After the completion of Breathe Architecture’s nationally acclaimed sustainable urban housing project The Commons, Breathe called on the Melbourne architecture community to help build on the initial concept. Six Degrees Architects, Austin Maynard Architects, Architecture Architecture, Clare Cousins Architects, MRTN Architects and Wolveridge Architects along with the Robin Boyd Foundation joined together to help fund the first Nightingale project and began their mission to change the benchmark of Australia's urban housing model.
Nightingale Housing was established to support the growth of the Nightingale model. It was created from a steering committee co-convened by Jessie Hochberg and Dr Andrea Sharam, Research Fellow at Swinburne University’s Institute for Social Research. The Committee included Dr Tom Alves, Andrew Maynard, James Legge, Michael Roper, Jeremy McLeod and Tony Lee.
Jeremy McLeod is the founding director Breathe Architecture.
Breathe instigated the Nightingale Housing movement after trialling a new model for delivering housing through the award-winning project of sustainable apartments called
The Commons. Jeremy believes that architects, through collaboration, can drive real positive change in our cities.
Senior Project Lead
Dan McKenna has been closely involved in the evolution of the Nightingale model, from his days working at Breathe Architecture, to project support lead for all Nightingale licensed architects. Dan has also been involved with local university programs as a teacher and as well as guest lecturing at the University of Melbourne.
Kate Ryan has an extensive corporate communications, public affairs, community relations background and managing community campaigns on large, city-shaping infrastructure projects. Kate holds a Master of Urban Planning and Environment from RMIT and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Board of Directors
Angela Perry is a dynamic, passionate and committed leader with great relationship and business building skills. She is qualified as an English Barrister, an Australian Solicitor, and is currently the Chair of Employee Ownership Australia and New Zealand. Angela also sits on the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership Committee, and has presented on employee ownership issues all over the world, to people and to governments.
Peter started his career at Coopers & Lybrand before spending seven years working in business advisory and tax with Grant Thornton. After several years as a Director of a mid-tier accounting firm in the Melbourne CBD, Peter co-founded Blue Rock alongside Grant Ralston. As a part owner of a hospitality business, Peter’s real life experience provides an in-depth understanding of the issues associated with running family and privately owned businesses.
James is a founding director of Six Degrees Architects. A formative project for the practice in the early 1990s was Meyers Place Bar, the first of Melbourne’s back-lane bars. For this and other urban and hospitality projects, Six Degrees has heavily influenced urban design in Melbourne over the past 20 years. James has taught at the University of Melbourne, regularly undertakes guest lectures and has served on a number of AIA awards juries.
Andrew is an internationally renowned architect and the
co-director of Austin Maynard Architects.
He has won a range of awards internationally, with his Zero Waste Table receiving recognition at the United Nations World Environment Day Awards. He has exhibited at the Young Guns exhibition in NYC and at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design & Bachelor of Architecture
Michael works where art meets commerce. Since his training as a Chartered Accountant, Michael has worked as an arts producer across most art forms, including film, television, theatre, radio, music, writing, visual arts and even puppetry. He co-founded year-round film festival Popcorn Taxi Melbourne, has been on a range of Arts boards, teaches Qigong (Chi Kung) and Taijiquan (Tai Chi), and is a professional investor.
Jason is Innovation Fellow within the Department of Design, Architecture and Building at the University Technology Sydney, He is also Director of Urban Apostles Pty Ltd, a start-up real estate development and consulting services business specialising in alternative workplace and housing models for cities.
DANNY ALMAGOR OAM
Danny Almagor OAM is the CEO of Small Giants, a company he started to effect social and environmental change through business. He is the founder and former CEO of Engineers Without Borders Australia, and the co-founder and Chair of the Impact Investment Group. Small Giants collaborated with Breathe Architecture to fund and deliver The Commons.
Dave R is the founder of iconic bag company Crumpler, the producer of Footpath Guides (walking guides to urban architecture), and all round champion of the value and impact of good design.
Catherine has worked in the Property Development / Architectural management industry for nearly 30 years. She is a foundation Board member (Treasurer) of the International Woman’s Forum Australia (IWF Australia).
Justine Clark Equity, Architecture & Communications
Marcus Westbury Creative Urbanism
Hanna Ebeling Social Impact and Financing
Ben Morris Law
Dr. Mei Ling Doery Health and Entrepreneurship
Dr. Andrea Sharam Housing Affordability
Andy Fergus Urban Planning
Alex Oppes Social Impact
Associate Director, Impact Investing -
Social Ventures Australia
Victorian Government Architect
The Office of the Victorian Government Architect
Dean, Built Environment
University of New South Wales
City of Melbourne
Director, Breathe Architecture
Managing Director, Nightingale Housing
Director, Six Degrees Architects
Lead architect, Nightingale 2
Director, Austin Maynard Architects
Lead architect, Nightingale 3
Director, Clare Cousins Architects
Lead architect, Nightingale 4