By 2038, the population of South East Queensland is expected to grow to over 5.0 million people. How will this impact on how we move, live and work in the middle and outer suburbs? How will urban planners, designers, community builders and city managers respond?

The Placemaking Summit offers you a unique opportunity to engage with leading policy-makers, industry leaders, community builders, entrepreneurs and designers, build your personal and professional network, gain actionable insights on what it takes to deliver great places in the suburbs, and learn why this is critical for Brisbane and South East Queensland’s future.

Through a series of interactive sessions you will gain new knowledge on how change is impacting the suburbs. This day-long event is a must for those interested in shaping Australian cities and communities.

The Summit kicks-off a series of events and engagement opportunities being completed by the University as part of the Placemaking Sandbox Project, funded by The Myer Foundation.

Download the Summit program (PDF 161KB). 
The program is subject to change. Last updated on 22 November 2018.


Introducing our speakers


Dr Elin Charles-Edwards

is a population geographer with a love of data, maps, and the insights these generate. Her research focuses on migration and mobility as well as understanding the changes these bring to cities and regions. Elin is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and Research Fellow at the Asian Demographic Research Institute, Shanghai University. She is interested in discovery, debate, and solutions to tricky problems.

Twitter: @elinched


Malcolm Middleton OAM LFRAIA

was appointed as Queensland’s Government Architect in July 2011 and in this role, he is an advocate for the recognition of the value to all projects through well considered design processes. He came to Brisbane in 1981 and prior to his appointment as Government Architect had been a private practitioner for almost thirty years. He undertakes design reviews for projects across many areas of government and chairs the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel.


Dr Michael Kane

is the Director Innovation and Economic Strategies at Economic Development Queensland (EDQ). Michael’s role is to support EDQ’s innovative planning and development initiatives relating to smart cities, sustainable energy/water, housing, knowledge economy and future transport. Michael has worked with EDQ (and Urban Land Development Authority) since 2009 in sustainability, innovation and strategy advisory roles.


John Mongard

is principal of John Mongard Landscape Architects (JMLA), a Brisbane-based practice focused on collaborative place making. John specialises in planning and implementing complex public space projects which highlight local culture and broad community interactions. One of John’s signature projects is The Ecovillage at Currumbin which is one of Australia’s first commercially sustainable ecovillages.


Leah Lang

is a registered architect with 20 years’ experience, nationally and internationally, in architecture, urban design and project management of residential, commercial, healthcare, retail and industrial projects. Leah is committed to advocating and facilitating excellent design and Heritage outcomes in our City.  She is a member of the Queensland Government Urban Design and Places Panel and for 3 years has been chair / member of the Gold Coast Northern Rivers Awards jury. 


Nigel Chamier AM

is Chairman of the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland, Chairman of Oxley Creek Transformation Pty Ltd, Director of Queensland Airports Limited, Director Brisbane Urban Futures and Director South Bank Corporation. Nigel was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1994 for services to the property industry and in 2016 was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to economic development programs and the preservation of historic buildings. 


Bruce Harper

is responsible for managing AVID Property Group’s interests in Queensland. Bruce has a 35 year career in property development holding senior roles in both the public and private sectors. He has a particular focus on large scale greenfield projects and has been involved in designing, managing and delivery of some of Australia’s iconic projects such as Golden Grove, Mawson Lakes and a range of other projects across New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.


Dr Alan Fitzpatrick

has held numerous key leadership roles within the property industry and various businesses for more than 20 years. He is a successful developer of residential and commercial property throughout Queensland. He is a co-founder and director of Firefly Funds Management whose purpose is to provide a select group of investors the opportunity to participate alongside Alan in the direct ownership of quality investment opportunities.

Twitter: #evertonplaza


Peter Kelly

is a skilled communications consultant with 25 years’ experience. As the leader of Three Plus’ development and infrastructure division he consults to both the private and public sectors. He is adept at creating and informing broad communications programs as well as developing and delivering comprehensive community engagement strategies. Peter is a Committee for Brisbane Management Committee member and the Chair, Events sub-committee.


emma griffithsEmma Griffiths

It’s the issues affecting everyday people that Emma Griffiths seeks to unveil as host of ABC Radio Brisbane’s Focus program. From opinions on federal politics, behaviour in the workplace, to balancing your needs with those of your family and employers, Emma keeps the lines open to Brisbane listeners for their stories, experiences, and questions. Emma was the ABC’s Moscow correspondent for a turbulent four years from 2004, and has been state and federal political reporter in Queensland, New South Wales and Canberra.


robert pekinRobert Pekin

is a Systems Entrepreneur based in Salisbury for the past 14 years. His work is focused around place based solutions to transform food and agriculture globally. Robert is a former 4th generation organic dairy farmer, aircraft engineer and over the last 20 years has been innovating and evolving the concept of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). In 2004 he founded Food Connect, a dynamic multifarmer food distribution enterprise with an innovative community-based distribution system. 


Stephanie Wyeth

is an urban planner who specialises in ensuring the social dynamics of cities and communities are embedded in planning and design processes. With over 20 years in social planning and policy roles with property, government and university sectors, Stephanie’s most recent work has been with public and private sector education providers where she has led strategic engagement and community consultation programs which will deliver new knowledge precincts with authentic child and youth-centric experiences within a broader city-shaping, knowledge and economic agenda.  


Date 27 November 2018
Time 8.30am for a 9am start; 4pm finish (Download the full program via the above link)
Venue UQ Business School Executive Venue, Level 1, 293 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000 (map)
Refreshments Tea and coffee upon arrival, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.
Cost $150 per person (a limited number of free tickets is available for UQ students)


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About UQ Placemaking Events

The UQ Placemaking events offer unique opportunities to engage with leading policy-makers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs and designers, build personal and professional networks, gain actionable insights on what it takes to deliver great places in the suburbs, and learn why this is critical for Brisbane and South East Queensland’s future.

This series of events and engagement opportunities is part of the Placemaking Sandbox Project, funded by The Myer Foundation. The project and the associated events are led at UQ by Dr. Sébastien Darchen, Laurel Johnson, Prof. Neil Sipe and Stephanie Wyeth. 



Cost: $150 per person
A limited number of free tickets is available for UQ students.

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