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Let's talk about Flex!


Due to the interest generated by the QGEC’s first event “Flexibility… We’re doing it, Why aren’t you?” the QGEC is following this event up with a continuation of the discussion regarding flexibility in architectural practice.


We want to help employees and employers to understand what flexible working arrangement are, how to request them and how to integrate flexible working practices into their existing work arrangements. This event will showcase flexible working arrangements through the personal experiences of the individuals utilising them. In turn participants will learn about a number of important issues:

• what flexibility means in terms of changes to existing work arrangements

• how to request flexibility to maximise your chances of success

• things to consider before requesting flexible working arrangements

• how to make flexibility work for you

• dealing with issues that can arise over time.


The speakers are varied in their flexibility arrangements and reasons for utilising flexibility; there is sure to be something relevant to all. There will be ample opportunity for questions from the floor and we welcome your interaction to keep the conversation more than one sided. So bring a colleague; join us for a wine and let’s talk about flex!

Wednesday 26 September, 2018.

Registration and bar opens at 6pm. Please be seated for a 6:30pm start.


Get To Know The Speakers


Senior Associate & Senior Associate, BVN

Rachel and Jessica are both architects and project leaders with diverse experience in the design and delivery of projects across a range of industry sectors including Defence, commercial, workplace, education, multi-residential, and community projects.

Rachel started working part time over 10 years ago when she returned to work after having her first child. Since then she has worked flexible days and hours dependant on project and personal needs. In 2015 Jessica returned to work in a 3 day a week part-time arrangement after taking 12 months parental leave.

Whilst working part-time, both Rachel and Jessica have continued their project leader/architect role; being the primary contact for the client, coordinating consultant teams and leading the BVN team. As project needs have changed so too have their roles and flexible work arrangements – including a successful job-share working arrangement whilst leading a large Defence project.


Director, PriceMusgrave Architecture

John Price was a principal in city practice Lambert and Smith until 2001 and since then has worked as a home-based practitioner as PriceMusgrave Architecture which is a word of mouth residential practice. He and partner, architecture lecturer Elizabeth Musgrave, have effectively alternated primary parenting and house husbandry roles with two shifts of around 12 years each.


Senior Education Leader, Hayball

Liza has been widely recognised in the industry for her leadership and design expertise. She has been the recipient of the NAWIC Crystal Vision Awards for promotion of Gender Diversity and across the Industry, UDIA award for excellence in Professional Services, and a finalist in the ÇSQ Female Construction worker of the Year and Telstra Womens Business Awards for her commercial and business acumen. Liza will discuss the opportunities for alternative flexible working arrangements, and how they can best promote productivity and efficiency within the workplace. She will share her own personal journey, noting the opportunities for her to embrace a more flexible working arrangement.


Architectural Designer, Reddog Architects

Since he joined Reddog Architects in 2013 Linton has been involved in all aspects of the architectural process and has a special interest in passive design for the sub-tropical climate. Linton’s flexible work arrangement is a part-time position, with alternative work hours and the ability to work from home – which allows him the ability to be actively involved in many aspects of family life and support his wife as she goes through her own studies. He commenced his architectural studies at the University of Queensland in 2011 and has since made the non-traditional decision to qualify via experience to suit his lifestyle. Linton is a member of the Architecture Foundation of Australia and in 2018 participated their iconic Summer School program which encourages students to reconnect with Australia’s unique landscape.


Senior Associate + Sustainability Manager, Conrad Gargett

CEO + Founder, Fair and Square Pty Ltd

Anissa balances working part-time at Conrad Gargett, whilst also being the CEO of a start-up called Fair and Square, which is a construction payments platform, acting as PBA Agents. Conrad Gargett affords her the flexibility to work between 2- 3 days per week depending on her needs. The support that they offer her allows her to maintain her role as Sustainability Manager whilst also continuing to run small projects.


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

Please note there is strictly no parking on site.

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