The design process will be up for debate in an upcoming event run by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Held on Thursday 17 October, The Great Debate will ask the question, “Should design be led by technology and systems or people?”

“Each year, The Great Debate is a sell-out success that helps to support our mission to promote women in the construction industry,” says NAWIC NSW president Sarah Hogan.

“This year, we’ve chosen a polarising topic to challenge people’s perceptions and provoke ongoing discussion. As our industry becomes more standardised and modularised, we face new ethical and practical challenges. In a high-tech world, how relevant are we to the design process? Are humans assets or liabilities?”

On the affirmative team:

  • Laurie Aznavoorian – senior practice director, BVN
  • Ross Milne – senior associate, NDY
  • Meg Redwin – general counsel executive director, Multiplex

On the negative team:

  • Sam Sangster – chief executive, Health Infrastructure
  • Teri Esra – general manager property design and delivery, Commonwealth Bank
  • Wendy Geitz – CEO, Geyer

The debate will be moderated by Helen Waldron, head of membership and marketing at AI Group.

“Our industry continues to evolve at a break-neck speed, and we are grappling with a host of challenges, from artificial intelligence and robotics to modularisation. Our Great Debate will bring all these issues together in a not-to-be-missed event,” says Hogan.

Tickets for The Great Debate are available here