Lunch + Learn with Architects Declare and Engineers Declare – Integrated design


How can integrated design result in projects being embodied and operational carbon positive?


Date & time

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Built environment professionals have an epic challenge. Change the norm, address the global climate emergency, decarbonise the industry and regenerate our planet. But no one stakeholder can change this on their own, and we need to take an active collaborative role in integrated design.

Join clients, architects, engineers and builders as we start the conversation with our industry on ways to do this as a team. 

  • How can we adopt more of a greater system and integrated approach to design from all disciplines?
  • Can we change the design directive to be more than just targets and credit systems?
  • How can we be experimental, push boundaries and build assurances?
  • How can we do things differently and better in the future, in ways they may not have been done before?
  • How can we creatively consider extra things such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), embodied emissions,  operational emissions and post-occupancy evaluations?


Valerie Saavedra
 | Spokesperson | Australian Architects Declare & BVN Architects
Valerie is a regenerative practitioner and UK architect with international experience across the fields of design, architecture, urbanism and landscape with a deep-rooted focus on sustainability and regenerative design. She is part of the National Steering Committee of the Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency movement in Australia and works for BVN Architects, helping shape their sustainability approach both in terms of design and operations. Valerie is an active advocate of regenerative design in the building industry and a firm believer that the built environment can be a catalyst to regenerate the planet if approached the right way.

David Baggs | CEO & Global GreenTag Program Director | Global GreenTag
David Baggs is CEO & Global GreenTag Program Director at Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd and is a world recognised expert in sustainability. He is an advisor, keynote speaker, product health & eco-certification, architect, author & sustainability consultant with 40 years of experience in green building design and as a Company Director and Board Member in community, and government agencies.  David has been a keynote and feature speaker at hundreds of events in countries as diverse as China, India, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, East Timor, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, Abu Dhabi and Dubai and has written on, practised and taught Integrated Design Process at various times over the past 25 years.

Brendon McNiven | Australian Engineers Declare | Enterprise Professor in Architectural Engineering at University of Melbourne
Brendan McNiven graduated from Monash University in 1989 , specialising in structural engineering. He joined the multi-disciplinary design firm, Arup, after graduation and worked in Australia and globally with stints in the UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore. His Arup career spanned 28 years and included leading & managing project work, through discipline groups and offices. Brendon parted ways with Arup in 2017 to seek a career in teaching and academia joining the University of Melbourne (Melbourne School of Design - MSD), as Enterprise Professor in Architectural Engineering. 

Andrew Noonan | Associate Principal | Populous
Andrew Noonan is an Associate Principal at Populous and is Co-Chair of their APAC sustainability team. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter Climate Action and Sustainability Committee. Through his career, he has been fortunate to have worked on several leading sustainable designs including Australia’s first certified Living Building and has further developed his practical knowledge of sustainability through studies focusing on the transition to net-zero economies and the circular economy.  Andrew is an advocate for the important role that large scale civic projects play in shaping the cities and environments of the future, providing incredible potential for better than net-zero outcomes, not just for the buildings themselves but also their surrounding communities.

Damian Hadley | Managing Director | Cantilever Studio
Damian has more than 25 years of experience as a consulting structural engineer in Australia, the USA, Canada and Asia.  He is a chartered professional engineer with Engineers Australia and a member of Engineers Declare.  After graduating from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, he undertook post-graduate studies at the University of Toronto and the University of Sydney specialising in sustainable engineering, Mass Timber and CLT.  Damian founded Cantilever in 2010 with a focus on collaborating within projects that embrace co-creation, integrated design and regenerative design.  You will often find Damian lost down a rabbit hole as he is endlessly curious, passionate about quality, a life-long learner and desperate to share knowledge and ideas.

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1. You will be sent the Meeting ID and password via email the day before the event after registering or confirming your reservation.

2. Waiting room: As participants join the meeting, they will join the waiting room until the host starts the meeting.

3. Video: The meeting will start with only the Host video. Please position your camera so it is only capturing your face, and doesn't broadcast private or sensitive details in your background. Virtual backgrounds will be enabled should you chose to use them.

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Land (biodiversity), Air (quality, CO2e), Sustainable Construction
Australia, Construction
60 mins

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