Michael Banak has 20 years of experience working in architectural practices in Australia and abroad. He has worked on projects in China, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, UAE and USA. He was a Director and Board member at Crone Architects and a Principal at Rothelowman Architects. More recently Michael has established his own practice michael banak architect. With a focus on large-scale endeavours and the Southeast Asian market, Banak is sought after for his expertise in master planning, environmentally sustainable design, high-rise residential and commercial developments and overseas project collaborations. Banak is a keen promoter of diversity—gender, age and culture—and engaged in various mentoring programs as well as a signatory of the Male Champions of Change Charter, through the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter). He believes a leader is only as good as their team.