Adjunct Senior Teaching Fellow in Urban Planning and Design, University of Western Australia

I initially trained as an architect receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1980 (UWA). I have been a director of several international multi-disciplinary consulting firms. In 1991, I undertook masters-level studies in Urban Social Geography (UWA) which began my journey down the path of urban planning. I was awarded my PhD in 1996 (UWA) for my research into the composition and structure of expert design knowledge associated with the built environment. I have been involved now for 16 years on design review panels assessing the quality of proposed new major developments. My most notable major professional works include the design of several cities in China and writing an extensive sustainability guide for new development in North Africa. I have been president of the Council on the Ageing (WA) and Chair of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies (WA). I am also a past fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. I have been invited to present at many conferences on a wide range of topics including sense of place, housing for an ageing population and urban planing. Six years ago I was invited to teach urban planning and design at UWA in the School of Earth and Environment. My particular bias, with respect to my teaching, is to reinforce the concept that a sound understanding of human ecology and sociology is essential to delivering good urban planing outcomes. My research projects, undertaken by honours students, focus primarily on the sociological impacts of urban environments such as walkability, the perceived beauty of suburban streets, the role of urban parks, living in high-rise apartments, and the impacts of urban infill. In recent years I have focused my knowledge on publicly raising awareness about the poor planning of Australian cities and in doing so have gained extensive experience working with radio interviewers and writing newspaper articles. I now do a great deal of work helping community groups to combat poor planning in their suburbs.

Experience

  • –present
    Adjunct senior teaching fellow in urban planning and design, University of Western Australia

Education

  • 1996 
    University of Western Australia, Doctor of Philosphy