Course details

Placemaking & Urban Design
One-Day Course

Date:       Tuesday 15 October, 2024
Time:       9:30am - 5:00pm
Location: TBC, Sydney CBD, NSW 

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Rhodes Central Shopping Centre by Billbergia

Placemaking should be a critical consideration in any development. When urban design is done well, it adds layers of interest and vitality to a project, produces healthy outcomes for users and residents, and creates a commercial edge in the marketplace. For developers, this distinguishes individual projects from competitors and translates to higher price points. It also enhances an organisation’s reputation in the community. 

*Speakers may be subject to change

The Concept of Placemaking & Government’s Approach
Stefan Meissner, Director Design, Ethos Urban

Place Visioning & The Market
Tom Payne, Partner | Place Strategy Director, Hoyne

Placemaking in Practice
Saul Moran, Development Director, Planning & Design, Billbergia 

Planning for People & Place
Sam George, Principal, Urban Design, Hatch RobertsDay

Making Place Happen
Brooke Wharton, A/Executive Director, Cities Revitalisation and Place, Cities and Active Transport, Transport for NSW

Healthy Places
Prof. Susan Thompson, Professor of Planning, UNSW and Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre

Reinforcing Place - A Case Study: Rouse Hill
David Moreton, Regional General Manager, The GPT Group


Everyone who seeks to deliver a quality urban outcome through development is encouraged to attend this course. This includes development managers, asset owners, town planners, architects, urban designers, landscape professionals, quantity surveyors, project managers, financiers, marketers and other industry professionals, whether working in the private sector or local government.


  • The theory of placemaking and successful place creation
  • Why urban design and placemaking needs to be on the agenda for any development
  • Practical steps for when and how to apply place thinking
  • The social and economic benefits that can be achieved
  • Regional and international best practice examples of creating value through place and urban design

Course Speakers

Stefan Meissner
Ethos Urban

Brooke Wharton
A/Executive Director, Cities Revitalisation and Place, Cities and Active Transport
Transport for NSW

Tom Payne
Place Strategy Director

David Moreton
Regional General Manager
The GPT Group

Sam George
Hatch RobertsDay

Saul Moran
Development Director
Planning & Design

Prof. Susan Thompson
Professor of Planning,
UNSW Associate Director,
City Futures Research Centre

*Speakers may be subject to change


Stephen McMahon
Director, Inspire Planning
UDIA NSW President (2020-2022)

Stephen McMahon is a recognised planning and urban development professional with 30 years broad ranging experience and expertise in the establishment and management of planning and development projects and teams. He has been a member of the NSW Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) for over 20 years and in 2010 he was elected Councillor and has been a member of Council Executive, Treasurer and Vice President. Between 2020 – 2022 Stephen was President of the Institute. He is also a Registered Planner and Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. More broadly, also Stephen sits on Sydney Water’s Customer and Community Reference Group, Jemena Gas Networks Customer Council and the NSW Department of Planning’s Better Places Advisory Group.

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Phone: 02 9262 1214
Address: Level 5, 56 Clarence St, Sydney