ACT 2023 AWARDS JURY
Jeremy Mather RAIA – Jury Chair
Jeremy is an award winning architect and Director responsible for overseeing the design and delivery of all projects at Mather Architecture after working as a Senior Architect on a range of large-scale urban, education, residential and infrastructure projects throughout the United Kingdom and Australia.
Jeremy is registered in both Australia and the UK and is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). After working in the UK, Jeremy’s humanitarian nature led him to volunteer as the Government Architect of the Republic of Kiribati in the central Pacific where he worked on a range of essential facilities including local Community Centres and Women’s shelters across the regional islands.
He has been involved as a course convenor, guest lecturer and studio juror at University of Canberra, as well as being involved in the AIA ACT as an awards juror, member of the Sustainability Committee and the Property Council of Australia ACT Social Sustainability committee.
He is passionate about designing alternative housing solutions to assist in addressing housing affordability in the ACT. His eye for careful and elegant design ensures his contribution as an architect to public and residential architecture is both contemporary and timeless.
Peter St Clair
Peter has worked as a design director with architecture and urban design studios in Australia, the USA and China. After initially training in Canberra, he worked with Mitchell Giurgola Thorpe and Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn, where he led the design of the 1994 Canberra Medallion recipient, the Boilerhouse Lecture Theatre at the University of Canberra. After completing his research masters in sustainable design at the University of New South Wales, he worked as a director with Architectus in Sydney and Gensler in San Francisco.
He now leads St.Clair Architecture, specialising in all forms of residential architecture, design excellence advisory services to government and collaborations with other studios. He is a member of the National Capital Design Review Panel, State Design Review Panel (NSW), North Sydney, Lane Cove and Canterbury Bankstown Design Excellence Panels.
Peter has a particular interest in the role of outdoor spaces in architecture, including courtyards and laneways and their capacity to connect people, moderate climate and contribute to the physical and cultural landscape of cities. He is currently researching and writing The Secret Life of Courtyards, a study of morphology and design patterns drawn from a variety of urban settings, historical periods and climate zones across Australia.
Casey Henderson graduated from the University of Canberra with a Masters of Architecture in 2020. With a background in commercial and educational design, Casey made the switch to residential work after graduation, joining a local firm who combine their love of Canberra’s modernist soul with a deep respect for designing for climate. Gaining registration in 2022, Casey is a dedicated architect with an enthusiasm for exceeding client expectations. Having grown up in rural NSW, where she still lives today, Casey is keen to use her architectural skills to help influence more considered design and planning in regional areas around Canberra.
With an active interest in climate responsive architecture, Casey is intrigued by the way more readily available, low carbon materials can be used in innovative ways to create buildings that not only function well, but also look beautiful. Casey is a firm believer that our homes should be given greater consideration, especially for the function they support in human life, and that as machines for living, they deserve our care and engagement.
An award-winning architect and urbanist, Noam has delivered landmark projects around the world, with a concentration on complex civic architecture, and urban design. A thought leader in urbanisation, his work in architecture and urbanism is focused on integrating spatial and economic logic and translating cross-disciplinary innovation to create meaningful and sustainable change for our communities, cities, and regions.
Noam has had the privilege of leading teams in the creation of socially and culturally significant work, including the historic redevelopment of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada; the pioneering aerotropolis regional plan for Ekurhuleni, South Africa; and in Canberra, an innovative 50-year master plan for the iconic Australian War Memorial, and the concept design and master plan for the historic Ngurra Cultural Precinct and National Resting Place within the Parliamentary Triangle.
In addition to his commercial role as Design Director at GHDWoodhead, Noam holds an appointment as Professor in Urban Systems within the School of Engineering at ANU, currently working on climate change-driven resettlement. Noam continues to mentor early-career architects around the world through both the Institute and the International Chapter of the AIA.
Fiona Smith du toit
Fiona Smith du Toit is an infrastructure specialist, urbanist and design advocate with international, national and local experience in the ideation, strategic development, design and delivery of complex city shaping projects as well as more modest community endeavours.
Most recently as Urban Design Director for Light Rail with Major Projects Canberra she was responsible for all elements of the Public Realm including Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Public Art and Culture and Wayfinding and Signage.
Fiona is a champion for investment in public space and the high quality design and construction required to deliver enduring civic and social legacies.
As a local, Fiona serves on two not-for-profit community organisation Boards working to support and improve the lives of vulnerable Canberrans.