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James Davidson

James Davidson Reg. Architect (QLD), B.Arch (Hons 1), PhD

James Davidson has lectured worldwide and has run studio, urban and residential design workshops in the Netherlands, UK and the USA. In addition to being the principal at JDA, James holds a Doctorate in Architecture with a primary focus on architectural anthropology, which he continues to develop in JDA’s practice work. He is also a previous director of Emergency Architects Australia, where he led their 2011 Queensland Floods relief project. In 2013, James was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship focusing on urban design and residential architecture, climate change adaptation and flood resilience in the Netherlands, USA and UK. This led to a 5 day design charrette in 2016 which brought together 170 professionals from over 20 different disciplines to work towards a regional water management plan for Southeast Queensland. In 2017, James published the culmination of this work titled, Water Futures.

Over the course of the last decade James has become Australia’s leading flood-resilience architect. He has written the Flood Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes for the Queensland State Government, the Flood Resilient Home Building Design Guideline for the Gold Coast City Council and is currently managing the roll out of the Flood Resilient Homes Program for the Brisbane City Council, which is the largest flood resilience built environment project to date in Australia. JDA is also currently designing the roll out of Melbourne Water’s Flood Resilient Homes Program.

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Martin Arroyo

Martin Arroyo Reg. Architect (QLD), B.Arch, M.Arch

After completing initial studies at the prestigious National University of Engineering in Lima, Peru, Martin moved to Australia to complete a Masters of Architecture at the University of Queensland, in 2004. He has since worked at a number of architectural practices in his adopted city of Brisbane, namely Elizabeth Watson-Brown Architects, Donovan Hill and Bligh Voller Nield. During this time, he worked on such notable projects as the Translational Research Institute and the Zilzie Seaspray Resort 

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Sam Bowstead

Sam Bowstead B.ArchDes, M.Arch

Sam is passionate about using design, design thinking and design advocacy to create a better built environment. Sam has been involved in the practice’s climate adaptation work since its inception and wrote his award-winning Masters thesis on flood-resilient housing in Brisbane. He has held various research positions at The University of Queensland. Whilst living in New York, Sam was formerly the Senior Designer at sustainability studio, Co Adaptive Architecture where he led the design and construction of NYC’s first commercial mass-timber (CLT) building. Beyond architecture, he has a background in design thinking and facilitation, having run workshops in Australia, the USA, Indonesia, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Sam has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper for his commitment to architecture and advocacy.

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Clive Ba-Pe

Clive Ba-Pe Reg. Architect (QLD), B.ArchDes, M.Arch

Clive is a registered architect in Queensland and an associate at JDA Co.

Clive holds a Bachelor of Architectural Design and Master of Architecture from University of Queensland. He joined JDA due to his strong interest in progressive, climate responsive architecture and his passion for remote and challenging design. Formerly working in graphic design and illustration, he is always interested in how he can improve a situation through design & visual communication. Being of Burmese heritage, Clive is particularly interested in architecture’s role in Asia, having undertaken post-tsunami housing research in Tohoku, Japan. Clive is also the 3D visual artist at JDA. 

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Britt Hill

Britt Hill B.Des (Arch), M.Arch

Britt Hill is an Associate at JDA. She has been key contributor to a number of flood resilience projects, in particular the design and visualisation of the Water Futures book. She is a lead assessor on Brisbane City's Flood Resilient Homes Program, which is currently the country's largest property-based flood resilience program.

Recently she was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects’ Phillip Bisset scholarship. She used this opportunity to undertake research and engage communities in Russia, Georgia, the UK and the Netherlands, and spent three months working with a number of NGOs in refugee camps throughout Greece. We have already begun to see migrations due to climate change and these will continue- with sea level rise, drought, flood and fires. Britt believes that resilient design practices and cross-disciplinary collaboration are critical in order to successfully adapt our communities to address the complicated, yet urgent challenges we are facing.

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Libby Ba-Pe

Libby Ba-Pe Reg. Architect (QLD), B.ArchDes, M.Arch

Libby is a registered architect in Queensland and an associate at JDA.

Over the past seven years, Libby has worked on a number of small and large scale private residential projects in Brisbane. She provides a diverse and valuable range of skills and knowledge across all project phases.

At JDA, she has been heavily involved in the practice’s climate change adaptation work. Notably, she has contributed to the Flood Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes for the Queensland State Government and she is currently co-managing the roll out of the Flood Resilient Homes Program for Brisbane City Council. She will be presenting JDA's work in flood resilience at the 2020 Asia Climate Forum in Singapore.