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.

Dr Beau B. Beza, Course Director, Planning and Landscape Architecture Program, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University (VIC)

Within urban research Beau has three main areas of interest, all of which revolve around community action and their realisation of sustainable urban settings. These interests have allowed him to work in an professional and scholarly application of knowledge in Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, The United States, Norway, Mexico, Colombia, Nepal and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Currently, he is conducting research on community self-realisation of places and realising built projects post-natural disaster in Colombia and Nepal, respectively. His professional and academic knowledge base is derived from a landscape architecture degree achieved at the University of California (Davis), an urban planning master degree (University of Melbourne) and a PhD (architecture and design) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.*

*From UN Global Compact Cities Programme (

Mr Peter Edwards, Director Archipelago, Qld Urban Design and Places Panel, 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.

Peter is Director and co-founder of the Architecture and Urban Design practice – Archipelago. Archipelago provides architecture and urban design leadership in the shaping of Queensland’s cities.

Recent city shaping projects include the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct 2016 Masterplan and a new masterplan for Northshore Hamilton.

Peter combines work on major projects with key involvement in urban design professional bodies. He is regularly sort as a design team leader, public speaker, authors and facilitates design workshops, and continues to advocate publicly for better cities through urban design.

Peter is a TEDx Alumni, a member of the newly reformed Qld Urban Design and Places Panel and sits on a number of industry boards and panels.

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)

Michael graduated in Architecture from The University of Sydney and from the Master of Commerce program at UNSW.  He worked at first as an architect and then as an architect / urban planner before establishing Neustein & Associates (now Neustein Urban) in 1984. He has been involved in projects such as the design of the Glenmore Park suburb near Penrith NSW and Melbourne’s Bayside, heritage studies for whole local government areas and development control plans for housing, developer contributions and urban design.

Since  1984, Michael has directed Neustein Urban full range of architectural services for apartment buildings for private sector and social housing providers, residential aged care facilities and commercial buildings of up to $40 million construction value.  In 2005, he re-established Neustein Urban as a specialist urban planning and design practice.

Michael is currently Vice President and Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies and a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Mr Alistair Ray, Principal – Head of Urban Design, Jasmax (NZ)

Since 2008 Alistair has been the Head of the urban design team within Jasmax, New Zealand’s largest architectural practice, based in in Auckland, but working across New Zealand. Alistair is also a qualified planner, and has almost 25 years’ experience as an urban designer / urban planner from the United Kingdom and New Zealand, gained in both the public and private sector.

Alistair has a particular passion and interest in the residential sector, working on a number of high profile large scale residential developments, as well as providing advice to Auckland and Christchurch City Council on matters relating to density and intensification. He also sits on a number of working groups advising Auckland Council on strategic urban planning and design issues;  is a member of the Auckland Design Panel and a chair of the Hobsonville Point Design Panel; is on the National Committee for the NZ Urban Design Forum and is a part time senior lecturer for Auckland University’s Masters in Urban Design course.

Prof Edward Sullivan, Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University (USA)

Professor Edward J. Sullivan is Partner with the Portland office of Garvey Schubert & Barer. Prof. Sullivan has edited all five editions of the Oregon State Bar’s CLE publications on land use. He has been the associate editor of the Oregon State Bar’s Real Estate and Law Use Law Digest since 1979.
Ed specialized in land use law for over 45 years and is a retired owner who previously practiced in the Portland Office of Garvey Schubert Barer.  Before going into private practice, he served as assistant county counsel and county counsel for Washington County, Oregon, and as legal counsel to the governor of Oregon.

He is a member of the Executive Committee and serves as Secretary to the Council of the ABA section on State and Local Government Law. He is City Attorney for the Cities of Oregon, Island City, and Rivergrove and acts as special counsel for other local governments. Sullivan has degrees from St. Johns University, Portland State University, University College (London), and Willamette University School of Law

Ms Gay Williamson, Consultant, Research and guest lecturer at Canberra University (ACT)

Gay Williamson has held senior design positions in Local, State and Commonwealth Governments and has interspersed these sessions of public service working in private practice and teaching Landscape and Urban Design at Canberra University.  Gay has taken a leading role in Canberra’s planning and design. At the National Capital Authority she led design teams that successfully refurbished some of the nation’s iconic places, including Anzac Parade and the Parliamentary Zone Foreshore. With the ACT Government she led a team of team of architects, landscape architects, social scientists and environmental planers, all galvanized in the developing policy, plans and projects  that put people first and would create sustainable places, not more spaces, for the ACT.

Currently Gay is pursuing projects and research that will lead to ‘changing  the game’ and ramping up the pace for more sustainable change in our urban public spaces. She is concerned that until we ‘psychologically inhabit’ (reference from the Hon. Paul Keating and taken from his famous Redfern Speech !993) this continent our political, administrative and contractual processes will never lead to the creation of cities that enrich our environment, our lives and our emotional wellbeing.

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