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The Living Future Institute of Australia (LFIA) Forum, designed to inspire, engage and dare everyone who attends to think and go beyond. If you believe every act of development must be positive and regenerative this is the Forum for you.

The theme this year is Building Nutrition: Bringing health, happiness and well-being back to the centre of the design discussion, with the topics being biophilic design, urban agriculture, human health in buildings, and delivering a Living Building Challenge Project. Our speakers will challenge the status quo of our industry and share their personal experiences about how to create better outcomes and opportunities for all. In between presentations we will facilitate discussions at each table giving attendees the opportunity to have an opinion, debate, challenge and generate ideas with everyone in the room. Each table will have a set Living Building Challenge Petal to focus on, and attendees will move from table to table for maximum engagement.

The vision of LFIA is to create a future that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. No global movement springs from individuals, it takes an army of people to unite and achieve something this big. So join us to be inspired, challenged and motivated to create a better future.

The Forum is aimed to be held across Australian capital cities, and there are plenty of ways that you can get involved to help out at a local level. If you want to volunteer throughout the development and / or on the day, please get email us and we’ll get in touch.

Adelaide Forum

Event Details

Date: 2 May 2017
Location: ODASA (Office for Design and Architecture SA), 1/28 Leigh St, Adelaide

Event Speakers

Darren Bilsborough, Studio Leader, Hames Sharley
As one of ​Australia’s most well respected professionals in the space of sustainable built environments ​and with a keen understanding of the economics of sustainability, Darren will argue how incorporating biophilic design into our buildings, cities and policies will provide greater economic productivity while ​also making a positive impact on climate and human health and wellbeing.


Keri Chiveralls, CQUniversity
Keri is a cultural anthropologist with an interest in environmental anthropology, social movement studies and theories of social change. She is currently developing and coordinating one of the world’s first tertiary level permaculture programs as the Discipline Leader on the Permaculture Design and Sustainability Program at CQUniversity.
Prior to joining CQUniversity Keri was engaged on a number of different projects looking at social and cultural aspects associated with sustainability in construction, including conducting fieldwork in the permaculture/natural building movement in South Australia.


Deborah Davidson, Director, dsquared Consulting
Deborah is an ESD Consultant with over 15 years of experience in sustainable design, rating tools and environmental management. She is a Director of dsquared Consulting, a local consultancy with a reputation for assisting clients in minimising their environmental impact and improving sustainable outcomes on projects.
Deborah is currently working on projects that combine energy efficiency, indoor environment quality and wellbeing, in commercial office, education and healthcare sectors.


Sally Modystach, Director, Healthy Environs
Sally is the Director of Healthy Environs, a sustainability and community wellbeing consultancy. Her work focuses on promoting healthy communities through projects and partnerships at the local level. Sally holds a Masters in Public Health and has wide-ranging skills in community health strategy, health promotion and corporate social investment. She has recently worked with dsquared to provide a ‘health lens’ within sustainable design.


Stephen Choi, Executive Director, Living Future Institute of Australia
Stephen Choi is a UK-qualified Project Architect and Australian-qualified Project Manager. He has led sustainable design teams at small and large practices before founding a not-for-profit environmental building consultancy and becoming the Living Future Institute of Australia’s Executive Director. Stephen’s work has included the development of global environmental assessment methods, designing and managing building retrofits, and embedding sustainable development into educational curriculum. Several of his projects – both private and public sector – have been recognised in the industry for progressing “green building”.


Event Sponsors


Sydney Forum

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Event Details

Date: 7 April 2017
Location: Camperdown Commons, 51A Mallett Street, Camperdown

Event Speakers

Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute
One of the top ten most powerful women in sustainability globally, Amanda will share her personal insights on biophilic design and why Australia needs the Living Building ChallengeTM, Declare® and JUSTTM.
Jock Gammon, Managing Director, Junglefy
One of Australia’s leading living infrastructure innovators, Jock will share his world view on the adoption of plants into our cities providing inspiring global examples of what’s possible and why urban agriculture is our next global movement.

Hannah Morton, Senior ESD Consultant, Cundall
With her exemplary commitment and experience driving sustainability in the built environment, Hannah will talk about the realities of measuring human health and wellbeing, global rating systems and a practical case study on the adoption of Europe’s first WELL CertifiedTM project.


Peri Macdonald, Executive General Manager Retail, Frasers Property Australia
With his broad experience in retail property development, investment and finance Peri is an alternative thinker and driven to shape the future. Tasked with the job of delivering the world’s first Living Retail Building, he shares the challenges, achievements and his hopes for this project.



Event Sponsors

Tarkett is a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and wall covering solutions. With the most diverse portfolio of products in the global flooring industry, we offer truly integrated, customised and coordinated solutions for complex spaces and specific usages. Our wealth of local and international experience in each segment equips us with an industry-leading understanding of the impact a choice of flooring has on health and wellbeing. From visual, acoustics and air quality improvements to reduced maintenance costs, environmental impact and safety, our approach creates value while ensuring scale and execution excellence.

south-pole-groupSouth Pole Group is a leading provider of global sustainability solutions and services. The company has delivered climate-proven solutions to a wide range of public, private and civil society organisations for over a decade. Areas of expertise cover key areas of corporate climate action, investment climate risks, sustainable supply chains, green finance, as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency. A pioneer in emission reduction and renewable energy projects, the South Pole Group’s portfolio is at present the largest available on the market. For more information, visit or follow the company @southpolegroup

Supporting Partners

for the Forum are Mohawk Industries, BlueScope, Frasers Property Australia, Cundall and Solgen Energy Group.
There are sponsor opportunities available, and you can learn more by contacting us.