Jennifer Cunich to lead FWPA’s WoodSolutions Mid-rise Advisory Program

Jennifer Cunich. Photo: Kelly Chen

Former Australian Institute of Architects CEO Jennifer Cunich steps up as head of the Forest and Wood Products Australia’s (FWPA) WoodSolutions Mid-rise Advisory Program.

Now in its fourth year, the program is operating in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, building on a base of completed projects with many more in the pipeline. The Mid-rise team comprise specialists in timber; from design and engineering to costing, and they act as advisors and facilitators, helping project teams optimise and realise the benefits of timber systems.

“It’s an exciting time to be taking up the role of Lead Program Development Manager,” said Cunich, “I feel this is a logical progression that builds on knowledge and skills I’ve gained in previous stints as Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia and CEO of the Australian Institute of Architects.”

“The benefits of timber in mid-rise projects are a perfect fit for a community wishing to increase the amenity and reduce the environmental impact of buildings – and nowhere is it more applicable than urban infill, affordable housing and aged care. These are some of the areas that have the potential to contribute real social benefits too.”

“I’ve been most impressed by the enormous depth of experience and knowledge that the Mid-rise team and the WoodSolutions program have assembled. One of my first challenges is to share this with industry – both on the supply and the design and build sides.”

Gerry Neylan, the outgoing Mid-rise manager said that he was delighted to hand over to someone of Cunich’s experience and enthusiasm.“I’m sure she will grow the strengths of the program, while bringing a new perspective to add value for the participants and partners.” Gerry will continue to be involved with the Mid-rise program as Chair and consultant.

“I would like to thank our industry program partners for their support as the Mid-rise team continues to become the catalysts in accelerating the uptake of timber systems in the mid-rise sector,” said Ric Sinclair, FWPA’s Managing Director, “if any industry members would like to discuss participation in the program, I would be delighted to talk to them.”

More information about the WoodSolutions Mid-rise Advisory Program can be found at