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Urban Design

Council is committed to upholding quality design and urban design principles in conjunction with our goal of protecting and enhancing our magnificent natural environment.

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City building seminars

Our Urban Design Seminars have undergone a transformation. These new seminars will showcase exemplar city building initiatives with incredible speakers from leading industry institutions.

These seminars are an approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity that will contribute one point to the annual CPD requirements set out by the Board of Architects Queensland, Planning Institute Australia, Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture and Engineers Australia.

2020 City Building Seminars

Waterfront cities - learnings for the Gold Coast

Adrian McGregor, Founder & Global Director, McGregor Coxall.

This seminar has been postponed as a precaution to minimise risks related to COVID-19.

Concluded City Building Seminars

View a list of previous City Building Seminars by year.


31 October 2019

What if we built the Gold Coast around places by Ethan Kent, Co-Director of PlaceMakingX and Senior Fellow of Project for Public Spaces, New York.

26 September 2019

Vertical Urbanism and the Liveable City by Barry Lee, Director, DBI and John Flynn, Director, Conrad Gargett.

29 August 2019

The Transformation of Central Melbourne by Leanne Hodyl, Managing Director and founder of Hodyl + Co.

25 July 2019

Creating Liveable Cities: Why the Urban Forest Matters and Best Practice Approaches by Dr Jenni Garden, Senior Ecologist | Senior Associate – Liveable Cities, Seed Consulting Services.

27 June 2019

Place-based Planning for the Greater Sydney Region by Stephanie Barker, Acting Executive Director, City Strategy, Greater Sydney Commission.

23 May 2019

'Indigenous sensibility and urban design' by Ros Moriarty, Managing Director, Balarinji and Co-Founder and Managing Director, Moriarty Foundation.

'Country and architecture through intercultural design practice' by Dr Shaneen Fantin, Director, People Oriented Design and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland and James Cook University.

21 March 2019

'Why do we need Water Sensitive Cities?' by Chris Tanner, Regional Manager (Qld), Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Adjunct Associate Professor, Advanced Water Management Centre, University of Qld and Dr James Davidson, Director, James Davidson Architect.


25 October 2018

'Green Grid: Rethinking the construct of an evolving city' by Nathalie Ward, Director, Lat27, Registered Landscape Architect and Fellow of The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (FAILA).

27 September 2018

'Cities facing water: prospects for urban development' by Professor Joerg Baumeister, Head of Griffith Architecture and SeaCities Leader at the Cities Research Institute.

30 August 2018

'Why Smart Cities might be so 2017 - and what this means for urban innovation' by Matthew Burke, Associate Professor, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University and Transport Academic Partnership Chair.

26 July 2018

'The Enlightened City' by Barrie Barton, Strategy and Insights Director, Right Angle Studio.

28 June 2018

'The Superlinear City: Why qualitative matters drive the economic performance of cities' by Bob Perry, Director and Scott Carver.

31 May 2018

'Tactics for transforming global cities' by Ludo Campbell-Reid, Design Champion and General Manager, Auckland Design Office, Auckland Council, New Zealand.

29 March 2018

'City of Change: Sports, Culture and Community on the Gold Coast' by Jesse Judd and Mark Raggatt, Directors, ARM Architecture.


Seminar eight - 2 November 2017

'Why 'density' is not a dirty word' by Nicki Hutley, Director and Chief Economist, Urbis.

seminar seven - 26 October 2017

'Nightingale: delivering the vision for future housing' by Jeremy McLeod, founding Director, Breathe Architecture.

Seminar six - 28 September 2017

'Cities, food and planning: should we be doing more to improve the security of food supply?' by Paul Burton, Director - Cities Research Institute, Griffith University, and Ian Sinclair, Principal/Consultant - Edge Land Planning.

Seminar five - 31 August 2017

'Planning and urban design addressing retirement affordability' by John Morwood, Associate - Bennett + Bennett and Phil Smith, Associate Director - Deicke Richards.

Seminar four - 27 July 2017

'Australian Institute of Architecture Awards program' by Alice Hampson, State Chair - AIA Architecture Awards 2017.

Seminar three - 14 June 2017

'Stronger smarter cities sooner' by John Batten, Global Cities Director – Arcadis.

Seminar two - 25 May 2017

'People, places and parking seminar' by Steven Burgess, Principal Consultant Regional Manager, MRCagney.

Seminar one - 27 April 2017

'Green Infrastructure' by Associate Professor Jason Byrne and Dr Tony Matthews, Griffith University.

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