The Excellent City Series: Designing Excellence


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Join us as we conclude ‘The Excellent City Series’ hosted by the City of Melbourne. 

 This event will reflect on the key themes explored in the series: 

·        Inclusivity and intersectionality (Designing Equity) 

·        Melbourne as an Aboriginal place (Design Yarning) 

·        Urban resilience in the context of the climate and biodiversity emergency (Designing Resilience) 

An interdisciplinary panel discussion will unpack the role of designers, planners, government and thought leaders in influencing a great design culture. The panel will also consider what design excellence looks like for Melbourne. 

 Speakers include: 

·        Nicholas Reece – Deputy Lord Mayor at City of Melbourne & Chair of the Design Excellence Advisory Committee 

·        Bridget Smyth – Director City Design at City of Sydney  

·        Daniel Soussan – Principal Planner at Tract & Technical Expert for Melbourne Design Review Panel 

·        Karen Alcock – Owner/Principal MAArchitects  

·        Georgia Birks – Associate Editor at Architecture Media  & Design Excellence Advisory Committee Member 

·        Karl Fender – Founding Partner at Fender Katsalidis Architects & Technical Advisor for Design Excellence Advisory Committee 

·        Philip Thalis – Principal at Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Planning 

·        Moderated by Jocelyn, Director of City Design at City of Melbourne

·        Series reflection from previous event moderators Ella Gauci-Seddon, Skye Haldane and Danielle Jewson  

The City of Melbourne’s Design Excellence Program reinforces the city’s commitment to enhance the function, liveability, sustainability and public contribution of our buildings and urban spaces. Further information on the Design Excellence Program can be found at the City of Melbourne website. 

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Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the people of the Eastern Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.