Architectus has announced the promotion of both Jane Freeman and Greg Burgon to principal, in a nod to the growth and continued success of the firm’s urban design and planning team, which now numbers over 30.

According to Architectus director of urban design and urban planning, Michael Harrison, these promotions were both well-deserved and timely.

“With many city-changing projects underway and in the pipeline, urban regeneration remains a major focus for Architectus right now. Both Greg and Jane’s promotions reflect the bourgeoning talent we have within the team and capabilities to deliver planning and urban design outcomes for clients on a national scale,” says Harrison.

Harrison says the business also recently expanded the urban design and planning team into Melbourne, with an aim to mirror the achievements in Sydney.

Speaking after her promotion was announced, Freeman noted that, “The team has been built up around a shared vision – to create cities and centres that work so well and are so comfortable that people can concentrate on enjoying life.”

According to Burgon, “Collaboration and integration of urban design and urban planning across all levels and sectors of Architectus’ multi-disciplined practice is the key to delivering outcomes that maximise the opportunities of a site while improving the public amenity.”

“We’ve got a great culture within the team, and Jane and I will continue to work together to foster this,” he says.

These appointments have been designed to strengthen Architectus’ focus on urban development by the integration of strategic planning, urban design and architecture across a range of projects the firm has been working on such as the Riverwood Estate master plan for Land and Housing Corporation, campus master planning for TAFE NSW, urban design studies for seven Willoughby local centres, and route selection, precinct integration, and detail urban design for the Parramatta Light Rail.