• (03) 9417 0020
  • info@codesignstudio.com.au
  • PO Box 204, Fitzroy VIC 3065

About Us


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.


Lucinda Hartley

CEO 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. Lucinda is a co-founder of CoDesign Studio and a thought leader in innovative urban development.

Jessica Christiansen-Franks


Jessica is an urban designer and landscape architect who has spent the past decade looking into the social impact of urbanisation and regeneration projects across Australia, Canada, UK and Asia.

Helen Rowe


Helen has over 12 years experience in transport, urban planning and engagement, gained through positions with the Victorian State Government in transport policy, planning, community consultation and program delivery, as well as consulting and research roles.

Penny Jordan


Penny is a community development and engagement professional, with project management experience across local Government and not-for-profit.  Penny has specialist skills in engaging hard to reach and diverse communities while building capacity for leadership and resilience.

Brooke Williams

Associate (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.

Yarden Ityel


Yarden is a social entrepreneur and environmental trend-setter who passionate about grassroots approach toward sustainable, socially-minded cities and believes strongly in the power of business to create positive change in the world.

Dani De Rose

Senior Project Manager

Dani is an internationally experienced urban planner and communications specialist. She is passionate about great urban design and planning practices that place social connectivity and community wellbeing at the forefront.

David Heymann

Senior Project Manager

David is a senior project manager with over five years experience grounded in landscape and design having worked in local council, the not-for-profit sector, and tertiary institutions.

Katie Wallace

Senior Project Manager

Katie is an award-winning communications strategist and project manager. Her professional background in digital and tourism combine in a fascination with applying User Experience Design to places, to drive long-lasting behavioural and social change.

Mollie Rashleigh

Senior Project Manager

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

Ryan Moroney

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.

Daniel Conquest

Finance Manager

Fiona Verginis

PA and Communications Support

Fiona has over 9 years experience working in charity PR and high-level personal assistance across Australia and the UK.

Lara Week

Senior Project Manager

Lara brings her expertise in human geography, design and theatre to staging place-based community events and consultations that explore social and environmental futures.

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.

Juan Camilo Riaño

Project Manager

Juan Camilo is a designer and psychologist-in-training passionate about spaces that facilitate social cohesion and promote dialogue among community members.

Annabel Hart

Board Director

Dean Oakley

Board Chair

Lizzie Brown

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.

Matthew Tence

Board Secretary



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

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