Noel Tighe

Green Star Accredited Professional

Noel Tighe is a Senior Associate at Denton Corker Marshall, one of Australia's most highly acclaimed design practices, with offices in Melbourne, London, Manchester and Jakarta. He is a Registered Architect in the United Kingdom and a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. With a career spanning nearly 30 years, he has undertaken leading roles on multi-award winning projects in the commercial, education and civic sectors, in Australia, Europe and Asia.

Noel is an ardent advocate for sustainable design and a Green Star Accredited Professional. He has undertaken leading roles on projects with award winning sustainable credentials including, Manchester Civil Justice Centre in the UK, Asia Square in Singapore and the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney.

He has also developed extensive experience in the restoration and adaptive reuse of heritage buildings on projects such as Hampton Court Palace in the UK, Abbotsford Convent in Collingwood, Melbourne and new exhibition galleries at the World Heritage Listed Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Through his work in collaboration with the Urban Studies Centres in the UK, Noel has demonstrated a commitment to informing and empowering communities with regard to the development of their local environment. This experience was instrumental in Denton Corker Marshall's support for the successful campaign to preserve Melbourne's Abbotsford Convent for community use and subsequent works to convert the estate into one of Australia's leading arts precincts.

Simon McPherson

Architect and Urban Designer


Simon McPherson established Global South in 2016 – a new urban practice founded on research, applied knowledge and strategic collaboration, with a global outlook and a strong social focus.
Simon is also CEO and Founder of Liveable, an innovative technology start-up supporting liveable, affordable and sustainable housing choices, which recently completed the Stockland Accelerator, through BlueChilli, Australia’s largest tech incubator.

Educated at the University of Melbourne, Simon gained a Masters in Urban Design at the world-renowned Bartlett School, University College London, gaining high-level, specialised training, and exposure to the broad range of historic and contemporary urban conditions of Europe. Simon recently completed the Executive Masters in Cities at the London School of Economics – a new, transformative programme for global urban leaders in the public, private and civic sectors who want to rethink the way their organisations are delivering large scale change in cities. He is a registered Architect in Victoria.

Simon’s commitment to sustainable outcomes, design quality and social equity drives his work, which spans the full range of project types and sizes. He brings specialist skills and experience in design, strategic planning, Design Review, policy development, structure planning, transport integration, collaborative workshop facilitation, community and stakeholder engagement, design advice and urban research.

Simon Shiel




Simon Shiel is an architect with more than twenty years of diverse experience across architecture, urban design, construction and development. Simon has held senior positions at architecture firm Ashton Raggatt McDougall and with the property developer Grocon. His experience as an architect gives him a detailed understanding of retail, apartments, office buildings and cultural and performing arts centres. His work in construction and property development gives him an appreciation of the mechanics of development and also the value of high-quality design. He was Independent Certifier for the WA Schools PPP and the New Schools in Victoria PPP.

Simon's practice, SSDA, provides advice at the intersection of architecture and commerce. He works with institutions to develop project requirements, strategic planning and business cases.
Simon has a long-standing interest in architectural education. He is regularly invited as an external reviewer and presenter. He teaches architectural design in the Master of Architecture programs at RMIT University and the University of Melbourne. He has also acted as a jury member for the Australian Institute of Architects' Architecture Award.

Sarah Naarden



Sarah Naarden leverages 20 years of experience as an architectural advisor, social sustainability leader, design thinking advisor and social impact entrepreneur.

As a former Associate Director with Bates Smart, Sarah specialised as an interior architect. Over 10 years at the practice, she led multi-disciplinary design teams on local hospitals, mixed use residential developments and international hotels and her work on the Royal Childrens' Hospital was a career highlight.

In 2013 Sarah founded 'Design Think Tank', to enable the voices of first people, old people and young people to be heard in the place making process. As an advocate for Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health, Sarah created an Aboriginal Healing Garden at the Monash Medical Centre which received a Federal Government Community Service Award in 2014.
In 2015 Sarah set up a design research practice 'Design Think Lab' with the aim to create prototypes of social impact in the built environment. As a social design researcher she has produced a wide range of projects including: a Neuroscience and Design Symposium. After writing a white paper in age care, she founded a start up business proposing the rethinking of co-housing models for our ageing population.

Currently, Sarah is undergoing a PhD with Wonderlab, in MADA - Monash Art Design and Architecture. It is a pilot cohort intersecting the fields of co-design, social learning and embodied practices of play. It comprises PhD candidates with backgrounds in neuroscience, architecture, embodiment coaching, communication design, graphic design and pedagogy design. Across several countries including: Italy, Brazil,US ,India and Australia, the cohort is exploring optimal facilitation methods whilst rethinking participatory practices. Sarah is focusing on speculative place-making with eco-systems systems thinking and socially engaged design methods.

Minnie Cade



Minnie Cade is a practising architect with experience in the design and delivery of projects across the private and public sectors. As a Senior Associate at John Wardle Architects, she brings a strong focus on innovation and design excellence to large and complex projects across Australia.

In 2015, Minnie completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Melbourne. This included intensive modules taught at leading business schools in Germany and the USA. This augmented Minnie’s skills in navigating the complex environment of the design and construction industry.

Minnie brings considerable experience in creative problem solving and negotiating complex challenges. Her expertise spans design management, project delivery, facilitation and business skills, each being instrumental in the design review process.
Minnie is interested in the marriage of innovative design and emerging construction methods and materials. She is also firmly invested in the integration of environmentally sustainable design principles in all projects.

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