Australian Placemaking Summit 2024

1-2 May 2024
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC

SPEAKERS

Jennifer Cook |
Jennifer Cook

Director NSW and QLD Village Well

Mike Fisher |
Mike Fisher

Place and City Transformation Manager Christchurch New Zealand

Chris Titford
Chris Titford

Programme Manager Place Activation and Placemaking Te Wharau o T?maki, Auckland Council

Malcolm Snow |
Malcolm Snow

Chief Executive Officer City Renewal Authority - ACT Government

Arturo Ruiz |
Arturo Ruiz

Head of Placemaking City of Boroondara

Callan Cameron |
Callan Cameron

Director propella.ai

Associate Professor Janet McGaw
Associate Professor Janet McGaw

Associate Professor in Architectural Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning University of Melbourne

Andrew Coward
Andrew Coward

Co-Founder/ Director - Reactivate Consulting Chair ULI Australia Sydney District Council

Dr. Simona Castricum |
Dr. Simona Castricum

Architecture & Music Naarm - Melbourne

Andrew Hoyne |
Andrew Hoyne

Principal/Founder Hoyne

Ian Dryden |
Ian Dryden

Principal - Industrial Design City of Melbourne

Ella du Plessis |
Ella du Plessis

Place Making and Urban Design Program Leader Logan City Council

Stephen Burton
Stephen Burton

Design Director POMO

Emile Rademeyer
Emile Rademeyer

Executive Director, Creative Strategy VANDAL

Angela Koepp
Angela Koepp

Principal Urban Solutions HATCH

Jennifer Neales |
Jennifer Neales

Place Manager - Economic Development and City Planning Branch, Logan City Council

Jessica Christiansen-Franks
Jessica Christiansen-Franks

CEO and Founding Director Neighbourlytics

Tim Hunt
Tim Hunt

Melbourne Lighting Leader ARUP

Jason Tamiru
Jason Tamiru

Yorta Yorta

Marti Fooks |
Marti Fooks

Director FOOKS Landscape Architecture

Dr Louise Grimmer
Dr Louise Grimmer

Senior Lecturer in Retail Marketing College of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania

Michael Stott
Michael Stott

Head of Cities and Places DBI

Heath Gledhill |
Heath Gledhill

Global Capability Leader Integrated Design Aurecon

Dr. Sarah Barns
Dr. Sarah Barns

Co-Founder and Director ESEM Projects

Jennifer Cook

Jennifer Cook

Director NSW and QLD, Village Well

Jennifer Cook has been creating magnetic places and experiences for over 20 years.  As a former city marketer, festival director and now commercial place strategist, she brings a holistic approach to creating high performing, future fit places that deliver enduring value for all stakeholders.
 
Jennifer’s experience encompasses high profile places across Australia and New Zealand, from retail icons such as Pacific Fair, Rundle and Queen Street Malls, to urban mixed use precincts such as Quay Quarter Sydney and Sydney’s Western Harbour.

She is a Director of Australia’s first placemaking consultancy, Village Well, a leading national and international voice in the creation of places that thrive and endure over the long term for over 30 years.

Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher

Place and City Transformation Manager, Christchurch New Zealand

Mike is the Place & City Transformation Manager at ChristchurchNZ and operates his own consultancy UrbanTacticians working with public, private and not for profit partners across the globe. He previously established Riverside Market in Christchurch, was the Manager of City Planning & Development and Placemaking Coordinator at the Adelaide City Council and the Team Leader Urban Regeneration at the Christchurch City Council.

Mike has qualifications in planning and sustainable development from Imperial College in London and Massey University in New Zealand.  Mike is an adjunct senior fellow at the University of Canterbury and is a regional leader for PlacemakingX. Mike is a member of NZ Urban Design Forum and was formally the chair of Te P?tahi - The Christchurch Centre for Architecture and City Making.

Chris Titford

Chris Titford

Programme Manager Place Activation and Placemaking, Te Wharau o T?maki, Auckland Council

Chris Titford grew up in Tamaki Makaurau and is proud to be making in impact in the city centre in his current role of Programme Manager Place Activation and Placemaking, in the Development Programme Office at Auckland Council. He has over a decade of event and experience management in Auckland, Shanghai and Melbourne working across government organisations, entertainment groups, creative agencies, universities, and education networks. Chris is a believer in the power of place and the value of supporting communities to drive its development.

Malcolm Snow

Malcolm Snow

Chief Executive Officer, City Renewal Authority - ACT Government

Malcolm is one of Australia’s leading urban designers acknowledged for the breadth of his professional experience and advocacy for making better cities. With qualifications in urban planning and landscape architecture, he has led major city revitalization programs in Australia, Asia, and the United Kingdom both as a consultant and an advisor to all spheres of government. 

In a career spanning 48 years Malcolm has (with others) been the recipient of more than twenty-eight state and national level awards for design and management excellence including the Australia Award for Urban Design four times.

He has held senior executive roles in both the private and public sectors including numerous Board directorships. Before joining the City Renewal Authority as its inaugural CEO in mid-2017, Malcolm was a National Director of international consulting firm Urbis. He is the former Chief Executive of both the National Capital Authority in Canberra and South Bank Corporation in Brisbane and was for a decade, the Head of Design for the City of Melbourne.

Arturo Ruiz

Arturo Ruiz

Head of Placemaking, City of Boroondara

Arturo is an architect and urban designer with over 15 years of experience shaping cities and public spaces. His journey spans from vibrant southern Spain to influential roles in Australia’s local governments. As the Coordinator Placemaking at City of Boroondara’s City Futures department, Arturo currently leads a skilled team of design professionals, spearheading city-shaping strategies to create highly liveable public places and spaces that enhance urban life for all.

 

Callan Cameron

Callan Cameron

Director, propella.ai

Callan is a Director of propella.ai, a PropTech company delivering customer and location intelligence insights for placemakers, property owners and developers, and all levels of government in Australia.
Drawing upon decades of property and placemaking experience at Macquarie Bank, Charter Hall and Walker Corporation, Callan works with the team of data scientists and engineers at propella.ai to generate new insight into how places are being used, when and by who. Understanding your customer is fundamental to successful placemaking outcomes, so propella.ai deliver a unique combination of psychographic, demographic, home location and human movement data to inform and support placemaking and property strategies.
It’s just as important to understand the unique commercial ecosystem within which a place is located, so propella use proprietary datasets and methodologies to analyse the supply and demand of people, infrastructure and retail businesses within the catchment area, to make predictions on the type of amenity, services and experiences that will bring benefit to the community and help create sustainable retail businesses.
Over the last 5 years at propella.ai, Callan has delivered these human centric data insights on many of Australia’s largest and most complex office, retail, residential and mixed-use projects.

Associate Professor Janet McGaw

Associate Professor Janet McGaw

Associate Professor in Architectural Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne

Janet McGaw is an Associate Professor in Architectural Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. She is an award winning architect, a visual artist, and has a PhD by Creative Works. Janet's research work, teaching and creative practice investigate ways to make urban space more equitable and sustainable. She uses methods that are discursive, collaborative and sometimes ephemeral. Her current focus, in collaboration with Indigenous research partners, is exploring the relationship between 'place', identity and health. Janet is a member of the Working Group for the Yalinguth.

Andrew Coward

Andrew Coward

Co-Founder/ Director - Reactivate Consulting, Chair ULI Australia Sydney District Council

Andrew is an experienced placemaker, built environment strategist, and engagement specialist with over 15 years of experience working across Australia, South East Asia and Japan. With a focus on the nexus between place strategy and ‘real world’, on ground implementation, his consultancy works with a range of major Australasian development and funds management clients, local councils, state governments and community organisations to create thriving, successful destinations and vibrant, connected communities. Andrew is the Sydney District Council Chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a founding member of its Asia Pacific Placemaking Product Council, a member of the NSW Government’s 24-Hour Economy Advisory Group and was previously an advisory board member of the Design Futures Council in Australia. His consultancy recently won the Best Main Street Place Activation award in Australia as part of the 2023 Main Street Awards.

Dr. Simona Castricum

Dr. Simona Castricum

Architecture & Music, Naarm - Melbourne

Dr. Simona Castricum is an architecture worker, musician, and radio broadcaster working in Naarm—Melbourne on Wurundjeri land of the Kulin Nation. Her cross-disciplinary practice reimagines the tactile, virtual, and affective conditions within the realms of bodies, architecture, space, and politics. In architecture, Simona is a spatial design consultant developing design justice methodologies in research-led architectural design, history, and theory. Through her practice, D4TGD—Design for Trans and Gender Diverse, Simona consults with industry, governance and academia in gendered spatial design through research-driven advocacy. This fosters connections for trans communities to actively shape public and civic spaces according to their distinctive needs, aspirations, and connections to place, urbanism, and civic life.

Andrew Hoyne

Andrew Hoyne

Principal/Founder, Hoyne

Andrew Hoyne is the Principal of Place Visioning, Property Branding and Marketing agency Hoyne – which he founded in 1991.

His firm consults to major Australian, New Zealand and international asset owners, developers and local councils to create recognisable landmarks and destinations. These projects range from residential towers and master-planned communities to commercial developments, new mixed-use precincts, and even cities.

Andrew is a proponent of the categorical link between good placemaking and better social and economic outcomes.

This passion that has led him to write and publish The Place Economy; a three book series of world leading thought leadership which looks at best practice placemaking and property development. Andrew is a regular speaker at Australian and international conferences, including SXSW, TEDx, ULI USA, the International Place Branding Association, Place Leaders Association and Urbanity – in cities ranging from New York, Washington DC, Berlin, Dublin, Auckland and Singapore.

Hoyne have been pivotal in bringing a commercial lens to placemaking through their Place Visioning service, as well as creating world first services including their Placebook reports, High Street CRP program, Traderhood process and PropTech innovation called WellVal.

Ian Dryden

Ian Dryden

Principal - Industrial Design, City of Melbourne

Since completing his studies at Swinburne University, Ian Dryden has successfully worked with an assignment as Industrial Designer in the City Design Unit at the City of Melbourne.
 
His task since 1987 has been to program, design, implement and market street furniture and temporary facilities for the City. Ian's major task has been the design and coordination of the street furniture, temporary fixtures, kiosks, toilets, decorations, lighting systems and pedestrian information signage for the City's master plan. Ian's work has received both popular and professional recognition including an Artists and Industry Award in 1990. He is a contributing member of the City’s Design team, who has won AIA, AILA ,IES and Australian International Industrial Design awards for the cities projects.

Ella du Plessis

Ella du Plessis

Place Making and Urban Design Program Leader, Logan City Council

Ella du Plessis is leading the Place Making and Urban Design program at Logan City Council, which coordinates, prioritises and implements place making capital and non-capital projects and programs holistically to promote good urban design outcomes, develop and deliver a placed based program of centre activations, rejuvenate activity centres and support place based economic and community growth opportunities across the activity centres and Priority Development Areas in the City of Logan.
Ella is passionate about creating vibrant places and spaces with improved amenity for all people. With more than 20 years in private practice and over 10 years in local government she has extensive experience in the delivery of several award-winning place making capital works projects, community engagement events, statutory planning, strategic land use planning, urban design projects, policy formulation & delivery of community master and precinct plans in both Australia and South Africa.

Stephen Burton

Stephen Burton

Design Director, POMO

Stephen is the founder of POMO, a multi-awarded Creative Placemaking Design and Delivery practice. He is also the host of The Placemakers - a new podcast on Spotify that explores the ingredients that go into the making of successful public places. Stephen's professional practice threads layers of meaning, unearthed from people and places into a wide range of public realm design projects. He designs and delivers creative, bespoke outcomes, often made in collaboration with artists and makers, that tell the stories of communities and express the special qualities of place. The outcomes help to create rich, meaningful creative places which are deeply connected to and widely championed by the communities in which they exist. 

Emile Rademeyer

Emile Rademeyer

Executive Director, Creative Strategy, VANDAL

Emile Rademeyer is Executive Director, Creative Strategy at VANDAL in Sydney, Australia. As an international leader in digital placemaking, VANDAL transforms physical places and spaces with digital art, placemaking and experiences that change human behaviour

Named as Expert Partner in Digital Placemaking for the City of Sydney, Emile ensures VANDAL delivers the most innovative projects using moving image, sound, art, interactive and augmented reality experiences for public, commercial and retail environments. 

Highly motivated with excellent communication skills, Emile’s recognised talent earns international respect and he is regarded as one of Australia’s most prolific creative trailblazers.

Angela Koepp

Angela Koepp

Principal Urban Solutions, HATCH

Angela Koepp has been providing community and place- led design and activation for over 15 years.  Angela is a generalist who is uncompromising in her belief that the value of place is achieved through genuine listening and practical implementation with long term benefits.

Angela integrates her passion and experience in place, urban design, city- shaping and community engagement experience across Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, from large infrastructure projects to CBD and regional revitalisation to new communities.

She is a Principal at Hatch, a global practice creating Great Places and providing Urban Solutions from the ground up.

Jennifer Neales

Jennifer Neales

Place Manager - Economic Development and City Planning Branch,, Logan City Council

Jennifer is a Registered Landscape Architect and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects with over 30 years private and public sector experience in the delivery of award winning urban design and placemaking projects across Australia. Prior to joining Logan City Council she was the Asia Pacific Technical Director for both Landscape Architecture and Infrastructure with RPS Pty Ltd and led the urban design and precinct planning teams on many high profile infrastructure projects across Australia.
Jennifer combines key credentials and skills in project positioning, precinct planning, urban design, community engagement, stakeholder management and project delivery. The quality and depth of her creative design and communication skills has been recognised by many project awards and her election to significant industry leadership positions. She has a strong network of positive working relationships across government and private industry and is respected for her innovative ideas, collaborative design approach and strong presentation skills.
Over the past three years she has been responsible for the successful delivery of several award winning placemaking projects across the City of Logan.

Jessica Christiansen-Franks

Jessica Christiansen-Franks

CEO and Founding Director, Neighbourlytics

Tim Hunt

Tim Hunt

Melbourne Lighting Leader, ARUP

Jason Tamiru

Jason Tamiru

, Yorta Yorta

Jason Tamiru is a proud Yorta Yorta man passionate about his people and culture. He has worked with many of Melbourne’s most iconic performing arts companies, museums and festivals. As a producer he supports his people’s creativity by building frameworks that complement cultural expressions. Jason is influenced by anything and everything that stimulates his spirit and soul, and he works to inspire the same passion amongst his community and peers. He's worked at the MTC, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Malthouse Theatre, City of Yarra, Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sports and Recreation (MAYSAR), Melbourne Museum, North West Nations, and The Royal Botanical Gardens. He is a Creative Director of Yalinguth.

Marti Fooks

Marti Fooks

Director, FOOKS Landscape Architecture

Dr Louise Grimmer

Dr Louise Grimmer

Senior Lecturer in Retail Marketing, College of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania

Dr Louise Grimmer is one of Australia’s leading retail researchers, focusing on main streets and shopping precincts, regional and small city retailing, small stores and consumer shopping behaviour. Louise received a Fulbright Scholarship and is Senior Fellow of the Institute of Place Management in the UK. She has a PhD in retail marketing and a Master of Arts in Public Relations and Communications. Louise’s research is published internationally and she is regularly featured in the national media. She has worked as a national radio presenter for the ABC, a newsreader for Australian Radio Network, she is the ‘Retail Therapy’ columnist in TasWeekend and her book ‘Beautiful small stores of Tasmania’ is forthcoming. Louise also runs the retail consultancy ‘Shopology’ working with local government, trader associations and retailers to revitalise local shopping areas and make retail places great for everyone.

Michael Stott

Michael Stott

Head of Cities and Places, DBI

Heath Gledhill

Heath Gledhill

Global Capability Leader Integrated Design, Aurecon

A passionate integrated strategist committed to unlocking hidden value, overcoming financial and operational challenges and driving evocative yet practical solutions, Heath draws on his qualifications in both design, management and business, to drive successful project solutions. Heath brings to all project teams his experience in both the public and private sector. He utilises his broad knowledge by adapting to the multiple situations which complex and multi-disciplinary design generates on each project – understanding their respective agendas and sensitivities. He utilises his strong interpersonal and negotiation skills to ensure better collaboration and the successful delivery of projects. His success in assuring the client of a positive result is underpinned by a rigorous attention to detail, passion for delivery of project outcomes, together with excellent client relationship skills and organisation. Having spent much of his career on engaged with complex city shaping projects both Australia and internationally, Heath focuses on community-centred design and functionality, bridging the gap between engineering design, built form and the community, ensuring all design proposals are considerate of People, Movement and Place.

Dr. Sarah Barns

Dr. Sarah Barns

Co-Founder and Director, ESEM Projects

 

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