The International Urban Design Conference returns for its 10th year this November, and will be held on the Gold Coast.

This year the conference’s theme is ‘Disruption, Divergence and Designed Intervention – Making Change Happen’. On the agenda will be innovations and projects embracing and creating transformational change in urban environments. 

Over a two-day period, the program will feature a large line-up of design and urban planning experts. There will be eight keynote speakers and 90-plus presenters.

The 2017 International Urban Design Conference will be held at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Queensland between Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 November 2017. This year there are also optional tours available on Wednesday 15 November. These will include visiting two of the precincts that have been designed and built for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Register for the event here.

Keynote speakers:

Joerg-Baumeister.jpgJoerg Baumeister

Joerg Baumeister is professor and director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC), University of Western Australia. He has been exploring architecture and urban design for more than 20 years in Europe, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Australia and Asia.



Peter-Edwards.jpgPeter Edwards

Peter Edwards is an architect, an accomplished and recognised urbanist. He is director and co-founder of the architecture and urban design practice, Archipelago. Archipelago provides architecture and urban design leadership in the shaping of Queensland’s cities.



Malcolm-Middleton.jpgMalcolm Middleton

Malcolm Middleton OAM was appointed to the role of Queensland Government Architect in July 2011. He provides high-level advice to the Queensland Government on contemporary design and heritage issues. Middleton is also the chair of the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel and sits on a number of industry and institutional committees.


Emily-Mottram.jpgEmily Mottram

Emily Mottram has worked extensively in strategic planning and place-based partnerships. She is currently the director of Urban Renewal at the Victorian Planning Authority, and focuses on supporting the evolution of inner-Melbourne.



Stanley-Quek.pngStanley Quek

Stanley Quek is the chairman and founder of Sydney-based developer and real estate company, Greencliff. He is the visionary behind the Foster & Partner-designed Lumiere Residences in the Sydney CBD and the $2-billion Central Park mixed-use project in Sydney’s Chippendale. 



Raynuha-Sinnathamby.pngRaynuha Sinnathamby

Raynuha Sinnathamby is Springfield Land Corporation’s managing director. She has served on a number of boards and councils, and currently sits on the Property Council Queensland Division Council and Management Council.



James-Tuma.pngJames Tuma

James Tuma is the national director of Urbis, and is qualified in urban design, built environments and landscape architecture. Since joining Urbis in 2005, he has worked on significant national and international integrated developments and master planning projects in Australia and Europe.



Nicholas-Wolff.jpgNicholas Wolff

Nicholas Wolff is the project director at NSW Arts Infrastructure Projects. His projects have included the $200-million Walsh Bay Arts Precinct for Infrastructure NSW and the $350-million Sydney Modern expansion program for the Art Gallery of NSW.



Stephen-Yarwood.jpegStephen Yarwood

Stephen Yarwood is the former Lord Mayor of Adelaide and a well-known and respected contemporary urban planner who consults internationally on urban futures, innovation and change in cities. His expertise lies in urban governance, city strategy and policy, smart cities and urban transformation.