People Oriented Design

Email
email/shaneen)(peopleorienteddesign.com.au
Website
www.peopleorienteddesign.com.au
Contact
Shaneen Fantin
Phone
+61 (07) 40410292
SMS
+61 (0)429082692

POD is a multi-disciplinary design, architecture, project management, community engagement and research practice with interests and experience across all of northern Australia.

Fields Of Commerce

Consulting
Research
Architectural services

Target Industries

Housing
Community development projects
Health projects

Specialist Areas Of Tropical Expertise

Housing design and documentation
Small to medium scale health centre design
Child care centre design
Cross-cultural facilitation and engagement
Specialist knowledge of Australian indigenous environments

Year Established

2008

Management Team

Shaneen Fantin, Director
Belinda Allwood, Director

Target Export Markets

Pacific Islands
Papua New Guinea
Singapore

Type Of Export Business Sought

Direct export

Certificate And Quality Approvals

   •  Registered Architect Qld no. 3825
   •  NCICoP certification for Commonwealth funded projects

Awards

• 2010 AIM Finalist Professional Manager of the Year, Northern Territory
• 2005 Year of the Built Environment Award for Program Management of the OATSIH (Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health) Capital Works Program
• 2000 awarded a Northern Territory History Award by the Northern Territory State Archives for research into Yolngu housing and culture change in northeast Arnhem Land.

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Company Profile

Shaneen is one of a handful of Australian architects who have made a life-time pursuit of understanding the relationship between culture & architecture with Indigenous Australians. She has worked extensively on indigenous housing, health & community projects in the Northern Territory, QLD, NSW and Canada.

Shaneen is committed to sustainable design & management practices. In her daily life she “walks the talk”. Her home and office are not air-conditioned and are within 8 km of each other. All office waste and household waste is recycled where possible.

In 2008, Shaneen completed the design and documentation of a sustainable house with an independent energy, waste and water system in Far North Queensland. She is part owner of a nature refuge on the Atherton Tablelands and has a sound knowledge of Australian native gardening for tropical north Queensland. She applies her first-hand knowledge of sustainable design and living practices where ever possible.

Technologies and Capabilities

Shaneen and Belinda’s qualifications include Diploma of Project Management, Bachelors of Architecture, Green Star Accreditation for Professionals and a PhD in Architecture/Aboriginal Environments. We are adept at using Revit computer aided drawing software, Microsoft Project and Excel, Adobe Photoshop and professional, and Microsoft Publisher. Belinda can create photo realistic images for use in print and digital media. Shaneen is a whiz with word, and has excellent written and oral communication skills. She has published over 20 journal articles and co-authored 5 book chapters.

POD is a growing organisation with two partners and casual employees, which has the capacity to call upon the support of larger organisations if required. POD has strong working relationships with Arup, Opus International, James Cook University, LA3, Planz Town Planning, Indij Design, WIP, La Spina and Vis Constructions and many other firms of different sizes and expertise.

The core values of POD are:
• A fresh perspective - seeing things differently to the norm in management, planning & design
• Valuing people - placing value on relationships & building teams on projects
• Get it right - continuous holistic & detail thinking through all stages of a project
• Sustainability in everything - consideration for low energy, low consumption, recycling & self-sufficiency in daily practice

Company Background

Dr Shaneen Fantin established People Oriented Design (POD) in Cairns, in February 2009. Belinda Allwood joined POD as a partner in 2014. Prior to creating POD, Shaneen and Belinda worked for more than 15 years each as senior architects, associates, project manager, and researcher for firms including Arup (Cairns), Peddle Thorp (Cairns), The Program Office (Cairns – DATSIMA), Troppo Architects (Darwin), Opus International (Darwin), and the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (Brisbane).

Shaneen has specialist expertise in Indigenous, housing and health projects, and is well known for her strategic thinking, design, project management, communication and workshop facilitation skills. Shaneen has a PhD in Architecture and Aboriginal Environments.

Belinda has extensive experience in education (primary, secondary and tertiary), healthcare, civic, hospitality, aged care, aviation and residential projects. She is well-known for her design, detailing, contract documentation and administration skills, is a Green Star accredited professional.

North Queensland Projects

Apex Residence, Smithfield, 2001
Description: Tropical and sustainable three bedroom dwelling on a steeply sloping site at Smithfield. The Apex Residence won 2001 HIA award for sustainable design.
Role: Design, documentation, planning approvals and contract administration during construction.

Tully Support Centre Master Plan and remedial works, 2011-2013
Description: Working with Shane Greenwood of Tully Support Centre to assess cyclone Yasi damage to the centre, provide Master Planning advice and concept designs relating to improving the layout of the centre and increased staffing needs, design and document remedial changes and upgrade of the emergency relief storage area. Role: Master Planning, Project Management, Design and Design Review Services

Wabu Gadum Bulmba Gurriny Mukanji Centre, 2013
Architectural services to the Indigenous Construction and Training company (Cairns, QLD) for an 8 bed accommodation facility for people with acquired brain injury. $ 4.2M Project Value
Role: Concept design, Traditional Owner Design workshops, design development and construction drawings. To meet requirements of traditional owner design briefs and health provider briefs, Australian Standards for disability access, the Livable Housing Design Guidelines and good tropical design principles.

Multi-residential development, Martyn Street, Cairns, 2014
Description: Two, four-bedroom town houses as north Cairns residential in-fill development.
The site is an unusual angular shape and required a careful and clever planning solution to fit two well-designed, tropical, four-bedroom town houses. Each dwelling has two private yards, full undercover parking for two vehicles and is narrow in plan to maximize cross-ventilation through a two-storey void above the living area. Construction to commence 2014.
Argentea Residence, New 4 bedroom house, 2014, Palm Cove
Description: A tropical, sustainable 4 bedroom home. The dwelling is designed on passive design principles and does not allow for air-conditioning. It contains a 4KW solar system, rainwater tanks, native garden and pool. The is designed to have as small a footprint as possible to meet the client’s needs and makes use of relationships with the garden and outside to create spatially generosity without cost. The construction of the dwelling includes plantation timbers, low emissions materials and LED lighting. The house achieved more than a 6 star energy rating in its energy assessment.

Green Credentials

Registered Architect Queensland
NCICoP certification for Commonwealth funded projects
Shaneen is committed to sustainable design and management practices. In her daily life she "walks the talk". Her home and office are not air-conditioned and are within 8km of each other. All office waste and household waste is recycled where possible.

In 2008, Shaneen completed the design and documentation of a sustainable house with an independent energy, waste and water system in far north Queensland. She is part owner of a Nature Refuge on the Atherton Tablelands and has a sound knowledge of Australian native gardening for tropical north Queensland. She applies her first hand knowledge of sustainable design and living practices where ever possible.

In 2010, Shaneen and her husband rebuilt all the family bicycles with frames and parts from the Darwin dump shop. In total they built 7 bikes, which cost an average of $80 each. Shaneen now rides a recycled GT Aggressor with suspension forks - it rocks.


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