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Alexandra is a licensed Architect and a member of the AIA and has presented on the subjects of behavioural finance and pricing strategies for members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), American Institute of Building Designers (AIBD) Australian Institute of Architects, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), British Institute of Interior Designers (BIID), Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the Building Designers Association (BDA) and private companies. Alex has also spoken for the Design Institute of Australia’s DIAlogues series on Free-Bidding and Undercutting.
Alexandra’s career started at the University of Sydney where she graduated first in her year and received awards for her achievements in Architectural Science, Architectural Design, Urban Design, Planning and overall academic performance. During her studies Alex devoted much of her time to understanding the role of business in the world of architecture. Upon graduation she received a national award and scholarship for recognizing the relationship between academic studies and needs of the profession (business).
After graduation, Alex moved to London to accept a sponsored position with Foster + Partners where she was instrumental in the design and documentation of key projects in Asia and the Middle East.
After returning to Australia and winning three Design Excellence competitions Alex joined Blue Turtle Consulting as a director. She now spends her time researching the relationship between business and design while providing consulting services and speaking engagements.
Ian is the founder of Blue Turtle Consulting and has over 20 years experience, a Building Science (Project Management) degree and a career that spans three continents.
Prior to starting Blue Turtle Consulting, Ian was an Associate Partner with one of the worlds most recognized names in Architecture: Foster + Partners, where he was responsible for proposing and negotiating design fees on projects in the UK, Middle East, Africa, Australasia and the Americas.
Before working for Foster + Partners, Ian worked in the United States managing construction loans for three of Americas largest financial institutions and managing commercial, residential and industrial projects throughout the country. Ian has also worked on development projects in Central America where he learnt to read, write and speak Spanish.
Since starting Blue Turtle Consulting Ian has written and published a series of Fee and Appointment Guides that sell in 13 different countries. He has also been a key note speaker at over 70 Architectural Conferences and private training sessions around the world.
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