Our Researchers

Our cross disciplinary team is drawn from Queensland University of Technology, Australian Catholic University, Deakin University and Fulton Trotter Architects, supported by industry partners Edmund Rice Education Australia, Lutheran Services, Redeemer Lutheran College, Wesley Mission Queensland, Minx Architecture and Learning Environments Australia (Qld)

QUT Chief Investigator Research Team

Professor Robin Drogemuller

Robin Drogemuller is Professor of Virtual Design and Construction at Queensland University of Technology. Robin is the leader of the Construction and Project Management discipline in the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment. He has been involved in research and development in BIM (Building Information Modelling) for over 20 years. His research teams have undertaken work from project inception through design, construction and facilities management. These have covered various levels of detail, from the selection of individual structural members and detailing through to urban modelling.

Marissa Lindquist

Marissa Lindquist is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Design (Spatial Discipline), Queensland University of Technology. Marissa is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, recipient of the National Dulux Study Tour for emerging architects in Australia (2008) and more recently recipient of the QUT Women in Research Grant (2017). Her research focuses upon neuro-imaging, architecture and emotion, and has research grants in the area of Architectural Practice. Prior to academia, Marissa has had over ten year’s experience within the practice of architecture in the areas of masterplanning, residential design (including mixed-use special needs), public and community architecture, and sports architecture

Dr Tanja Tyvimaa

Dr Tanja Tyvimaa is a Senior Lecturer in Property Economics at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Tanja is interested in residential and mixed-use urban properties, within a special expertise of seniors housing (retirement communities). During her years in academia, Dr Tyvimaa has been successful getting research grants and funding from several academic funding organizations.

Professor Evonne Miller

Evonne Miller is Professor of Design Psychology and Director of the QUT Design Lab in Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Her research explores how to design environments – built, technical, socio-cultural and natural – that better engage and support all users, especially older people in residential aged care. Evonne has over $3 Million dollars in competitive grant funding and 100+ publications on these topics, including a recent co-authored book Creating Great Places: Evidence-based urban design for health and wellbeing (with A/Prof Debra Cushing). 

Dr Andrea Blake

Dr Andrea Blake is a Senior Lecturer in Commercial Property and Planning, whose research spans property economics and law. Andrea is a Registered Valuer (Number 2172) and is an Associate Member Australian Property Institute Pacific Rim, Property Research Society, Urban Development Institute Australia, and Property Council Australia.

ACU Chief Investigator Research Team

Dr Ros Harrington

Dr Rosamund Harrington is a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy within the School of Allied Health at Australian Catholic University. Rosamund holds a PhD in Policy and Administration from the University of Queensland. Her research interests include exploring the intersections of commonwealth and state and territory based policy and legislative frameworks across multiple policy domains, with a focus on vocational pathways and creative activity.

Prior to Academia, Rosamund was a Senior Occupational Therapist with 15 years clinical experience, and Interdisciplinary Clinical Educator in acquired brain injury rehabilitation services. She was co-founder and convenor of a cross-government advisory group to improve pathways to community living for adults with acquired brain injury and high care needs in Queensland.

Associate Professor Gert-Jan Pepping

Associate Professor Gert-Jan Pepping is Deputy Head at the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University (ACU). Gert-Jan’s research focus is Healthy Ageing, falls prevention and the influence of the built environment and physical activity on the prevention of falls. Gert-Jan is Chief Investigator on a number projects in which mobility and gait are monitored for community dwelling older adults in the context of campus based community walking.

Professor Suzanne Kuys

Professor Suzanne Kuys is National Head of the School of Allied Health at Australian Catholic University. Professor Kuys research interests include optimising participation in older adults, and people following stroke. Suzanne is particularly interested in promoting physical activity, community walking and optimising the transition from hospital to the home of older adults. Suzanne has been awarded and recognised for her research and clinical expertise.

Deakin University Chief Investigator Research Team

Professor Paul Sanders

Paul established his expertise as an architect in professional practice (1988-2003) having extensive design experience through built work, as well as international design competitions. His research is in the field of urban morphology, regional modernism, and architectural practice.

Industry Partner Chief Investigator Research Team

Adjunct Professor Mark Trotter

Mark Trotter is Director of Fulton Trotter Architects, a registered architect and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. Mark is Australasia director of the Association for Learning Environments, past president of the Association of Consulting Architects QLD, and recipient of the Churchill Scholarship (2013) which explored flexible learning centers and associated community based education models internationally. He is past chair of Learning Education Australia.

Mark has over 30 years experience in the Health, Senior Living, Aged Care, Education and Residential sector, with substantial work with Wesley Mission Queensland, Youth Plus Catholic Education, and Lutheran Services across Queensland and New South Wales.

Key Industry Partners & Associate Investigators

Dale Murray

Director Partnerships

For over 30 years Dale Murray has worked in the area of flexible education provision. Firstly as a teacher in the Centre Education Programme (the first Flexible Learning Centre in Qld) then as the Principal of the Flexible learning Centre Network and as Director of Edmund Rice Education Australia Youth+.  Dale is currently Director Partnerships Edmund Rice Education Australia. EREA Youth+ provides  socially inclusive educational environments for disenfranchised young people of high school age. The Centres located around the nation work with community, ngo’s, state and federal governments to reengage young people who for complex social reasons are unable to maintain connection with mainstream education services.

Dale has a deep commitment to working with families, young people and support agencies to develop educational environments that offer the most marginalised in our communities a socially inclusive educational pathway that support young people to meaningful and positive adult lives. 

Chris Seiboth

Executive Lead Community

Chris is the Lutheran Services Executive Lead, Community Services and Innovation. He has a broad leadership experience in mental health, primary care, aged care, hospitals and community services. He also has extensive experience in the context of intersectoral service development and research partnerships. He has qualifications and research interests in the social sciences, community development and horticulture.

Tanya Crooks


Tanya is the fourth principal to be appointed to Redeemer in its 40 year history, and first female principal. After first studying law, she began her career in education in the public education system before relocated to the United Kingdom seven years where she worked in the travel industry managing branches, mentoring new leaders and overseeing marketing. Tanya returned to Australia to teaching and commenced her service in Lutheran Education. Tanya completed an extensive leadership development program and more recently a Masters of Educational Leadership.

Service is a strong value for Tanya who has served as Deputy Chair of her church council, board member for a fellow Lutheran school council, most recently serves as chair for the Greater Brisbane Conference (sporting association) as well holding a position as director on the national board for the Lutheran Laypeoples League.

Tanya has a deep faith in Christ and shares this through her work with the school community. She has a great passion for how schools can be learning hubs for the whole community. Tanya has a focus on opportunities for intergenerational living and learning with a future senior living centre and community arts facility.

Geoff Batkin

Chief Executive Officer

Geoff Batkin has provided Wesley Mission Queensland with leadership and vision since 1997. Driven by his strong sense of social justice and compassion, Geoff has dedicated his life to working in the Church and community sector. As one of the many faces of the Uniting Church, Wesley Mission Queensland is an expression of the Albert Street Uniting Church, providing compassion, inclusion and transformation in the community.

Since arriving at Wesley Mission Queensland, Geoff supported by a talented Executive Leadership Team has focused on diversifying the organisation and has been ever so fortunate to bear witness to the growth of the organisation from one that offered residential aged care to a leading Queensland organisation delivering more than 80 community service programs, aged care, retirement living and child care, with more than 2,500 staff and 1,500 volunteers.

Prior to joining Wesley Mission Queensland, Geoff spent 11 years as the Director of Corporate Services for UnitingCare Burnside, a leading child and family organisation in NSW and oversaw its expansion throughout regional NSW. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Economics and Diploma of Corporate and Financial Management. He is a member of the UnitingCare Australia Board and also serves on the UnitingCare Australia’s Aged Care Network Committee. 

John Ward


John Ward is a Director at Fulton Trotter Architects and is a registered architect.  He has over 15 years of experience in the seniors living, aged care and education sectors. He has worked extensively within the catholic education sector in QLD and NSW as well as with Schools Infrastructure NSW.  He has also served in governance roles for a number of independent school organisations and is a member of Learning Environments Australasia.

Jane Briese


Jane is a founding Director of Minx Architecture. Alongside Jennifer Cocks she has overseen the company grow from a small firm with projects in a variety of sectors, to a medium sized practice specialising in Education and Community based projects. Jane has practiced as an Architect both in Victoria and the United Kingdom.

A career spanning 30 years has seen Jane become a specialist in Education Facility Planning Design and Delivery. Over that time she has Master Planned over 100 schools, delivered over 50 new education facilities and is integral to the design process at Minx. Jane is an experienced Project Architect, and has administered numerous projects for the Victorian School Building Authority, Catholic Education and the Independent School sector in Victoria.

Katerina Dracopoulos

Qld Chapter Past Co-Chair

Katerina is a Director of Fulton Trotter Architects and is an experienced and highly skilled Architect in the design and project-management of large and complex projects, particularly in Education, Health and Aged Care.

Katerina’s design skills are evident across the range of sectors that she is engaged in, namely Education, Aged Care and Civic Architecture. In her 17 years with Fulton Trotter Architects she has been involved in an increasingly pivotal capacity in the Education sector, in both the private and public education spheres, as well as some 11 Flexible Learning Centres for Youth +. She was also the Design Lead and Project Architect in the recently completed Dovetree at Sinnamon Village, a 144-bed Residential Aged Care Faculty for Wesley Mission Queensland.

She is the immediate past chair of the Queensland Chapter of Learning Environments Australasia and an active member of a number LEA committees and task forces. Learning Environments Australasia is an inter-disciplinary community of architects, educators and decision-makers which promotes quality design and professional development. As a leader in the Education sector, Katerina is also a sought after public speaker in education, practice leadership and gender equity.

Dr Sara Omrani

Dr Sara Omrani is a Lecturer in Virtual Design and Construction in the Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She completed her undergraduate studies in Architectural Engineering and undertook her PhD on natural ventilation and thermal comfort in multi-storey buildings. Prior to enrolling in her PhD, Sara worked as an architect and software instructor. After completing her PhD, before joining QUT, she worked as an Energy Efficiency Engineer for an energy consultancy firm.

Since joining QUT, Sara has been involved in a range of projects at both building and neighbourhood scales involving the Urban Heat Island effect, ventilation and thermal comfort, asset and facilities management, and Building Information Modelling.

Dr Angela Kreutz

Angela Kreutz is a Lecturer in Architecture at Deakin University, Australia. She received her architectural training from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and completed her PhD studies with the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre at The University of Queensland, Australia. Her book Children and the Environment in an Australian Indigenous Community (Routledge, 2015) is both a historical and contemporary ethnography of children and their families in Cherbourg, Australia. 

Angela’s interdisciplinary research within the field of Children and the Environment lies between architecture, anthropology and environmental psychology. Angela has researched, collaborated, and consulted with children from across the globe, including Australia, Europe and the United States. As a DAAD postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado she researched intergenerational values and activities in sustainable park design. Her broad research interests include children’s ethnography, community participatory planning, intergenerational design, and architectural anthropology.

Professor Sagadevan Mundree

Director – Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

Sagadevan Mundree was appointed Director of the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB) at Queensland University of Technology in January 2016. Prior to that, Sagadevan was Deputy Director of the CTCB for 5 years. He leads a research Team that is focused on making crops more resilient to environmental stresses such as drought and salinity and more nutritious. Prior to joining QUT, he was a Senior Executive in the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (QPIF) where he led a Team that was responsible for QPIF’s Investments in Research, Development and Extension in all the primary industries of Queensland.

Sagadevan is a former academic from the University of Cape Town and served as Chief Executive Officer of South Africa’s National Innovation Centre for Agricultural Biotechnology. He holds a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology, which he completed at Auburn University (USA) on a Fulbright Scholarship, an MBA from the University of Cape Town and recently became a Senior Executive Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School. Sagadevan is a member of the South African Academy of Science and served on the National Biotechnology Advisory Council.

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