A Global Platform for Urban Design, Development & Growth

International Urban Design Conference postponed until 2021



The Association for Sustainability in Business hosts the International Urban Design Conference.

In its 13th year, the conference continues to attract a range of global designers, developers and principals.

This is a platform for like-minded to create diverse, resilient cities and engaged, active communities.

Join us in 2020 as we embark on our conference theme, Future Proofing Our Cities Through Diversity & Resilience.


Associate Director Urbanism, McGregor Coxall (NSW)

An urban designer and master planner, Dajon has an innate appreciation for the urban landscape and its historical development. Throughout his 20+ year career, he has built an extensive portfolio, creating urban visions; city strategies; urban master plans; renewal plans, and Brown- and Greenfield plans in Australia, the Middle East, China, India and the Netherlands.

With a love of architecture and travel, Dajon’s passion lies in the cities he experiences and the variation of urban places. This passion for place, and his ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams towards a shared vision, enables Dajon to help define cities both here and abroad through intelligent design that amplifies life on every level.

Prof Edward Sullivan

Professor, Portland University Oregon, (USA)

Edward J. Sullivan teaches Planning Law at Portland State University, Lewis and Clark Law School and Willamette University College of Law.  He is a member of the American Planning Association’s Legislative and Policy and Amicus Curiae Committees, co-authors a monthly column on planning law for the Portland Daily Journal of Commerce, and is the author of more than 60 law review articles relating to constitutional, administrative and planning law.  Mr. Sullivan is a retired partner in a Pacific Northwest law firm and is a former chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of State and Local Government Law.

Mr Geoff Barker

Managing Director, PM+D ARCHITECTS P/L (WA/NT

Geoff Barker is a registered architect with more than 30 years’ experience in providing services to regional and remote parts of Australia – and overseas including East Timor – involving him in; a diverse range of architectural projects, planning, housing, community engagement, community development and research.

He has a particularly interest in working collaboratively with like-minded people incorporating an holistic approach to project development and design, including a stakeholder engagement methodology that places participants as partners in the process, all of which enhance the potential to deliver a broad range of direct and indirect outcomes attuned to the project context and the special requirements of users, clients and service agencies.

Director of Urban Programmes, University of Auckland (NZ)

Lee is an urban designer and urban planner with 25 years’ professional experience. He has qualifications in urban planning, urban design, and environmental science. Lee is currently a Deputy Head of the School of Architecture and Planning and the Director of the School’s Master of Urban Design Programme. He specialises in urban design, urban planning policy development and implementation, growth management, economic development and housing issues.

Lee’s research interests include urban design, urban planning and urban design policy development, implementation and evaluation. He is currently involved in a number of research projects considering urban design implementation and growth management issues and the role urban design panels in a range of Pacific Rim (Australasian and North American) new world cities.

Lee is actively involved in the urban design and urban planning professions in New Zealand. He is a rotating Chair of the Auckland Council’s Urban Design Panel, an Auckland Council and Queenstown Lakes Independent Hearing (Planning) Commissioner and a secretary of the Urban Design Forum (NZ).


Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Design Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney

Professor John Sheehan AM LFAPI FRICS MPIA(Fellow) MRTPI is a respected Australian polymath covering the disciplinary and professional areas of property economics and compensation, land use planning, urban studies and environmental law. He is the former Deputy Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Complex Real Estate Property Rights (now defunct) and currently Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He is also contracted to undertake property rights-related publishable research as Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland.

In 2017, Professor Sheehan was also contracted for 5 years as Guest Professor to the Institute for Economic and Environmental Policy (IEEP) in the Faculty of Social and Economic Studies at Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic as part of a European Commission funded COST Action Project on climate change-driven flood retention on private land.

Professor Sheehan also has a quasi-judicial background firstly as a previous Member of the Land Tribunal of Queensland for a term of five years, and subsequently appointed for two annual terms as an Acting Commissioner in the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales (which sits in equal status to the Supreme Court).

In 2003, at the suggestion of the (then) Deputy Prime Minister the Hon.John Anderson, Professor Sheehan was appointed the independent Chair of the Project Advisory Committee Water Property Titles Program, Land and Water Australia, which was a research project funded by the Commonwealth Government to define a water titling system for Australia. Subsequently in 2017, he was nominated by the Governor-General as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). 

Director, Jensen PLUS

Michael is the Director of Jensen PLUS, a planning, landscape architecture, urban design and social planning consultancy based in Adelaide, South Australia.  He is a leading urban designer and planner, with wide experience across the development industry and public sector.  

In late 2019 Michael was awarded Planner of the Year, South Australia by the Planning Institute of Australia.


Professor of Landscape Architecture, People and Place, University of New South Wales

Linda Corkery is Professor of Landscape Architecture at UNSW in the Faculty of Built Environment.  Linda’s academic and professional activities focus on the planning and design of public landscapes and their social dimensions; provision of greenspace in high density cities; and planning and design for inclusive public spaces, particularly children and young people.

Her research and publications address the role of public open space and parklands as essential green infrastructure features that support urban ecologies and, in turn, human health and well-being. She is a Registered Landscape Architect and Director of Corkery Consulting, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and past AILA National President (2016-2018).

rachel cognan

CEO + Artistic Director, Design Canberra Festival (ACT)

Rachael Coghlan is CEO and Artistic Director of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, one of Australia’s leading creative centres for the development of visual art, craft and design. Rachael curates a vibrant program of exhibitions, residencies and cross-disciplinary collaborations including the DESIGN Canberra festival which attracted 114,000 people in 2019 (a record result). She gained her PhD from the Australian National University (where she is a visiting fellow), and for 20 years worked in leadership roles in national cultural institutions. 

Director, JUDD.Studio

Elisabeth is a qualified lawyer with a passion for cities, places, people and design. Working in federal lobbying, regional building industry representation and in ACT Government she has developed an insight into the issues impacting on the built environment and the pressures on providing affordable housing and inclusive cities. With a growing family, Elisabeth took the opportunity to start her own private practice. As a director of JUDD.studio, Elisabeth is able to apply her unique professional experience in the private and public sectors to influence contemporary urban policy and projects. She also specialises in stakeholder and community engagement. Currently completing a Master of Urban Policy Strategy, Elisabeth is also an independent member of the ACT City Renewal Authority Design Planning and Public Realm Committee, an interim member of the National Capital Design Review Panel and a Board member of the Canberra YMCA.


President, International Dark Sky Association Tasmania Inc

Landon Bannister has been working in the lighting industry for over 20 years. He is a passionate advocate of the important role light plays in influencing human health and emotion, and how this relates to the natural world.

He is a current Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia & New Zealand and sits on the local Chapter Management Committee where he is heavily involved in lighting education.

He is also President of International Dark- Sky Association Tasmania Inc. and a board member of the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance.

Menzies Institute for Medical Research, UTAS


Verity is a behavioural epidemiologist with a background in health promotion, and her main research interests are in understanding and promoting physical activity. Her work has focused on groups at risk of inactivity including women, those experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage and rural communities. She holds funding from the Heart Foundation and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Verity is Deputy Chair of the Tasmanian Premier’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee, is a member of Heart Foundation and NHMRC grant review panels and is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

RAIA, MPIA, AILA, Environment Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission (NSW), Adjunct Professor, UNSW Built Environment

roderick simpson

Roderick Simpson is an architect and urban designer. Prior to being appointed as the inaugural Environment Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission that is responsible for the strategic planning of the entire metropolitan region of Sydney, he was director of the Urban Design and Urbanism programs at the University of Sydney until 2016. His work has focused on sustainability since the early 1990s and more recently resilience. His current focus is to shift practice from planning’s narrow focus on transport and productivity to give equal importance to ‘blue and green infrastructure’ as a starting point. Rod is currently an Adjunct Professor at UNSW Built Environment is a Member of the AIA, AILA, and PIA and a Trustee of Sydney Living Museums.

Principal Advisor Urban Design, Urban Design Team, Christchurch City Council


For over twenty years Josie has sought to craft urban places that express local identity, support equity and reinforce the importance of the natural environment.

Following the Canterbury earthquake in 2011, Josie returned to the ever evolving city of Ōtautahi Christchurch where she is the Principal Urban Designer at Christchurch City Council.

Josie is a passionate advocate for urban design, Committee Member of the New Zealand Urban Design Forum, Recognised Practitioner of Urban Design (UK), Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and a qualified Landscape Designer.

Founder and CEO,  Old Ways, New

Lord Mayor Councillor,  City of Hobart

Anna was elected as an Alderman to the City of Hobart in 2014. She has had a diverse and interesting career, including establishing a regional community legal centre based in Cairns; running the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Parliamentary Liaison Office and Deputy Director of WWF International’s Global Climate Change Program.

In 2009, Anna took up a role as International Advisor for Senator Bob Brown where she researched and wrote policy on a wide range of international issues. Her most recent role was Chief Executive Officer for the Multicultural Council of Tasmania. As Lord Mayor, Anna is keen to focus on a range of topics including, affordable housing; climate change; active transport and protecting and promoting Hobart’s heritage.




  • $1,250 + GST

Basic Registration


  • Access to all presentation abstracts
  • Special accommodation rates
  • Downloadable conference program
  • Conference app access
  • Conference funding/approval application template
  • Connect with other delegates prior to the conference


  • 9 keynote presentations
  • Over 80 concurrent presentations
  • Gold catering package (morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea)
  • Exclusive networking function with live performers
  • Access to the exhibition area
  • Conference handbook
  • Conference app
  • Exposure for your company
  • 2021 conference launch offer
  • Chance to win great prizes including a conference registration for 2021 and sponsorship packages
  • Photo and interview opportunities
  • More networking opportunities than ever before
  • Unique touring options (additional cost)


  • CPD Points Certificate of Attendance
  • Access to the conference photo library
  • Post-conference outcome summary


  • $1,325.00 + GST

VIP Registration


  • Networking Function
  • Presenter Podcast of Each Conference Presentation
  • PowerPoint Slides of Each Conference Presentation


  • $99 + GST

E-Delegate Registration

  • Experience the 2020 International Urban Design Conference from the comfort of your home or office with complete online access to all conference audio recordings and PowerPoint slides for 30 days.
  • E-delegate access will be made available 72 hours after the conference has taken place, and will expire 30 days after access has been granted.
  • Options to extend access to resources will also be made available after 30 days.