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Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel

The Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel is an advisory body that will provide the government with independent expert advice on the design of major infrastructure and urban planning projects across the state.

The panel provides a way for state agencies and local governments to obtain advice about best practice design and place-making to deliver better outcomes for Queensland communities.

The panel has a remit to provide advice on urban design, urban planning, engineering, commercial assessment, development economics, architecture and other built environment aspects in relation to major development and urban infrastructure projects.

The panel will be responsible for:

  • championing high quality architecture and urban design as a means of facilitating greater prosperity for the broader Queensland community
  • fostering a more holistic approach to best practice in place-making and land use and infrastructure planning
  • supporting economically sustainable, vibrant and adaptable urban places for people in Queensland.

The panel also has a remit to promote community and industry awareness of the nexus between superior urban design and economic advantage and to spread the message that ‘good design makes good business sense’.


State government agencies and local government stand to benefit significantly by involving the Urban Design and Places Panel, particularly in the early stages of project development and delivery.

Benefits include:

  • leveraging maximum value and return from infrastructure and urban development projects by obtaining advice on procurement processes and project risks
  • ensuring government policy on urban design and planning is adequately and appropriately considered in relation to supporting economic growth
  • the ability to mobilise a team quickly to provide the highest level of specialist advice and development-oriented expertise to Government agencies and local government.


The panel is chaired by the Queensland Government Architect, Mr Malcolm Middleton, whose professional experience as an urban designer and architect is recognised nationally.

Other panel members include:

Emma Appleton

Ms Appleton is a landscape architect and experienced urban designer with more than 18 years' experience in the industry. She has worked in both Australia and the United Kingdom and has worked for the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.

Marcus Brown

Mr Brown is an urban economist with more than 17 years' experience and has provided advice for a range of demographics, including indigenous and remote communities, rural towns, provincial cities and metropolitan areas.

Catherin Bull

Professor Bull is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Melbourne and has led national and international consultancies in landscape architecture and urban design. She has published two books and was awarded the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to landscape architecture and urban design. She has recently been appointed as the new Chair of South Bank and also serves on the Building Queensland board.

Cathryn Chatburn

Ms Chatburn is an award-winning urban designer with more than 23 years of practice in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has worked on a diverse range of projects for both the public and private sectors and now runs her own consultancy.

Peter Edwards

Mr Edwards is an architect who has spent the past twenty years working in large multi- disciplinary design firms and has led the design of many award winning urban design projects. He is now a co-founder and director of a Brisbane-based architecture firm and more recently has led work on the master-planned Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games athletes' village.

Leisl Harris

Ms Harris' 25 years' experience in town planning, design and development has seen her work on a variety of complex infrastructure assets and precincts. Her key areas of expertise are civic and social infrastructure, precinct creation and implementation and developing partnerships between public and private entities.

Chris Isles

Mr Isles is a town planner with more than 15 years' experience in the planning and development industry. He is currently the vice president of the Urban Development Institute of Australia in Queensland and has an excellent understanding of project feasibility, construction and market conditions.

Richard Kirk

Mr Kirk is one of Queensland's most renowned architects with more than 25 years' experience and the outgoing president of the Australian Institute of Architects. After graduating with first class honours he went on to establish his own practice which has become a leader in designing quality architectural outcomes for complex building types on landmark sites.

Leah Lang

Ms Lang was recently appointed Gold Coast City Architect, having worked in the industry for more than 20 years in award-winning practices in the United Kingdom, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Helen Lochhead

Ms Lochhead is an architect and urban designer who has worked in the public and private sectors in Australia and the United States for more than 25 years. Her career has focussed on the inception, planning, design and delivery of complex large-scale projects and programs. A recent Loeb fellow at Harvard, she is now a Dean of the School of Build Environment at the University of New South Wales.

Toby Lodge

Mr Lodge is a town planner who has been working in urban renewal, transit orientated development and urban infill growth management for nearly 20 years. He has worked on a range of major master planning projects across Australia and the United Kingdom, including the Gold Coast Light Rail and Moreton Bay Rail Link projects.

Michael Rayner

Mr Rayner is one of Queensland's leading architects who has won several Australian and international design awards and designed many of the state's significant public buildings. Born in Sydney, he graduated a Bachelor of Architecture with first class honours in 1980 and after 10 years moved to Brisbane.

Martin Reason

Mr Reason has worked the public and private sectors as a town planner for the last 20 years. He has worked in urban, regional and infrastructure planning and urban design in Australia, the United Kingdom and China.

Peter Richards

Mr Richards is an architect with a master's degree in urban design and is highly respected across the industry for his strategic thinking and design leadership. He has worked on a wide-range of projects, from housing and complex public buildings to neighbourhoods, town design and planning for new cities.

Bridget Smyth

Ms Smyth has more than 25 years' experience as an urban designer and is currently the director of design for the City of Sydney. She has worked on major public domain and infrastructure projects in Australia and the United States, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Caroline Stalker

Ms Stalker is an architect with nearly 30 years' experience and is committed to creating engaging places for people to enjoy. She is well-regarded for her collaborative design facilitation, master planning of town centres, new towns, universities and schools, and detailed design and delivery of public spaces, buildings and housing.

Stuart Vokes

Mr Vokes is a multi-award-winning architect and co-director of a Brisbane-based architectural practice that specialises in boutique residential, commercial and institutional projects, along with furniture design and teaching. He has worked in the industry for more than 20 years.

Nathalie Ward

Ms Ward is a landscape architect who has been involved in the design and implementation of major public realm and infrastructure projects, parks, commercial developments, residential and land rehabilitation projects for the last 23 years. She has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong and is passionate about creating meaningful places that contribute to the sustainable future of our cities.

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