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Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel

The Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel is a dedicated advisory body that provides 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.
  • 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
  • promoting 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.

This includes:

  • 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 will be chaired by the Queensland Government Architect, Malcolm Middleton, who has a distinguished career experience as an urban designer and architect in private practice and is recognised nationally. Nominations to appoint up to 30 members to be part of the 2019 expert panel for a term of two to three years have now closed. The new panel is expected to be announced later in 2019.

Terms of reference

Read the panel's Terms of Reference (PDF, 116KB).

Email the panel’s secretariat at further information or to seek the panel's advice.

Last updated 20 May 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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