Queensland’s School of Architecture. Prior to this appointment he was the editorial director of Architecture Media, where his role included the custodianship of the centenarian magazine Architecture Australia. Cameron holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Queensland and a practice-based PhD from RMIT University. He was a co-creative director of the 2015 Australian Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life and the 2016 Australian National Architecture conference: How Soon is Now. In 2016 he initiated Queensland’s Asia Pacific Architecture Festival. Cameron is co-editor of The Forever House, The Terrace House and The Apartment House, books published by Thames and Hudson. His most recent project is MMXX, a landmark volume for Thames and Hudson that documents significant architecture in Australia in the first two decades of the twenty-first century. Cameron is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Catherin Bull
Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Melbourne and
Adjunct Professor at QUT

Catherin Bull is Emeritus Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor at QUT. Her lifelong focus on improving urban design and development in Australian cities has led her to contribute as member and chair of design review panels and juries on major development and infrastructure projects nationally. She also contributes her expertise in urban development through governance roles including membership and chairmanship of the boards of South Bank Corporation, Building Queensland and the National Capital Authority. As an award-winning practitioner and writer she continues to publish in the design media internationally including most recently, in MMXX (Thames & Hudson 2020, Bruhn, C ed), an analysis of urban and architectural projects in Australia since the year 2000.

Team for the Negative


Tim Bennetton
Tim Bennetton Architects

Tim Bennetton works in an intimate, responsive environment that collectively values good design, simplicity and positive relationships. His practice specialises in new houses and renovations and recognise that it is a great privilege to help our clients shape the environments in which they dwell.

Melody Chen
Atelier Chen Hung

Melody Chen is the co-founder of architecture practice Atelier Chen Hung. The practice has received numerous awards for their highly provocative and memorable houses. Her experience of living in both Taiwan and Australia sparks her curiosity in how cultural contexts influence the production of architecture. Her work has been widely published nationally and internationally. Melody is also an art lover and advocate. Atelier Chen Hung Practice Profile: Meanjin (now known as Brisbane) based practice Atelier Chen Hung was co-founded by Melody Chen and James Hung in 2008. The practice works with forward thinking clients in delivering architectural projects in predominantly suburban and rural sites. Well known for their domestic-scale interventions in native landscape settings, the practice is currently working on projects of diverse scales and types including multi-residential, mixed-use and small-scale commercial developments. The practice is committed to designing for sustainability, inclusiveness, longevity and cultural awareness. Works by the practice have been widely published and have received numerous design awards.

Rebecca McIntosh
Media Identity & Arts Advocate
PopsArt, BecMac TV

Bec Mac’s core work is unifying communities through creative conversations and experiences. Bec is an artist, creative producer, presenter and arts journalist whose work includes digital content creation, radio presenting, producing and curating live art events, social media marketing management and painting. Her work is unique and sits at the intersection between the creative community, on-line media, the urban environment, cultural organisations, government, community engagement and the philosophy and outcomes of placemaking.

Team for the Affirmative


Alice Hampson
Alice Hampson Architects
Alice Hampson is an architect, writer, installation artist, historian and heritage consultant. She is currently the 2020-21 National President of RAIA, a member of the Queensland Heritage Council, the Board of Architects Queensland, the Official Residence Advisory Committee for Prime Minster & Cabinet, the Queensland Urban Design & Places Panel and the Independent Expert Design Advisory Panel for the Queensland Cultural Centre. In her spare time she dreams of sitting still.

Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards is an award winning architect, an accomplished and recognised urbanist and a leading figure in this region’s urban design community. The founding Director of Archipelago, Peter brings over 30 years’ of experience in architecture and urban design to provide leadership, design expertise and strategic thinking to the major projects shaping our nation’s cities. Recent work includes Cross River Rail, Millennium Square Bowen Hills, 2018 Commonwealth Games Village and Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, Maroochydore City Centre Master Plan, and currently leads the master plan for the redevelopment of the Yeronga Tafe and the 60ha Mill Moreton Bay Knowledge and innovation Precinct. Peter combines work on major projects with key involvement in urban design professional bodies. He is regularly sort as a design leader, city-making expert, public speaker, authors and facilitates design enquiry, and continues to advocate publicly for better cities through design. Peter is a TEDx Alumni, a long standing member of the State’s peer design advisory group, the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel, and sits on a number of industry advisory boards and panels. A left handed, gemini, artist, architect, guitar playing, fly fishing, citymaking passionista – Peter’s maverick approach to the opportunities of cities by design distinguishes him as a thought leader and ideas provocateur.

Kate Meyrick

Kate is a passionate urbanist and place maker with more than 25 years of international experience working throughout Australia, as well as Asia, Europe and the United States. She is globally respected for her expertise in visioning and positioning city scale precincts, working sensitively with stakeholders and the community to co-create powerful new futures for well loved places. She has been influential in shaping thinking about the global competitiveness of Australian Cities, their future identity and quality of life. A regular speaker, panellist and conference moderator; Kate is recognised as a thought leader in relation to city-shaping, knowledge and innovation precincts and talent attraction. Kate thrives on collaboration and works effectively in partnership with government, community, non-profit and private sector stakeholders. She has strong experience in conceptualising and delivering complex urban projects, working with a diverse mix of stakeholders to curate a bold and innovative vision for future urban life that will deliver enduring shared value outcomes.

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