Industry-renowned architect, planner and urban designer, Chris Melsom, has been appointed as director of Urbis. 

Melsom was recently the director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre and brings more than 30 years of local and international experience to the Urbis design team with a broad expertise in the leadership and management of multi-disciplinary design teams for large scale, complex projects.

According to Melsom, it’s no accident that Urbis is becoming one of the leading thinkers in the urban design space, locally and abroad, combining economics, planning and a passion for creating places that really work.

“I’m looking forward to joining the bright minds of Urbis and contributing to the important goal of shaping cities and communities for a better future,” he says.

“I think it’s fantastic that Urbis sets its sights on city-scale thinking, so that projects not only work independently to exceed our clients’ needs and aspirations, but work together to create something that enriches its context socially, culturally, economically and environmentally as well.”

“The Urbis design team is well-placed to bring together strategic planning, urban economics and design thinking for new communities, whether developing a complex urban renewal strategy, preparing a site development master plan or building an integrated landscape and built form solution,” says Melsom.

“Having worked on large scale urban renewal and development projects internationally for over 30 years, I look forward to making the most of that background with the Urbis team in Perth.”