AECOM is proud to be collaborating with the Asia Society to host a special cocktail event: Subterranean Sydney. The event will bring together people...

Subterranean Sydney


City CBD and Surrounds
2000 NSW

Subterranean Sydney


Jess Scully. Vivid Ideas Curator, Policy Thinker, Festival Director, and Media Producer. AUS

Jess Scully

Vivid Ideas Curator, Policy Thinker and Media Producer

Jess Scully is a curator, policy thinker, festival director and media producer who is passionate about using creativity to inspire social change: she seeks to curate projects that inspire curiosity, spark conversation and explore opportunities for the arts and creativity to deliver impact in communities and add value to the broader economy. Jess is the curator of Vivid Ideas: an annual event connecting creative practitioners and businesses with global leaders, to support professional development and expand market opportunities for the sector. Spanning industries from art and architecture to gaming and filmmaking: the Vivid Ideas program now brings together close to 80,000 participants and has been recognised by the Guardian as one of the top ten ideas festivals in the world.

Jess is one of the curators of TEDxSydney: since 2013 she has collaborated with a talented team of volunteers to help deliver one of the most sophisticated talks events in the world. As a public art consultant, Jess is delivering permanent public art and temporary projects for Green Square Library and Plaza. She is also public art curator for 60 Martin Place and Barrack Place, and public realm activations at Quay Quarter Sydney. In the past, Jess served as policy advisor to the NSW Minister of the Arts, directed the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA), and edited magazines including Empty, Yen and SummerWinter.


John Endicott

John Endicott

Fellow at AECOM Asia Ltd

John Endicott is an Executive Director and AECOM Fellow in recognition of his expertise as a specialist in underground engineering for over 45 years.

He has a PhD in modelling slope deformation from Cambridge University and is a Fellow Commoner at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and Adjunct Professor at University of Hong Kong and at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Based in Hong Kong, John has extensive experience on major infrastructure projects.

John’s passion for underground space has led to his work on a myriad of underground projects in Asia. He will share stories of innovative subterranean developments in Hong Kong and Singapore that could be adapted to create exciting shared spaces and transport solutions for Sydneysiders of the future.

Event Details

AECOM is proud to be collaborating with the Asia Society to host a special cocktail event: Subterranean Sydney.

The event will bring together people from the design and technology industries as well as the broader Sydney community to explore how Sydney might respond to meet the insatiable demands of an additional 1.6 million people in the next 15 years.

One of these future ideas could be leveraging the most underutilised space Sydney has – the one beneath the surface. What currently goes below ground is merely scratching the surface.

Journey underground to a vast and dramatic venue and let your senses be immersed in a kaleidoscope of light, sound, technology and art in this interactive experience about cities, underutilised space and future thinking.


Andrew Parker - Advisory Council, Asia Society Australia and PwC
Andrew will provide an introduction to Asia Society in Australia. From a business persepective, he will discuss key learnngs from Asia focusing on fostering innovations and attracting the best talent to build better cities.

John Endicott, AECOM Director and Fellow
Showcasing his passion for undeground spaces, John will share examples of projects that have led the way in Asia. Through the lens of this career in Hong Kong and Singapore, the audience will gain an understanding of how some cities in Asia use space creatively to accommodate rapid growth.

Jess Scully, Director of Vivid Ideas and Curator of TedXSydney
Jess will take a Sydney perspective and discuss how we can use space creatively to engage communities, our future economy and the public realm.

This event is presented by AECOM.

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