Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Janis Birkeland

Janis is an Honorary Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (Uni of Melbourne).  Previously, she was Professor of Sustainable Design (Uni of Auckland), Professor of Architecture (Queensland Uni of Technology) and taught at other Australian universities.  Her PhD was on Planning for Sustainability (1993), and her books include Positive Development (2008) and Design for Sustainability (2002).  She originated the theory of net-positive development and design, and has taught and published around 125 papers on related subjects since 2003.  Prior to entering academia, she was an architect, lawyer, and city planner in San Francisco.