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LSAA Inaugural Student Competition - Organizing Committee

LSAA Inaugural Student Competition - Organizing Committee

Dr Daniel Prohasky is an architectural engineer and roboticist passionate about translating research towards accelerating the scaled adoption of exciting, resourceful and low-carbon architecture. Dr Sofia Colabella is an architect and Lecturer in Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning of the University of Melbourne, with a PhD in Architectural Technology. Peter Lim is a director of Tensys and working in the field of lightweight structures, complex geometries and space frames for the past 35 years. 

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Dr Daniel Prohasky is an architectural engineer and roboticist passionate about translating research towards accelerating the scaled adoption of exciting, resourceful and low-carbon architecture.

Daniel pursues the multidisciplinary integration of knowledge and systems of design with a focus on the development of novel elegant robotic systems to build exciting cities of the future. Daniel has worked as a research engineer with two of the most innovative engineering firms in the world, Arup and Aurecon. Where he encouraged and implemented new ways of tackling engineering problems using the latest in computational tools and innovative thinking.

Daniel is passionate about building resourceful and elegant architecture. He believes that, as engineers and architects, one of the most important challenges of our time is the need to reduce waste and atmospheric carbon emissions - yesterday. He’ll help you develop the abilities to create, not only environmentally sustainable architecture, but also, beautiful buildings that people love and are excited to dwell within!

He is devoted to invigorating your innovative thinking. Leading by example, he has created Curvecrete, a new advanced manufacturing and architectural engineering practice tackling these challenges. So, you can have the chance to tap in to firsthand experiences with the construction industry and real-world low-carbon construction projects.

He was voted the Victorian Professional Engineer of the Year award in 2023 Engineers Australia Excellence Award.


Dr Sofia Colabella is an architect and Lecturer in Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning of the University of Melbourne, with a PhD in Architectural Technology. Sofia co-founded Gridshell.it, a company specialising in the design and construction of performative timber architecture and acoustic shells, designed through digital tools and full-scale prototypes. She co-founded the Italian-based architecture practice CMMKM Architecture and Design, specialising in residential architecture. Her research interest and expertise relate to design, timber tectonic cultures, digital design & fabrication, and the reuse of reclaimed materials for architectural purposes. As visiting Scientific Partner at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), she provided a novel approach to the feasibility of reuse of discarded high-tech sports equipment for structural purposes. She is a member of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS).


Peter Lim is a director of Tensys and working in the field of lightweight structures, complex geometries and space frames for the past 35 years.   His expertise and experience is not only in design but also project management, execution and delivery of these unique structures internationally

He is a recipient of The Indian National Group (ING) of International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) 2007 ING-IABSE medal.

He provided expert advice and review on the 2010 Commonwealth Games Stadiums in New Delhi, India (especially the Jawalharlal Nehru Stadium, S P Murkurjee Aquatic Stadium, Wrestling Stadium and Weightlifting Stadium)

In the field of ETFE structures, he has broken new grounds in designing the first ETFE structures in the several countries. The design combination to use large tensile lightweight cable systems with cable mesh net systems has resulted in the involvement in several zoological aviary projects.

He has also lectured at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) USA 2005 Expo in San Antonio Texas and 2006 Expo in Atlanta Georgia.  In 2008, he lectured at the Textile Roof 2008 held in Berlin.  He is also a frequent speaker at various conferences involving tension lightweight structures.

In the Lightweight Structures Association of Australasia and he serves as the president of the Committee. Over the past few years, he has also been actively involved with several academic institutions.


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