Dr Dominique HesDr Dominique Hes

has  degrees in science, engineering and a Phd in architecture, she is the author and editor of 6 books and over 100 papers and reports. She has been leading the Place Agency project funded by the Myer Foundation with the aim to increase the student and industry capacity to carry out placemaking to support a thriving Australia. She has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education and building industries in the fields of sustainability, regenerative development, systems thinking, environmental issues, placemaking and project management. She is the winner of a national teaching award and the 2015 Bob Brown Deni Greene Sustainability professional of the year award.


Mr Malcolm Middleton OAM LFRAIAMalcolm Middleton

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.


Mr Michael MyerMichael Myer

After a career as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist Michael’s professional ambition is to create places that matter for the owners and the world where biodiversity is honoured and cultural heritage respected. Places where design excellence meets sustainability. Where engineering helps make the planet habitable and uplifting. Where we learn to build a better world. Making peace with the planet. Using his knowledge of people investment development and design.


Ms Brooke WilliamsBrooke Williams

draws on her cross-disciplinary combination of urban design, event management and placemaking skill sets to facilitate collaborative-city making processes. Brooke leads the Queensland CoDesign Studio team who have delivered award-winning projects with self-sustaining outcomes. Brooke is passionate about creating connected and engaged communities that are more resilient in times of adversity.  She advocates for community-led placemaking practices to cultivate an adaptive mindset and give citizens a purpose of action.

Facebook/Instagram/LinkedIn: @codesignstudio


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Dr Sebastien DarchenDr Sebastien Darchen

holds a PhD in Urban Studies. His research interests centre on the political economy of the built environment with a focus on urban regeneration. In 2019, he published Global Planning Innovations for Urban Sustainability as the main editor with Routledge. He has been teaching in the UQ Planning Program since 2011.

Twitter: @Darchen2


Ms Laurel JohnsonLaurel Johnson

is an urban and social planner who both manages her own consultancy service and works as an academic in the UQ urban planning program. Laurel designs innovative, award winning course for UQ's undergraduate urban and regional planning program. In 2018, she designed and delivered the two inaugural placemaking studios that were undertaken by over 100 students. Laurel is a member of the Queensland Government Housing Supply Expert Panel where she provides advice to the State on social and spatial planning matters for residential development in south east Queensland. Laurel is also a member of the Inala Community Hub Management Committee. Her research interests centre on social justice in Australian cities, particularly resolving transport disadvantage in outer suburban areas.


Ms Stephanie WyethStephanie 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.

Twitter: @stephwyeth

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