Our Board of Directors
JAMIE SORMANN, Chair, Secretary. Insurance.
Jamie is a director of Foomann Architects, which he and Jo Foong established in 2008. Their practice is devoted to realising beautifully simple, sensitive spaces that are underpinned by utility, context and sustainability.
Jamie is committed to collaboration and to sharing ideas with students, clients, colleagues and the architecture community. Jamie joined the ArchiTeam Board in 2019 and has previously been in charge of the Awards, Partnerships and Advocacy portfolios. At the 2021 AGM Jamie was re-elected to the Board and is currently the Chair and in charge of the Insurance Portfolio.
SONIA SARANGI, Treasurer. Finance & Research
Sonia is a director of andever, a tenacious thinker and problem solver. A highly capable project lead, her collaborative approach and strong negotiation skills bring a fresh perspective to the table.
Sonia is a strong advocate for diversity in the profession and has been involved in a number of mentoring programs, a guest critic and tutor at University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Design and is a frequent contributor to Parlour.
Sonia has been a member of the ArchiTeam since 2017 and the (Continuing Professional Development CPD) committee since 2018 and co-convenors of the 2021 ArchiTeam Virtual Conference - Trajectories. Sonia joined the Board in 2019 and was reelected at the 2021 AGM. In 2021-22 Sonia is the Director in charge of the Finance and Research Portfolios.
Sonia is a keen photographer and often drives around the block a little bit longer just so she can finish listening to a podcast episode.
KALLIOPI VARKAS, Advocacy & Member Services
Kalliopi Vakras is the director of Kalliopi Vakras Architects, a small architecture practice established in 2009.
Kalliopi is a registered architect with over 20 years experience both locally and internationally, have worked in Vienna. Her background lies in residential, low scale multi residential, commercial and early learning architecture. She has also taught various design studios for 8+ years.
Kalliopi joined the Board in 2020 and is the Director in charge of Advocacy and Member Services Portfolios.
She has recently completed an off-grid tiny home with her husband their rescue greyhound Dennis who plays an important role in the office.
DELIA TESCHENDORFF, Awards, Partnerships and Conference
Delia founded Delia Teschendorff Architecture in 2009. A registered architect in Victoria, she received her architecture degree from RMIT University. Her architecture studies included 12 months in the master’s Program at Sci-Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, USA. Committed to the belief that ‘design thinking’ can improve our built environment, Delia recently completed a design research PhD at Monash University, supported by a Monash University Graduate Research Scholarship. Titled, ‘Site Thinking in the Suburbs’, her design research investigated new design principles and design tools for housing subdivisions in the fringe areas of Melbourne.
Delia has taught design and construction studios at Swinburne University, RMIT University and the MSD (Melbourne School of Design) and is currently a design tutor at Monash University. Delia is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and was a Victorian Chapter Councillor for two years from 2009. She has been a Juror for both the ArchiTeam Awards and Victorian AIA awards programs.
Delia joined the Board in 2020 and has been the Director in charge of the Insurance Portfolio and Co Director in charge of Member Services, in 2022 Delia is in charge of the ArchiTeam Awards and Partnership portfolios and is one of the 2023 ArchiTeam Conference Creative Directors.
JOHN LIU, CPD
John is the director of Inbetween Architecture. He is passionate about architecture that delights and endures. Inbetween Architecture’s work thrives to amplify the simple joys found in everyday life – spaces that nurture ‘being’ and ‘being together’.
Before establishing Inbetween Architecture, John worked 10 years for some locally well-known practices with strong focus in sustainability, on projects from small home renovation to university building refurbishment. The invaluable training laid the foundation for Inbetween Architecture, that good design is inherent from inception, not bolt-on.
John joined the CPD Committee in 2020 and was elected to the Board in 2021, where he is the Director in charge of the CPD and Conference Portfolios.
John owns an Instagram account of vending machines he encountered on his travels. John looks forward to the day when he can share new posts again.