Design Futures Council

In 2017, DesignIntelligence expanded its global reach by establishing an office in Australia to serve the local A/E/C industry. Architecture, engineering and construction contributes approximately AUD$200 billion per year to the Australian economy, employs more than one million people, and is the source of innovations of global interest in areas such as sustainable design and construction.

The Design Futures Council helps firms and organisations better understand and navigate conditions with the Australian and global A/E/C market through signature gatherings of leaders who take a keen interest in trends and drivers of change.


The executive leadership of the Design Futures Council (DFC) selects candidate members for the organisation each year. There are three categories of DFC membership: Professional Executive, for professional practices in architecture, engineering, construction and design; Institutional Affiliate, for design education institutions, nonprofits, and government agencies; and Commercial, for building product manufacturers and other providers to A/E/C.

Firms and organisations are invited to membership based on several factors including, but not limited to:

  • Excellence in design, engineering, and delivery practice or education
  • Reputation for innovation and forward-thinking contributions to the industry or academia
  • Deep and broad service to market sectors
  • Potential for meaningful contribution to the thought and trend leadership of the DFC
  • Leaders of member organisations bring their best thinking to each DFC gathering, ensuring that every summit drives forward movement, transformation, and actionable outcomes.


Each year the DFC convenes summits on issues of strategic importance to leaders: technology and applied innovation, collaboration, education and talent, sustainability, and the business of design.

The DFC is committed to supporting the A/E/C community by providing information and understanding of trends and future issues. The Council creates context in which leaders from member firms can work with one another—as well as leading thinkers from outside industries—to tackle complex challenges and opportunities in A/E/C.

The DFC has over 20 years of history. In 2017, it launched in Australia led by built environment advocates Alexia Lidas and David Parken.  Members represent a broad cross section of the industry including Rothelowman, Holding Redlich, Hayball, Vertiv, Colin Biggers and Paisley, Boral, C2R, Form Engineers, Forrest and Wood Products Australia, Fleetwood and BCI Media.

Read more on the Design Futures Council website or contact Alexia Lidas.