Milica Tumbas
Tina Tam

Tina Tam and Milica Tumbas

Lovell Chen
Building physics – A means for architecture 

This presentation is based on sustaining the habitation of buildings in the broadest possible sense – culturally, programmatically, economically, socially, environmentally. Building physics are embedded in design, supporting innovation and creativity with measurable sustainable outcomes, both in the conservation of the existing and construction of new. 

In two case studies (University College and Courtyard House), the presenters will discuss the way building physics, the Passive House standard and current technologies can be combined to create “sustained” buildings that provide delight, have lower embodied carbon and lower energy consumption, prioritise occupant wellbeing, and are designed to support future generations. 


About Milica Tumbas:
Lovell Chen Principal Milica Tumbas leads a team of architects and conservation specialists in delivering award-winning new buildings and extensions, refurbishment works and adaptation projects. As a certified Passive House designer, Milica is at the heart of integrating this approach into the design process. With a focus on the integration of old and new, she places importance on extending the life of existing buildings and fabric – often through finding new functional uses, as well as improving the fabric and building services. She focuses on the wellbeing of occupants for a whole project, whether the fabric is old or new, while maintaining the heritage values of existing buildings. 


About Tina Tam:
Architect and certified Passive House designer Tina Tam works on the adaptive reuse, refurbishment and extension of buildings, particularly heritage buildings. Many of her projects are award-winning and significant, such as Melbourne's Regent Theatre and the Old Quad redevelopment (University of Melbourne). As a designer, she is interested in the translation of design ideas into buildable solutions, co-ordinating all elements of the construction process for the best outcomes. Much of her work involves investigating existing structures. She looks for design responses that balance the modifications needed for new uses with respect for a building's heritage significance, whatever the size of project.