Geoff Hanmer is a Managing Director of ARINA and of ARINA’s Singapore entity, ARINA Consultants Pte Ltd. Established in 1987, ARINA clients include 35 of the 39 Universities in Australia, including the universities of Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Monash, UNSW, UWA and ANU (all of the Go8). ARINA is active in K-12 and university architecture for education throughout Australia, in the Asian region and around the world. Geoff became the NSW Contributing Editor to ‘Architecture Australia’ in 1982, and was responsible for numerous articles, including interviews with world-renowned architectural figures such as Ralph Erskine, Kenneth Frampton and Reyner Banham. In 1985, he was awarded the Kenneth and Hazel Milne Traveling Scholarship by the Department of Architecture at the University of Adelaide and chose to attend the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning in London where he obtained an MSc in Architecture by Research. His research thesis examined the architectural and constructional significance of interwar housing in Britain, including the use of innovative materials such as plasterboard,lightweight masonry prefabricated joinery and new roofing materials.
In 1992, Geoff was appointed an adjunct lecturer in Facility Evaluation for the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). He researched and lectured in this subject until 1998. This was the only University course on systematic briefing in Australia at that time. From 1996 to 2003 he was also a tutor in Architectural Practice to final-year Architecture students at UTS. Geoff was the lead researcher and author of ‘The Quality Guide to Medium Density Housing’. Over 50,000 copies of two editions of this book have been distributed throughout the building industry in NSW by the NSW Building and Construction Council. The research for this book was based on an examination of over 500 defective buildings in Sydney during 1993-94. Recently he has been researching the impact of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) on the spread of SARSCoV-2. He is on the Advisory Board of the NHMRC CRE on Epidemic Response with Professor Raina Macintyre and is a member of the ICC Pandemic Taskforce. His articles have been published in refereed journals, the SMH, the AFR, The Australian, the Canberra Times and The Conversation and he is regularly seen and heard on TV and radio. He combines this with a busy practice as an architect.