NSW Architects Registration Board Members:
Deputy President: Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect (presiding member)
Peter Poulet is NSW Government Architect and General Manager of the Government Architect’s Office. He has over 25 years experience in Australia and Japan in both private and government architectural offices. Peter provides strategic and independent advice to Government on the built environment and provides Government Agencies with design review and advice on specific projects through commissions, boards and committees.
Peter is a member of the Sydney Opera House Trust Conservation Council and the NSW Architects Registration Board. He is Chair of the Sydney Olympic Park Design Review Panel, the Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel, the Sydney International Convention Exhibition & Entertainment Precinct Design Review Panel and the North West Rail Link Design Review Panel. Peter is appointed as a Trustee of the ANZAC Memorial and provides advice to the ANZAC Memorial’s Board of Trustees on issues related to the protection and conservation of the Memorial.
Shaun Carter, Immediate Past President, Australian Institute of Architects (NSW)
Shaun is the founding architect of Carterwilliamson Architects. He is the Principal Architect of the practice, overseeing all projects, large or small. Shaun came to architecture with a Structural Engineering degree and many years working in the construction industry. In his Architecture studies he won a Board of Architects Award and the Alexander Lloyd prize for design. By the time he graduated with 1st Class Honours in Architecture from the University of Technology, Sydney, he had a comprehensive understanding of design, structure and construction. Shaun brings this knowledge to every design project.
In 2012 Shaun won a place on the Dulux Study Tour [ DST2012 ] visiting the architects and architecture of London, Berlin and Dubai. This prize acknowledges the best and brightest of the generation of eligible architects. Later that year Shaun won a Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship for Carterwilliamson’s GRID lightweight, transportable, relocatable, flat-packed Housing project, visiting disaster sites in Asia and America, culminating in meetings in New York with the UN. He has tutored at the University of Technology Sydney, The University of Sydney and the University of NSW. Shaun has delivered TEDx talks on why we should "Let Architecture In" , and "why we should value or brutalist Architectural History". He regularly presents and lectures at the Australian Institute of Architecture, Architecture on Show, public and government forums on architecture, sustainability, the built environment, design excellence and the public interest.
Nigel Bell, Architect
Nigel is principal of ECOdesign Architects + Consultants, based in Katoomba Blue Mountains. He has been a registered architect for over 30 years, having worked for small and medium practices before commencing his own. From early days working on heritage projects, he moved on to become an early champion of sustainability and now, community engagement. He has won various personal and professional awards at local, state and national level, all from a regional base.
Melonie Bayl-Smith, Architect
Melonie Bayl-Smith is a registered Architect in NSW and Victoria, and Director of Bijl Architecture. Over the past 15 years, Melonie and her practice have undertaken many design-led projects across residential, educational and public sectors. Her considered and purposeful approach to architecture and design is evident in Bijl Architecture’s award-winning and widely-published projects. Known as an outspoken advocate for architectural education, gender equity and good design, Melonie is Adjunct Professor at UTS School of Architecture where she teaches in the M.Arch. program, lecturing in professional practice and tutoring in the design studio. Melonie has recently completed a two-year term as Chapter Councillor for the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (2015-17). Melonie is an active researcher; evidenced by the publication of peer-reviewed academic papers and presentations at conferences worldwide, includes “BuildAbility”, a large-scale international research project examining the future of construction education for architects and associated professionals. This project was supported by a Byera Hadley Scholarship (2009) and a NAWIC International Women’s Day Scholarship (2010). A Part 3 APE examiner for the ARB NSW since 2007, Melonie has a deep understanding of the processes and interactions around the registration process. In 2015, Melonie co-authored the new Overseas Qualification Assessment (OQA) process for the AACA and is an appointed assessor for the NPrA, LEP and OAA assessment and registration pathway.
Catherine Lassen, architect, academic member
Catherine Lassen is an architect and lecturer with international experience in architectural design, curating exhibitions and teaching. She studied and worked in the USA for a number of years, completing her March (Harvard) also working for Rem Koolhaas OMA in Rotterdam. Her architectural work has been awarded, published and exhibited in Australia and abroad. She co-curated a major exhibition on Glenn Murcutt in Tokyo which travelled extensively within Australia, Asia and Europe and co-authored two books on his work. She has taught architecture studios at the University of Sydney and UNSW for many years. Recently invited as a visiting scholar to the University of Virginia in the United States, she gave a public lecture on her work and taught a studio focusing on the interconnections between architecture and urbanism.
Of the non-architect members, four are individuals knowledgeable about the architectural profession and respectively, represent the views of the building industry; the property development sector; local government; and home owners. One is a legal practitioner with expertise in building and construction law. Ministerial appointments to the Board are generally for a two-year term.
Matthew Curll, Lawyer and Legal member
Matthew is a very experienced law practitioner who specialises in advising architects and other building industry professionals in the management of risk through their consultant contracts and in the management of claims that arise against them from time to time at various stages of the building process.
He also acts for building professionals in disciplinary claims and is familiar with the operation of relevant legislation such as the Building Professionals Act 2005 and the Architects Act 2003. Matthew advises various building professionals including architects in relation to their consultant agreements in the building industry especially where those agreements are non-standard and involve a more complicated regime in relation to allocation of risk through indemnity clauses, assumption of liability, and associated insurance arrangements/obligations
Representative of the building sector (vacant)
Milly Brigden, representing the property sector
Milly Brigden’s career has been characterised by over 7 years’ experience as a Property Investment Specialist, Licenced Real Estate Agent as well as 20 years as a property investor. During this time Milly has developed a wide range of real estate knowledge, including the ability to identify and assess new opportunities for investment Australia wide. Milly is currently the Co-Founder and Licensee-in-Charge at Property Investor Solutions where she provides investment-grade property opportunities to approved industry business partners. Milly Brigden also assists relevant Stakeholders with the development and review of projects performing thorough and concise market research, analysis and due diligence across Australia.
Sue Weatherley, representing local government
Sue has comprehensive experience in senior level planning, management, and the direction of broad based directorates in medium to large local governments in NSW and Queensland. Sue is currently Group Manager Outcomes and Development at Parramatta City Council in the centre of western Sydney, the twelfth largest local government in NSW, with the second largest CBD. As Group Manager, Sue is responsible for preparation and management of a budget of $12 million, and the management of 150 staff across 4 service units.
Peter Salhani, publisher, representing the views of the public
Peter Salhani is a freelance writer and contributing editor to architectureau.com – the companion website to print publications: Architecture Australia, Artichoke, Landscape Architecture Australia and Houses. A former editor of Monument and the NSW Architecture Bulletin, Peter is passionate about mid-century modernism, creative adaptation and industrial design. He studied psychology and law, and as a contributing writer/editor to numerous design publications for over 15 years, has brought a humanistic perspective to discussions about our built and natural environments.
The Board meets every third Wednesday of the month.
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Tim Horton, Registrar
Mae Cruz, Deputy Registrar /Examinations, Education and Scholarships
Nadine Roberts, Finance and Compliance Lead
Gabrielle Shina, Part-time Para-Legal
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