DesignBUILD2018 kicks off next week and "It's all in the detail"

DesignBUILD2018 kicks off next week and
DesignBUILD2018 kicks off next week and "It's all in the detail"

DesignBUILD is returning for its 32nd year from Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 May, with a central theme of ‘it’s all in the detail’, featuring a trade exhibition that will showcase service providers such as PowerHouse prefabricated homes, Wattyl Paint and Swiss Krono Group, to name a few.

Alongside the trade exhibition are two paid speaker and education programs, curated to cover the themes of industry compliance, sustainability and innovation, including panel discussions on topics such as build to rent, property resale and commercial buildings of the future.

Keynote speakers Michael McCormack (Milieu Property Group), Robert Simeoni (Robert Simeoni Architects) and Simon Knott (BKK Architects) will be joining the town planners and design panel to discuss how the growth of Melbourne as an international city depends on a successful working relationship between developers, architects and town planners.

Alongside the speaker program, DesignBUILD’s ‘Incubator’ is a creative pavilion at the trade show that champions innovative thinkers and gives them a proven, commercial platform to launch their inventions.

DesignBUILD2018 kicks off next week and
Photo from last year's DesignBUILD conference. Image: Supplied

The five most innovative entries are judged by an industry advisory panel against a set of criteria covering: innovation, creativity, sustainability and proposed impact on industry.

In another project, DesignBUILD’s RAW allows university students from architecture and design disciplines to experience the full tender and construction process as they compete to have their designs built as key feature areas on the show floor.

Speaking to last month, conference director Pia Argiratos stated that one of the key outcomes for the conference was to stimulate big picture thinking, but also give pragmatic information that visitors can use in their next project.

The conference program is focused on how we can do things better, from improving the sustainability of our buildings, to changing how project teams work together using technology and collaborative processes.

We talk about how the design of a building can influence the wellbeing of people who live and work there, and what our communities might need from buildings in the future. These kinds of improvements come from the combination of new approaches in design as well as new, innovative products that solve problems. DesignBUILD offers an opportunity for the entire industry to communicate and learn together as a team.

For me, “It’s all in the detail” talks of improvement by increments, so if we can give people information that helps them tweak their work here and there to become a bit better each day, then we have contributed to the industry and the community.

- Pia Argiratos, DesignBUILD 2018 Conference Director


DesignBUILD is the only dedicated trade show to bring together Australia’s architects, building professionals, contractors and design community together with manufacturers, suppliers and service providers for three days of unrivaled networking and inspiration.

The event encompasses a trade exhibition alongside two paid education offerings, curated to cover the themes of industry compliance, sustainability and innovation.


  • Wednesday 2 May 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Thursday 3 May 10:00am to 6:00 pm
  • Friday 4 May 10:00am to 4:00pm


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place,
South Wharf VIC 3006

For more information on the speaker series see below:

Laurence Dragomir

Laurence Dragomir

Laurence Dragomir is one of the co-founders of Urban Melbourne. Laurence has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience working in both the private and public sector specialising in architecture, urban design and planning. He also has a keen interest in the built environment, cities and Star Wars.

DesignBUILD Conference Industry Speaker Series

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