Conference Advisory Committee

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 Lee Beattie, Director of Urban Programmes, University of Auckland

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).

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 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)

Emily is passionate about urban renewal and has worked extensively in strategic planning and place-based partnerships. She holds a Master of Urban Regeneration and has delivered major renewal projects in the UK and Australia. Prior to joining the VPA Emily worked for the Department of Planning (DPCD, DTPLI and now DELWP) and was involved in the development of Plan Melbourne.

As a consultant in the UK, Emily provided advice to councils about public housing estate redevelopment and community infrastructure delivery. Emily’s focus at the VPA is on supporting the evolution of inner Melbourne.

Mr Michael Neustein, Director/Architect & Urban Planner/Designer, City Planning Works (NSW)

Originally trained as an architect, Michael gravitated to urban planning projects within five years of graduation. He was able to practise as both architect and urban planner, starting Neustein & Associates, now City Planning Works, over 30 years ago. Major projects have included the design reassessment of the suburb of Glenmore Park in western Sydney and the design of Melbourne’s Bayside development in what was the City of Port Melbourne. He has directed whole of local government area heritage studies, written development control plans, developer contributions plans and urban design studies. His architectural projects have included apartment buildings, social housing and residential aged care facilities. His most recent work has been to co-ordinate the design of a high density urban village development of over 4,000 apartments. His greatest passion is still for housing Australia’s rapidly growing population in liveable, connected and sustainable communities.

Michael is Vice Chairman of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies, NSW Division 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.

Ms Caroline Stalker, Australasian Design Director (Urban), Principal, ARUP (QLD)

Caroline is a highly skilled designer, communicator and leader of teams for complex urban design and master planning projects. Her career spans 30 years and a range of project types, including new communities, urban regeneration around transport hubs, city and town centres, universities, public spaces, public buildings, mixed use and multi-residential buildings. Throughout her career Caroline has demonstrated a sustained commitment to enhancing people’s connection to the natural world and each other through design, and an outstanding ability to take an holistic approach to the complex design problems of cities. This has been recognised over the years through numerous architecture and planning awards. Caroline is an Adjunct Professor, School of Design, QUT Creative Industries, and has served on and chaired awards juries in both architecture and urban design, and held advisory roles for government.

Prof Edward Sullivan, 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.