President

Ingrid Hornung

Designs for You

Ingrid has been working as a building designer in Melbourne since 1996; and she is passionate about creating homes that combine pleasure, practicality and sustainability for (and with) her clients. She is a firm believer that that every renovation is an opportunity to make a difference, to both people and the environment; and is committed to giving back to an association that has always focused on supporting and promoting its members.

Chief Executive Officer

Peta Anderson

With more than 20 years of experience as a leader of change, communications and training, Peta is dedicated to managing the strategic direction of learning experiences and member engagement. Her experience includes publicly listed companies within the legal technology sector, private practice and government.  She is most passionate about creating relevant, forward-thinking and innovative initiatives that meet not only the needs of where the building design industry is today, but where it needs to be prepared to go tomorrow.

Members of the Committee of Management

Dominique Hunter (Immediate Past President)

Hunter & Richards

Dominique is a registered building practitioner, founder and design director at Hunter & Richards Interior Design.  Driven by classic design, Dominique’s focus is in creating an optimal living space that maximises the surrounding environment with sustainable features. Bringing more than 20 years’ design expertise and industry knowledge, and has served on the Committee of Management for 12 years, having held both the treasurer and vice president positions. Dominique’s ambition is to help the Association shape a cohesive design industry, built on teamwork and collaboration amongst all design parties, and will drive the celebration of good building design through education, advocacy and communication.

Peter Lombo (Vice President)

Archsign

Peter graduated at RMIT University in 1986 with an Associate Diploma of Architectural Technology and founded Archsign in 1988.

Peter’s passion for collaboration and rapport with his team deliver the best quality in design and value for clients. His direction is prominent in the quality assurance of the design, documentation and construction phases, including the ongoing coordination with client representatives, project managers and consultants. Peter is a member of the Building Practitioners’ Board (BPB) and has received a number of awards for his work.

Greg Blanch (Treasurer)

DETAIL 3 Building Design

Working in architecture since 1975, Greg holds an Advanced Diploma Building Design and Project Administration, and has developed a broad understanding of architectural practice, with a special expertise in the technical aspects of design development, documentation and contract administration. As well as the core services Greg has provided significant mentoring and specialist consulting, particularly with regards to general architectural practice and contractual arrangements. Greg has lectured nationally and locally on behalf of the Australia Institute of Architects.

Jeremy Spencer (Committee Member)

Positive Footprints

A registered builder since 2006 and Thermal Performance Assessor since 2004, Jeremy is director at Design & Building company Positive Footprints.  Positive Footprints combine sustainable design, thermal assessment, and construction into one company, making high performance sustainable homes and renovations easy to achieve and affordable.  Along with his co-director wife, and team of committed craftsmen, they make modern low impact living a reality for clients.

Jeremy has given numerous lecturers over the years, taught with Master Builders Greenliving program, and co-hosted a building segment on ABC radio, in an effort to spread what he has learnt, and make sustainable construction a mainsteam proposition.

Darron Lyons (Committee Member)

The Red Shed

Darron has been an active Member of Design Matters National since 2016, a building designer for almost 20 years, and he has owned The Red Shed since 2007. The Red Shed is a team of professional Building Designers specialising in new residential, residential extensions, new commercial and commercial extensions. Darron's passion is working closely with his clients to build custom-designed homes that meet his client’s brief, are functional and sustainable. Darron brings unique skills and experience to the Committee of Management and wants to explore cross-learning opportunities with his fellow Members about the climatic differences between Victorian and NT building design. 

Jason Saunders (Committee Member)

 Arc Seven 1

arc seven.1 building and interior design, is a multi award winning practice established in 2004. as a small professional team, jason saunders and nicole tollman have over 20 years experience and offer a personalised, individual design service.

We are committed to design excellence and pride ourselves on innovative solutions that are tailored to the clients’ requirements. each project reflects the individuality of the client, their lifestyle as well as the location of the site.

Luke Middleton (Committee Member)

Emedesign.com.au

For over two decades Luke has been committed to creating beautiful and super-efficient architecture.  Luke’s approach combines design with research and education.  Driven by a passion to deliver positive architectural outcomes he has received 50 + awards for both design and research including: Building Design of the Year 2017, Best of the Best 2018 - Sustainability Awards, Best Industry Paper - SASBE 2018.  

Luke’s experience in design, sustainability, education, and advocacy will complement and enhance the growth of Design Matters National’s leadership and influence throughout Australia. 


Catherine Ciavarella (Committee Member)

Catherine has over 40 years’ experience in the Building Design Industry. Catherine has been the coordinator of the Advanced Diploma of Building Design(architectural) with RMIT, for 9 years. In her building design practice, she has been involved with Architectural services for new works, additions and alterations, heritage. Both for public and private sector clients since 1981. Catherine has a broad range of experience in residential, education, special needs, commercial and civic projects. 

 
Executives

 

Lizzie Green - Administration Officer

Caroline Connolly - Executive Assistant to CEO

Tamar Erickson - National Communications Officer

Elaine Centeno – National Events Manager

Hayley Sims - Western Australia State Manager

Vicki Marshall – Senior Manager Thermal Performance and Sustainability

Coral Gordon - Administrator