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Urban design

Our approach to urban design stems from a profound interest in exploring and understanding the dynamic of how people experience our cities, towns, neighbourhoods and urban spaces. We are inspired by context – what is going on around a place – and finding the opportunities to create spaces and places that influence and inspire people.

What we do

Urban design plays a pivotal role in shaping urban form and spaces through the process of collaboration. We see ourselves as negotiators, applying our understanding of various stakeholder interests to identify and deliver creative and/ or innovative solutions that work. Our local and international relationships and track record across both the private and public sectors highlight our ability to offer balance, perspective and creativity.

At the core of our approach is a commitment to good design. We approach every project with fresh perspective and objectivity, developing a proactive, customised and personalised service to meet the individual and unique needs of a place. We pride ourselves on our reputation for delivering outstanding ideas with reliability and consistency.

We are regularly called upon by prominent global institutions and development bodies to provide urban management advice, applying our award-winning planning and design intelligence to international capacity-building projects, in particular throughout Asia.


Urban design services

Strategic urban design

We examine how spaces function and define achievable paths for sustainable evolution. Our track record includes award-winning design frameworks and structure plans for regions, cities and townships, streetscapes, landscapes and public places. Our multidisciplinary approach, tapping into the full scope of our in-house planning and design expertise, ensures that design outcomes are place sensitive and consistently reinforce strategic goals.

Design reviews and advice

We have the in-house skills and experience to provide independent architectural built-form reviews of projects of varying scale, from single dwellings through to multi-level high density developments. Our assessments are based on a rigorous analysis of site and context, and the employment of universal urban design principles as a starting premise.  We often incorporate 2D sketch and massing diagrams as valuable visual aids and always consider a project’s three dimensional qualities as part of an assessment.

Expert witness

Our team of experienced professionals are highly respected for their integrity and expertise in the fields of urban design, visual impact assessment and site planning. We have a reputation for providing the very best independent opinion as expert witnesses across a range of jurisdictions, including the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and Planning Panels Victoria for more than 15 years.

Urban design projects

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