Viv's Place outdoor courtyard
Viv’s Place outdoor coutryard
Past Event

Social Housing Deserves Good Design!


Tue 23 May 1:00pm - 2:30am


Free, booking required


Epoch Institute, South Melbourne
EPOCH Institute, Cecil Street, South Melbourne VIC, Australia


Seating available

Great social housing can deliver improved health outcomes and a reduction in the average annual spend on health services of $1,872 per household per year (Flatau et al. 2020). Every $1 the Australian community invests in great social housing will deliver $2 in benefits (SGS Economics 2022). Social housing creates happier, safer, healthier and wealthier citizens. So how can great design amplify and accelerate this?

There is a new wave of high-quality social and affordable developments emerging, embracing trauma-informed, sensitive design practice and creating places that heal. Join Village Well for a panel where they shine a light on the people, projects and places that have set a leading standard in delivering high-quality, ‘wellbeing-led’ design in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

MC Gilbert Rochecouste, Founder, Village Well will MC the discussion with Vanessa Brotto, Chief Operations Officer, Haven: Home Safe; Jack Panton, Director, Launch Housing; Jesse Judd, Director, ARM Architecture; and Valli Morphett CEO, Village Well.



Gilbert Rochecouste

Gilbert is an inspirational ‘movement maker,’ and shining light of collaborative, regenerative placemaking practice who has been at the forefront of placemaking for 30+ years.

He is a sought-after public speaker and skilled facilitator with proven success in over 3,000 cities, towns, mainstreets and communities across the globe. Previous General Manager of Chadstone Shopping Centre he founded Village Well 30 years ago and was the first person to apply commercial, brand, leasing and management understanding to mainstreet and activity centres, shaping thriving places that balance purpose with commerciality.

Jack Panton

Jack Panton has 20 years’ experience in property development and investment in private industry, government and the not-for-profit sector. Jack has held leadership positions at Development Victoria, Housing First (formerly PPHA) and was the CEO of Unison Housing. Jack is an Advisory Group Member on Melbourne University’s Hallmark Research Initiative for Affordable Housing and formerly on the board of Council to Homeless Persons.

Vanessa Brotto

Vanessa is responsible for executing Haven Home Safe’s operations across Victoria, ensuring they deliver client-focused, responsive and empathic outcomes in a positive and successful team environment. With an extensive background in government, community services, health-care and education, Vanessa brings her experience of designing and delivering highly-complex and large-scale system reform projects, such as the Victorian Government’s ‘From Homelessness to a Home’ program. With experience studying knowledge translation and using psychology to change behaviours in her PhD combined with a Masters of Clinical Nursing focusing on alcohol and other drug withdrawal, Vanessa’s research capabilities and practical experience are a valuable asset as Haven Home Safe seeks to have an even greater impact to support the growing numbers of people experiencing housing stress and homelessness.

Valli Morphett

‘Together we are stronger’ is more than a tagline. Valli Morphett is a placemaking thought leader, webinar guru and co-design specialist who has spent over two decades driving systemic place-based change within Government & the consulting sectors. As a self-professed ‘systems nerd’ she knows that sustainable citymaking requires an eco-systems approach that leverages local strengths to create economic, social, cultural, environmental and political value for cities, precincts and developments.

Jesse Judd

“For a project to be really great, every aspect of every process has to line up, and it’s my job to make that happen.” Jesse Judd is a shining light of the architecture world, creative, dynamic and deeply human. His project portfolio includes some of Australia’s leading cultural institutions such as HOTA (Home of the Arts). He leads ARM’s social housing response including Viv’s Place, the award-winning project for Launch Housing.

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