Our Team

Bower’s leadership team demonstrates diverse and complementary skill sets. Most are ex-Bower graduates who excel at building community relationships and mentoring new student groups.

Dr David O’Brien
Dr David O’Brien

Dr David O’Brien

BPD, BArch (hons), PhD
Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design and Technology
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne

David has twenty-five years experience in the construction field designing and building for both commercial and community based clients. He has project managed the construction of community development projects in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, Thailand and Papua New Guinea. David initiated the Bower Studio in 2007 and has more recently co-developed the HomesPLUS initiative.

George Stavrias
George Stavrias

George Stavrias

B.A (hons), B.Sc, BPD, MArch

George Stavrias is a registered architect and a director of the HomesPLUS program. George has worked as a designer and project manager on six Bower Studio projects in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. His role includes community liaison, project design and documentation, site management and post-occupancy evaluation.

James Neil
James Neil

James Neil

James Neil is a registered builder with thirty years experience in sustainable design and construction. James has led HomesPLUS projects in Central Australia and the Cox Peninsular. He designed the Bower composting toilet system and has coordinated projects to install facilities in Papua New Guinea.

Zoe Diacolabrianos
Zoe Diacolabrianos

Zoe Diacolabrianos

Interior Design, BArts , MArch

Zoe has participated in Bower Studio projects working at the Belyuen community on the Cox Peninsular in 2013. Zoe also works on the Bower Farm projects at Dookie.

Lyndon Ormond-Parker
Lyndon Ormond-Parker

Lyndon Ormond-Parker

BA, Grad Dip, PhD

Lyndon was born in Darwin and is of Alyawarr decent from the Barkly tablelands region of the Northern Territory. He is involved in advocacy, policy development, research and negotiations focused on Indigenous communities.

Nicky Henderson
Nicky Henderson

Nicky Henderson

BA, MArch

Nicky has worked at the Titjikala community in the Northern Territory and has helped coordinate and design Bower projects at Wadeye.

Trevor Galgal
Trevor Galgal

Trevor Galgal

BSc. Forestry, PGDip. Agric.

Trevor Galgal works as a project manager for Bower Studio projects located within Papua New Guinea. Trevor, supported by an extended family, is the perfect ‘Mr Fix it’ solving the most challenging situations.

Ilari Lehtonen
Ilari Lehtonen

Ilari Lehtonen

BPD, MArch

Ilari Lehtonen is a graduate of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Melbourne and has built and undertaken post-occupancy work at the Sipaia Community. He manages materials procurement and accounts for Bower projects in PNG and has an Australian Government funded placement administering aid projects in Bangladesh.

Deane Woruba
Deane Woruba

Deane Woruba

BSc. Agriculture, MPhil

Deane is a sustainable development advocate and has helped coordinate projects in Sipaia and Suanum. He is renowned for knowing the right people in PNG and we call him our ‘aspiring politician’!!

Mia Hutson
Mia Hutson

Mia Hutson

BArch Studies, MArch, BLArch

Mia has worked on Bower projects in the Northern Territory and was on the design team for the Wave Hill Walk-off Trail project.

Kat Kopietz
Kat Kopietz

Kat Kopietz

BPD, MArch

Kat has worked at the Titjikala and Suanum communities as a graduate student and at the Sipaia community as a studio leader.

Matt Breen
Matt Breen

Matt Breen

BPD, MArch

Matt Breen is a graduate of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Melbourne and has worked at the Bellery Springs, Belyuen and Titjikala Indigenous communities in Australia. He has built and undertaken post-occupancy work at the Sipaia Community in PNG.

Fiona Lew
Fiona Lew

Fiona Lew

BPD, MArch

Fiona Lew is a registered architect working with the HomesPLUS program and the designer of the catalogue. As part of the Bower 09 team at the Gudorrka Community Fiona won the 2010 BlueScope Steel Glenn Murcutt Prize for Indigenous Design.

Xavier Cadorel
Xavier Cadorel

Xavier Cadorel

B. Civil Eng., Grad. Dip. Civil Eng.

Xavier Cadorel is a civil engineer with fifteen years experience and is a leader for the Bower Studio projects in Papua New Guinea. He likes to mention that he is from Brittany in France and enjoys drinking cider.

Jack Hinkson
Jack Hinkson

Jack Hinkson

BEnv, MArch

Jack has worked with communities in the Northern Territory and helps prefabricate much of our steel work.

Key Industry Partners

Arup Consulting Engineers
James Danatzis,
Brendon McNiven and
Laura Cantwell.
Arup Consulting Engineers,
Melbourne, Australia

The Arup Crew!!

James Danatzis, Brendon McNiven and Laura Cantwell.
Arup Consulting Engineers, Melbourne, Australia

Arup generously support the Bower Studio by helping design and certify our projects within Australia. They have also contributed in a ‘hands-on’ way with James coming to Titjikala, Brendon to Amoonguna and Laura to Kalkarindji.