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About Us

WHY WE CARE


Empowering local communities to shape better neighbourhoods

Neighbourhoods are where we make our homes, raise our children, spend our dollars, and experience being part of something bigger.  But despite our best design and planning efforts, more than 60 per cent of Australians say they never speak with their neighbours and 40 per cent do not know their neighbours at all.

CoDesign Studio is a design and placemaking consultancy that is out to fix this. We help local and state government, developers and communities quickly transform any place into a space people love. Using the principles of community-led placemaking and tactical urbanism, we developed a low-cost, high-impact approach to neighbourhood building that enables our clients to reinvent a neighbourhood in 90 days, engaging local communities to create thriving places.

Get in touch to learn how you could change the story of your neighbourhood.

OUR PEOPLE

Valli Morphett

CEO

Valli is an energetic optimist, having spent over a decade leading community engagement and placemaking teams, and developing creative activation processes to help harness the power of communities.

Brooke Williams

Principal (Brisbane office)

Brooke is a highly experienced urban planner having worked on numerous masterplans and renewal strategies throughout Queensland. She is passionate about sustainable economic development and creating vibrant cities with proud and connected communities.

Samantha Choudhury

Principal

Samantha is an experienced urban planner and placemaker specialising in the creation and management of place that attract people.

Elissa McMillan

Associate

Elissa is a social planner with over 10 years of experience in urban planning, placemaking and community development. She is passionate about enabling communities to contribute to the social and built form of cities.

Claire Romaszko

Associate

Claire is a natural placemaker with a strong attention to detail, who prides herself in delivering results with a real community benefit.

Emily Taylor

Neighbourhood Project Manager

Emily is an experienced consultant with a focus on engagement, community-based planning, strategic planning and policy development. Emily is highly experienced working across different tiers of government, and alongside communities and stakeholders.

Ryan Moroney

Senior Project Manager

Ryan is a designer whose passion is to develop collaborative design solutions that celebrate a sense of place and adopt sustainable making practices.

Vivian Romero

Senior Consultant

Vivian is an interdisciplinary planner with 20 years experience in promoting healthy, stimulating and sustainable places.

Claudia Bergs

Project Manager (Brisbane office)

Claudia is a landscape architect with a diverse range of experience in the private and public sectors. Not only an experienced practitioner, Claudia is also a lecturer and tutor enabling her to impart her love of place and communities onto the next generation.

Madeline Menca

Project Manager

Maddy is a social innovator, interested in using storytelling as a platform to build understanding between people of different backgrounds and values. She is passionate about harnessing community creativity to materialise into unimagined outcomes.

Harriet McKindlay

Graduate Project Manager

Harriet is a designer with a passion for placemaking, and developing bottom-up approaches to solve complex urban issues.

Paul Webb

Graduate Project Manager

Paul is an experienced social work practitioner, with a focus on working with marginalised groups and hard-to-reach clients. He has recently completed a Masters in Urban Planning, as his interest has developed deeper into inclusive cities and social planning.

Daniel Conquest

Finance Manager

Dan has over 15 years experience working in finance in the not-for-profit and social enterprises sectors.

Fiona Verginis

PA and Communications Support

Fiona has over 10 years experience working in charity PR and personal assistance across Australia and the UK.

THE BOARD

Lucinda Hartley

Board Chair and Co-Founder

Lucinda is an award-winning designer who has spent the better part of a decade working to better connect communities with places. The CEO of CoDesign since inception, Lucinda has recently transitioned to Chair as she looks to new challenges.

Matthew Tence

Board Secretary

Annabel Hart

Board Director

Dean Oakley

Board Director

Lizzie Webb

Board Director

Lizzie is an environmental engineer and the former CEO of Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB Australia). She is currently leading a new venture called EWB Connect and was named in the Engineers Media Top 100 List of Australia’s Most Influential Engineers in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

AWARDS

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Melbourne Design Awards 2013: Installation Design winner for The School of Life pop-up

PIA Award for Planning Excellence 2015: Launceston City Heart

Melbourne Design Awards 2015: Pop Up Boroondara

Finalist, Australian Social Enterprise of the Year Awards, 2015

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Place Leaders Asia Pacific 2015: Place Process Award

Finalist, UN Women: Project Inspire 2016

Place Leaders Asia Pacific 2016: Place Leadership Award for Shaping the role of Placemaking in the UN New Urban Agenda

PIA Award for Planning Excellence 2017: The Neighbourhood Project, Round One

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Westpac Business of Tomorrow 2017

Place Leaders Asia Pacific 2018: Small Scale Project Commendation for Palmwoods Activation Program

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects 2018: Civic Landscape Award of Excellence for Palmwoods Town Square

Australian Regional Development Awards 2018: Community Development Award

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