HIP V. HYPE is an ethical, socially conscious and environmentally focused property developer, sustainability consulting practice and work share provider.
We collaborate to resolve more environmentally sustainable, more socially responsible and more commercially intuitive solutions for a better built environment.
Our aim is to influence and build the more equitable, resilient and prosperous future we deserve.
Our responsibility is to leave our cities and regions in a better condition than we found them.
Because we deserve better.
Who We Work With
We seek to work with people and organisations who value sustainability and recognise the need for positive change.
Continuity and Authenticity is everything: say what you mean and mean what you say.
We don’t want to be interesting, we want to be good.
We seek work that is meaningful, evidence-based and challenges the status quo –
“It’s more fun being a pirate than joining the navy”.
We acknowledge effort, share success and act with compassion: We collaborate, we don’t compete.
We question everything and always seek to understand - WHY.
We don’t believe the Hype.
We always seek to be better and to do better.
And importantly, we take our work seriously, not ourselves...!
In delivering our product, we attempt to find a balance between value for money, quality and durability and importantly low impact, responsibly sourced materials with low embodied energy & carbon and a low ecological footprint.
Because we deserve better.
We believe in the power of smart, thoughtful, passionate people who are driven to achieve better.
Our aim is to remain agile and open-minded to facilitate an environment that enables Our People to pursue relevant and meaningful purpose-driven work.
Founder of HIP V. HYPE and Managing Director of HIP V. HYPE Projects,
Liam is a creative entrepreneur who believes in the power of design
thinking to resolve intuitive solutions to project delivery and value creation. He is passionate about cities and is driven by a desire to achieve better outcomes. Since establishing HIP V. HYPE in 2002, Liam has refined a design led approach to business that seeks to shape and enhance the social, environmental and economic fabric of our cities through informed, responsive and collaborative design and development solutions.
Liam Wallis founded HIP V. HYPE whilst studying Architecture + Property & Construction at the University of Melbourne. The business became a lens through which he began to explore the relationship between design, sustainability and commercial value.
Taking a less conventional route, Liam worked for the likes of Six Degrees Architects and Casandra Fehey Architects, not in the office, but on site with tools in hand. The experience and relationships formed with passionate trades was a strong compliment to theoretical study, and provided the practical understanding of the intersection between design & construction that has assisted HIP V. HYPE deliver numerous construction projects of notable design.
Whilst studying Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Liam took a course under the world renowned Urban Planner and Architect, Jan Gehl. This learning and time in Europe combined with study in Japan has come to shape the fundamental approach and ideas of HIP V. HYPE. Whilst maintaining a passion for Architecture and design, Liam saw an opportunity to move into development as a tool to more effectively implement strong ideas regarding the importance of great design.
Over a 10-year period working with renowned Melbourne developers including Red.C, Michael Yates & Co, John Gibson, Hamton and Kalex, Liam has gained a strong understanding of the professional property development process and how design and a considered approach can be used as a tool to mitigate risk and achieve elevated outcomes. In addition to Development Management work, Liam has maintained continued involvement in Architectural, Town Planning, Construction, Business Strategy and Branding activity which has lead to the growth of a dynamic, integrated skill set focused on maximising both commercial value and cultural capital.
Away from the office, Liam finds active pursuit the most effective form of relaxation and inspiration. Liam has a background as an elite level sprint hurdler having won the Pan Pacific Games in the 110m hurdles at age 18. Through his twenties Liam skied professionally as a freeski athlete and later ran the freestyle skiing program known as Team Buller with good mates Andrew Pattison and Peter McNeil. The program has successfully provided a pathway for multiple World Cup, World Championship, X-Games and Olympic medal winning athletes.
These days you’ll find Liam and his partner Katya out on their bikes in
the bush or on their boards in the surf chasing connection to nature and continuing to push their limits; finding inspiration to progress HIP V. HYPE to achieve its aim of influencing and building the safe, sustainable and inspirational future city we deserve.
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As Director of Projects and Head of Sales, Katya enjoys working with people. Building genuine relationships and taking people on a journey from first introduction through to handing over the keys to a new HIP V. HYPE home is what she enjoys most.
Having studied Architecture and a Masters of Property at the University of Melbourne, Katya understands the benefits of good design and is committed to creating exceptional homes with the HIP V. HYPE Projects team.
Before beginning her career in the built environment, Katya spent 10 years as an elite athlete on the Australian National Ski Team, and represented Australia twice at the Winter Olympics in Ski Cross (Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014).
Katya is a third-generation member of the 65-year-old Crema property and construction family business. Formerly an Associate Director at Crema Group, Katya has worked across a number of significant multi- residential projects, including the successful Derby Place project in Kew (Wurundjeri Country), designed by FKA.
Prior to joining HIP V. HYPE, Katya was a member of PwC’s Real Estate Advisory team.
Actively supporting women in the Property and Construction industry, Katya co-founded the Women of Architecture, Building & Planning (ABP) in 2016, a women’s networking group supported by the University of Melbourne, designed to support females in the industry through multiple networking events held annually.
+61 (0) 400 880 204
- Apartment & Townhouse Off The Plan Sales
- Sales & Leasing Management
- Property Market Analysis
- Customer Relationship Management
Sara van der Meer
As Head of Operations with HIP V. HYPE, Sara works across the Group. She develops and implements systems and processes, develops revenue forecasts and manages budgets and supports collaboration across the Group.
Gaining extensive experience managing several businesses since graduating from university, Sara has an eye for detail and an understanding of what it takes to run a business smoothly and effectively.
Sara’s perspective is shaped by her experience working across business, civil society and local government. This experience has given her clear understanding of the tensions that exist between the three sectors and the importance of collaboration in dealing with the major social, economic and environmental challenges.
Growing up in Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania, Sara was exposed to extreme poverty from an early age. Witnessing the destruction of beautiful and vital natural habitats, she is acutely aware of the complexity that exists between economic development and environmental stewardship. These early experiences drive Sara to take a balanced approach to people, planet and prosperity in her role as Head of Operations.
When not in the studio, Sara enjoys camping away from the crowds and exploring the trails and cities of the beautiful country she now calls home.
+61 (0) 402 664 182
- System & Process Optimisation
- Budget & Forecast Development
- Business Compliance
- Reporting & Analysis
Laura is a passionate advocate for the sustainable growth of Australian cities. As Head of Editorial & Urban Advocacy Laura focuses on the intersection of policy, investment and design to campaign for progressive developments in planning, housing and transport.
Laura sees advocacy as a critical tool to actively engage the community in long term discussions about the future of our cities and shift the national conversation towards sustainable patterns of urbanism.
Laura has over seven years experience in the property and legal industries, working across ASX listed property companies, triple-bottom line property development and most recently working with PwC Legal on major transport infrastructure, renewable energy projects and corporate matters. Laura also edited the print and online publication, Open Journal, and founded and produced the High Density Happiness speaker series.
Having grown up in Melbourne (Bunurong and Wurundjeri Country), the UK and Darwin (Larrakiah Country), and as an adult living in Paris, Sweden and Hong Kong, Laura has a deep appreciation for the role that apartment living can play in creating socially and environmentally sustainable cities.
Laura is an active volunteer, serving on the Building Council of Open House Melbourne and acting as a volunteer lawyer at the Fitzroy Legal Service and the Environmental Defenders Office. In her spare time Laura is a cyclist, a keen traveller and architecture fan.
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- Communications Strategy
- Content Creation
- Policy Analysis
- Strategy advisory
- Governance Advisory
- Legal Advisory
- Legal Research
As the General Manager at HIP V. HYPE Sustainability Kate is responsible for strategy, business development, innovation and growth. Kate works closely with the team to ensure everyone is set up for success. Specialising in building partnerships that create shared value, wherever possible Kate collaborates with empathetic and authentic leaders to develop plans that will deliver big ideas that can make a real difference.
Kate draws on her 20 years of experience in designing and delivering projects, programs and strategies across the community and private sectors to support clients to build effective climate and sustainability strategies and programs for businesses, organisations and communities.
Kate's ambition is to drive systemic change that will improve health, social and environmental outcomes for everyone. However, her on the ground experience, combined with a deep knowledge and understanding of effective leadership and good governance, ensures that she provides pragmatic, balanced advice, underpinned by research and experience.
With three young boys at home, Kate doesn't have a lot of down time but she loves playing and coaching basketball, dog walks, cooking and exploring any beach in Australia that she can get to!
+61 (0) 438 030 112
- Zero Carbon Communities
- Climate Strategies
- Program Design and Evaluation
- Climate Change and Health
- Community Engagement
- Systems Thinking
As Better Cities & Regions Lead, Gavin provides project leadership across a range of projects with a key focus on the integration between sustainability and climate response with strategic planning processes. He leads the technical delivery of climate mitigation and adaptation planning for a range of clients including education providers and local government.
Gavin brings 15 years of experience in urban development and sustainability across the private, non-profit and public sectors and has an extensive stakeholder network in these industries.
Gavin is passionate about working with partners that embed principles and commitment to sustainability at the outset, where they have the most impact and are commercially justifiable. He acutely understands that the key to this is clearly communicating value, including financial and social benefit.
Gavin grew up in rural Western Australia (South West Boojarah Country), which embedded in him an appreciation for the natural environment. His early career work as a town planner and more recently for Australian Energy Foundation and City of Melbourne, refined his thinking about what delivers community benefit, and how the planning process can be used to drive sustainability outcomes.
Outside of work Gavin enjoys an escape from the city to reconnect with nature and his family camping in the bush. Gavin spends time building community gardens and running social sports – the planner in him just can’t resist the temptation to organise space and activity in the pursuit of community!
+61 (0) 405 324 167
- Climate Strategy and Planning
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Precinct Sustainability Integration
- Built Environment Policy Analysis and Development
- Technical Communication
- Bioregional Australia - One Planet Integrator
- Green Star Accredited Professional (Green Star Communities)
As Better Buildings Lead with HIP V. HYPE, Clare seeks to provide advice on improving health, comfort and efficiency outcomes for our built environment. Clare believes that our buildings should serve us without detracting from the living systems we are a part of, and she seeks to harness opportunities and consider constraints to deliver a lower carbon, more systems-integrated outcome.
Clare starts by going back to the objectives of a project; there are many pathways for highly varied outcomes. Most projects start in a similar vein – to build something that’s good for people and environment, with good economic outcomes. Clare always chases robust, performance-based outcomes. Ticking boxes on scorecards might be a means to an end but these ratings are tools not outcomes.
With her roots in rural Tasmania (Peerapper Country), Clare came to Melbourne (Bunurong and Wurundjeri Country) to study mechanical engineering and business. With a few accreditations under the belt, Clare is continually developing her knowledge across broad areas of interest, which stretch from very micro, technical analysis skills in the physics of buildings performance, to the broad, systems view of sustainability. The best solutions are found by bringing the two together, while taking a collaborative approach to projects.
When not at work Clare enjoys getting out of the city, spending time by the coast, being as active as possible: multi-day treks or rides are her favourite way to escape. On most weekends in the city Clare can be found out and about trying to tire out her endlessly energetic young son and Jack Russells, Ralph and Eddie.
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- Net Zero Carbon and Carbon Neutral Strategies
- Sustainability Standards & Frameworks, Including Passive House, Green Star, Living Building Challenge and LEED
- Technical Analysis of Building Physics and Systems Outcomes
- Holistic Project Management
- Passive House Designer, Building Certifier and Accredited Trainer
- Green Star Accredited Professional
- WELL Accredited Professional
- LEED Accredited Professional
- Member, Technical Working Group - Living
- Futures Institute Australia
- Member, Global WELL for Home Advisory
As a Senior Consultant with HIP V. HYPE, Amy brings her training as a group facilitator and an understanding that collaboration is key to developing solutions for the complex legal, social, cultural and technological barriers to sustainability. Her focus is on designing collaborative processes that draw out local knowledge, and combine with best practice approaches to develop fit-for-purpose solutions.
Amy works to support councils, communities and businesses to define, map and implement their climate action and sustainability ambitions.
Amy is driven by her desire to create, collaborate and experiment with inspiring people for impactful environmental and social outcomes. This passion has seen her work in the not- for-profit, government and private sectors, giving her insights into the role each sector plays in delivering environmental and social outcomes and the need to collaborate across all three.
Starting out in Darwin (Larrakiah Country), Amy developed her management and marketing skills in arts sector. Cycling her way down the east coast, Amy settled in Melbourne (Bunurong and Wurundjeri Country), joining Moreland Energy Foundation to deliver and evaluate a range sustainability programs. Before joining HIP V. HYPE, Amy worked at the City of Melbourne developing their residential sustainability programs, with a focus on apartments.
Outside the office, Amy can be found building her house, nerding out about human behaviour or out amongst the trees.
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- Project Design and Management
- Communication and Engagement
- Group Facilitation
- Strategic Planning
James has worked in the residential construction industry for more than a decade, both on-site and in management based roles.
Starting out as a carpenter in his early 20's, James moved into a more office based role as an estimator, then into contracts administration before working in project management for several architecturally award winning homes.
James' experience working on multi residential apartment projects has been varied including student accomodation in Burwood and high-end apartment projects South Yarra and Sandringham.
James believes that buildings should be built to maximise durability. Building products all have a lifespan, most of around 20-30 years, but in reality, a building itself will be in place for a considerable time longer. What happens to these products at the end of their lifespan? James believes that the use of longer lasting materials that can withstand the test of time, and also the test of our changing climate must be applied to all new building.
James has a focus on the supply chain of building products and materials. Using local products supports local industry and promotes a stronger building character. James believes in designing and building with evolving technology, energy sources and building use as key considerations, not merely building in a way that is easy or considered the norm.
James holds a Domestic Building Unlimited (DBU) Licence and has completed some major renovation and refurbishment projects to Victorian Terraces around the Albert Park and Port Melbourne areas. He particularly loves refurbishing Victorian era properties, reviving the classic architecture and moulding these 'workers cottages' into a modern and functional space to live.
Growing up around Melbourne's south eastern bayside suburbs, James grew up loving all things water. His passion for the outdoors intensified over the years, travelling to far corners of the world skiing, surfing and wind and kite surfing. These days the challenges of a growing family have slowed, but not stopped his passion for the outdoors. On the weekend you can find James and his active family anywhere from the Surf Coast to Victoria's Alpine region exploring our greater backyard.
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Marcus seeks to develop the potential positive impacts in each project that he undertakes at HIP V. HYPE. He does this by augmenting the technical capabilities of the Better Buildings team, through his specialisation in ultra-low energy building design, which he sees as a fundamental step for progressing towards net-zero carbon emission society.
His approach when providing sustainability advice and technical analysis is to first start with the client: to understand the client's main sustainability drivers for their project. This stems from Marcus strong sense of stewardship for the natural environment.
Marcus spent his childhood years in his parents permaculture garden. While a number of experiences during his university study exchange in Germany were a strong influence on him. These included WWOOFing on a farm in Denmark, partaking in a Solar Decathlon competition, assisting in an Earthship construction, and touring a number of sustainable housing model districts.
These interests developed into a need to further disseminate the field of sustainability. This led to becoming a Passivhaus Certifer and a PhD candidate researching solutions for net-zero energy mass timber building in Australian climates.
When not at the desk, Marcus enjoys getting out of the city hiking and cycling. Over the weekends, you might spot him at a rock-climbing gym or barrelling down a mountain bike trail.
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- Heat flow modelling for thermal envelope design
- Whole building energy performance and compliance
- Hygrothermal modelling for interstitial and surface condensation
- Specialist modelling for thermal comfort, daylighting, and environmental analysis
- Certified Passive House Designer
- Green Star Accredited Professional
- AIRAH Affiliate Member
As a Senior Consultant for the Better Buildings Team, Louis works with clients to achieve exceptional sustainable outcomes for the built environment. Louis uses his technical knowledge and project management skills to successfully achieve more innovative sustainability outcomes for clients who want more than just the minimum.
Working in the building consulting industry for over six years, Louis has gained a wealth of experience working on projects across several sectors, including commercial, educational, residential, accommodation and health. He has successfully lead the implementation of sustainability initiatives on a range of projects, from concept design to practical handover.
Taking a holistic sustainability goal, Louis breaks the process down to achievable steps, allowing all stakeholders to see the journey of how to achieve the big picture sustainability targets. He thrives interacting and working with others to achieve sustainable outcomes in all projects.
Originally from North-West Victoria (Wergaia Country) he developed a sense of responsibility to leave the world in a better place than we found it. Louis moved to Melbourne (Bunurong and Wurundjeri Country) to study mechanical engineering. There he found a passion for sustainability, through studying topics on renewable energy.
Outside of work, Louis enjoys being on the move. Whether it be rock climbing, surfing, running or snowboarding, his preference is to always be outdoors.
+61 (0) 402 603 631
- Sustainable Framework Implementation & Delivery
- Energy/Thermal/Occupant Comfort Modelling
- Energy Systems Analysis
- Sustainability Compliance Reporting
- Green Star Accredited Professional NatHERS Assessor
As a Senior Consultant, Nick is driven by his desire to balance the preservation of the natural environment with the needs of a growing population. Nick brings a unique skillset to his work, having studied ecology, and sustainable building design and environmental policy.
Nick has developed a broad knowledge base relating to sustainability. From working and volunteering across local government, the private sector and not-for-profit organisations, Nick has been exposed to a range of organisational structures, gaining insight into their unique processes and priorities. Nick aims to use this experience to facilitate better outcomes across a diverse range of stakeholders.
Having pursued a variety of interests both professionally and academically, Nick has developed a broad knowledge base relating to sustainability. Combining his passion for environmental sustainability with his experience in community engagement, policy development and energy modelling, Nick understands what it takes to put theory into practice.
Feeling most refreshed after time outdoors, Nick loves to explore Victoria’s hiking trails, seeking a change of pace away from the city. Closer to home in Melbourne (Wurundjeri Country), Nick can be found running or swimming, settling in with a good book and trying his hand at watercolour painting.
+61(0) 432 075 210
- Built Environment Policy Analysis and Development
- Green Infrastructure
- Communication and Engagement
- ESD Opportunities Assessment
Shaun is a Consultant with HIP V. HYPE working within both the better cities & regions, and better buildings teams. He provides ESD advice for buildings and precincts, with a particular focus on embodied carbon and identifying and responding to climate change impacts.
Shaun joined the team as an intern in early 2019 while completing his Master of Urban Planning & Environment at RMIT University. Since then Shaun has grown with team, developing technical proficiency in GIS and LCA to better elevate the sustainable outcomes in the built environment.
Growing up in northern New South Wales (Bundjalung Country), Shaun developed an intrinsic appreciation and respect for country. Following his undergrad and a number of years living in the UK, Germany, and the USA, Shaun returned to Melbourne (Bunurong and Wurundjeri Country) and found himself
working in logistics and quality control for LaMarzocco while he completed his master's degree. Endeavouring to embed sustainability within the company, Shaun was proactive in developing sustainable waste management procedures and redesigning commercial packaging to reduce waste while improving ergonomics.
Beyond the office, Shaun enjoys all things indoor plants, gardening, basketball and running. Shaun loves DIY projects – having taught himself how to bulk-roll and process black and white film and baking sourdough, he has now moved onto reupholstering chairs and is considering buying a sewing machine.
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- ESD Policy and Assessment
- Spatial Representation of Climate Impacts (GIS)
- Embodied Carbon Life Cycle Assessments
- Climate Adaptation Planning
As a Green Building Engineer, Steve brings 40 years of technical experience to the HIP V. HYPE team. Steve has a deep and practical understanding of passive building design, efficient systems and renewable energy technology.
Steve driven by a passion to translate his technical knowledge and extensive experience into practical solutions to improve the buildings in which we live, work and play. This means designing and operating buildings to consume less energy, use less water and generate less waste.
For more than 30 years, Steve has coordinated the implementation of environmental sustainability measures on building projects across the globe. In addition to his energy efficiency specialisation, Steve has designed mechanical services and conducted energy audits for a range of commercial, institutional, health and educational projects, which has provided him with in- depth knowledge of the implications of energy efficiency measures in building design and operation.
In addition to his leadership within countless projects, Steve has published and presented over 25 technical papers, many with CSIRO. Over the years, Steve has written chapters for books and websites and lectured in university and training courses.
In his spare time Steve enjoys being active in the great outdoors with his family – surfing, sailing, bike riding and bush walking. He also has a creative side via his song-writing duo: The Bowersmiths.
+61 (0) 429 351 850
- Energy/Thermal/Occupant Comfort Modelling
- Energy Systems Analysis
- Sustainability Compliance Reporting
- Energy auditing
- Australia and New Zealand Solar Energy Society
- Australian Institution of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating
Whilst working part-time with HIP V. HYPE, Jane is also the co-founder of the Swedish multi-brand clothing store, Swensk.
Jane has worked across a wide variety of businesses, linked by her enduring interest in good design.
Jane started her professional life working in Hong Kong for a finance firm, before moving to Sweden for a trainee position in a large engineering company, and then working as a coordinator for a network of architects across Europe.
Jane moved back to Melbourne and co-founded Swensk, based in Melbourne’s CBD, with her now husband Mats in 2008. Swensk is the result of the perfect combination of Mats’ branding and entrepreneurial experience with Jane’s hands-on approach of getting things done.
Working with Swedish brands was initially a safeguard to ensure quality, a sense of style and confidence in suppliers. Sweden in general has very high standards of environmental responsibility from a consumer level in recycling, to legislation in green building standards and closed loop product development. Jane believes that businesses born from this culture uphold high environmental standards which translates through to manufacturing, working conditions of suppliers and ultimately the products they produce.
Jane grew up in the suburbs of Brisbane with very limited exposure to design, architecture or anything outside of Australia until the age of 15 when her father moved to Hong Kong. Over the following 5 years, she travelled to visit on holidays, and ultimately moved in 2001 after graduating from a Bachelor of Business.
Between HV.H and running her own business, Jane values the spare moments she has to work in her small garden, making it to a barre class or spending time with her two kids. Jane also values spending time in mother nature on weekends.
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