International Urban Design Conference

10th International Urban Design Conference

Disruption, Divergence and Designed Intervention – Making Change Happen

The 10th International Urban Design Conference will be held at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 November 2017. This year there are optional tours available on Wednesday 15 November. These will include visiting two of the precincts that have been designed and built for the 2018 Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast in April 2018.

The conference has been held annually since 2007 in Brisbane, Sydney, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne. The conference theme for this year’s 10th anniversary is Disruption, Divergence and Designed Intervention – Making Change Happen and will showcase innovations and projects embracing and creating transformational change in urban environments. The aim is to include highlights ranging from the modest but high impact idea to the new Eco-city; from technological experimentation to multicultural cities and from the use of big data to physical city making. The conference will also explore the links which create the concrete physicality of the built environment, the complex social, economic, political and cultural processes through which the physical urban form is produced and consumed.

Be inspired by innovations and projects that are transforming cities. This conference is an opportunity for design professionals to exchange ideas and experiences, to be creative and visionary and to contribute to redesigning our urban futures.

The program aims at developing a framework of ideas to provoke debate and speculate on new forms of practice.

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Featured Speakers

Dr Joerg Baumeister, Professor and Previous Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre, University of Western Australia, Current Head of Griffith Architecture and Design

Dr. Joerg Baumeister has been exploring Architecture and Urban Design for more than 20 years in Europe, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Australia and Asia… find out more

Mr Peter Edwards, Director, Archipelago & Past President Urban Design Alliance Queensland

Peter Edwards is an Architect, an accomplished and recognised Urbanist, and a leading figure in this region’s Urban Design community… find out more

Mr Stephen Yarwood, Former Adelaide Lord Mayor & Urban Futurist @ city2050, Adelaide

Stephen is the former Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Australia and a well-known and respected contemporary Urban Planner who consults internationally on urban futures, innovation and change in cities… find out more

Ms Raynuha Sinnathamby, Managing Director, Springfield Land Corporation. Greater Springfield, Australia’s Fastest Emerging New City , Queensland

Raynuha Sinnathamby is Springfield Land Corporation’s Managing Director.  A solicitor by trade, Raynuha holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees and also a Masters in Business Administration… find out more

Mr James Tuma, National Director, Urbis

James is a visionary urban designer with a broad skills palette.  He is qualified in urban design, built environments and landscape architecture – disciplines he draws on while coordinating projects, master planning and structure planning, as well as advising on design codes, public realm strategies and public space implementation… find out more

Malcolm Middleton, Queensland Government Architect, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Queensland

Malcolm Middleton OAM was appointed to the role of Queensland Government Architect in July 2011.

He provides high-level advice to the Queensland Government on contemporary design and heritage issues… find out more

Mr Stanley Quek, Chairman & Founder, Greencliff, Sydney

Dr Quek is considered to be one of the most highly esteemed &influential property developers in the industry. Through his senior positions across Frasers Property Australia, Frasers Property UK & Region Development, Dr Quek has delivered a number of significant developments around the world… find out more

Mr Nicholas Wolff, Project Director, NSW Arts Infrastructure Projects

Working from foundations based in design understanding, Nicholas has built a career as an urban renewal specialist with a strong record of leadership in major projects and as a senior executive in publicly listed and state-owned property development entities … find out more

Ms Emilly Mottram, Director, Urban Renewal, Victorian Planning Authority

Who should attend

  • Urban Designers
  • Policy Makers
  • Town Planners
  • Politicians
  • Architects
  • Social Planners
  • Public Servants
  • Landscape Architects
  • Development Industry
  • Engineers
  • Academics
  • Researchers
  • Infrastructure Fund Managers
  • City Governance Personnel
  • Economic Commentators


  • City making and disruption
  • Community advocacy
  • Creating equitable cities
  • Diversity in the ecology of technology
  • Design and climate change
  • Population growth, densification, renewal, innovation and urban regeneration
  • Urban Design Policy
  • “The Missing Middle” – how to transform suburbia
  • Risk and resilience
  • The future of work, urban impact
  • Transport and traffic
  • Satellite cities
  • Planning, functional design
  • Public space transformation


  • Mr Geoff Barker, Managing Director, PM+D ARCHITECTS P/L (WA/NT)
  • Dr Beau B. Beza, Course Director, Planning and Landscape Architecture Program, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University (VIC)
  • Mr Peter Edwards, Director, Archipelago, QLD
  • Mr Craig Gillette, Senior Urban Designer, Department of Planning and Community Development (VIC)


  • Mr Michael Neustein, Director / Architect & Urban Planner/Designer, City Planning Works (NSW)
  • Mr Alistair Ray, Principal – Head of Urban Design, Jasmax (NZ)
  • Ms Gay Williamson, Consultant, Research and guest lecturer at Canberra University (ACT)
  • Prof Edward Sullivan, Portland University Oregon, USA

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