Highly regarded in the architecture and design community Jan is currently the co-editor of Inside magazine, principal of Henderson Media and editor of Architel.tv. She contributes to various architecture and design magazines and online portals, drawing on her extensive experience as editor of inside for five years, associate publisher at Architecture Media for four years and previous success as an interior designer of note. She is passionate about design and through her different roles supports and contributes to design in Australia.
Amy Muir (Panelist), Director, MUIR ARCHITECTURE
Holding degrees in both interior design and architecture from RMIT University, Amy has ensured that the practice places equal value on the holistic crafting of interior and external form as one. The practice has received state and national awards and the work has been widely published locally and internationally. Amy is a current Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Councillor, the Chair of the Victorian Chapter Awards Committee and was the recent recipient of the Australian Institute of Architects 2016 National Emerging Architect Prize.
Sarah Naarden (Panelist), Founder, Architect, Social Impact Designer, DESIGN THINK LAB
Sarah is an architect, place maker and social impact entrepreneur. A former associate director with Bates Smart, Sarah is a panel member of the Victorian Design Review Panel with the Office of Victorian Government Architects. In 2015, Sarah founded Design Think Lab, a consultancy optimising social impact in the built environment. In 2014, Sarah was recognized by the Federal government for an Aboriginal Healing Garden at Monash Health. Her start up, Hughaus, proposes a rethinking of ageing and social isolation with a prefabricated co-housing solution. It offers affordable housing for student and families who volunteer care in exchange for their rent.
Trained in Architecture and urban Planning, Targol has worked in professional practice since 2001. She held leadership and management positions across a number of professional associations in Middle East and Europe before moving to Australia in 2013. Targol has strong experience working with people from varied backgrounds in a community based setting including community development projects in Australia and Iran. As President of Architects for Peace, Targol has been involved in preparation of organisation’s strategic plan and now oversees the implementation of organisation’s strategy, business development, and manages a team of creative volunteers.
Shelley Penn (Panelist), Achirtect, Educator, SHELLEY PENN ARCHITECT
Shelley Penn is a Melbourne-based award winning architect, educator, urbanist and built environment advocate. Since 1993, her practice Shelley Penn Architect has focussed on the design and delivery of finely resolved residential projects, along with the provision of strategic advice to government and the private sector about the design of the built environment and advocacy for the importance of design quality in the urban realm.