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Drs Zilka and Underwood - Cross Disciplinary


Dr Jenny Underwood

Jenny Underwood is the Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University, Melbourne Australia. Her research is practice-based and focused on methods for material circularity, responsible design innovation, and systems-based approaches to sustainability in the context of textiles, fashion and architecture. She is recognised internationally as a leading expert in advanced knit design and 3d seamless knitting technology. 

Dr Leanne Zilka

Dr Leanne Zilka is a registered architect and academic based in Melbourne, Australia. Her architecture practice, ZILKA Studio and her academic position at RMIT University in the School of Architecture and Urban Design is a multidisciplinary one that brings together architecture, fashion, textile design and material research that develops fabrication solutions utilising technologies and techniques from fashion and textile design to develop light weight solutions at the scale of buildings.

Using fashion and textile techniques but scaling them to building scale has been the focus of the research/design practice and now this knowledge is being applied to solving problems of retrofitting obsolete building facades, passive urban lighting, and using digital techniques to create efficiencies in the fabrication of complex forms. The benefits of looking broadly across disciplines allows for the adaption of technologies not common to construction that produce no waste as is the case of industrial 3d knitting machines.

Leannes most recent work includes the 2022 MPavilion with Allzone Architects, NGV commission for the ‘Sampling the Future’ exhibition, 5th Tamworth Textile Triennale commission, Floppy Logic book published by Actar.

Title: Cross disciplinary

Stanislav Roudavski
Stanislav Roudavski


Stanislav Roudavski is an academic at the University of Melbourne and the founder of Deep Design Lab, a collective focusing on more-than-human design. His work addresses practical and theoretical aspects of more-than-human relationships in ecology, technology, design, and architecture. In collaboration with scientists, engineers, and Indigenous scholars, Stanislav's publications cover topics such as engagements with nonhuman agents in design imagination, creative computing, digital fabrication, and conservation ecology. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions and has received multiple awards and honours. Before his current academic role, Stanislav was involved in research projects at the University of Cambridge, taught at MIT, and practiced architecture in various European countries.


BioHavens: Open Research Questions in Structural Innovation for Urban Biodiversity


The aim of this presentation is to highlight a critically significant and largely overlooked field that urgently needs the expertise of innovative designers. Human activities are rapidly destroying habitat structures worldwide, leading to the extinction of entire nonhuman cultures, civilizations, species, and countless individual organisms. This loss profoundly impacts all life, including human societies and is difficult to reverse. However, there are many proven opportunities for positive intervention, such as the creation of artificial reefs, nesting places, tree-like structures, and bioreceptive surfaces. Unfortunately, current designs are often simplistic, as few designers or engineers focus on these topics. Instead, the responsibility typically falls to biologists or conservationists, who have expertise in ecology but not in innovative structures or advanced fabrication techniques. The central question of this presentation is: can designers, engineers, and builders of lightweight structures respond to this need? I believe that their involvement presents exciting creative and business opportunities, as well as an ethical imperative. To illustrate this, I will showcase a range of projects focusing on artificial habitat structures developed by Deep Design Lab and others, covering our methods for data collection and analysis to inform design, the concept that innovation can flow from nonhuman agents into more-than-human communities, the characteristic challenges in designing artificial habitat structures, areas where future research and innovation are needed, and opportunities for collaboration on ongoing and emerging projects.

Jane Nixon - Evolution of the Ken Rosewall Arena Sydney

Short Bio

Jane Nixon is an Associate Principal at Arup. She has been with Arup as a Structural Engineer for over 20 years and has been involved in an array of long span roofs and light weight structures around the world.  From the original light weight cable and fabric structure of  Khalifa stadium in Doha for the 2006 Asian Grames to the Singapore Sports Hub stadium roof in 2014. Jane’s Skills and experience has been through the concept stage, detailing and through to the construction sequencing stages of the project. As the re-use of existing building and adaptability becomes are more important topic of conversation in sustainability, Jane is interested in using light weight structures and simple cleaver solutions to enhance existing infrastructure as well as providing efficient structural solutions.

Title of Presentation

Evolution of the Ken Rosewall Arena Sydney.

Short synopsis of the presentation

Arup  carried out the structural design of the Tennis Centre for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, this included a light weight cost efficient structure to cover the seating.   The Ken Rosewall Arena was then given a new roof for the inaugural 2020  ATP cup. Arup’s skills and knowledge of the project as well as light weight structural skills resulted in an engineering led project from conceiving the solution and then delivering the project through tender, fabrication and erection.  The simple sustainable design brings new life to an existing facility and  enhances its use for the client and the public. Linked with the structural design was an integral services engineering team  who developed and demonstrated  a natural ventilated solution under the tent-like structure though detailed CFD analysis.  In this presentation we will take a brief step back to the original Sulman Award winning arena but then run through the roof development, digital documentation and the details to deliver the new roof in under 12 months.


 Rowan Murray (Ronstan) & Angus Macleod (Vector Foiltec) - Surbana Jurong - synthesis of Architecture and Engineering


Rowan Murray

Rowan Murray is General Manager of Ronstan Tensile Architecture, a division of Ronstan International he founded with his partners in 1991 and which today is recognized as a leading global manufacturer, supplier and sub-contractor of tensile elements for Lightweight Architecture. Rowan’s knowledge of cables and cable structures has helped realize structures on three continents.  

Angus Macleod

Angus Macleod has been a Director of Vector Foiltec in Australia and New Zealand since 2003 and has delivered well over 75 ETFE projects in that region including Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, Eden Park Stadium’s Great South Stand in Auckland, Southern Cross Station in Melbourne.

In addition, Angus acts as one of the Technical Directors for the Vector Foiltec Group – primarily focussing on VF projects through SE Asia and Oceania. Significant projects include Changi Airport Jewel and the Surbana Jurong Campus, both in Singapore, Hong Kong’s Ocean Park Aquatic Centre and many others.

Andrew Lingman - We can measure more accurately, while saving time and money


Andrew joined Baytex in 2002. His extensive experience in mechanical engineering and fabric membrane design has been very beneficial to the many projects Baytex have created during his tenure. Andrew’s role in Baytex has evolved over the years from Design Manager through to his current role as General Manager in mid-2020. This role change has been a natural transition of his leadership style ensuring every aspect of the manufacturing process is monitored with experienced team leaders to ensure the customer receives the Baytex product they have come to expect. Providing projects to clients worldwide, Andrew and his team have gained an international reputation for design, engineering, quality workmanship and dedicated project management which have all contributed to Baytex’s world class performance.

Presentation Title: We can measure more accurately, while saving time and money

Tom Gastin

Bio –

Tom Gastin -  is the owner of Pattons. He has been in the industry for 27 years designing, fabricating and installing textile solutions and fabric structures for the event and construction industries – He has a passion for creative fabric solutions and lightweight fabric structures - temporary and permanent – to provide innovation with lightweight solutions that can be an alternative to traditional construction methods.

Synopsis –

Collaborating for project success - Trinity point tension membrane structure

The architectural vision was exceptional - the application, site conditions and tight timeframe were challenging…yet with industry collaboration, this project came to fruition and resulted in an internationally award-winning project. In this presentation, Tom walks you through how Pattons and his alliances worked to their strengths in collaboration to achieve this goal.

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Martin Eddleston - The Link at Langley Park, Western Australia An ETFE project.


Martin has over 18 years of industry experience and has worked with MakMax for 15 years. A design leader whose specialist knowledge in manufacturing and installation ensures MakMax Australia’s architectural solutions are designed with buildability at their core. Martin is a registered Structural Engineer and has supplemented his design capability with extensive site and Project Management experience.

The Link at Langley Park, Western Australia An ETFE project.


As a design trend grows around revitalising and reusing existing buildings, the Link at Langley project shows how major transformation and upgrades can be made while maintaining existing buildings and carbon sinks. The project is a great example of the challenges and complexities that need to addressed when combining new construction with old, along with constructing alongside operational offices and hotel facilities.

Bruce Danziger


Danziger Engineering Collaborative, Inc. (Los Angeles, US)otis.edu/faculty/bruce-danziger

The Danziger Engineering Collaborative structural engineering consultancy was founded in 2020 by Bruce Danziger. From 1988 to 2020, Bruce worked with Arup in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, London, and Seville. He has been the Lead Structural Engineer for many complex and challenging projects including exposition pavilions, performing arts centers, tension membrane structures, embassies and consulates, and long-span structures for airports and stadia.

Bruce organizes an international group of tensioned membrane experts called Lightweight Footprint that meet regularly to define best practices for quantifying the sustainability of membrane structures.