The Future of Sydney panel discussion

Speaker bios

In these unusual times, we invite you to be part of a conversation that matters: about the future of Sydney. Join us online for the Future of Sydney panel discussion on Sunday 8 November at 11am as we take a look at our city during the COVID-19 pandemic, the radical shifts we’ve seen in the ways the city is used (or not used), and the inspiring new ideas and ways of thinking that have been put into action. The panel will feature key figures from the government, design and architecture sectors. 


Abbie Galvin

Abbie was recently appointed as the Government Architect NSW after having worked for 30 years in architectural practice on projects, across a range of sectors, that have been highly awarded, published and recognised internationally for bringing fresh approaches to common project types.  Abbie’s work is focussed on promoting the architectural quality of the built environment and making the physical world around us better for everyone through the power of great design.

Caroline Butler-Bowdon 

Dr Caroline Butler‐Bowdon is the Executive Director, Public Spaces in the Place, Design and Public Spaces team at NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment where she leads a team of strategists, policy-makers, place-managers, landscape architects, project managers, planners and storytellers to improve and shine a spotlight on public space in NSW. Before this she was the Director, Strategy & Engagement at Sydney Living Museums. Spanning 20 years, her career has been dedicated to cultural leadership that connects citizens and tourists to special places, the arts and heritage. She is a 2017 Churchill Fellow.

Sacha Coles 

Sacha is Director, Design and Strategy at ASPECT Studios and a globally renowned design leader with a record of excellence in creating projects of transformational change. Recognised as one of the top 30 Landscape Architects operating globally, Sacha advocates for design excellence, environmental resilience, and civic delight His projects aim to delight and embody a positivity which challenges a ‘business as usual’ approach. Sacha delivers innovative design within a social framework, reinforcing the role that cities can play in creating economic, social and creative opportunity. Through his work, Sacha promotes uplifting quality of life, encouraging social equity and elevating the human spirit through design.

Joe Karten

Joe is the National Sustainability Manager, Built and has applied his international technical experience to the Australian green buildings market for the past 13 years. Initially developing rating tools and administering certifications at the Green Building Council of Australia then transitioning to delivering green buildings from the contractor’s side, Joe has guided many projects to Australian-first certifications across Green Star, LEED, WELL & NABERS.
Joe advocates for net zero energy building and creating built environments that aren’t just energy efficient but also enrich the lives of the people who use them through smart and innovative design, construction and material choices.

Jess Miller

Jess Miller has been a City of Sydney Councillor since 2016. She is passionate about creating community resilience and more liveable cities, reducing waste, improving food security, increasing urban greening and driving the night-time economy for Sydney. 

She has worked on  the Breathable Sydney campaign,the #SydneyDoesntSuck campaign; Liveable Slow Streets pilot in Redfern. She supports a thriving 24-hour economy in Sydney by supporting the venues, performers and other late night practitioners through the introduction of the Late Night DCP changes and running as a Keep Sydney Open candidate in 2019. She is Program Director of Greener Spaces Better Places. She is also our Sydney Open 2020 City Ambassador.

Ninotschka Titchkosky

Ninotschka is co-CEO of BVN and is interested in future scenarios and possibilities that can emerge through a project that have global currency. She is passionate about the role architects play in shaping our interactions, communities and cities and continually seeks to effect change through projects. Ninotschka is interested in the changing nature of architectural practice and the potential for new ways of engaging in the design and construction process. She is leading BVN’s research into robotics, which explores live site collaborations with the robot using woven carbon fibre systems and large scale robotic 3D printing. Her most recent projects are the rebuilding of the heart of the campus at ANU and Atlassian’s new headquarters, the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower.