Talking about your generation: Intergenerational Co-Habiting and Residential Design

Throughout the world, two things in particular are forcing us to live in a radically different manner than heretofore (1) the ever-rising overheads of a voracious property market, and (2) our ever-increasing life expectancy and ageing population. How has the design world approached re-thinking the residential environment to accomodate the multiple needs of many generations in the single domicile?

Moderator and Speakers

Holly Cunneen - Moderator

Deputy Editor of Habitus

Janne Ryan, Ideas Curator and Philanthropist

Janne Ryan is an ideas curator, founder, and angel investor working across innovation, design and architecture, and start-up philanthropy projects. Her focus is turning ideas in action. She has worked for the ABC, Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Remix Sydney, and was Founding Executive Producer and Curator, TEDxSydney, a start-up experience that changed her world. Janne is the Founder, Creative Music Fund, currently in partnership with the Sydney Opera House on Dance Rites, a major national cultural project.

Rasmus Frisk from arki_lab

Rasmus has extensive national and international experience working on large scale masterplans, building design and specific public space projects, collaborating with a wide range of clients including city authorities and private developers as well as with a distinguished list of architect and landscape architect firms. He is the co-founder and CEO of arki_lab in Copenhagen, an urban design, strategy and research office specialising in democratic processes and co-creation. His firm focuses on designing cities WITH people, and more specifically young people. Before this, he worked in leading positions at top firms like Gehl Architects on projects in Australia, China, the US, South America, and most of Europe. In addition to his work at arki_lab, Rasmus is also an Associate Professor at DIS, the Danish Institute of Study abroad, teaching international students in Architecture and Urban Design. Rasmus is a well-known guest speaker around the world, and has appeared at previous International Urban Design Conferences. His main focus area is the human dimension in architecture, urban design and city planning.

Eugene Marchese from Marchese Partners International

Eugene is Chairman of Marchese Partners International overseeing the strategic direction of the group in Australia, New Zealand, China, UK and USA. Under Eugene's leadership, Marchese Partners is now rated one of Australia's leading design practices, offering a unique mix of formidable experience, innovative design skills and commercial sensativity. Eugene has recently led the development of the innovative Senior Living and Aged Care Design Model; "Esprit De Vie". He has been leading research and development into various "best practice" models around the world and translating those principles into local contexts in various countries. This innovation together with his passion for the sector has led Eugene to guest speaking roles on trends in Seniors Living Design in various Seniors Living and Aged care conferences in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Diane Jones from PTW

Diane Jones has been a Director at PTW Architects for 10 years and is internationally recognized for her achievements in architecture, heritage and master planning – particularly with major civic, health and intergenerational living projects. She has extensive experience managing teams with local councils, state government departments and institutions. She is also a member of the Property Council of Australia Retirement Living Committee and co-edited Take 6. Beyond Beige: improving architecture for older people and people with disabilities. She has been involved with five Australian Research Council Linkage grants, all testing the influence of architecture on people’s well-being and cognitive abilities. She was also awarded the Marion Mahony Griffin Award from Australian Institute of Architects to acknowledge a female architect for a distinctive body of architectural work.