AMWF – Promoting a Healthy Workplace

1 July 2024

Our final event in the AMWF online toolkit series tackles two important topics – promoting a healthy workplace and championing an active mindful approach. On Thursday 1 August, we will hear from Loren Willis, Rob Henry, Michael Gay and Michael Lewarne, as they share their stories and strategies around wellbeing initiatives in practice and prioritising exercise and group activities.


We are delighted to have Michael Lewarne (unmeasured coach and ACA NSW/ACT Committee member) convening our online panel discussion. Loren Willis (People & Culture Coordinator, i2C), Rob Henry (Director, Studio Heim) and Michael Gay (Senior Associate, Woods Bagot) have agreed to bring their wealth of experience and knowledge to the AMWF discussion. See our speaker bios below.

Our AMWF Toolkit events have been open, generous conversations that offer ideas, tactics and reminders about prioritising your own mental wellbeing and that of everyone in practice. Our events have shown us that we can learn so much from one another and we thank all our panel participants and audiences.


The Australian version of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Toolkit is available for download. Sections seven and eight of the AMWF Toolkit covers Promoting a Healthy Workplace and Championing an Active Mindful Approach.


Thursday 1 August 2024
12.30–1.30pm ACST (SA, NT)
11am–12pm AWST (WA)


ACA Members – $10
Parlour Collective Members – $10
Non-Members – $20

Reserve your tickets here.

Any proceeds over and above the costs of delivering the AMWF Toolkit program will be set aside for future AMWF projects led by the ACA.


  • Michael Lewarne
  • Rob Henry

Michael Lewarne is the facilitator of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum in NSW/ACT, an architect and coach. After almost 30 years in practice, he stepped away to focus on workplace culture. He believes better human skills and culture are the key to better practice and wellbeing. Practices with a good culture work more effectively, with engaged and happy staff, and are more adaptable. Michael founded Unmeasured in 2019, running workshops and coaching architects.

Rob Henry is the Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Architects ACT Chapter and director of Studio Heim, a design practice focused on creating architecture with an understanding of human scale, which is both socially and environmentally sustainable. Rob has also tutored in design and sustainability at the University of Canberra, of which he is an alumni. Rob was a founding member of Architecture with Pride and remains a strong advocate for diversity in architecture.

  • Loren Willis
  • Michael Gay

Loren Willis is a mental health advocate for i2C Architects in a People and Culture role and a valued supporter of the Architects Mental Welbeing Forum in Sydney. Loren brings more than 10 years of experience in the architecture industry in the office management and People and Culture space. She aims to champion wellbeing practices and initiatives to continually improve the team members experience of the industry. i2C Architects is a proud BCorp, aiming to challenge themselves to focus on culture and do things a little differently.

Michael Gay is Senior Associate and Management Stream Leader at the Woods Bagot Perth Studio. With a diverse career in architecture, he draws on lived experience of mental illness, to encourage others to execute work and life with quiet leadership, integrity and balance. While advocating for self-management of one’s ‘normal’ and ‘ok’, he firmly believes it cannot be done in isolation. Having found a home at Woods Bagot, he aims to support employees with the environment and culture that allows them to strive and thrive… warts and all.