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Please join the Alumni Association for the University of Sydney’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning for an interactive panel discussion, Go West - Growing Western Sydney.

Greater Sydney is growing fast. Forecasts show an additional 1.7 million people are expected to reside in the region over the next twenty years. The NSW Government has identified Parramatta as our second CBD, providing opportunities to accommodate this growth through a sustainable decentralisation strategy.

This panel discussion, led by Fiona Larkin, Associate Director, Root Projects Australia, brings together several leading architectural and urban design professionals to discuss and debate how we can create thriving communities in Western Sydney.

PANELISTS:

Fiona Larkin, Associate Director, Root Projects Australia (Chair)
Fiona Larkin is architecturally trained with extensive experience in project management, strategic planning and feasibility, design management and contract administration, specialising in civic and educational infrastructure. Working for a leading advisory and project management company, Fiona has managed the strategic framework and preliminary business case for significant projects including the relocation of the Powerhouse to Parramatta, the masterplan for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Carriageworks at Eveleigh, the new Faculty of Medicine at UNSW, the Taronga Zoo Master Plan Implementation Strategy and the new inner Sydney high-rise high school.

Professor Edward Blakely, West-Central District Commissioner for the Greater Sydney Commission
Professor Blakely an internationally recognised leader in urban economic development and has been directly involved in strategic planning, financing and real estate development and project management for more than 30 years. In addition to academic roles at the University of Sydney, University of Southern California and New School University in New York City, Professor Blakely has an extensive record of public service including advising the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, state and federal governments in Australia and the United States, as well as governments in Korea, Japan, Sweden, Indonesia, New Zealand and Vietnam.

Kellie Payne, Studio Director, Bates Smart

Kellie Payne has led the Bates Smart Workplace Strategy team to the creation of some of the most innovative workplaces in Australia, driving strategic and cultural change for these businesses. Her passion is evidence based design, drawing on an extensive database to analyse, track and forecast innovations in design and strategy. Her current challenges include the relocation of the Department of Education to Parramatta - the largest single department relocation the NSW State Government has embarked upon. She also worked with Parramatta City Council to reinvent the way they service the community in the future Parramatta Square.

Andrew Cortese, Partner, Grimshaw Architects
Andrew Cortese is the joint Australian managing partner of the international architecture practice Grimshaw. He established the Sydney office in 2010.
Since graduating from the University of Sydney, Andrew has focused on the architecture and planning of cities, with leadership of state significant projects in transport infrastructure, sports, learning and major urban renewal initiatives. His current Sydney projects include award winning laboratories at UNSW, the CBD and South East Light Rail and major proposals for Martin Place, Central Station and the Opera House.
Andrew’s contribution to western Sydney began with the original competition winning proposal for Aspire Tower in Parramatta. His present projects include NSW’s first future focused vertical high school at Parramatta, town centre plans for Epping and Cherrybrook, the urban agglomeration of Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle through High Speed Rail and industry land-use studies within the Hawkesbury region and Parramatta to Bankstown corridor.

Kati Westlake, Senior Manager Urban Design, Sydney Metro, Transport for NSW
Kati Westlake is an expert urban designer and passionate advocate for the role of design thinking, process and action to transform cities. Her expertise includes broad scale regional and city strategy, urban design contextual analysis and development of city-wide urban design strategy, policy and guidelines. Formerly Manager Urban Design, Parramatta Council, she led the Design Parramatta project, an initiative involving sixteen multidisciplinary teams designed to catalyse urban renewal for Parramatta City. Westlake has a strong belief in the public domain as the primary place of public and cultural engagement, and has a keen interest in increasing community engagement with architecture and urban design.

Image: Artist’s Impression, Westmead Redevelopment

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