• Esther Charlesworth
  • Garry Ormston
  • Beau Beza


  • Norman Day
  • Phillip Ward
  • Andrew Mackenzie
  • Paul O’Connor


  • The Hon. Gareth Evans AO, QC
  • Phillip Adams AO


  • Peter Maddison


  • Grocon
  • City of Melbourne
  • Planet Wheeler Foundation
  • Minter Ellison
  • RMIT University
  • Fender Katsalidis
  • Thomas Foundation
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Project coordinator

  • Ryan Moroney


  • Leeanne Marshall


This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - AWF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Esther Charlesworth is the founding Director of Architects without Frontiers (AWF); She is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University, and the Academic Director of the new RMIT Master of Disaster, Design and Development degree [MoDDD].

Charlesworth has worked in the public and private sectors of architecture and urban design in Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Boston and Beirut since graduating with a Masters in Architecture and Urban from Harvard University in 1995. In 2004 she was awarded her PhD from the University of York (UK). She has also published seven books on the theme of social justice and architecture, including: ‘Humanitarian Architecture’ (2014) and ‘Sustainable Housing Reconstruction’ (2015).

Andrew MacKenzie - AWF DIRECTOR
Publisher and founder of City Lab

Andrew Mackenzie was editor of Architecture Review Australia for nine years before starting his own independent architectural publishing initiative, URO. His first publication was the book The Private Life of Public Architecture on the Melbourne Convention Centre, and will be followed in late 2011 by Fallen Shadows, reflections of the National Gallery of Australia.

More recently he founded a new architectural collaborative agency called City Lab, working across public and private sectors to deliver innovative architectural competitions. With partners in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland he is currently working on a range of competitions and design procurement projects.

Norman Day and Associates

Norman has designed and built in Australia and Asia, notably in Melbourne, Canberra, Dili, East Timor and in Vietnam. He worked with the late Robin Boyd and Professor Frederick Romberg before starting his own practice in 1971, now with offices located in Melbourne, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and Dili. Buildings include public and private housing and educational facilities in and around Melbourne, health buildings, institutional , new and restored.

His Major commissions include Mowbray College (Melton), Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Headquarters (Melbourne), RMIT International University, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) and Can Tho University Learning Resource Center (Can Tho City, Vietnam) and Embassy for East Timor (Canberra).Since 2000, he has been involved in consulting the new nation of East Timor [1][2] consulting on the reconstruction of the country with projects including the Xanana Gusmão Reading Room/ Library (Dili), Hotel dom Aleixo (Dili)and schemes for empowerment training.

Philip Ward - AWF DIRECTOR

Philip has over 25 years of experience in the architectural field and has led large and diverse teams to successfully deliver complex projects from $50M to $300M in value.

Philip specialises in leading and directing diverse teams that include stakeholders and consultants in understanding the process for decision-making that adds value to the client outcomes. This input has proved invaluable to management and delivery of design for many of the complex Health, Research and Government Projects we have undertaken.

Philip brings more than 10 years project experience as Design Director as well as vast expertise in managing change gained in the often demanding Federal and State Government arena for each project.




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