A registered architect, Pia has been in private practice for the last 17 years on the Gold Coast. In 2008 she started the journey of her own practice with her architect husband Richie, together they are Willemsen Architecture. A full service design firm, working across all stages of the building process from design concept, detailed documentation, project management, interior design to building handover. In her practice she focuses on creating uplifting and meaningful buildings, with a distinctive passion for design quality and livability.
Pia is also a member of the Regional Affairs Committee for the Qld chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, representing the members of the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers region.
James is a cost manager at Turner & Townsend living and working throughout the Gold Coast/South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. James obtained is Bachelor of Urban Development from The Queensland University of Technology, graduating in 2011.
James has spent 10+ years working in the construction industry in both professional quantity survey practices and for main contractors. His experience covers a number of sector including, but not limited to Retail, Commerical, Residential and Government projects.
James has been grown up calling the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales home and is passionate about it's future.
Philip Follent was Gold Coast City Council’s first City Architect (2003 -2008), later appointed Queensland Government Architect (2008-2011). Philip became the inaugural chair of the Queensland Board for Urban Places and inaugural member of the Queensland Design Council. He became the founding Head of the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University in 2011. Philip’s architectural practice has won numerous awards, and he has been declared Lecturer of the Year at Queensland University of Technology across all campuses. He also received the Excellence in Teaching Award in the School of Sustainable Development and Architecture at Bond University. Philip is Chair of the Swell Sculpture Festival, executive member of Friends of Currumbin and Tugun Progress Association and a tireless advocate for sustainable city shaping and environmental stewardship.
Wayne is the Principal Registered Architect/Director of Habitat Studio Architects of which he established out of an urge for creative freedom and to maintain a high level of design on projects that connect with & consider the environment in which they are sited. Environmental sustainability of architecture is part of the process rather than an option. After Graduating from the University of Newcastle in Environmental Science, Wayne went on to complete his Master of Architecture at the University of Queensland. He gained experience at some of Queensland’s larger & more renowned award winning architectural firms with exposure to a broad range and scale of projects from high end residential & beach houses, through to medium & high density models, mixed use & commercial. Through his work at Habitat Studio he is passionate about design quality & considered outcomes in the built environment.
Professor Karine Dupré from Griffith University Architecture & Design is a registered architect (Finland) and member of the Planning Institute of Australia. A strong advocate of problem solving through design and community engagement, she is also enthusiastic about cross-disciplinary approaches and partnerships. She has extensive experience in building heritage, feasibility and development studies for regions, urban renewal and sustainability, and has become an expert for the Australian outback. She was a finalist of the Gold Coast Woman of Year 2019 for her passion about teaching architecture.
Leah is a goal oriented, registered architect with 20 years’ experience, nationally and internationally, in architecture, urban design and project management of residential, commercial, healthcare, retail and industrial projects. Skilled in driving multi-disciplined teams to deliver diverse projects in the construction industry and local government, Leah has proven ability in building strong relationships with key client groups and consultants to achieve best practice outcomes. Leah has a commitment to advocating and facilitating excellent design and heritage outcomes in our City. She is a member of the Queensland Government Urban Design and Places Panel and for 3 years has been chair / member of the Gold Coast Northern Rivers Awards jury. Leah believes Open House is a great event to foster passion, equity and understanding of important buildings and spaces within our city.
After spending 20 years working in some of Australia's most well recognised five-star hotels and resorts, Jane opened her own sales and marketing consulting business in 2011. Stranger Strategies is a consultancy specialising in service industry marketing for clients wanting expert strategic marketing advice on an ad hoc, project or long-term basis. Some of these long-term clients have included Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific (now Marriott APEC), the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) and Shangri-La International Hotel Management.
Jane is a member of Destination Gold Coast and is pleased to be able to bring her marketing expertise to the talented team at Gold Coast Open House.
David is a passionate & supportive advocate of the built environment, with design & operations experience in local and national architecture practices. He is a dedicated industry professional, with an emphasis on people and culture, and is currently the Owner/Director of pad recruitment.
David has over 10 years blended experience within the architecture and property development industry, with cross sector working knowledge of commercial, public, and residential buildings. David graduated with a BIntB, BArch & MArch from Bond University, Abedian School of Architecture. He has worked for practices such as BVN, HASSELL, MODE and Bureau^Proberts. Additional to working in architecture practice, David worked in asset management for a property developer overseeing a mixed use commercial portfolio of buildings throughout the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Northern Territory and Victoria.
David's passion for architecture has grass roots beginnings when his family started building houses on the Gold Coast in the late 1980s. He is excited about good design that captures a sense of place, spaces that can evoke memories and phenomenological experiences that architecture brings, such as touch, sound, materials, light and shadow - an encounter of our senses.
Rayne Fouché completed his studies at University of Queensland in 2010. Rayne then worked in small practices for the next five years before starting Fouché Architects in 2015 with his wife Larissa. The focus of their work has been centred around small and medium scale residential architecture, hospitality and childcare. Rayne has been intently focused on delivering joyful yet cost-effective projects to his clients, which come from all walks of life. Rayne is an advocate for past and present Gold Coast architecture that celebrates the spirit of place.
Professor of Architecture, at the Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University
Professor Adrian Carter (M. Arch, B.A. Arch, Portsmouth School of Architecture, UK, PhD Aalborg University, DK, and MAA registered architect in Denmark) is Professor of Architecture, at the Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University, since 2014. He studied at the Portsmouth School of Architecture with Professor Geoffrey Broadbent, received a Danish Foreign Ministry scholarship to study urban design with Professor Jan Gehl at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge following studies in a phenomenological understanding of architecture with Professor Dalibor Vesely.
As a practising architect, he has Nordic and International architectural and urban design experience, working together with renowned architects Professor Raili and Reima Pietilä (Helsinki, Finland), Niels Torp (Oslo, Norway), Ancher, Mortlock and Woolley (Sydney), Henning Larsen and Dissing+Weitling in Copenhagen, Denmark. Architectural work has included public buildings, architectural design competitions, master-planning and civil-engineering projects, including the Finnish Embassy New Delhi, India; the Sief’s Palace Kuwait; Tampere Library, Finland; Aker Brygge harbour development, Oslo, Norway; Illum’s Department Store, Copenhagen; Walsh Bay housing, Sydney; Novi Nordisk Headquarters, Copenhagen, Storebælt Suspension Bridge, Denmark; the Øresund combined bridge and tunnel link between Denmark and Sweden, and the European Embassies of the European Union in Abuja, Nigeria.
Professor Carter has previously taught at the Aarhus School of Architecture and at Aalborg University in Denmark, as well as a visiting academic at the University of Sydney, Portsmouth University and University of Tasmania. While at Aalborg University he initiated and became the Director of the Utzon Research Center and was responsible for the realisation of the Utzon Center building on the Aalborg harbourfront, designed in collaboration with Jørn Utzon.
Katherine is a registered architect with a small studio on the Gold Coast that prioritises research-based renovation and adaptive re-use of older and heritage buildings.
A passionate advocate for the importance of a well-designed built environment that protects both our history and our future, Katherine has contributed to Gold Coast Open House since its inception in 2015. She has twice been a juror for the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Coast and Northern Rivers Region Awards and continues her involvement with the Institute as a member of the Queensland Regional Affairs Committee.
Prior to establishing her own architecture studio Katherine led the design of several Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games legacy facilities and held roles with local government and Griffith University School of Architecture. Katherine has a total 17 years’ experience working with respected national and international architecture firms, including a Scots-Australia Council Scholarship – Architecture professional placement in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Her architectural research and writing has been published in Architectural Review Australia, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), and the book GC30+: Documenting the Gold Coast Architecture Awards 1984-2013.
Jemima has been recently appointed as City Architect at the City of Gold Coast. Prior to her appointment, Jemima worked in architectural practices across Byron Bay, Tweed Heads and Brisbane, including 14 years at leading Brisbane studio, Arkhefield. Jemima studied architecture in Brisbane before graduating with a Bachelor of Built Environment (Architectural Studies) and a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) in 2005.
Jemima has a passion for socially responsible, community focused and regional architecture and enjoys collaborating with stakeholders on complex projects to deliver improved places and spaces for all invested. This is evident in her successful delivery of projects for local and state governments, energy and airport corporations, as well as not for profit and private developers, across a wide range of sectors including affordable housing, private residential, airport fit outs, workplace, education, commercial fit outs, retail and infrastructure.
Jemima enjoys extending and sharing her knowledge through panel discussions and industry presentations, guest lecturing at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, volunteering her services for Brisbane and Gold Coast Open House and as a current examiner for the Board of Architects Queensland.