Photo of a row of vibrant trees in front of the Southbank Theatre
Southbank Boulevard, Landscape architecture by TCL and City of Melbourne
Past Event

The Excellent City Series – Design Review in a Design City

Presented by City of Melbourne


Mon 22 May 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Free, booking required


Melbourne Town Hall
90-130 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom All gender bathroom Seating available Wheelchair accessible

Melbourne’s appeal as a global destination to visit, live and work is due in great part to its excellent buildings, infrastructure, landscapes and public spaces. As a leading design city facing escalating urban vulnerabilities, robust and holistic design processes are crucial.

Join the City of Melbourne for a panel discussion that focuses on the first principles of design review: What is it? Who is it for? What is its role? How is it informing design excellence in architectural education, research, practice and on the ground?

Speakers include private, public and academic practitioners. The discussion is chaired by the Director City Design at the City of Melbourne and followed by informal networking.


Jocelyn Chiew (Chair)

Jocelyn Chiew is an Architect, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer. As the Director City Design, at the City of Melbourne, she plays a key role in creating inclusive and enduring public spaces. Jocelyn leads the city’s Design Excellence Program and is Deputy Chair of the Melbourne Design Review Panel. Jocelyn’s industry appointments include, member of the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Victorian Design Review Panel, and Fellow at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

Professor Martyn Hook

Professor Martyn Hook is Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Precincts & Partnerships at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. In this role he provides an academic voice and professional insight to the evolution of RMIT’s built environment and the manner that the university contributes to all the communities where its campuses are located. In addition to his work as Professor of Architecture at RMIT Martyn is a director of multi award winning Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, a studio practice based in Melbourne and Perth dedicated to appropriate design of effective sustainable buildings with a responsible environmental and social agenda.

Sarah Lynn Rees

Sarah Lynn Rees is a Palawa woman descending from the Trawlwoolway people of north-east Tasmania. Sarah is a Senior Associate at Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, lecturer at Monash University, co-chair of the Australian Institute of Architects First Nations Advisory Working Group, Program consultant and curator of the BLAKitecture series at MPavilion, Director of Parlour: gender, equity, architecture, member of the Victorian Design Review panel for the OVGA, National Advisory Panel member for the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia and technical Advisor to the City of Melbourne Design Excellence Advisory Committee.


Sophie Patitsas

Sophie Patitsas is a Principal Adviser, Urban Design + Architecture, Office of the Victorian Government Architect. She 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 is committed to building capability and communicating the value of a strong design culture. She believes a holistic and collaborative approach to design can achieve high quality outcomes that enhance our experience of place.

Sophie regularly chairs and serves on design panels and is a passionate advocate for design excellence in education.

Quino Holland

Quino Holland is a Director of Fieldwork, an architecture practice based in Melbourne and has more than 20 years’ experience across large and complex mixed-use, commercial, education, multi-residential and civic projects.

Knowing that good architecture starts with deep listening and collaboration, Quino sees architecture as a social and civic practice where the entirety of life unfolds and seeks to design for a more equitable and environmentally conscious world.

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