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Professor Tom Barker

Mdes(Eng) RCA MSt(Cantab) BSc(Hons) DIC FRSA FRCA
Design Fellow Royal Commission of 1851

Tom_Barker.jpg Barker is a professor of Architecture, Innovation and Design at the University of Technology (UTS), Sydney. With experience working on high profile technological, urban design, and housing projects in the UK, he has worked as a designer, educator and researcher for 20 years in the built environment and in architectural design. His philosophy is based on collaborative continuous learning and his work embraces innovation, technology and sustainability. With qualifications in multiple disciplines, he has a focus on fusing methods and skills from different areas. Barker’s collaborations have been extensive with, for example: Zaha Hadid, Buro Happold, Arup, Richard Rogers, Langlands and Bell. Barker runs the UrbanAid research group at UTS where his current academic research breaks down into 3 core urban themes: advanced housing design, creative industries, and digital media. At UTS, he is also a member of the Centre for Contemporary Design Practice (CCDP) node for Urbanism, Politics and Organization: a research centre which responds to the need to re-invent the design professions in the light of contemporary society and technological advances, and to develop the design practices of the future. The research of the CCDP is both discipline-specific and multidisciplinary, and centred on six nodes: multimodality; design practice; digital content and information design; creativity and cognition; history and theory of design; architecture and information design; and knowledge management. Barker moved to Australia in 2008. His academic roles include Professor at the Royal College of Art and Head of Department for a joint Innovation Masters degree with Imperial College London (2005-9); Course Master at the Architectural Association’s Design Research Laboratory M.Arch (2002-8); Visiting Fellow at RMIT’s SIAL and Design Research Institute (2007+).

Adam Russell

BArch (Hons1) RAIA, ARB (6764)


Adam Russell is a registered , practicing architect and director of DRAW in Sydney. He is recognised for a number of significant projects including his role on the SydneyCENRAL Parramatta Road Strategic Plan (12.6mb) and DBE+W apartment project in Japan , both projects resulting from winning international design competitions. Adam has particular expertise in urban design and housing . Adam led the design team for the award winning Mondrian Apartment project whilst associate architect with Stanisic Associates. His former practice, Architects Vim Design has been featured in various local and national publications. DRAW have recently been working collaboratively with Danish architects BIG on the UTS Information Technology and Engineering Building Competition and the Goulburn Street Carpark Competition with the City of Sydney. Recently his practice DRAW were awarded Commendation and Peer Award for their Adaptive Housing project - Bridging the Gap in the think Brick Australia national About Face Awards .

Since graduating Adam has run a number of architecture masters and design studios, tutored and acted as invited critic at UNSW, USyd and UTS. Most recently he curated the Ulterior Motives exhibition at Customs House, showcasing work from his most recent Masters Studio at UTS. He is an active member of the RAIA, contributing to lectures and juries. Concurrent to his role in practice Adam is part way through a PhD at the University of Technology Sydney . Adam is also a regular contributor to AR Australia magazine. This unique position allows Adam to combine research and practice through design.
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