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Robert Hamilton AM
Co-Founder
Mirvac

The name Mirvac is synonymous with Australian property. Founded by Hamilton and Henry Pollack in 1972, it has emerged as one of Australia’s largest and most respected property investment, development and management groups.

Over five decades, Mirvac’s approach to design, construction, people and places has been shaped by the vision and philosophy of its founders in a way that is almost unrivalled in Australian corporate history. At Mirvac, Hamilton combined his commercial acumen and market knowledge with Pollack’s design and construction expertise to develop some of Australia’s most iconic projects.

At the core of Mirvac’s success has been a series of values and principles that have enabled the business to endure cycles and maintain relevance in an ever-changing market.

He will join Urbanity for an in-depth conversation exploring the vision, principles, values and lessons learned from over five decades of shaping the Australia’s cities and regions.

Judith Brinsmead
Chairman
ADCO Constructions

Judith Brinsmead is chairman and owner of ADCO Constructions, one of Australia’s largest privately-owned construction companies with a $2 billion pipeline across a diverse range of sectors and geographies.

A former lawyer and partner of MinterEllison, she joined ADCO as an executive director in 1989 and has been responsible for the strategic management, continued growth and success of the company.

Judith is also owner of build-to-rent developer Arklife, a member of the board of trustees of Bond University, was instrumental in the success of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and is a current member of the Queensland Law Society and AICD.

She joins Urbanity to explore the state of construction in Australia, business leadership, future market trends and new growth opportunities.

Koichi Takada
Principal
Koichi Takada Architects

Koichi Takada belongs to a new generation of architects that strive to bring nature back into the urban environment — an approach he matured after living in Tokyo, New York and London.

He established his practice in 2008 and brings a Japanese sensibility to Australian architecture where each project embodies his commitment to organic form and consideration for human experience.

His work now spans the globe with projects underway in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Tokyo, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Doha and Mexico City.

He will present a keynote on biophylic architecture and the naturalisation of the built form.

Adelene Teh
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Beulah International

Adelene is the driving force behind one of Australia’s most ambitious developments, STH BNK By Beulah. Set to become Australia’s tallest building upon completion, the UNStudio and Cox Architecture-designed project fuses residential, commercial, retail, cultural and public uses into a twin ‘greenscaper’ concept.

Under her leadership, Beulah International has developed a portfolio of award-winning residential, hotel and mixed-use projects in Melbourne’s CBD and fringe.

She joins Urbanity to discuss the STH BNK By Beulah project, her current and future pineline and her approach to successful property development and placemaking.

Jason Huljich
Joint CEO
Centuria Group

Jason became joint CEO of Centuria Group in June 2019 after previously leading Centuria’s real estate and funds management business.

He was initially a founding director and major shareholder of boutique fund manager Century Funds Management, which was established in 1999 and acquired by Over Fifty Group in July 2006.

He is an executive director of Centuria Capital Group where he provides strategic leadership that drives the operations of Centuria’s real estate business. He is also a past president of the Property Funds Association (PFA) which represents the $125 billion direct property investment body in Australia.

He joins Urbanity to discuss the state of commercial, industrial and healthcare real estate, property investment, funds management and business leadership.

Alison Mirams
Chief Executive Officer
Roberts Co

With more than twenty years’ experience in the construction sector, Alison Mirams brings a unique approach to leadership within the industry.

In 2017, after successfully operating in executive roles at both Brookfield Multiplex and Lendlease, Alison took on the role as CEO of boutique tier-one construction firm, Roberts Co.

She recently orchestrated the $1.6 billion takeover of collapsed builder Probuild’s Victorian portfolio and has recently published the findings of a two-year research report conducted in partnership with the University of NSW focused on a five-day construction week.

A prominent female executive in an industry renowned for a lack of diversity, Alison is proud to be driving positive change in the construction industry via her leadership and mentoring.

She will be presenting a keynote on the findings of The Project 5: A weekend for every worker research.

Kris Daff
Managing Director
Assemble

Recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative developers, Kris and his team have launched the Assemble Futures Model – both a ‘rent-to-own’ pathway to home ownership and an alternative business model for build-to-rent and build-to-sell property development.

The model brings together affordable housing, social housing, specialist disability accommodation (SDA), on-market rental and build-to-sell dwellings and is supported by an structured funding model backed by private capital and superannuation funds. The current pipeline has a combined end value of over $3.0 billion comprising 5,000 apartments and over 100,000sqm of non-residential programming.

The Assemble Futures Model is the culmination of three years of research, both locally and overseas, and is the product of a vision to create fairer, financially accessible, better-designed housing in Australia.

Kris will be delivering a keynote on the Assemble Futures Model and its role in addressing Australia’s housing market challenges.

Kate Meyrick
Director
Urbis

Kate is a passionate urbanist and place maker with more than 25 years of international experience working in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States.

She is globally respected for her expertise in visioning and positioning city scale precincts, working sensitively with stakeholders and the community to co-create powerful new futures for well-loved places.

She has been influential in shaping thinking about the global competitiveness of Australian cities, their future identity and quality of life.

She has strong experience in conceptualising and delivering complex urban projects: working with a diverse mix of stakeholders to curate a bold and innovative vision for future urban life.

Kate will be joining Urbanity with a keynote that explores the global competitiveness of Australian cities in a post-Covid world, their future identities and value proposition.

David Lee
Development Director
Riverlee

David is the Development Director for renowned Melbourne-based developer, Riverlee.

Founded in 1993 by Clement Lee, Riverlee has delivered in excess of $2.5 billion of urban land and master-planned communities, commercial office, residential and hotel developments. The firm currently has an active development pipeline in excess of $3 billion.

David is responsible for Riverlee’s latest development Seafarers, Melbourne – an inspired adaptive re-use of the heritage-protected Goods Shed 5 by famed architect, Nonda Katsalidis. Seafarers is a mixed-use waterfront precinct for Melbourne which will incorporate a limited collection of residences, Australia’s first 1 Hotel, a 1,000-seat function centre, dining and retail and a 3,500sqm public park.

He will be presenting a keynote on the design, development and delivery of Seafarers, Melbourne.

Jono Cottee
Development Director
Built

Jono is an experienced executive specialising in property development, design, leasing and construction delivery in the commercial real estate sector. He currently serves as development director for Built, one of Australia’s most innovative building and development firms with a $3 billion workbook.

With a background in architecture, Jono oversaw the award-winning SubStation No. 164, located at 183-185 Clarence Street, Sydney – a recipient of three The Urban Developer excellence awards in 2022.

SubStation No.164 is a boutique office tower that incorporates the restoration of the heritage listed Shelley Warehouse and the adjoining former electrical substation into a 7,000sq m A-grade office precinct with a 5-star GreenStar and NABERS rating.

He joins Urbanity to present a keynote on the design and delivery of SubStation No. 164 in Sydney.

Bill McWilliams
Chief Investment Officer
MaxCap Group

Bill leads the national investment team for MaxCap Group in Australia and is responsible for developing investment strategy, relationship management framework and oversight of deal origination, structuring, negotiation.

MaxCap Group is one of Australia’s leading commercial real estate debt and investment specialists and has managed in excess of $14.5bn of commercial debt and structured capital.

Bill has over 20 years’ industry experience in property finance including having spent many years developing business and leading high performing teams at senior levels within National Australia Bank’s (NAB) Institutional and Business Bank.

He will join Urbanity to discuss the state of property finance, capital markets and the broader economic environment.