The Social Conscience of Architecture

9 August 2019

The ACA – VIC/TAS Committee is delighted to announce a special free event on 27 August in Melbourne, which will explore the benefits of instigating a culture of social responsibility into architectural practice.

As practice owners, we must strive to achieve better business and design practices to better deliver our services and sustain and grow our businesses, but many architects also prioritise time for giving back. This may be on an individual or practice basis, giving back to the profession and our communities, or in a humanitarian or social context. Taking on activities or projects that align with the social conscience or responsibility of architecture can provide great benefits not only on a personal level and to the communities in which you work, but also for your practice.

On 27 August, Robert Goodliffe from Clarke Hopkins Clarke will share his experiences on instigating a culture of social responsibility in architecture and its resultant benefits. Leeanne Marshall will highlight the role of groups such as Architects Without Frontiers in organising and facilitating pro bono work with architects in Australia and overseas, as well as her experiences in the humanitarian sector through the Australian Red Cross.

We invite you to share your own experiences at the event or through prior submissions to highlight the contribution made by the architectural community. To share your work in this area, contact Katherine Ygosse.

4 - B Corp - CHC

Clarke Hopkins Clarke is the world's largest B-Corp certified architectural practice.

Our Speakers

Robert Goodliffe is a Partner at ClarkeHopkinsClarke (CHC). During his three decades as Partner, CHC has grown exponentially, won over 60 industry awards and now services eight diverse sectors. Guided by the CHC mission of ‘Creating Vibrant Communities’, Robert has made significant contributions across the education, aged care, residential and community infrastructure sectors and currently provides oversight of the practice’s senior living and care portfolio.

A progressive thinker, a constant learner and an ever-active collaborator, Robert seeks out ways CHC can make a positive impact through and beyond its project work. Under his leadership, ClarkeHopkinsClarke has been certified as a B Corporation, formalising its commitment and leadership within this ethical business space.

Robert is particularly passionate about supporting the personal and professional development of all team members. Living by example, Robert has recently travelled to Bhutan to study Gross National Happiness, he has ‘Run from Poverty’ to support One Heart Foundation in the care and education of orphaned and abandoned children in Kenya, and he regularly contributes to B Corporation Champions Retreats, to progress this movement’s impact across the Australian and international business community. 

3 - Community consultation

Much of Leeanne Marshall's work with the Red Cross is community consultation and training.

Leeanne Marshall is the Shelter Technical Lead in the International Programs team of the Australian Red Cross. She has a background in the built environment, having trained and worked as an architect for over a decade, and has been working in the development/ humanitarian space since 2008. She worked for a number of years with local not-for-profits, including Architects without Frontiers Australia, delivering community-based, participatory projects in Australia, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific. Since joining the Red Cross Red Crescent movement, she has supported a number of humanitarian shelter responses from Asia Pacific to Latin America. In her current role, she is responsible for ongoing shelter and settlements planning and capacity building as well as supporting more inclusive, locally led preparedness and response activities. Leeanne is the Australian Red Cross representative on the Global Shelter Cluster Strategic Advisory Group, where she also co-leads the working group on inclusion of persons with disabilities in shelter and settlements programming. Leeanne is also a board member of Architects without Frontiers Australia.


6pm for 6.30pm Tuesday
27 August 2019


Brickworks Design Studio,
Shop T1, 367 Collins Street,
Melbourne  3000


Free event – tickets are limited, so please book now to reserve your place.
Canapes and drinks kindly provided by Brickworks.


Reserve your place now.