brighid sammon wins PIA VIC young planner of the year
Hansen Partnership are delighted that our own Brighid Sammon was named “Young Planner of the Year” at the 2016 Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Victorian Planning Excellence Awards.
The annual PIA Awards for Planning Excellence demonstrate leading practice, leadership and achievement in planning and the planning profession. The Awards recognise excellence and showcase leading practice across a range of planning disciplines and sectors.
Brighid has made an invaluable contribution to the planning team at Hansen with her ‘can do’ approach, intelligence, creativity, energy and enthusiasm for all things Planning. She not only undertakes each task and project with equal determination, her enthusiasm in infectious and inspiring to those around her.
Her interest in social planning, particularly the delivery of affordable, environmentally sustainable and community focused housing, has seen her make a worthy contribution to the planning of a number of projects for Nightingale Housing, so far at 6 Florence Street Brunswick (Nightingale 1.0), 72a Station St Fairfield (Nightingale 2.0) and Nightingale 3.0, currently at preliminary design stage.
The boundless enthusiasm and professional intellect that Brighid brings to these projects, working collaboratively with architects and other design professionals, is redefining how medium scale residential and commercial projects can be approached to meet economic, sustainable and liveability objectives in our inner suburbs. Her direct involvement in developing and implementing the planning strategy for these projects has seen her extend her interest to volunteer work with Nightingale Housing in developing an enhanced understanding of affordable housing to assist the organisation with their advocacy at State government.
Brighid’s interest and involvement across all aspects of the workplace, actively exploring ways to improve processes within the planning team, her involvement externally in the committees for the Victorian Young Planners and the Women’s Planning Network, together with her volunteer work (in writing articles and assisting Nightingale Housing) as well as tutoring planning students at RMIT during first semester this year are testament to her attitude and professionalism. She brings a level of commitment and passion to every project or activity she pursues which belies her experience. As such, she is a remarkable role model for other young professionals.
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