Aerial: Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville Precinct, Photo: Peter Bennetts
Past Event

Designing for Health: Creating Social Value


Thu 25 May 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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Ian Potter Auditorium
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom Seating available Wheelchair accessible

The current level of public investment in health, education, housing, and transport infrastructure in Victoria is unprecedented. The role of design in delivering value for the community has never been more important.

The Office of the Victorian Government Architect works to ensure that the places where we live, learn, play and work are functional, sustainable, inspiring, and enjoyable.

Our recent publication Good Design + Health looks beyond buildings when describing the value of good design. It calls for a rounded understanding of how to create healthy places of high social value for all Victorians.

Join us for presentations and a panel discussion with leading thinkers, researchers and design practitioners exploring the evidence that links the design and quality of buildings and places with the value added in health, social, economic, and environmental benefits.


Andrew Mackenzie / Director, CityLab and Program Director, Living Cities Forum


Jason Frantzen / Senior Partner, Herzog & de Meuron

Christine Kilpatrick AO / Chief Executive, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Ruby Lipson-Smith / Postdoctoral Researcher, NOVELL Redesign study (Neuroscience Optimised Virtual Environment Living Lab)

Stefano Scalzo / Executive General Manager, Infrastructure Planning, Department of Health (Victoria)

Sophie Patitsas / Principal Adviser, Architecture and Urban Design, Victorian Government Architect


Andrew Mackenzie, Director, CityLab and Program Director, Living Cities Forum

Andrew Mackenzie is a design writer, publisher and advocate. He was editor of Architectural Review Australia from 2002-2010 before establishing Uro Publications in 2010. Uro has since published close to 50 books on architecture and design. He is currently the Living Cities Forum program director and is director of the architectural consultancy CityLab. CityLab provides advice and upstream design services to public and private sector clients in every state in Australia. In 2021 Andrew was awarded the AIA National President’s Prize.

Jason Frantzen, Senior Partner, Herzog & de Meuron

Jason Frantzen began his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron in 2005. From 2006 to 2010 he worked between Miami and New York to oversee 1111 Lincoln Road and to participate in the design of the Pérez Art Museum. Appointed to Senior Partner in 2019, he is the Partner responsible for multiple ongoing projects including the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, Calder Gardens in Philadelphia, the New North Zealand Hospital in Hillerød, Denmark, and the Potrero Power Station and Helen Diller Medical Center in San Francisco. Jason studied architecture at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and received his Master’s Degree from Harvard.

Christine Kilpatrick AO, Chief Executive, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Christine Kilpatrick AO has been Chief Executive of the Royal Melbourne Hospital since 2017 and was Chief Executive of Royal Children’s Hospital from 2008-2017. At RCH she oversaw the successful build, opening, move and transition to the $1.3b new Royal Children’s Hospital, a world leading facility, opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2011. At RMH she successfully led the Masterplan process with the Victorian government announcing in October 2022 a commitment to rebuild the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Ruby Lipson-Smith, Research Fellow, Western Sydney University

Dr Ruby Lipson-Smith is a research fellow at Western Sydney University with a particular interest in environmental psychology and sub-acute healthcare. Her research challenges how healthcare environments and programs are designed and used, and their

impact on users’ experience, behaviour, health, and cognition. Ruby holds an appointment at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health where she manages the NOVELL Redesign project, a Living Lab that brings together people with lived experience of stroke, policy makers, researchers, and designers to co-design stroke rehabilitation environments.

Stefano Scalzo, Executive General Manager, Infrastructure Planning, Department of Health (Victoria)

Stefano Scalzo is Executive General Manager of Infrastructure Planning within the Health Infrastructure Division at the Victorian Department of Health which he joined in 2016 after 25 years practicing as an architect. Stefano is a Churchill Fellow and in 2020 graduated from the Australian Major Projects Leadership Academy, an initiative of the Victorian Government and Oxford University. Stefano has been the ‘architect’ behind many of the Victorian government’s health commitment’s in the past 5 years including the landmark Royal Melbourne Hospital redevelopment.

Sophie Patitsas, Principal Adviser, Architecture and Urban Design, Office of the Victorian Government Architect

Sophie Patitsas brings significant expertise to her role as a respected advocate and adviser on urban design and architecture with the Office of the Victorian Government Architect. Sophie led the development of OVGA’s latest publication, Good Design + Health, informed by her extensive experience in the procurement and delivery of several major health projects including the new Bendigo Hospital and Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Sophie regularly chairs and serves on design panels and is a passionate advocate for design excellence in education.

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