16 December 2020

This webinar series focusing on Creating Low Carbon Urban Icons is an opportunity to engage and connect with the organisations who are leading the way in creating inspirational low carbon buildings and precincts. University of South Australia researchers and the Research Node for Low Carbon Living will also introduce their involvement in the projects. It is a way to bring organisations with carbon challenges together with organisations with low carbon solutions, to share ideas and experiences relating to a low carbon built environment.

U City

Uniting Communities U City is a truly unique, diverse and inclusive community located in the heart of Adelaide. The $100m redevelopment is one of South Australia's most sustainable buildings and has achieved 6 Star Green Star Design and As-Built rating. U City is a mixed-use building which sees the vision of a 'vertical village' come to life.


The presentation will include segments from:

  • Simon Schrapel: CE, Uniting Communities
  • Lee Sauerwald: Executive Manager, Uniting Communities
  • Milos Milutinovic: Senior Associate, Woods Bagot
  • Deborah Davidson: Director, DSquared
  • Suzanne Ridding: Sustainable Business Consultants
  • Gary Neave: Managing Director, PROManage
  • Daniel Dello Iacovo: Managing Director, Trice
  • Matthew Salisbury: Regional Director, WSP
  • Joe Karten: National Sustainability Manager, Built
  • Aidan Mullen: Sustainability Manager, Interface Australia
  • U City residents
  • Commercial tenants
  • Hosted by Dr Aaron Davis, UniSA Creative.

Panel – Q&A

The live Q&A panel will take place at the end of the the video presentations and we invite you to please submit your questions, both in advance and during the webinar.


Simon Schrapel AM
CE, Uniting Communities

Simon is the Chief Executive of Uniting Communities. Originally trained in Social Work, Simon has spent more than 30 years in social services practice, management and policy development and advocacy in both the Government and not-for-profit sectors in Australia, the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka. Simon joined Uniting Communities as Chief Executive in mid-2010 with a commitment to build on the organisation’s history and reputation as a progressive agency for social change, reconciliation and fostering compassionate and resilient communities.


Deborah Davidson
Director, DSquared

Deborah is an experienced ESD and Sustainability Consultant and Director of local Adelaide firm dsquared Consulting. Deborah’s specialties include sustainable design, emissions reduction, sustainability policy, and environmental management. Deborah is one of Australia’s most experienced Green Star Accredited Professionals, as well as holding LEED and WELL accreditations, making her a leading authority on sustainable building design and certification.


Suzanne Ridding
Sustainable Business Consultants

Suzanne has been a sustainability consultant for nearly 15 years specialising in sustainability strategy, carbon management, climate change adaptation and responsible investment. She is also a Registered Consultant with Climate Active helping organisations, events, precinct and buildings to become carbon neutral. Suzanne helps a range of organisations, large and small and is proud to have worked with Uniting Communities on its carbon neutral program for 10 years.


Matthew Salisbury
Regional Director SA/NT, WSP

Matthew is the Regional Director for SA & NT at WSP. He has over 28 years’ experience in the Property industry, with a background in mechanical engineering. Matt is experienced in delivering multi-disciplinary professional consulting services on large development sites, high performing sustainable buildings, adaptive re-use projects, and business case and due diligence advisory services. Matt is also National Lead of the Education and Health sector for WSP Australia, and has been a member of the Chiefs for Gender Equity since 2016.


Clare Gallagher
Sustainability Manager, Built

Clare's passion for change making in the Built Environment is evident in the impact she's had on several projects.  After graduating from Architecture school, Clare practiced as an Architect in Auckland and London before spending several years at the New Zealand Green Building Council – developing Green Star for the NZ market and working on a diverse array of projects from rural schools and earthquake damaged churches, to hospitals and high rises to reduce environmental impact.  She has spent the last four years as a Sustainability Manager for Built delivering market leading sustainable projects including Barrack Place, Sydney, the first WELL pre-certified building in Australia. 


Chaired by
Dr Aaron Davis
UniSA Creative

Aaron has expertise across a range of areas relating to design and design processes. This includes architecture and sustainable design, as well as the design and facilitation of community engagement, co-design and co-creation processes. Aaron works closely with Match Studio at UniSA, exploring new pedagogical approaches rooted in design thinking to break disciplinary boundaries and engage with students, researchers, industry partners, and communities. Aaron is also a member of IVE, the Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments, and the Design Clinic, working on a range of healthcare, sensemaking, and data physicalisation projects.

CPD Points

This webinar qualifies for CPD points for a number of industry organisations, at 1 point per hour participated such as The Green Building Council of Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects, the Planning Institute of Australia and Engineers Australia.

  • Green Star Accredited Professionals – Sustainable Development CPD points
  • Architects – Informal CPD points
  • Planners – CPD points
  • Engineers – CPD points

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