Dominique Hes is an academic at the Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, researching on sustainability in the built environment, Dominique is focused on identifying and filling the knowledge gaps in sustainability practice and application in the built environment. She has degrees in Science, Engineering and a PhD in Architecture. She is the current winner of the Deni Green, Bob Brown courageous environmentalist award, national citation award winner for teaching, on the site planning committee for CERES and convener of the Melbourne Collaborative group looking at positive futures in the built environment. Throughout her 25 years of working, learning and practicing in the sustainability field, she has asked the question why given all the effort being put into sustainability are we becoming more unsustainable, with most ecological and social indicators in decline. Though not resolved this question resulted in the book Designing for Hope: pathways to Regenerative sustainability, which investigates both the reason for our lack of progress towards sustainability and presents projects and approaches that are starting to address this.