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Regional CPD: Willinga Park – Building Typology Case Study

29 Nov 2019 at 9:00 am - 5:30 pm AEDT

$160 – $260
Willinga Park Cox Architecture Alina Gozin



The complex and diverse facility required the design to consider integration of use, building form, landscape and environmental needs – seamlessly integrating the stables, a polocrosse field, a covered arena and an administration building to deliver an unrivalled Australian Stock Horse breeding and training facility.

Chris Millman from Cox Architecture will share his experience in delivering this project encompassing a wide range of disciplines and consultants. He will also discuss the approach to sustainability systems and the specific equestrian systems constructed at the park.

Tour: Willinga Park is envisaged as sculptural land art, drawing upon and enhancing the spectacular 41ha site to create an inspiring, dramatic and engaging experience for users and visitors alike. The refined detailing and quality materials complements the striking built forms.

The guided tour takes you through the park complex, focusing on the completed structure, buildings under construction, as well as landscape and sculpture.


  • Discuss project requirements and objectives for large-scale, diverse use projects.
  • Investigate appropriate material selection.[KC1] [ON2]
  • Evaluate how complex technical, programmatic and functional requirements have been resolved.
  • Understand building occupancy and spatial requirements.
  • Understand how good design strategies, technology and materials can provide sustainable solutions.


Session 1

  • 1.2 Establishment, analysis and evaluation of client project requirements and objectives.
  • 2.1 Identification, analysis and integration of information relevant to siting of project.
  • 3.1 Design response integrates the objectives of brief, user intent and built purpose.
  • 3.2 Application of creative imagination, aesthetic judgement and critical evaluation in formulating design options

Session 2

  • 3.5 Exploration and application of ordering, sequencing and modelling of three-dimensional form and spatial content.
  • 4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts
  • 4.3 Application of creative imagination aesthetic judgement to produce coherent design
  • 5.6 Integration of relevant technical services, environmental and transportation systems.
  • 6.4 Timely completion and communication of accurate and comprehensible documents that will include, as required, drawings,


  • 9.00am Registration
  • 9.30am Acknowledgment of Country, Introduction & Welcome Address
  • 10.00am Session 1– Willinga Park Overview
  • 10.45am Q&A
  • 11.00am Morning Tea
  • 11.30am Guided Site Tour
  • 1.30pm Lunch
  • 2.30pm Session 2– Equine Education Centre Case Study
  • 3.30pm Q&A
  • 4.00pm Afternoon Tea
  • 4.15pm DiscussionPanel
  • 5.00pm Closing Notes
  • 5.15pm Finish

A networking dinner will be held nearby after the event. Further details will be available shortly (additional booking and payment required).


Tim Lee is the principal architect for Tim Lee Architects and the Heritage Architect for the Naval Chapel, Watson Bay, Sydney. He currently serves as a committee member for the NSW Country Division, NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Tim has been practicing architecture for over 25 years, previously having worked at Mitchell, Giurgola & Thorpe (MGT), and Dutaillis Architects in Goulburn NSW . His experience includes projects at Australian Parliament House, Singapore, Qatar & Jakarta .
Since opening his own practice in 2010 he has delivered high quality outcomes on a wide variety of building typologies in regional NSW , Sydney and Canberra. Tim has a great passion for design and a strong focus on the interaction of people and the built environment.



Chris Millman

Director, COX Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture HonoursBachelor Applied Science in Environment

Chris has a passion for architecture, the built form and urban design. Having first joined COX Architecture in 2000, most of his professional career has been dedicated to Canberra and the wider region while also working on major international commissions in London, UAE and China. Chris is an acknowledged design leader at COX and has successfully delivered a diverse range of architectural and urban design projects spanning the public, commercial, retail, sporting and residential sectors.

Clients also benefit from Chris’ expertise in master planning and development feasibility and his ability to rapidly conceptualise and resolve complex design challenges. This approach has distilled unique, sensitive and intelligent responses which have resulted in award winning projects, most recently Edgeworth Apartments and the distinctive Willinga Park Equestrian facility. In the 6 years of his involvement, Willinga Park has become a pre-eminent world facility, an Olympic training facility for Tokyo 2020 and continues to expand and develop.

Chris is also an active contributor at the University of Canberra where he is involved in teaching and mentoring a new generation of architects.

Nugroho Utomo

Director, COX Architecture

Master of ArchitectureBachelor of Applied Science in Architecture

Nugroho Utomo is a Director of Cox Architecture, which he joined in 2011. He first joined Cox after completing his Master of Architecture at the University of Canberra for which he was awarded the AIA Student Medallion.

He has experience in complex public, commercial, institutional, sports, mixed-use and housing projects. His experience ranges from local community-based projects to large international commissions, specialising in the speculative and conceptual phases.

Nugroho has led the design and delivery of the Willinga Park Equestrian Centre in NSW, which has been awarded both the AIA National Award for Commercial Architecture and the AIA ACT Chapter Romaldo Giurgola Award for Public Architecture in 2017. His most recent project is the newly completed mixed-used apartment building The Gallery in Braddon, ACT.

Nugroho is also a Guest Lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of Canberra’s faculty of Arts and Design, where he has taught design, history, and theory units since 2009. His published research focuses on Brutalist architecture in Australia.

Alex Gorecki

Associate, COX Architecture

Master of Architecture, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

Alexander commenced working at Cox Architecture in early 2013 after completing his Masters and Bachelor degrees in Architecture at the University of Canberra. He has quickly risen to become an Associate at Cox in recognition of his skill in both the design and delivery of significant architectural projects.

Alexander has a broad range of experience across a variety of scales and project types, assisting with development applications and concept design stages, as well as documentation and construction delivery.

Alexander pursues a keen interest in architectural literature, history, theory & critical discourse, providing a framework to support informed design strategies. He has held several sessional tutoring positions at the University of Canberra for the core Design Studio unit and actively participates in design reviews and international competition work.

Grant MacDonald

Project Lead, COX Architecture

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture (Honours), ARB Register

Grant joined Cox Architecture in 2018 in a project lead role and began working on the award winning Willinga Park development on the New South Wales south coast. Grant is involved in front-end design through to delivery of projects on site and has been leading the detailed design and documentation of the Equine Education Centre at Willinga Park.

Grant first received his Architectural degrees from the University of Dundee in Scotland, graduating in 2005 and gaining his registration on the UK register of Architects in 2007.

In 2008, Grant emigrated to Australia, working in both Sydney and then Canberra with respected local architectural firms where he specialised primarily in the education and health sectors taking on lead roles in the design and delivery of many projects including Bonner School and the Maria Bashir Mental Health Centre.

Project photography: Alina Gozin



29 Nov 2019
9:00 am - 5:30 pm AEDT
$160 – $260
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