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Peter Lim - President LSAA

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.

Rowan Murray
Rowan Murray

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.  

For the past twenty five years Rowan has been the Secretary of the Lightweight Structures Association of Australasia (LSAA).

Dr Daniel Prohasky

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.

Prof Mark Burry AO and the Gaudi Project

Amongst the throngs of summer tourists outside the world’s most famous building site, the Sagrada Família, New Zealander Mark Burry stands out in the crowd. Not only because he’s tall and silver-haired but because he looks out of place amongst the colorful, casual, camera-carrying crowds bumping into each other, trying to get to the end of the miles-long queue or find a better angle for that photo. Burry instead seems more like a popular university professor: a kind smile, glasses, softly-spoken and just a little formal. He is making his way through the tourists because he is taking a short break from his work as one of the principal architects on the Sagrada Família.

Burry has been working on the construction of Antoni Gaudí’s basilica since 1979 and has been instrumental in the development of the project over the last 30 years, steering it through some once-unimaginable technological advances. He is the only person working on the project today who has used both the traditional manual architectural drawing of plans as well as digital computation techniques. In 2004, the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi awarded Burry the prestigious "Diploma i la insignia a l’acadèmic corresponent" and given the title "Il·lustrisim Senyor," in recognition of his work on this important Catalan landmark.

The above extract is credited to Metropolitan Barcelona where the complete article may be found.

Dr Sofia Colabella
Dr Sofia Colabella

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).

James Marr (Tensys)
James Marr (Tensys)

James Marr is a Director of Tensys and has been working in the field of structural engineering design for over 20 years.  His expertise and experience has been gained while working in offices around Australia and in the UK on many international projects.  With a board design base from these travels, he now enjoys specialising in designing lightweight structures. Whether it be tensioned membranes, cable-nets, pneumatic or geometrically challenging, he is passionate about structural detailing which both looks good and is simple to build.

Tensys is an international specialist engineering design practice in lightweight structures.  This field encompasses fabric tension and cable net structures and complex geometric forms.  Offices are located in Bath UK and Melbourne Australia.

Oliver Turner
Oliver Turner

Oliver’s Bio:

Oliver first discovered his passion for unique and challenging projects in 2008 when he first joined the window shading industry as an installer. After graduating from university with a degree in project management, he delved into managing and successfully delivering national rollout programs for fit outs in the retail, commercial, education, hospitality and health sectors. His experience also expanded internationally into multiple areas such as Macau, the Maldives and Port Moresby to name a few. Fascinated by their unique approach to custom based solutions for window shading systems and sustainable facades, Oliver decided to join the Climate Ready Engineering team in 2020. Since joining, Oliver has managed multiple iconic projects and has always championed the vision of the Designers and Architects and brought them to life. Oliver’s background and understanding in window shading system installation and project management makes him the perfect candidate for managing, coordinating and delivering large scale projects.

Title: A discussion of the Façade shading and automation systems of the One Sydney Harbour Project