Emma Rees-Raaijmakers
Founder & Creative Director

Emma is the founder of Archikidz. With an unstoppable passion to engage kids in the city and to educate them in the process - she is endlessly imagining creative ways to develop the Archikidz model. Emma believes that creativity is the currency of the future - and sees Archikidz as unique opportunity to both encourage creativity and inspire young minds about the built environment. With three children of her own, she is very conscious that the future needs creative minds committed to creating liveable, equitable and sustainable cities. Emma completed her architectural education at the University of NSW. Over the past 20 years she has pursued a career in architecture and urban design, working for leading architectural practices in Sydney, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. Through her Dutch connections, she was introduced to Archikidz. And the rest is history.


Vanessa Trowell

Vanessa is about ideas and implementation.  Her work combines her passion for community, cities and engagement.  Vanessa utilises her strong organisational, research and strategy skills to bring equitable, innovative approaches to city making. Vanessa was educated at the University of NSW in the fields of human geography and urban design. After working in Edinburgh, London and Los Angeles, she returned to Australia to launch her career in urban design and has been involved in the planning and management of diverse projects and campaigns. She totally believes in green, public spaces as the life support for our cities. She has a hard time saying ‘no’ especially when it comes to clever community collaborations and good causes, including her family, capoeira group and neighbourhood.


Klaas Raaijmakers

Klaas is the Dutch connection which has led to Archikidz making it's way to Australia. Whilst studying Industrial Design in the Netherlands (TU Delft), he took a year out - to work and travel in Australia where he met Emma, who then spent 6 years with him living in small apartment in Amsterdam. With his background in design, combined with extensive experience across strategy, marketing, product management, program management, innovation and new business development - developed over many years in IT & telcos both in Europe & Australia -  he brings to Archikidz a broad skill base.


Lee Stickells

Lee Stickells is the Head of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. Lee has a range of professional experience in urban design and architecture – predominantly in Australia and Asia.  Before moving to the University of Sydney in 2008, he was Senior Lecturer in Architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the West of England, where he taught in architecture and urban design as well as directing the Master of Urban Design program. Lee has also been a sessional tutor and visiting critic at University of Strathclyde, TU Eindhoven, University of Bath, University of Western Australia, University of Technology, Sydney, Curtin University and the University of South Australia. 

Suzie Barnett

A strategic thinker, marketer and industry connector, Suzie is passionate about the built environment and actively seeks opportunities to further transform the industry and its key players to become more sustainable: environmentally, socially and financially. She was a key player in establishing the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and was an Executive Director until 2012. As well as being a mother of two, Suzie now runs her own consulting business delivering marketing and PR strategies to companies dedicated to the supply of authentic and genuine green building products and services. With a degree in Commerce (PR & Marketing) Suzie brings to Archikidz over 20 years experience including a decade dedicated to establishing a not-for-profit business in the property sector.

Production & Creative Development Team

Ashley Lim, Katrina Doyle, Kaye Morehen, Kevin Driver, Mandy Pryse-Jones, Matthew Devine, Simon Savage