10-12 May 2022
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Speaker Profile

Mark McKenna

Norman Disney & Young

Mark is the Group Sustainability Leader for Norman Disney & Young (NDY) and joined the company in 2011. He oversees the company’s global team of sustainability consultants and has a fundamental role in shaping NDY's sustainability approach and direction.

Mark has been heavily involved in sustainable design ever since he began his career in Architecture. Graduating in building technology and design, he initially worked for a firm specialising in research-led design, where he gained an in-depth understanding of climate responsive buildings, life cycle impacts; and human health and comfort. Early in his career Mark also spent considerable time designing for improved IEQ outcomes in buildings – on many projects tasked with reversing the impacts of sick-building-syndrome in pre-1970’s UK existing buildings.

Mark took up a directorship with a University of Glasgow (UoG)/Research centre joint venture, tasked with research and developing programs for transitioning the UK to a low-carbon society. Mark secured European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) to develop national programs and initiatives within the built environment and professional services sectors. Key projects included the Glasgow Commonwealth Games; and the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative (SSCI) which comprised of 12 sustainability precinct masterplanned sites across the country. Mark also co-developed and delivered the UK’s first M.Sc program in Applied Carbon Mgt (UoG), which focused on climate responsive building design, clean energy technology, market regulation and environmental ethics.

Mark spends a significant proportion of his time working with organisations to develop their long-term strategic sustainability goals. Over the last few years Mark has worked on numerous flagship projects throughout Australia, from commercial office towers, healthcare facilities, hotels, stadia and entire precincts. His role on projects has ranged from early Client advice and strategy setting, to delivery of technical design advice and reporting.

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