Other Speakers - Session 3


Session 3 

Session 3 Paper 1

Andrew Charleson

Andrew Charleson is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington. He is a structural engineer and teaches Structures to architectural students. Andrew has authored three books: Seismic Design for Architects: Outwitting the Quake in 2008, Structure as Architecture (2nd edition) in 2015, and Seismic Isolation for Architects published in 2016.


Session 3 Paper 2

Jamil Khan

Jamil is the Technical Director in Structural Engineering with Beca, and has over 25 years of experience in the design, analysis and the construction of major civil structure, bridges and road projects. He has worked on a wide variety of national and international projects in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Dubai and Pakistan. During this time he has acquired a wide and in-depth knowledge of design and asset management of structures. He has extensive experience in leading teams and is currently structural discipline lead for the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway detailed design stage where he is responsible for delivery of 17 major bridges with a team of 16 designers and technicians over an 18 month period. This strong contractor-led design and build experience has provided him in-depth understanding of construction methods to achieve cost effective and buildable solutions and an appreciation of the urban design and local environment for these structures.  

Craig Service

Craig is the Structures Manager at Fletcher Construction and has been in the industry for 15 years, Craig has experience in both design and construction and has worked on some landmark projects in both Australia and New Zealand.  His international experience on multi-million dollar, multi-discipline projects has enabled him and his to team to accomplish some notable achievements such as the successful completion of the Mackays to Peka Peka project and associated complex bridge structures.

Geoff Brown

Geoff is a bridge specialist with over 35 years of experience in the design and construction of bridges and civil structures. He is currently a Technical Director with the Beca Group in New Zealand where he leads the bridge and civil structures engineering discipline in the Wellington office. Geoff is involved in major road and bridge projects throughout New Zealand. Geoff was previously Chief Engineer, Bridges & Structures with RailCorp in Sydney. 


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Ralf Kessel

Ralf is an architect, registered with the NZIA, AK Berlin and ARB UK.

He has worked for over 16 years as a project architect for a number of German and Irish based practices, during which time he was involved with a series of apartment developments, commercial and public properties with a focus on energy efficiency.

Ralf’s extensive list of achievements has involved a range of aesthetic and practical concrete applications, including precast panels, in-situ floor slabs and concrete masonry.

Ralf has joined CCANZ as a Project Manager - Architecture in March 2009.

In New Zealand, Ralf has authored the CCANZ ‘Code of Practise for Weathertight Concrete and Concrete Masonry Construction’ also cited by the MBIE as NZBC Clause E2/AS3, the ‘CCANZ Apartment Design Guide’ and the ’CCANZ Basement Design Guide’.

Another notable project Ralf led was the design of an apartment/ mix use development for the ‘New Urban Village’ competition on an inner city Christchurch site.  The design emphasised self-sufficiency, placing a premium on sustainable energy sources.

Range of projects include several multi storey apartment/ office and retail buildings, Berlin Germany; Institute of Semi-Conductor Physics Frankfurt/O., Germany; Apartment Block Developments, Dublin, Ireland; Cork Airport Business Park, Cork, Ireland; Development of Code of Practice for Weathertight Concrete Construction NZ -      CCANZ CP 01: 2011 and CP 01 2014 (cited by MBIE as NZBC E2/AS3); Apartment competition design (‘New Urban Village’), Christchurch, New Zealand; CCANZ Apartment Design Guide; CCANZ Basement Design Guide.


Session 3 Paper 4

Hendrik Vermeulen


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