Sydney-based design expert Ken Maher has been appointed to the new Swansea Development Advisory Group, working to transform the Welsh city into a thriving hub of commerce, culture and leisure.

The Group has been put together to investigate the best way to develop the city centre and will be responsible for implementing a seven-year program of regeneration.

Professor Maher was approached to join the Group after he visited Swansea to speak at a conference the Design Commission for Wales organised in partnership with Swansea Council.

The Australian architect has worked extensively in urban design across Australia and China, is the current chair of the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory Panel, a member of the Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel and the executive chairman of Australian multi-disciplinary design practice, Hassell.

In 2009, Maher was awarded the Australian Institute of Architecture’s Gold Medal in recognition of designing buildings of the highest merit. 

Working alongside members of the Swansea Council, urban design experts, local businesses and members of the public, the Swansea Development Advisory Group will inform an action plan aimed at breathing new life into the city.

Image: Swansea CBD via South Wales Evening Post

Courtesy South Wales Evening Post