Thursday 6 February 2020 Union College, University of Queensland

From aged care homes and retirement villages to……what?


What will living look like as a person aged over 65 in 2050?

If you’re passionate about challenging ‘sixtyfive-ism’ and changing the way we currently design communities and buildings for life in later years, join us for Longevity by Design.

Longevity by Design is a charrette, or design challenge, that will be held in Brisbane over one day on 6 February 2020. It’s a joint initiative of The University of Queensland ‘s Healthy Ageing Initiative and DMA Engineers, with support from our event partners Paynters and Redland City Council.

Facilitated by Dr Rosemary Kennedy, the charrette will bring together thought leaders and professionals across a broad range of industries involved in designing for later life, building on the foundations of The University of Queensland’s Healthy Ageing Initiative.

Registered teams will take on a design challenge set in the Redlands. Teams will have a choice of three sites to work on, where they will be challenged to create visionary, innovative and highly connected design to meet the needs of future seniors in 2050.

What is a charrette?

A charrette is a workshop devoted to solving a design challenge around a particular topic or situation. It is a collaboration to generate ideas and innovative thinking.

Why join the Longevity by Design charrette?

The charrette is a collaborative event giving teams the chance to think innovatively about their vision for the future of over-65 living.

It’s an opportunity to build your personal brand as a designer, innovator or creative thinker and make new professional connections across a range of industries.

You’ll hear from leading academics, interact with and be challenged by some incredible industry experts and mentors, and have your ideas heard by some of the leaders in Australian senior living.

How will the charrette work?

The Longevity by Design charrette will feature teams of between 4-8 people, with a maximum of 80 participants on the day.

UQ and DMA Engineers will encourage participants to share their ideas freely in this open forum. Please note that UQ may publish ideas or the results of discussions at the charrette, but will not cite a team or an individual as a source without first obtaining your consent.

There will be two main events:

The Charrette

Thursday 6 February 2020

7.30am to 5.30pm

Facilitated by Dr Rosemary Kennedy, teams will take on a senior living innovation design challenge set in the Redlands. Teams will have a choice of three sites to work on, where they will be challenged to create visionary, innovative and highly connected design to meet the needs of future seniors in 2050.

Throughout the day, teams will be inspired and challenged by a series of provocateurs. A pitch coach will help teams prepare for their pitch at the breakfast event on 27 February. At 5:30pm, we will end the day with networking (and celebratory!) drinks.

The Final Pitch

Thursday 27 February 2020


Each team will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas in an open forum to an audience of industry professionals, educators, and government, community and design leaders interested in this important topic.

The Teams

We’re looking for a diverse mix of skills, genders, ages, backgrounds and experience within each team.

Teams will consist of between 4-8 people, with a maximum of 80 people participating on the day. We invite you to register as an individual, or as a team.

If registering as an individual, we will place you into a team.

If you are registering as a team, we strongly encourage you to bring together a diverse team with a range of different skills, perspectives and viewpoints to encourage creativity and innovation. Why not invite some clients or stakeholders to join your own organisation’s team?

We’re expecting participation from architects, transport and urban planners, and engineers, to interior designers, social scientists, health and community practitioners, educators, psychologists, visual artists, builders, marketers, built environment professionals and representatives from Government.

If you’re keen to challenge assumptions and think differently when it comes to changing senior living design for the future, we’d love you to join us.

What’s included?

Registration fees include:

• all catering (arrival tea/coffee, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and networking drinks) and resources for the charrette.
• attendance at the pitch breakfast on 27 February.
• the opportunity to claim 5 formal CPD points.

The charrette also provides the opportunity to build your personal brand as a designer, innovator or creative thinker, and to make new professional connections across a range of industries.

You’ll hear from leading academics, interact with and be challenged by some incredible industry experts and mentors, and have your ideas heard by some of the leaders in Australian senior living.

Your Facilitator for the Day

Your facilitator is Dr Rosemary Kennedy F.R.A.I.A.

Rosemary leads the SubTropical Cities Consultancy and Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at QUT. She is focussed on creating climatically-responsive cities, places and buildings for a liveable and just future through strategic design, research and transdisciplinary collaboration and has published more than 60 journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and proceedings, including the influential publication Subtropical Design in South East Queensland, a Handbook for Planners, Developers and Decision Makers. She is a Fellow of the AIA and is currently an elected member of the AIA’s Queensland Chapter Council. She chairs a Working Group to promote high quality high density housing standards and design guidelines.

Your Provocateurs for the Day include:

Professor Laurie Buys
Leader of the University of Queensland Healthy Ageing Initiative.

Why the old model has had its day, and why we should rethink ’65’.

Everald Compton
Chairman of Longevity Alliance Australia,
and Founder of National Seniors Australia.

The benefit of hindsight and foresight.

Professor John Mangan University of Queensland

Professor John Mangan
Professor of Economics

The longevity economy.

Bridget Burdett Longevity by Design

Dr. Bridget Burdett
Principal Researcher, MRCagney.

Transport, Mobility, Social Factors, Inclusion.

The Judging Panel

At the team pitching breakfast on 27 February, teams will have the opportunity to be awarded:

  • The UQ Healthy Ageing Initiative Award, which includes the opportunity to work with the team from the HAI to have your work published.
  • The Redland City Council Award, which includes the opportunity to present your ideas to a group of experts and practioners at a future Redland City Council health care and social assistance forum.
  • The People’s Choice Award, with your idea selected as the most innovative and impactful by all event attendees on the day.


We have put together an amazing panel of judges to judge the UQ HIA and Redland City Council Awards, including:

Marcus Riley: CEO, Ballycara

Jill Wiese: General Manager Metro South, Blue Care

Jason Eldering: CEO, Southern Cross Care Queensland

Andrew Chesterman: CEO, Redland City Council

Dr Scott Bourke: Director, Innovation & City Transformation, Logan City Council

Dyan Currie: Chief Planner, Brisbane City Counci

James Mantis: General Manager – Property Development & Asset Management, Bolton Clarke


Are you a current student, or have you graduated within the last two years? Would you like to be involved in the charrette? We have up to five registrations on offer for students and recent grads to attend the charrette for free.

To apply, simply tell us in 100 words or less why you want to attend the charrette, and what value you believe you will add.

Please submit your application by no later than 2pm on Tuesday 21 January 2020 to

The successful applicants will be announced on Wednesday 22 January 2020.

Please note that free tickets are not transferable.

Event Founders

DMA Engineers Longevity by Design

At DMA, we think it’s the things you don’t see that matter.

Like the inner workings of an office building, the lighting at your favourite art gallery, the air conditioning that helps keep you comfortable when you go to hospital, or the plumbing at your local shopping centre. This inner beauty is what keeps our communities, homes and workplaces ticking, and helps our days go more smoothly.

This is what our team of mechanical, electrical, fire, hydraulic and vertical transport engineers work to create every day with a commitment to delivery, reliability and finding new ideas to solve old problems remains the same.

It’s a commitment we share with our clients – clients who trust us to help them optimise the usability and efficiency of their buildings. Clients who, like us, are part of the cities and communities that need us to make things work beautifully, too.

Which is why at DMA Engineers we always strive to create inner beauty.

UQ is a research-intensive institution in the top 50 universities world-wide, offering choice and opportunity in undergraduate and postgraduate learning.

The HaBs Faculty Healthy Ageing Initiative is a developing network designed to build a community of practice around healthy ageing, incorporating research, research training, curriculum development, student activities, and community engagement.

In line with Faculty strengths in research, teaching and engagement, this initiative focuses on applied aspects of healthy ageing, with four major themes:

  • understanding and managing the transitions of ageing
  • interventions and health service design for chronic illness, disability, and rehabilitation
  • strategies to achieve the goal of living well in older age
  • development and use of digital technologies to make health-related services and information widely accessible to all regardless of age or capacity.

Event Partners

At Paynters we’ve built a reputation on a foundation of respect and partnership with our clients. To be sure, our comprehensive end-to-end design and construction project solutions gives a proven assurance of meeting our clients’ needs, but it’s through a collaborative partnership that we’re able to consistently exceed expectations.

Paynters is a proven leader in full-scope building solutions, and we continue to shape the growth and development of Queensland’s Residential Aged Care, Government and Insurance sectors.

Paynters has been awarded Queensland Master Builders awards on numerous projects, regularly taking out regional and state categories. We have a proven ability to inject innovative creativity in order to deliver successful building projects in market sectors such as Health, Residential Aged Care, Social Housing, Education, Insurance, Hospitality, Industrial and more. However, it is the fact that so many of our clients stay with us for decades through dozens of  projects that is the true testament to our success and your assurance of a trusted partner.

Redland City Council is the local government authority for the Redlands, which includes the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, North Stradbroke Island and the mainland from Redland Bay in the south, to Capalaba in the west and Thorneside to the north.​

The Redlands is known for its relaxed coastal lifestyle, strong community values and outstanding cultural and natural attractions. Our vision is to maintain and enrich the enviable lifestyle we enjoy in this beautiful city.

Our vision for Redland City has eight key outcomes:

  • Healthy natural environment
  • Green living
  • Embracing the bay
  • Quandamooka Country
  • Wise planning and design
  • Supportive vibrant economy
  • Strong and connected communities
  • Inclusive and ethical governance

Interested in partnership opportunities for the Longevity by Design charrette or future events?


Have some questions about the charrette? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the form below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, please email