Adam Haddow Director, Architecture, Sydney

Director at SJB Architects, Adam Haddow is an architect and urban designer. A Churchill Fellow, Adam investigated alternatives to conventional models of urban design. The sabbatical resulted in a research project entitled ‘Shall We Dense’ an examination into the state of modern density living in Australia. Adam’s diverse experience and creative expertise is recognised by numerous architectural accolades, including international awards for Casba, winner of the 2015 World Architecture Festival for mixed-use completed buildings; and Cleveland Rooftop winner of the 2018 Architizer A+ Award, residential apartment. In 2014, he was creative director of the Australian National Architecture Conference.

Francisco Layson Studio Director, Urban Design, Sydney

Francisco has qualifications and professional experience in Urban Design and Architecture. Graduating with a Masters of Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in the top 15% of his class, his studies primarily focused on Environmental performance and Urban Design. Since graduating Francisco has tutored 2nd and 3rd year architectural students in these fields at UTS and is currently leading SJB’s parametric modelling program. During the past 5 years Francisco has developed a unique breadth of skills and experience from his work in both the public and private sector, where he has become accustomed to working and collaborating with multidisciplinary teams.

Jonathan Knapp Director, Urban Design, Sydney

Director and founder of SJB Urban in Sydney, Jonathan’s background in urban design, architecture and planning informs his interest in finding robust solutions to urban problems through a responsive, collaborative design process. His experience spans complex large-scale master plans, strategic plans and frameworks, built form studies and policy guidelines, to planning proposals and development guidance and advice. With a focus on urban renewal and regeneration projects, mixed-use schemes and transit-oriented development, Jonathan is committed to shaping vibrant cities through place-based design outcomes and planning approaches that balance the needs of today with the capacity for future growth. His commitment to sharing and debating ideas is reflected in his lecturing at UNSW, University of Sydney, UTS and the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).

Marco Geretto Studio Associate, Urban Design, Sydney

Marco is an urban designer, architect and town planner with over 15 years of international trans-disciplinary built environment experience. After obtaining his qualifications Marco moved to London where he worked in a number of interdisciplinary design and planning practices and was involved in projects across the UK, Russia and Europe. From 2012 until 2018 Marco was a special adviser at the City of Cape Town where he delivered a variety of projects, from metropolitan development frameworks to strategic policy, master plans and urban design frameworks. Over the course of his career Marco has coordinated a range of public participation programs with particular expertise in consultation with user groups from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. His strong client and stakeholder engagement skills allow him to unlock challenging projects with a collaborative and creative design approach. Marco’s extensive private and public sector experience across all scales of development equips him with a deep understanding of built environment processes while his people-centred approach enables him to negotiate outcomes that are context specific, deliverable and transformative.

Tracey Hau Associate, Urban Design, Sydney

Tracey Hau has qualifications and professional experience in Architecture and Urban Design. Her expertise in capturing complex stakeholder requirements combined with a strong understanding of the built environment and site analysis skills informs her strategic advice and urban design guidelines for public and private sector clients. An experienced project coordinator, Tracey excels in coordinating multi-disciplinary teams and synthesising consultant inputs into expertly organised studies, reports and framework plans.  Tracey has worked with communities locally and internationally in Christchurch, New Zealand and Izumo, Japan. Her interest in community collaboration informs her ongoing commitment to civic and urban revitalisation projects that marry commercially astute outcomes with long term benefits to the community and environment.

Photos by Katie Kaars