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Going Underground: Exploring interesting energy options

Part 1: Tuesday 24 April
12.00pm- 2.00pm

Part 2: Wednesday 2 May
12.00pm- 2.00pm

NOTE: You are booking for BOTH sessions.

Event Details

Going Underground is looking at the ways people are solving energy issues by utilising what is naturally there. With people striving to be smarter about their energy consumption, this is leading to more efficient ways of utilising the natural elements that can be sometimes ignored. This event will focus on geothermal, thermal and passive energy and storage systems.

The first session will introduce the range of energy capturing techniques being currently used on Victoria's buildings. University of Melbourne buildings will be the case study of focus and will address the technical aspects to getting these systems up and running, but also discuss potential optimisations in the future.

The second session will look at Federation Square’s energy systems and analyse the ongoing & long-term effects associated with using these technologies. Finally, we will end with a discussion about the next steps and what it means to be carbon positive.


Knowledge Domain
Sustainable Environment and Disciplinary 

Speakers: Session 1


Terry Nott: Director - Nott Architecture


Terence has worked in Sydney, London and Melbourne on a range of projects before setting up his own firm in 1980. Nott Architecture’s main field of work is residential projects in inner city Melbourne and in Gippsland.    

Terence has a passion for ESD and has participated in SAF, the AIA’s Sustainable Architecture Forum, since its commencement in 2005. He applies this passion to all the firm’s projects.   

For the 2004 Year of the Built Environment event, Nott Architecture was selected to design and launch the Terraces Project in Carlton.  This project for the Melbourne City Council and the Building Commission demonstrated how ESD principles can be successfully applied in a practical manner to typical inner city housing renovations and extensions.

He has presented a series of seminars entitled “10 Things you need to know about building in a Changing Climate”. He also assisted with the bushfire relief program after the Black Saturday fires by promoting bush fire resistant house designs in Marysville and other fire ravaged locations. For his efforts he received the Victorian Archicentre State Manager’s award.   

Aside from his architecture work he has been deeply involved with the Phillip Island Conservation Society, local kindergarten and primary school and the City of Yarra’s community representative on the Inner Circle Railway Lineal Park Working Group.   


Alvyn Williams: Architect - Soft Loud House Architects


soft loud house architects has established itself as a values-based architectural practice, committed to hands-on, regional, and environmentally responsible design. Through our extensive work with housing, farms, schools, eco villages and co-housing projects, we have become recognised for our grounded, healthy and lively form of organic architecture and our ability to interweave buildings, productive gardens and landscape to create an enticing and poetic sense of place. We are currently working on a number of house projects in Dales Creek, Forrest, Healesville, Ocean Grove, and Warburton, and a community school masterplan in Yarra Junction.

As well, Alvyn is currently involved with the Warburton community hydroelectric project. He has been guest lecturing for CQ University's permaculture design course, and a member of the international advisory committee for Wessex Institute’s Eco Architecture conferences in 2014, 2016 (and upcoming conference in October 2018). He has been on radio with The Sustainable Hour on Geelong community radio and their new youtube channel, and a member of the Regional Strategy Plan community reference group for the Shire of Yarra Ranges. He was a brand-new dad last week.



Dr. Guillermo Narsilio: Infrastructure / Geotechnical Engineering - University of Melbourne


Dr Narsilio is a Certified GeoExchange Designer and an Accredited Installer. Dr Narsilio received a PhD (Engineering) and two Master degrees (Engineering and Mathematics) from Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), after becoming a Civil Engineer (summa cum laude) from the National university of Cordoba (Argentina).

His research interests include energy geotechnology (with current focus on geothermal), numerical modelling, multi-scale porous material characterisation and near surface geophysics.

He is currently an Australian Research Council “Future Fellow” and Associate Professor at The University of Melbourne, developing full scale experimental and numerical modelling expertise on geothermal energy and shallow geophysics.

He is the Chair of the Australian Geomechanics Society (Victoria Chapter) and a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts. He is a recipient of the “International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Outstanding Young Geotechnical Engineer Award” [award given only once every 4 years by the Preeminent International Society].

Speakers: Session 2


Prof. Donald Bates: Founder/Director - LAB Architecture Studio & Chair of Architectural Design - University of Melbourne


Professor Donald Bates graduated with a B.Arch from University of Houston, and has an M.Arch from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  Upon graduation, he was invited to teach at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

In 1994, Prof Bates and Peter Davidson founded LAB Architecture Studio, and in 1997, LAB won the competition for Federation Square.  LAB has designed a range of large-scale commercial, cultural, civic and residential projects, numerous master plans, with built works in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Prof Bates has lectured at more than 220 schools of architecture, and has been published extensively in journals and magazines.  He is a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel, Chair of the University of Melbourne Design Advisory and Review Group, and has been a jury member or chair of more than 25 international architectural design competitions.

David Ritter: Associate Director - Atelier Ten


David has over 18 years of international experience in both environmental design and building services engineering. He specializes in combining building environmental design principles, computational simulation capabilities and practical engineering design knowledge to realise exceptional quality internal environments that are low-energy use, easy-to-operate and maintain. He has a training in architecture and provides a much needed linkage between architectural and environmental engineering design disciplines; facilitating high-quality integrated design outcomes.

David is a full member of AIRAH and CIBSE. He is also a Certified Passivhaus Designer and is experienced with local and international sustainability assessment methods such as Green Star, LEED and BREEAM.


Jorge Chapa: Head of Market Transformation - Green Building Council of Australia 


Jorge ensures that the GBCA’s product and service offerings continue to improve Australia’s built environment – delivering more sustainable and liveable places and communities.
He also continues drive the evolution of our Green Star tool and draws upon a wealth of industry experience, an architecture degree from the University of Monterrey in Mexico and a Masters in Design Science from the University of Sydney.

This seminar provides one formal CPD point per hour on completion of set assessment 


Ticket Costs
A+ $100                 
Standard $108       
SONA/EMAGN/Retired $60

Non- Members:
General $210         
Non- Member Student $80


Australian Institute of Architects
Level 2,
41 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Australian Institute of Architects
Victorian Chapter
Level 1, 41 Exhibition Street 
T: 03 8620 3866 
E: vic@architecture.com.au



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