Clear design intentions realised in all aspects of a project frame Diane’s approach to practice. Specific to each project, these intentions are informed by empathy, evidence-based research, design –led innovation, and multi-disciplinary collaborations. These intentions are guided by a strong sense of responsibility to the wider community and environment.
Diane’s leadership capability in managing large, complex and sensitive projects, diverse consultant teams and multi-user institutional and not-for-profit clients is well recognised and awarded.
Appointed Executive Director in 2014, Diane is an Adjunct Professor, co-convenor of the Court of the Future (research) international network, NAWIC Crystal Vision Merit awardee and recipient of the prestigious Australian Institute of Architects Mahony Griffin Prize.
Diane is committed to advancing active interactions between the profession, industry and universities. Her team has undertaken the role of principal industry partner for five ARC Linkage grants which have tested empirically the influence of architecture on people’s well-being and cognitive abilities.
Diane contributes to professional, industry and government committees and advisory panels. In 2016, she was appointed to the NSW Retirement Living committee of the Property Council of Australia. Diane is an invited member of the NSW Government Architects Design Review panel