Ken McBryde


Ken McBryde is an independent consulting architect and the founder of Architectural Physics. Highly regarded as a thought leader in urban design, Ken loves exploring the boundaries of possibility. He is drawn to complex challenges that demand innovation and are driven by sustainability.

Sought-after for his innovative placemaking ideas, Ken has a natural affinity with construction methodology. His interest in prefabrication and materials technology underpins his approach, as does his expertise in timber and timber composites, recycled composite plastic waste, and glass.

Ken’s industry credentials are backed by an impressive academic and teaching record. His Masters by Research at The University of Queensland explored prefabricated sustainable yield timber portal frames. He is currently collaborating with The University of Melbourne, Swinburne University, the CSIRO and FWPA on a research project studying improved durability and broader applications of Australian hardwoods.

Ken was appointed Adjunct Professor at The University of Sydney in 2016. He has extensive international experience in the design of highly innovative public and cultural places, hospitality, retail, commercial and residential projects. His innovative thinking is founded on nine years of collaboration with Renzo Piano in Paris, Genoa, Osaka and Sydney.

Presentation Overview - Explorations in design flexibility

Implementing a composite lightweight flat-pack system in Australian residential design

Ken McBryde will be exploring flexibility in design as it relates to residential construction. The Australian construction industry has reached a dangerous tipping point, where thin margins, unpredictable pipelines, adversarial procurement and a skills shortage has made the ‘business as usual’ approach to building unsustainable. 

Ken will present an architectural case study that employs the highly innovative BohrHaus system, invented by James Murray-Parkes, of Brookfield Scientific Solutions Group (BSSG). The BohrHaus flat-pack system has potential to transform the Australian housing market, offering design flexibility, cost effectiveness and quality results. 

In addition to demonstrating the BohrHaus system, Ken will also discuss how to build a healthier, more resilient construction industry by taking a multi-disciplinary approach.