Albany Business Centre Design Challengers: Meet your Mentors

The Albany Business Centre Design Challenge is two sleeps away and we are as excited as a kid in a candy store with unlimited wifi. We have got 15 challengers signed up and we have four fantastic mentors who have very generously donated chunks of their weekend to support and help with the Design Challenge. Without further ado, and with much excitement, may I introduce you to Sally, Jonathan, Ros and Hannes.

Sally Malone

Sally Malone is an Albany-based public place designer who has spent many years whizzing round rural WA working with regional communities on improving their main streets, parks, trails and infrastructure.  She knows useful stuff about things like wheelchair access, planning for winter sun traps and summer shade, parking circulation and dog-friendly design; and is experienced in how to work through design ideas to find creative solutions.  Visit her website to see more about her.

Jonathan van Butzelaar

Jonathan works for the city of Albany as a Statutory Planning Officer. In addition to Urban and Regional Planning, Jonathan holds qualifications and has experience in both Design and Mechanical Engineering. He is a passionate advocate for the implementation of universal design within developments as a way to remove barriers towards inclusion, as well as advocacy and consultation to determine effective community design outcomes.

Ros Holmes

Ros Holmes is a registered architect, is Albany born and bred and currently runs her own architectural practice Holmes Architects Albany. She is passionate about making Architecture accessible for all and believes good design can enrich your life. Recently Ros completed the UWA Verandah Reconstruction and the Albany Club Verandah Restoration Project and works on a variety of residential and commercial projects.

Hannes Bernhardt

Hannes is an IT lecturer at South Regional TAFE when he isn’t providing Tech Support and facilitating the Maker Space at Little Grove Primary School. He is passionate about innovation and including tech/coding/programming in education. Last year Hannes was involved in Albany’s second GovHack event and looks forward to being involved in many more hackathons and makers spaces.

As we’ve said before, we believe in the power of community and we are so grateful for the community we have. Without the generosity, passion and willingness to lend a hand, we wouldn’t be able to achieve the things we set out to. Thank you so much Sally, Jonathan, Ros and Hannes, we can’t wait to see what the outcomes of this weekend are and we are so excited to have you onboard.

If you’re interested in taking part in the Design Challenge you can still register here. If you have any burning questions, get hold of Trace on [email protected] and fire away. The more the merrier!