The International Urban Design Conference was held at the SMC Conference and Function Centre, Sydney, NSW from Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 November 2018. 

Held annually since 2007 in Brisbane, Sydney, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne, this conference united a wide range of design professionals to exchange ideas and experiences, to be creative and visionary and to contribute to redesigning our urban futures.

Topics discussed at this year’s event included exploring the potential of mixed use places, spaces and precincts/districts, urban design best practice, designing safety into a city, future proofing, connectivity and design quality outcomes.

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Conference Topics

Potential of mixed use places, spaces and precincts/districts
Regulating urban design
Safe city design
Design Quality

Featured Speakers


  • Mr Ben Hewett, Deputy NSW Government Architect, Office of the Government Architect
  • Mr Andrew McWhinney, Manager NSW & ACT, Intelligent Risks
  • Ms Caroline Stalker, Design Director Urban and Principal, ARUP Australasia (QLD)
  • Ms Stephanie Barker,  Executive Director City Strategy, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW
  • Ms Leanne Hodyl,Managing Director – Hodyl + Co
  • Ms Jacqui Banks, Director Strategy and Planning – Fishermans Bend Taskforce, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, Victoria Government
  • Dr Ali Cheshmehzangi, Head of Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design , Engineering, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China
  • Mr Richard Mullane, Principal, HASSELL

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Program Advisory Committee

  • 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 Craig Gillette, Principal Advisor – Urban Design, Planning and Development, Department of Health and Human Services (VIC)
  • Ms Emily Mottram, Acting Executive Director Inner Melbourne, Victorian Planning Authority (VIC)
  • Mr Michael Neustein, Director/Architect & Urban Planner/Designer, City Planning Works (NSW)
  • Mr Alistair Ray, Principal – Head of Urban Design , Jasmax (NZ)
  • Ms Caroline Stalker, Australasian Design Director (Urban), Principal, ARUP (QLD)
  • Prof Edward Sullivan, Portland University, Oregon (USA)

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Conference Snapshot 2018

Optional Tours – Wednesday, 14th of November 9:30am – 12:30pm

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

Registration Inclusions

  • 2-Day Conference Program
  • 8 Keynote Presentations
  • Over 60 concurrent presentations
  • Conference Exhibition
  • Gold Catering Package (morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea)
  • Exclusive Networking Function
  • Conference Handbook
  • Book of Abstracts (online)
  • Presenter Podcast of Each Conference Presentation
  • PowerPoint Slides of Each Conference Presentation
  • Conference App
  • CPD Points
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Special Accommodation Rates
  • Exposure for your Company

BONUS: Chance to win great prizes including a Conference Registration for the International Urban Design Conference 2019

11th International Urban Design Conference
12 - 14 November 2018

2017 Highlights

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2017 Featured Speaker Highlights

James Tuma – Shaping Australian Cities: Driving Global Competitivemess through Strategy and Design

Stephen Yarwood – The Conversation We Need to Have About Urban Disruption and Change

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