The first round of ambassadors for the newest event to hit the market, FRONT, have just been announced.

This unique and flagship event could not come at a more appropriate time: with Australian design currently resting on the precipice of transformation, a culture of collaboration pushing for an evolution from a fragmented, siloed industry into a symbiotic ecosystem has emerged.

FRONT is not only for professionals across property, construction, and management: it’s by professionals. An advisory panel of industry heavyweights has provided input at every stage of the event planning process to ensure that FRONT delivers content that is engaging, relevant, and – above all – useful for today’s practitioners.

The first FRONT ambassadors are:


Practitioner, facilitator, author and part-time educator James Calder (above), who has extensive experience across the globe with the world’s pre-eminent organisations and also works to design the next generation of buildings for the Information Age.

The 2018 Indesign Luminary nominee Mia Feasey is the founder, CEO and creative driving force behind one of APAC’s leading game changers within the interior design industry, Siren Design Group.


Todd Hammond (above), director of recently established Hammond Studio, is a quiet force in the Australian interior design community, having held senior leadership roles in national and global architectural practices, and worked on widely-recognised and awarded projects over the past twenty years.

Gavin Harris has worked throughout Australia and Europe for more than twenty years, designing award-winning products for the likes of Cult, NAU, Designer Rugs and Schiavello.


Since establishing an independent practice in 1985, Ed Lippmann (above) has led projects around the world and has taught in schools of architecture. Ed’s work and ideas have been widely published and he has served on design juries for public authorities.


Kirsten Stanisich (above) has been instrumental in establishing SJB Interiors in Sydney and was appointed a director in 2005. Kirsten works across a broad range of sectors and in 2017 was awarded IDEA Interior Designer of the Year.

Coming to Sydney’s Carriageworks this 9 – 10 August, the inaugural FRONT event provides an opportunity to do all this and more. Across two days of seminars, networking, and exposure to the industry’s best and brightest, FRONT tackles the key issues that you need to understand today to get ahead of the industry of tomorrow.