People at UrbanAid


Tom Barker is professor of architecture, design and innovation in DAB UTS, professor of IDE at the Royal College of Art, visiting professor at RMIT’s design institute. He studied – and practiced for 20 years - design for the built environment (Cambridge); engineering, logic, artificial intelligence (Edinburgh); industrial design (RCA). At Arup, from 1990-1996 he pioneered system building design and was pivotal in the design of the London Eye’s capsules. From 2000-2008, he was a course master at the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab where he still delivers modules. Tom founded and ran b Consultants from 1997-2007, a London based maverick architecture, product and art installation consultancy. Tom was director of building technologies for the Greenwich Millennium Village in 1998 - UK English Partnership’s first sustainable development. Tom invented SmartSlab digital media for buildings and is the director of the UK SmartSlab company. He has collaborated with many people and consultancies, including Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers, Shigeru Ban, Langlands & Bell, Arup, Buro Happold, and Hussein Chalayan. Tom has over 25 patents in his name relating to architectural products, materials and processes.He came to Sydney in October 2008 – Tom’s friends in London thought he was very clever to anticipate the global crises, but in fact he just wanted better weather. Email:

2009 CV / publications list: CV Tom Barker 3-9-09.pdf
DESIGN projects 1997-2005: TB PROJECT LIST DESIGN.pdf


Haeusler_Portrait_image_copy.jpgM. Hank Haeusler is a trained electrician and studied architecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan and at the Technical University in Delft, The Netherlands and at The University of Applied Science in Stuttgart where he received a Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture in October 2003. Hank has worked in architect's offices in Germany, the United States and Australia, and finished his PhD at SIAL (Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory)/RMIT University, Melbourne under the supervision of Professor Mark Burry in October 2007. His research focused on the design of a Spatial Dynamic Media System, a voxel facade for an interactive spatial communication through a 3D light-point grid to design content driven dynamic surfaces in real-time. He has taught various courses at RMIT University School of Architecture and Design and has been a guest lecturer at several universities, such as ETH Zurich, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen, amongst others, and presented papers and given lectures at CAAD and media architecture conferences. Since March 2008 Hank has been a lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Stuttgart, Germany and PhD secondary supervisor at RCA Royal Collage of Arts, London / IED Industrial Engineering Design. From October 2008 his main research focus will be on his work as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Technology Sydney where he continues his research in media and architecture. He knew the Aussie weather from Melbourne, but could not find a matching beach for the weather. email:
Click here to download his CV / publication / esteem list: Bio_Esteem_Haeusler_0907.pdf

Joanne-Jakovich.jpgJoanne Jakovich is an interactive architect and researcher specialising in interactive spaces spanning art, architecture and urbanism. Her work builds a thesis of engagement in which human and computational participation shape the development of sustainable systems for inhabitation that is urban, architectural, or digitally mediated. Creative outcomes include interactive soundspaces, online urban planning simulations, and urban development frameworks.

Ashley.jpg Ashley Hall PhD Student Ashley is a designer and Senior Tutor in the department of Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art where he is head of first year and experimental design. He studied furniture design at Nottingham Trent University and the RCA, receiving his MA in 1992. After working as a furniture, product, lighting & interior designer for a variety of design consultancies and manufacturers he established his own company in 1994 which was followed by the formation of Diplomat with Matthew Kavanagh in 1999. Clients include some of the top furniture brands: ArrMet, Artifort. Covo, Edra, Origlia, Saporiti Italia, RSVP, Sauder, Sintesi, Supporto and Zeritalia. Current work includes designs for mass production and an experimental line of furniture using new materials and technologies. Ashley’s academic appointments have included module leader in innovation strategy and innovative materials at the University of East London, lectureships at the University of Salford, Ravensbourne and Grays School of Art. He has lectured internationally in China, Japan, Thailand, Norway, Australia and Ghana and has run department consultancy projects with Unilever, P&G, O2 mobile, Hutchison Whampoa, Ford and Sharp. He is actively researching and writing papers on non-linear systems in design, experimental design and industrial design pedagogy.
Design projects:
PhD: ‘Translocation of manufacturing in experimental collaborative interdisciplinary design projects and digital-physical media design processes’

Martin Keogh PhD Student

Martin is embaMK_small.jpgrking on his PhD after spending 25 years working in the fields of telecommunications and the internet. He graduated from University College, London with a BSc(Eng) degree in electrical and electronic engineering before joining British Aerospace where he marketed and sold telecommunications satellites. Martin studied for an MBA at London Business School between 1988 and 1990 before joining a small company that had just been granted a licence to build and operate a mobile phone network in the UK. This company became known as Orange; Martin held a number of positions with the company and was instrumental in creating its iconic branding. Since leaving Orange in 1994 Martin has worked for a number of companies in the telco/new media world including, most recently, a 3 year spell with Telstra in Australia where he was Executive Director for Service Enablers and Customer Experience. As part of this role he was responsible for the operation of Telstra's world-leading innovation centre in Sydney. Martin also has a BA in English Literature.
PhD: ‘Converged technologies and human communications’

Carli Leimbach

carli.jpg10 years of international Project Management experience in arts administration, festival management and digital communication with proven ability to lead and prioritize and organize multiple resources and projects while maintaining quality and demonstrating diplomacy, creative problem solving, decisiveness and a sense of humour.
Arts manager of the Splendid artists mentoring and facilitation group:-

elisa.jpgElisa Hudson
Working on the GoGlobal Ghana project as an organiser and design tutor. Elisa's background is jewellery design.


Mona Lieb From April-August 2009, research assistant at UrbanAid and the research coordinator of the Janus screen project.

IMG_0612.jpgMatthias Irger

Matthias is a research assistant to the UrbanAid. Matthias graduated in architecture at the Hochschule Bremen, Germany in 2001. He was subsequently employed by Murphy/Jahn in Chicago, USA, before he came to Australia in 2004 to work with Cox Richardson Architects and later with Lippmann Partnership, where he became Associate. Matthias has started a PhD program at the University of Sydney in July 2009 in Sustainable Urban Design with the main focus on Mitigation and Adaptation measures of climate change impacts in Australian cities.