Lizette McNeill

Facades Leader / Associate Director
Buro Happold

Sydney, NSW

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


I am an Australian living and working in Hong Kong.

I hold a dual Bachelor of Civil (Structural) Engineering and French (International Studies) from the University of Technology, Sydney, and have worked as a facade consultant for over a decade.

I have an enduring interest in the economics of public vs private investment in science and technology, along with the creative and socially critical arts sector. I fundamentally believe these industries are intrinsically linked within a single ecosystem and must all be supported equally in order to drive innovation.

I'm also passionate about materials manufacturing, with a particular bent towards determining how Australia can recharge its fabrication sector to ensure crucial technical knowledge derived from raw materials research and development, and translated to theoretical engineering design for practical applications, is not lost to future generations.

I'm interested in collaborations with like-minded individuals, companies and universities regarding: robotics, manufacturing, automated vs manual workflows, economics of manufacturing and supply chains, embodied carbon and project life cycle analysis from an energy input and output standpoint, real life-cycle assessment on the costs associated with perceived risk (insurances) versus corrupt practices, and driving the building industry towards greater reliance on reuse of materials (rather than recycling).