31 October - 01 November, 2019 | Sir Stamford Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW
Kellie Payne, Director at Bates Smart

Kellie Payne

Bates Smart

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Conference Day One: Thursday, 31st October 2019

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

11:20 AM Strengthening Stakeholder Engagement on Large Scale Projects Through Effective Communication

Bates Smart Director, Kellie Payne, challenges us to use precision engagement with stakeholders to deliver vision in the proof-heavy university environment.
Universities have a wide cross section of stakeholders that all have a role to play in the design and end use of a building. As the focus for design moves away from the ‘iconic’ and towards experience-based, commercially viable outcomes, the breadth and depth of this engagement can only increase.
So how can this be managed without delaying or endangering the vision for a project?  
In this session Kellie Payne outlines a strategy for driving smarter engagement–with less meetings and more outcomes.

In this session:
  • Efficiently intertwining briefing, engagement and the design process
  • Building a scalable engagement strategy instead of an ad hoc chain reaction 
  • Engage early and get buy-in – engage late and get critics
  • How to engage with those you never meet but are critical to approvals


Conference Day Two: Friday, 1st November 2019

Friday, November 1st, 2019


The future of campuses are constantly changing to be able to withstand the demand of increasing capacity of students and their need to differentiate themselves from other competing universities. Technology is transforming the campus structures and way of interaction between students and teachers. The uncontrollable factor of climate change has also been a big impact on building infrastructure.

The big question of whether to retrofit or rebuild has never been more of a priority in the decision making process. 

This panel will discuss:
  • Outlining the value of retrofit and rebuild to determine which approach is more effective 
  • Comparing successful retrofit and rebuild cases to demonstrate their existing value 
  • Identifying what factors influence retrofitting and rebuilding to determine whether it is as simple as the condition of the building