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Flexibility. We’re doing it… Why aren’t you?

A flexible career, rather than a linear model, is expected to be more common in architecture. This change is driven not only by gender equity, but also by a fundamental cultural shift in the attitudes that employees have regarding their work/life balance. As the decision makers within practices, Directors are uniquely placed to take the lead in shifting the cultural change that needs to happen if architecture is to fully embrace flexible working patterns.


But how to get started? … Does the idea seem just too hard, or good for other practices but not feasible in yours? Understanding how and where these arrangements have been used successfully may very well help start a conversation or help move current flexible processes within your practice to a new level. We invite you to hear from local practices, from large to small, how they are creating a culture of flexibility. Whether you are a director or an employee looking to negotiate flexible work arrangements within your practice, this event is a must!


Guest Speakers: Rodd Barr, Glen Millar, Katerina Dracopoulos and Melika Maunder.
Rodd Barr Glen Millar Katerina Dracopoulos Melika Maunder

Rod is one of four Partners at Brand + Slater Architects and is a practicing architect with over 20 years’ experience in the architectural and construction industry.

Rod’s extensive and practical knowledge of information technology and building modelling systems ensures the effective delivery of high quality documentation. He has a keen interest in Green Building technologies that brings environmental awareness to his projects.

Rod is responsible for the day-to-day HR responsibilities at Brand + Slater and is a key driver of the working culture that provides flexible arrangements for staff as needed including the successful employer-provided child care initiative.

Glen is the Studio Director for the Brisbane BVN studio, and is an outstanding project leader with extensive local and international experience in the design, documentation and delivery of complex projects across a number of sectors. An experienced and disciplined architect, Glen approaches each project from the perspective that the best project outcomes arise from the entire project team working together collaboratively to realise project aspirations and potential. Glen trained in architecture at the University of Queensland where he graduated with honours in 1987. After graduation he practiced in London for 15 years where he worked principally with Allies and Morrison, a leading design focused architectural practice. Demonstrating his project leadership across a range of project types, he has been responsible for the delivery of several significant commercial, cultural, institutional and educational buildings, together with the preparation of key strategic master planning proposals for large urban regeneration projects. These projects have often been for end user clients, with complex operational, environmental, security and technical briefs, and have been realised utilising a variety of procurement and delivery methods. Glen’s proactive abilities to both work collaboratively, and to positively identify and resolve complex project issues, have been key to the successful delivery of these projects.

Katerina is a Director of Fulton Trotter Architects who has designed and led a range of significant education and aged care projects of vastly varying scales and levels of complexity. She is a valued and sought after point of contact for clients due to her warm and intuitive interpersonal skills, understanding of stakeholders’ needs and unwavering desire to always deliver the best possible architectural outcome.

Katerina began working in Fulton Trotter’s Sydney office in 2001 where she worked for six years, before a three year sojourn in Paris where she worked as a Project Architect for an international firm, working on projects in France, Malta and Germany. Upon returning to Brisbane in 2009, she became an Associate at Fulton Trotter, and finally a Director a year ago.

Katerina’s exceptional design skills and love for her craft are evident in the broad range of projects she has authored and co-authored, from the painstaking forensic restoration of state Heritage listed buildings, to an award winning beach shack on stilts school, to a recently completed $50 million Residential Aged Care Facility in Brisbane.

Managing Director of COBiE Group, Melika Maunder will be a speaker and panelist at our next event. COBiE group have a broad portfolio of institutional and corporate buildings and masterplans and pride themselves on their communication and management skills.

With a background in human resources and operations management Melika will discuss looking at staff employment holistically, by considering their family and personal commitments with employment ones.

COBiE endeavours for happy staff, understanding that when content, people are often more efficient and productive.  We believe providing a platform for open communication with staff is critical to good business.


Registration and bar are open at 6pm. Please join us for refreshments and networking prior to the event starting.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

AACA Knowledge Domain: Social & Ethical Domain



Australian Institute of Architects
70 Merivale St, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

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