BPN Magazine has announced the panel of esteemed judges for the 2013 BPN Sustainability Awards.

The judges include Richard Francis-Jones, design director of Australian architecture practice FJMT; Dick Clarke, director of sustainable building consultancy Envirotecture; and Malay Dave, a researcher in the field of self-sustainable housing at the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living, as well as an associate at Kennedy Associates Architects.

Now in its seventh year, the BPN Sustainability Awards continue to reward designers and builders for best practice in projects and products across Australia, with the judges playing a big role in deciding the winners.

Each juror has established a strong commitment to a sustainable built environment, which parallels the Awards’ objectives of supporting ESD initiatives and recognising projects, products and firms which contribute to a more sustainable environment.



Richard is the founding partner and design director of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT). Having led many international competitions and award-winning projects, Richard is no stranger to creating and managing truly sustainable projects, and strongly believes that buildings should be designed for citizens and not consumers.

One of his most recent works is Commonwealth Bank Place in Darling Quarter, which was designed to address a number of environmental initiatives, such as reducing energy demand, increasing indoor environmental quality, promoting a more efficient use of water and resources, and ultimately minimising the environmental impact from the whole-of-life of the building.

The building has since been recognised as a world leader in environmentally sustainable design, and was the first building to achieve the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) 6 Star Green Star – Office as Built v3 rating. It was also awarded the 6 Star Green Star — Office Design v2 and 5 Star Green Star - Office Design Interiors v1.1 ratings.



A returning judge on the Awards panel this year, Dick Clarke is the founding director of Envirotecture, which offers a range of training courses tailored to increase practical solutions which focus on sustainable knowledge in building design and construction.

Having trained with Al Gore in November 2006 to be a volunteer presenter with the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Climate Project, Dick is involved with various government and non-governmental bodies on environmental issues surrounding the built environment.

He is also the Director of Sustainability at the BDA of NSW, and past President of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA).



Malay is an associate at Kennedy Associates Architects in Sydney, where he is a core participant in the firm’s approach to design-oriented research into sustainability, as well as the practice’s consultancy work on building thermal performance modelling.

Having completed his postgraduate degree in the Master of the Built Environment (Sustainable Development) in 2005, Malay has maintained strong engagement with academics and currently runs undergraduate and postgraduate sustainability courses within the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW.

Malay has his own research and design consultancy, and has been involved in national and international projects in the fields of climate change mitigation, adaptation, eco-retrofitting, sustainable supply chain management and urban sustainability. He is currently pursuing doctoral research in the field of self-sustainable housing at the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living.


Nominations for the 2013 BPN Sustainability Awards are now open. Click HERE to enter. Deadline for submissions is 30 August 2013.