Adam Haddow Director, Architecture, Sydney

Won the Penelope and Edward Bilson travelling scholarship, design excellence, from University of Melbourne where he holds a Bachelor of Architecture. Architect and Urban Designer. Interested in what makes cities vibrant, connected and civil. 2007 won a 40th anniversary Churchill Fellowship to research urban density and culture, with reference to public and private space. 2009 Property Council of Australia National Future Leader award; furthered discussion about Australian cities and living environments. Has taught at University of Melbourne and University of Technology Sydney. A principal of the Sydney SJB practice since 2002. Project Director for St Margaret’s, Louisa Road, Marine Apartments, SOHO Alexandria and Casba.

Alison McCabe Director, Planning, Sydney

Has over 30 years’ experience in statutory and strategic planning for government and private practice. Worked at Cessnock, Rockdale, Woollahra and North Sydney Councils and Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. Before establishing SJB Planning NSW in 2005, with Stuart McDonald, was Director, Environmental and Community Management, Leichhardt Council. Experienced in all facets of urban and regional planning: local government administration, statutory planning processes, policy development, public participation, conflict resolution; expert witness to NSW Land and Environment Court. Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of New England; Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law, Sydney University. Has lectured on planning at Sydney’s University of Technology.

Amanda Ring Director, Planning, Melbourne

1986 graduated from University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning. Occupied planning positions in public and private sectors, gaining considerable experience of strategic and statutory planning. 1987 joined the former Ministry of Planning and worked in Central City Group advising the minister on central city developments; worked in its heritage branch and Historic Buildings Council, managing regional heritage. Since 1991 in the private sector, much of it with SJB Planning, helping public and private clients to meet land use and development objectives. An expert witness in planning approval review. Interested in cultural heritage. Has tutored at University of Melbourne.

Andrew Parr Director, Interior Design, Melbourne

Andrew Parr is considered one of Australia’s foremost interior designers. Since founding SJB Interiors in 1994, he has developed and refined his ideas concerning modernism as a basis for design. He interprets and designs for spaces in response to each specific client, location and brief. His design ethos of combining clarity with an unexpected, expressive signature is evident in projects such as the Est.

Cathy Pearl Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Over 20 years in the Melbourne property industry. Bachelor of Arts (Urban Studies) and Graduate Diploma (Environment and Planning). Following work in the legal industry, was a planning consultant in private practice. Has experience of land use planning, playing a lead role in facilitating development approvals for industrial, commercial and residential proposals. Assists clients throughout the statutory planning processes, including planning permit applications, technical and strategic advice to developers, architects and consultants about site and neighbourhood character assessment, planning scheme policies, Rescode objectives, standards and decision guidelines, design review, advocacy and presentations at VCAT. Experience of the Greater Dandenong Priority Paid certification process.

Charles Peters Associate, Architecture, Sydney

Charles Peters is a registered architect and has worked at SJB since 2006. With a background spanning infrastructure, retail, residential, hospitality and commercial, he is able to provide bespoke high-quality solutions for a wide range of projects. At SJB Charles specialises in complex urban sites, maximising efficiency and optimising design outcomes. A process of considered, innovative and collaborative design has resulted in multiple award-winning projects. Charles is a graduate of the University of Sydney and currently teaches at the University of NSW.

Dan Weekes Associate, Architecture, Melbourne

Originally from the UK, Dan arrived in Australia in 2008 fresh from running his own small practice, specialising in private residential projects. In contrast, since joining SJB in 2010, Dan has primarily been involved with the delivery of large multi-unit residential schemes. As a project leader on such complicated projects, Dan is able to call on years of experience across several sectors to ensure the design and building teams continue to collaborate efficiently and deliver high quality outcomes

David Hickey Associate, Planning, Melbourne

David joined SJB Planning in 2008 and brings with him 11 years’ experience. David began his career with an Urban Planning degree at the University of Melbourne. Previously a Ministerial Adviser within the Victorian Government, David’s professional planning career commenced at the City of Kingston as both a strategic and statutory planner, gaining extensive local government experience in both disciplines. Since commencing with SJB Planning, David has worked on a variety of residential, commercial and public sector projects and often represents clients at public consultation forums as well as being an advocate at VCAT.

Gabrielle Suhr Associate, Architecture, Sydney

Gabrielle Suhr received a Bachelor of Architecture with first class honours from RMIT in 2001, and joined SJB Architects in 2008. Before this she worked for Marchese + Partners Architects in Sydney and for boutique architectural practices such as BBP Architects in Victoria. Gabrielle’s experience ranges from mixed-use towers to large-scale, multi-unit residential developments and luxury single dwellings. She generates close client/architect relationships and good communication to achieve the best architectural outcomes. Most of her clients have been in the construction industry or owner builders. This has contributed to her construction knowledge base but also requires astute attention to detail and reliable project management skills. Gabrielle enjoys on-site problem-solving and achieving quality-conscious design.

John Pradel Director, Architecture, Sydney

John Pradel graduated from The University of Melbourne with Bachelor of Architecture in 1986. He joined SJB Architects, Melbourne in 1989, and became a director of SJB Architects, Sydney in 1997. John has strong management capabilities and is responsible for projects of all scales and size, ranging in complexity. His objective is to encapsulate and realise the particular potential inherent in each project, and he harnesses and exploits the abilities of his project teams. John believes that design that seeks clarity, responds to context and purpose and is respectful of the environment fulfils its cardinal role.

Jonathan Richards
Jonathan Richards Director, Interior Design, Sydney

Jonathan Richards is an interior designer and director of SJB. With a career that began in theatre and exhibition design, Jonathan brings a style of refinement and craftsmanship to the interior design projects at SJB. His joint passions for fine art and architecture are fused with interiors that are characterised by an elegant resolution of materials, textures and light. Jonathan’s twenty years of experience has crossed a broad range of projects including hospitality, corporate and residential sectors. He has been recognised by his peers with industry awards and is regularly invited to chair and participate in judging roles. Jonathan’s designs have been published widely and have been featured in local and international design magazines and books. His illustrative sketches are the hallmark of concept presentations by SJB Interiors and reflect his passion for an artistic approach to interior design.

Jonathan Tondi Associate, Architecture, Sydney

Jonathan specialises in high density multi-unit residential projects with a broader range of experience encompassing hospitality, community and leisure facilities. Jonathan’s passion lies in achieving the highest possible outcomes through all stages of the design and building procurement process. Having worked with many large scale developers Jonathan excels within collaborative working environments. His experience co-ordinating all specialist consultant services through to site construction phase has delivered a comprehensive design sensibility that achieves innovative solutions at every opportunity.

Joseph Loh Associate, Architecture, Sydney

Joe is consistent in his delivery of high quality architectural outcomes, ranging from feasibility studies and master planning through to design and documentation of mixed use and multi-unit residential projects. He draws on his local and international experience to develop intelligent and considered solutions to complex sites. He sits on various committees and juries at the Property Council and the Institute of Architects and is a former NSW Chapter Councillor. Through these forums he remains engaged with the industry and informed about current and emerging practises.

Marjorie Kennedy Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Marjorie began her career at the City of Boroondara in 2007 working in both the Statutory and Strategic Planning Departments as part of her Applied Science (Planning) degree at RMIT in which she graduated with first class honours, before joining the SJB Planning Team as a Senior Planner in 2012. Marjorie is an experienced planner with excellent communication and negotiation skills, which has resulted in positive working relationships with Council, State Government and consultants as demonstrated in the successful realisation of a wide range of planning projects including mixed use development, Major Projects within the CBD and large scale industrial subdivision. Marjorie is also experienced in the Planning Appeals process and Planning Scheme Amendment process, regularly appearing at the Tribunal and Planning Panels Victoria and managing applications through these processes.

Michael Bialek Director, Architecture, Melbourne

As a founding director of SJB, Michael has been a key driver in the firm’s continued growth and success for over 35 years. His experience and reputation for delivering a portfolio of highly acclaimed, multi-award winning projects is recognised within the profession and the building industry. Michael has also been actively involved in the design community and has served as a jury member for numerous awards. Michael currently sits on the Large Practice Forum of the Australian Institute of Architects and is a member of the Property Council of Australia.

Nick Hatzi Director, Architecture, Sydney

Nick Hatzi graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Technology Sydney in 2003. In 1999 he joined SJB Architects Sydney. He has worked on significant developments including Louisa Road, the Cammeray residences and many multi-unit residential projects. Recently he worked on the winning scheme for Leighton Erskineville residential development and was involved also in the design of the Rhodes tower projects for Billbergia. His particular interests are in using digital media in design, advocating BIM and exploring new technologies.

Nigel Morris Senior Associate, Architecture, Melbourne

Originally from the UK, Nigel Morris studied at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and the Architectural Association School in London. He has experience of a range of project types and scales. In the UK, Europe and South-East Asia he completed residential, education, hospitality and arts projects. These provided specific experience of complex multi-stakeholder schemes and early stage briefing and design development. Nigel has won several international design competitions. At SJB he continues to work on projects at all scales, from bespoke private residences to large-scale multi-unit residential and mixed-use developments.

Oliver Mayger Director, Architecture, Melbourne

Originally from the UK, Oliver Mayger studied at Kingston University and Leeds Metropolitan University, graduating in 1999. He worked in the UK and then in Perth, WA, where he gained experience in the management and delivery of leisure, hospitality, mixed-use, residential and heritage projects as well as working with government agencies. He joined SJB in 2006 and became an associate in 2007, earlier in 2012 he was appointed director. Oliver has been involved in the delivery of significant large-scale projects including the RACV Healesville Country Club and Richmond, A Place to Live.

Peter Doyle Director, Planning, Melbourne

1994 graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University with Bachelor of Applied Science (Planning). Began in planning at the City of Frankston before moving to the private sector. Worked for local and international consulting practices before joining SJB Planning 2008. 2009 appointed a Director. Skills cover statutory and strategic planning, master planning of new communities, development facilitation across residential, commercial and industrial land projects, planning feasibility and property advice. An effective project director, negotiating and consulting with private and public sector clients in facilitating complex projects. Appears before Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal as an expert witness and has experience as an advocate.

Simon McPherson Director, Urban Design, Melbourne

Simon McPherson is a registered architect and practising urban designer. Educated at the University of Melbourne, he gained a master’s degree in urban design from the Bartlett School, University College London. He has worked on urban-scale projects in Australia and the UK. He is director of SJB Urban, to which he brings professional experience in core urban design skills and project capability and also academic achievements. His work is driven by the objectives of sustainable outcomes, design quality and social equity. SJB Urban undertakes large developments, strategic projects and high-level advisory work in metropolitan and regional locations across Australia. Simon frequently presents at national and international conferences, and lately at the World Sustainable Building Conference SB11 in Helsinki.

Stuart McDonald Director, Planning, Sydney

For more than 25 years, Stuart McDonald has worked in the planning, development and building professions, both in government and private practice. Before starting SJB Planning NSW, Stuart held senior planning positions in NSW local government: as director of planning at the City of Sydney and South Sydney City, and director of environmental management at Leichhardt Council. Stuart is experienced in statutory and strategic planning. He frequently provides senior level policy and strategic advice to the NSW Department of Planning, the Central Sydney Planning Committee and local authorities, as well as expert evidence to the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Tony Battersby Director, Architecture, Melbourne

Tony Battersby joined SJB in 2000 and has worked on a variety of projects in Australia and China. He brings confidence, commitment and energy to this work. His experience and drive contribute to the provision of sound professional outcomes benefiting clients and the community. Tony is active in the profession and is on the Victorian Chapter Council of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Tristan Wong Associate, Architecture, Melbourne

Tristan graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2006 with First Class Honours in his Bachelor of Architecture. He joined SJB in 2011 bringing with him a diverse range of skills acquired from working on small, stand-alone residential projects through to large scale commercial, health and multi-unit residential projects. Tristan has a strong interest in design and creating quality and innovative outcomes in collaboration with the client. His strengths lie in feasibility studies, identifying site and project opportunities, and initial project conception, concept design and planning through to town planning approval and tender documentation.

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