Garry Baverstock AM

Director Wise Earth P/L,, Adj. Prof. Murdoch University

Long term ANZSES Committee Member, Hon Secretary and President in WA.

Co-Founder, Member NEXUS

For over 45 years Garry Baverstock has been designing, building, educating and researching in the field of Ecological Sustainable Design. Born in Perth, WA in 1949, educated at the Western Australia Institute of technology and later at Curtin University, after winning two Commonwealth Scholarships one to complete secondary school education to matriculation level and then to complete university studies.

Apart from studying and becoming an architect in 1972, he studied construction Engineering part time while running his practice and then completed a MSc in Applied Physics in building studies in the early 1990s which has given him great professional capacity in coordinating engineering services in a building. He is still one of the world experts in the use of thermal inertia storage linkage with PV.

ISES work 1978 – Present

– WA State Committee 1978 – 2011, Starting as Hon Secretary for 1978 to 1989. Was on the Steering Committee for the ISES World Congress in Perth in 1983, (with Dr Susan Saunders and Dr Bob Booth).

– Key member/ promoter recruiting in 1989 introducing ISES legend the late Dr Bill Parker as a key member of ISES and ANZSES for over 25 years becoming the longest serving Editor of Solar Progress is 1989.

– Developed the Solar Energy Information Centre that was headquarters of ANZSES 1989 – 1993 (now Heritage Listed).  Most people recognize that this initiative put solar energy industries and professions on the map in WA.

– Mid 1980s: Formed the Buildings Group with the late David Oppenheim, Trevor Lee, David Baggs, Deo Prasad, Prof John Ballinger, Dr Steve Szokolay and others (including Prof David Mills)

– 2001 – 2004: Coordinated the Australian submission with Prof David Mills for the 50th year ISES history for Australia and authored both chapters in the 2 part volumes. 

– 2009 onwards: Became President in WA to rejuvenate the Society with collaboration with Dr Bill Parker.

– Organized the “Our Brilliant half Century” seminar and presentations in Melbourne as part of the new ASC Solar Expo at the time.

– Still current member of ISES but became a non-financial entity with the SEC in 2017.

–  2020 founded the Clean Energy Innovation Hub in Bayswater and the thermal inertia storage group collaborating with Murdoch University and UniSA.

Solar Architectural Success

Winning twelve WA Home of the Year Awards, many MBA Awards, numerous James Hardie innovation awards in the 1990’s, followed by numerous HIA GreenSmart Awards over the last two decades.

He has two Awards of Merit and numerous Commendation Awards from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA). During his career he and his firm have numerous design competition successes in the housing as well as commercial design to become one of the important leaders in the field in Australia. Recent projects such as the Millennium Home (2000) featured as a double page feature in the West Australian newspaper at the turn of the 20th centure=y, the Eagle Bay Beach House (2003) and the Eco-Compound in Cottesloe (2005) demonstrate the transfer of this long experience into contemporary 21st century architecture.

Successes in commercial architecture include the Australian Design Award (1990) for the Solar Energy Information Centre followed by the National Energy Award (1993), the winner of the RAIA Centre for the Applications of Solar Energy (CASE) competition (1995), the National Banksia Environmental Award for Buildings (2002) for the Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre. State awards include the WA Energy Efficiency Awards in 1996 and 1998, as well as the WA Environment Award 2003.

Significant Projects include the Solar Energy Information Centre, the Perth Zoo Infrastructure Buildings and the acclaimed Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre. For the past 25 years his form has done all the master planning and architectural work for the Mandurah Retirement Village. He was an entrant in the Australian Parliament House Competition in the early 1980s.  His entry though not successful, was archived in Canberra and was designed to be a sate of the art energy efficient solar designed building using innovative construction methods.

Urban Design and Planning

He has also had many successes in urban design and planning, winning a UDIA award for guidelines for an environmental subdivision in Broome (Old Broome Estate). He was a consultant on many subdivisions in Western Australia including Karrinyup lakes, Atwell, South Beach (Land Corp), Clarkson, and Sunshine Heights in Geraldton. His firm was involved in establishing developer’s guidelines for three subdivisions for the Armadale Re-development Authorities (ARA) 2003 – 2004.

Ecotect-Architects was also involved in the initial design and planning concepts for China Green in Subiaco in recent times as well as the being a ESD and Urban planning consultant in the town of Cottesloe enquiry by Design in 2008 and follow through until 2011 (for the town centre and the beach front).

WA Government Service

Garry has been a member of the inaugural Renewable Energy Council in 1987, The Minerals and Energy Research Institute in 1988 and the LEED council 2009 to 2012.  He prepared a report for the minster for Works in 2002 on energy efficient school design in WA.  He also conducted peer reviews for the Sustainability architect during 2009.

Academic Involvement

He has authored many national and international papers and publications including co-authorship of the design manual “Low Energy Buildings in Australia” in 1984. From 2003 onwards he has been involved as an Adjunct Professor in Energy Studies at Murdoch University to establish a Masters of Environmental Architecture Course. For 5 years he became Built Environment Program Manager of RISE (Research Institute for Sustainable Energy) until its closure and diversion to the School of Engineering. Apart from a long distinguished career as an architect Garry has bee involved in the development of solar technologies, an educator at all universities in WA, and an author of many publications and academic papers.

Australian Honours

In 2006 he was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for his contribution to architecture and energy efficiency education. On the 27thNovember, 2007 he was awarded a Life Fellowship with the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) for his long-term commitment to the profession.

In 2014 he was appointed as an advisor to Innovate Australia a non-profit body involved in promoting and facilitating innovation in a diversity of fields of endeavour.

Sasha Ivanovich B. Arch. 1970   M. Arch. 1995

FAIA, Registered Architect NSW 8161, WA 1045

Co-Founder, Member NEXUS Architectural

Past Director/founder, Managing Director: SIA ARCHITECTS Pty Ltd inaugurated 1982 SNAP GLOBAL Pty Ltd Design, Construction, Project Management AURA URBAN & REGIONAL ALLIANCE Pty Ltd Urban Design Collaborative FHSI Architects Pty Ltd co-founder Dubai, Tiblisi Sydney


Sasha has been presenter at various urban design conferences across Australia and UAE, participating in the international debate on the changing nature of cities, where climate change, rising cost of energy and infrastructure, is calling for a new directions in city infrastructure and city core planning and a proponent for people friendly city planning and urban places


Sasha has been an urban design and architecture educator, in design theory, sustainability practice at the University of Western Australia (UWA), Curtin, Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDAC) , University of NSW (UNSW) post graduate school of Sustainable Design and others and as principal design tutor to final year design studios at UWA and Curtin Universities.

He has served several years serving on the WA Architects Board and participated in Architectural Education review panels over 7 years as principal assessor for NPRA national competency standards examinations for architectural education.

He has been an APE (architects registration) examiner over many years. He has published various articles on architectural and urban design. He continues to play an active role in urban design policy and practice. He has been coordinator of the Murdoch University RISE (Research Institute for Sustainable Energy) Master Course in Sustainable Design and Innovation Management.

ENDEAVOUR EXECUTIVE AWARD Recipient of the Endeavour (Federal Government) study of the WORLD 1st CARBON NEUTRAL CITY of Masdar, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and recipient of design excellence and heritage awards friom Australian Institute of Architects, Landcorp, HIA, Monier Commission, Steel Industry Association, WA Department of Heritage and others.