Emily Harrod standing in city laneway

Emily Harrod

Senior Planner

Emily Harrod

Senior Planner


Emily comes to Hansen Partnership having graduated with First Class Honours from RMIT in 2016 and with a solid background in private practice.

With her sound client relationship management skills and ability to write concise and accurate statutory planning reports as well as assist with VCAT planning expert evidence statements for small, medium and large scale residential, mixed use and commercial developments, Emily is a highly valued member of Hansen Partnership’s busy planning team.

Emily’s passion for planning is centred on the opportunity to provide positive environments for people, housing affordability and projects that have, at their heart, a social conscience.


Contact Emily Harrod
  • development and land use applications
  • project management
  • statutory planning risk assessment
  • affordable housing
  • urban design review and advice
  • planning scheme amendments

Brendon Burke

Senior Landscape Architect

Brendon Burke

Senior Landscape Architect


With a multidisciplinary background in urban design and landscape architecture, Brendon has over three years professional experience working as a Landscape Architect with Hansen Partnership.

His broad understanding of landscape architecture, urban planning and urban design delivers added depth to projects from site investigation – including history, form and character – through to design.

Brendon is involved in a variety of landscape architecture projects from concept design through to documentation, master plans, framework and structure plans, visual assessments, 3D models and visualisations.


Contact Brendon Burke
  • landscape concept design
  • design development and construction documentation
  • plant selection and identification
  • residential streetscape design and subdivision design
  • masterplanning
  • 3D modelling/visualisation and photomontage
  • photography
  • urban context assessment
  • urban design frameworks/structure plans
  • GIS data analysis and production (Mapinfo, QGIS)
  • graphic production (Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, Sketchup)
Dave Witty standing in a city laneway

Dave Witty

Senior Planner

Dave Witty

Senior Planner


Dave joined Hansen Partnership after completing a Masters of Urban Planning and Environment at RMIT in 2016.

With seven years’ experience as a media and communications professional for local government in both Melbourne and regional Queensland, Dave’s interest in planning was piqued while working alongside the strategic planning team at Hobsons Bay City Council on a number of community consultations.

As well as enjoying the investigative element underpinning town planning assessments, Dave relishes the challenge of distilling complex information into concise reports.

Dave’s experience across these sectors combined with his clear and concise communications style makes him a highly valued member of our busy planning team.


Contact Dave Witty
  • development applications
  • land use applications
  • statutory planning risk assessment

Pat Iwanyshyn

Senior Urban Designer

Pat Iwanyshyn

Senior Urban Designer


Pat is a Master’s qualified town planner and urban designer with experience across a range of projects in Victoria and South Australia.

He has had a leading role in the preparation of planning and design projects in both the public and private sector. This background provides Pat with a strong basis for understanding the drivers of growth and change.

Pat’s multi-disciplinary background in planning and urban design ensures the delivery of comprehensive and well-informed projects. His skills in a range of digital software give him the tools to analyse and understand the urban environment.

He has been involved in a number of planning and urban design projects including structure plans, visual assessments, urban design assessments, planning applications, development plans and expert evidence.


Contact Pat Iwanyshyn
  • urban design
  • masterplanning
  • strategic planning
  • statutory planning
  • site redevelopment
  • sustainable development
Joel Schmetzer standing in city laneway

Joel Schmetzer

Senior Planner

Joel Schmetzer

Senior Planner


Joel is a Masters qualified urban planner who brings to Hansen a solid knowledge base, with a strong theoretical foundation and practical understanding of planning. This has been honed through his management of a diverse range of strategic and statutory projects for both public and private clients.

Joel has a particularly keen interest in the intersection of urban settlements and the wider natural environment, and ensuring this relationship is managed in sustainable and innovative ways. His passion for planning is derived from a desire to create sustainable settlements and embed climate resilience within communities.

By utilising his strong critical and analytic skills, Joel brings this passion to strategic projects, which to date have involved a range of strategies, structure plans, township plans, character studies, and research-based projects such as discussion papers and policy reviews.

Joel’s exceptional ability to interpret policy and communicate detailed arguments has also been a vital asset for achieving successful outcomes across a range of residential, commercial, and industrial planning applications, and VCAT appeals in both urban and rural contexts.


Contact Joel Schmetzer
  • strategic planning
  • research and policy review
  • development and land use applications
  • statutory planning risk assessment
  • community engagement and consultation
Rui Liu standing in city laneway

Rui Liu

Senior Landscape Architect

Rui Liu

Senior Landscape Architect


Rui is a Senior Landscape Architect at Hansen Partnership with over two years professional practice working on a variety of projects in Victoria and New South Wales.

Rui’s professional experience includes delivering conceptual designs through to design development and documentation with projects ranging from master plans to public domain, commercial landscapes, residential developments and vegetation management plans.

Rui believes in taking an intelligent, innovative and site specific approach to each project to preserve and accentuate the unique characteristics of each site while making a positive contribution to the identity and functionality of a community within a broader context.


Contact Rui Liu
  • open space and recreational design
  • town centre master plans
  • residential estates
  • commercial landscapes
  • design and documentation
  • design management
James Kelly standing in city laneway

James Kelly

Senior Urban Designer

James Kelly

Senior Urban Designer


James is a graduate of the Masters of Urban Design program at The University of Melbourne. His training has consisted of urban planning and design studies in both the Australian and international context. Professionally, he has had roles assisting and leading the preparation of planning and design projects in both the public and private sector.

James’ work experience covers a scope of design projects spanning residential, mixed use, retail, community and the public realm. He has also undertaken a number of urban context analysis projects as well and landscape and visual impact assessments.

James’ work is driven by a multidisciplinary, analytical approach and the motivation to create quality places for people to inhabit, visit and move through.


Contact James Kelly
  • urban design
  • masterplanning
  • place making
  • strategic planning
  • infrastructure
  • commercial and retail
  • residential redevelopment
  • site redevelopment