Clare believes that our buildings should serve us without detracting from the living systems we are a part of, and she seeks to harness opportunities and consider constraints to deliver a lower carbon, more systems-integrated outcome. Clare’s favourite part of any project is challenging assumptions about how things ‘should’ be done; habits are hard to break and silos are the norm.
Clare starts by going back to the objectives of a project; there are many pathways for highly varied outcomes. Most projects start in a similar vein – to build something that’s good for people with good economic outcomes. Clare looks beyond the surface and seeks ways to truly improve sustainability outcomes in a way that suits everyone. Clare always chases robust, performance-based outcomes. Ticking boxes on scorecards might be a means to an end but these ratings are tools not outcomes.
Growing up in north-west Tasmania, Clare was always taught to see the beauty and wonder of nature, as well as to never do things by halves. Combine those two with endless curiosity and optimism, Clare is always looking for better ways to do things. Using her work to improve outcomes for people, planet and enhancing prosperity means that is an easy job to do. With her roots in rural Tasmania, Clare came to Melbourne to study mechanical engineering and business. With a few accreditations under the belt, Clare is continually developing her knowledge across broad areas of interest, which stretch from very micro, technical analysis skills in the physics of buildings performance, to the broad, systems view of sustainability. The best solutions are found by bringing the two together, while taking a collaborative approach to projects.
Clare seeks to work on projects where innovation or new approaches is
common, and that means team members and stakeholders have to be
open minded and ready to be early adopters. Systems based solutions
are everything, and it’s as much about building capacity as assisting with
solutions. Coming to a shared solution can sometimes result in a better
outcome, and Clare aims to build ideas up rather than break them down.
When not at work Clare enjoys getting out of the city, spending time by the
coast, being as active as possible: multi-day treks or rides are her favourite
way to escape. On most weekends in the city Clare can be found out and
about trying to tire out her endlessly energetic young son and Jack Russell,