Building 4.0 CRC appoints Industry Advisory Committee

Building 4.0 CRC has welcomed six renowned experts across government, industry, and industry transformation, into its newly established Industry Advisory Committee.

Together, these experts will help guide the CRC activities in the right direction, advising on matters of building regulation and policy, industry transformation and R&D. Additionally, the Committee will help the consortium link into relevant opportunities and initiatives, broadening our reach and ecosystem.

Meet the committee:

Bronwyn Weir runs a boutique legal and consultancy firm advising government regulators. She is the co-author of the Building Confidence Report. Her appointment with Professor Shergold to undertake this work reflects her reputation as a legal advisor on building regulations for more than 23 years. Bronwyn is involved in the ABCB’s work to develop a national framework for the implementation of the report. She has also directly advised several jurisdictions in relation to building regulatory issues including the Victorian government on combustible cladding and Victoria’s Building System Review Panel, the NSW Building Commissioner and the Queensland Government on security of payment. She also advises regulators in a range of other sectors including education, health, emissions reduction and solar.

Geoffrey London is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at The University of Western Australia where he is a past Dean and Head of School. He is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University, a Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne, a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), a previous WA Chapter President of the AIA, and an Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. He previously held the positions of Victorian Government Architect (2008-14) and Western Australian Government Architect (2004-8), and in these roles, he advised the two state governments on a wide range of projects and on issues such as design quality, project procurement, master planning, urban design, sustainability, and development strategies.  Geoffrey maintains a role as a consultant on urban design, architecture, design review and architectural competitions. He was an active researcher in the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, and has a long-term professional and research interest in medium density housing and forms of delivery that provide more affordability and better design.

Selina Short focuses on technological and societal influences that have the power to shape and be shaped by the built environment. She is a vocal champion of placemaking and its role fuelling economic prosperity, liveability and sustainability. Selina is EY’s Oceania Real Estate & Construction Leader and a member of EY’s Oceania Executive Leadership Team with managerial responsibility for the Resources, Energy and Real Estate portfolio. She is also part of EY’s Global Real Estate and Construction Leadership Team and leads EY’s knowledge alliance with Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Real Estate Innovation Lab. She has a track record of leading solution development bringing placemaking, technology and analytics to address market needs, and is a member of the Property Council of Australia’s National Cities Roundtable, and the Property CEO Champions of Change. A firm believer in seizing the upside of disruption and the power of innovation, Selina is committed to driving debate on the role of the built environment in creating equitable and prosperous communities to deliver a better working world.

Pamela Bell is former CEO of PrefabNZ. She is an experienced director and innovation consultant who uses a ‘spotting the gaps’ approach to respond to challenges with a creative strategic focus, integrated teamwork, and an inquiring perspective. Pamela achieves this by drawing from her experience at the interface of high-performance sport, innovation, design, construction, and business.

Jerker Lessing is Director of Research & Development at BoKlok, and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. BoKlok is a joint venture between the construction company Skanska and the furniture company IKEA, and is Sweden’s leading housing company within industrialised construction, building homes also in Finland, Norway and the UK. In his role, Jerker leads the company’s innovation initiatives and related collaboration with partners. At Stanford University, Dr Lessing is teaching a course on industrialised construction and organising the annual conference ‘Industrialized Construction Forum’. In his research, Jerker has developed a framework for ‘Industrialized Construction’ that serves as a theoretical foundation for academic research as well as a guide for companies’ development towards industrialisation. Throughout his career, he has actively combined working in the industry with academic work, in fruitful collaborations and knowledge transfers. Dr Lessing is frequently engaged as a speaker and lecturer and publishes research in international journals.

Steve Holzer describes himself as a digital transformation leader. He has an extensive career leveraging digital technology in the construction industry and, notably, is a founding board member of AEC Hackathon, having held nearly 50 events all over the world. Steve is very passionate about Industry 4.0 outcomes, bringing DfMA to the industry of the built environment, and thinks well beyond typical industry paradigms of prefabrication and BIM.