ACA QLD/NT Update – October 2023

17 October 2023

The QLD/NT branch committee has had a busy month, with their popular Risky Business event and a lunch forum with architect and current Federal MP Elizabeth Watson-Brown. Leanne Williams provides a recap.


Elizabeth Watson Brown lunch forum

On 5 October, we had the privilege of hosting Elizabeth Watson-Brown, a distinguished architect and Member of Parliament representing the Ryan electorate in Brisbane. In addition, we were delighted to have Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, Kelly Greenop, conduct an interview with Elizabeth, offering a captivating glimpse into her life and career.

Elizabeth shared insights into how her background as an architect has uniquely equipped her for her role as an MP, emphasising the importance of actively listening to the needs of the community.

As an accomplished architect, Elizabeth successfully led her practice in St Lucia and Auchenflower for an impressive 21 years. Her portfolio of award-winning designs focused on sustainable building practices, urban resilience, accessibility and social equity.

Elizabeth also holds the prestigious title of Life Fellow at the Australian Institute of Architects and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland. She has lent her expertise to various independent expert panels, advising state and local governments.

Brooke Ollikainen, representing GEBERIT, one of our Corporate Partners, also made a presentation.

Risky Business Breakfast

On 13 September, the QLD/NT Committee hosted the Risky Business Breakfast, a highly anticipated annual CPD event that focuses on legal insurance and practical risk management. The panel featured experts Wim De Vylder, Marion Biscoe and Ben Madden, with Brett Hudson moderating discussions on the intricacies of legal insurance and practical risk management.

The engaging discussions encompassed topics such as human error, managing complex projects involving multiple parties, navigating the challenges of contract signing, and effective problem-solving strategies. The event was highlighted by a dynamic Q&A session, making it an informative and interactive gathering.

Photos: Alanna McTiernan