Bios of the Jury for the 2017 Think Brick Awards
Ben has worked on a large number of significant projects across a wide range of scales and types in both Australia and the UK. This project range includes small alterations and additions to family homes, hospitality and commercial interiors, residential apartment buildings and significant master planning and urban design projects.
Major projects include the award winning Brewery Yard Project, Opera Residences at 71 Macquarie Street, Darling North at Darling Square, the Cranbrook Junior School and a number of significant family homes in Sydney.
“We believe great architecture is grounded in its use and that it is this usefulness which underpins architecture’s relevance and social value. We find great creative potential in the specific relationship between each project’s place, use and fabrication. Our design process is one of close, open minded scrutiny and each project is a singular expression of its essential issues. Each design strives for authenticity, as distinct from fad or fashion, is timeless in its representation and considerate of its impact.”
Cameron Bruhn is the editorial director at Architecture Media. Before his appointment as editorial director Cameron was the editor of Artichoke and Landscape Architecture Australia magazines. Cameron holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Queensland and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the University’s School of Architecture. He is the co-editor of The Forever House and The Terrace House, both published by Thames and Hudson and was a co-creative director of This Public Life, the 2015 Australian Festival of Landscape Architecture and How Soon is Now, the 2016 Australian National Architecture conference.
National Australian Women in Construction:
1998 Ove Arup Design Award
1998 Awards of Excellence Victoria
Debbie Ryan is the founding owner of McBride Charles Ryan.
With her singular design abilities, acute sense of composition and extensive product knowledge, Debbie has earned a wide and well-deserved reputation. Both scientific and intuitive, Debbie has the special ability to conceive design schemes that perfectly meet the requirements of each client and each building. With skills in negotiation she enables the practice to align the often disparate requirements found in large client groups without compromising the specificity of unique design concepts. Debbie’s work has been published widely and has led to Debbie being recognised as a public speaker and critic of design. Under Debbie’s leadership, the firm has won numerous awards including World Architecture awards for ‘The Klein Bottle House’, ‘Fitzroy High School’, ‘PEGS Senior School - The Infinity Centre’, ‘Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science’, ‘Dallas Brooks Community Primary School’ and ‘Monaco House’. McBride Charles Ryan’s projects have been published in influential magazines such as The Architectural Review, Architecture Australia and Indesign. McBride Charles Ryan was also the subject of a documentary by the ABC titled ‘Life Architecturally’.
Debbie believes that architecture should never relinquish experimentation and uses architecture of all scales as a means to this end. With each project, forms, spaces, materials and context are all up for grabs.
McBride Charles Ryan works on a wide range of project types where each project explores the tension between the program, local tradition and experimentation.
Alexis Sanal is a co-founder of SANALarc. She has received awards for her architectural/urban design contributions to the community. Her passion is learning, cultural and civic environments that blend digital technologies intelligently with the physical and natural environment. She is currently leading research in Istanbul street markets structure, the Pazar as well as a member of Bomontiada’s creative board for a district wide public realm realisation.
Murat Sanal’s professional efforts focus on design as a force for quality in built environments relevant to their context, construction technology and sustainable opportunities. Murat’s love of natural beauty of light, materials unique integrity and tectonics as a form of human expression combined with his background in computational design and sustainable systems underpins the firm’s commitment to realising architectural excellence. He is currently pioneering new horizons for Istanbul’s concrete construction sector as well as continues to contribute to studio jury’s at Istanbul’s leading architectural departments.
Emma is a co-founder and Director of CODA, a multi-disciplinary practice based in Western Australia working across urban design, architecture and interiors. The practice is driven by the need to make a positive contribution to the lives of its clients and has grown a portfolio of built and research works that have led it to be recognized as one of Australia’s most innovative practices. Emma is regularly invited to contribute to conversations and lectures about our developing built environment. She was the founding Chair of the National Committee for Gender Equity for the Australian Institute of Architects and is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University.
Elizabeth has completed a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is currently completing a Masters in International Business at Macquarie University.
Prior to joining Think Brick, Elizabeth has held marketing director positions with Walt Disney Television, the Australian Jockey Club and Sports and Entertainment Limited. Elizabeth played a key role in evolving Ford's V8 Supercar program to convert sponsorship to sales of Ford performance vehicles.
Elizabeth has worked with Australian and international sport and theatre talent. She was responsible for launching the High School Musical franchise and its unknown stars (then) in Australia.
Elizabeth is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a director of Building Products Innovation Council and Chief Executive of the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia and Roofing Tile Association of Australia.