A Global Platform for Urban Design, Development & Growth

2020 International Urban Design Conference

25-28 November, The Canberra Rex Hotel, Canberra ACT



Gain tools to make a real change in design, development and growth.

Advance your business and wider community as we embark on this year’s theme, Future Proofing Our Cities Through Diversity & Resilience.




President, International Dark Sky Association Tasmania Inc

Landon Bannister has been working in the lighting industry for over 20 years. He is a passionate advocate of the important role light plays in influencing human health and emotion, and how this relates to the natural world.

He is a current Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia & New Zealand and sits on the local Chapter Management Committee where he is heavily involved in lighting education.

He is also President of International Dark- Sky Association Tasmania Inc. and a board member of the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance.

Menzies Institute for Medical Research, UTAS


Verity is a behavioural epidemiologist with a background in health promotion, and her main research interests are in understanding and promoting physical activity. Her work has focused on groups at risk of inactivity including women, those experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage and rural communities. She holds funding from the Heart Foundation and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Verity is Deputy Chair of the Tasmanian Premier’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee, is a member of Heart Foundation and NHMRC grant review panels and is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

RAIA, MPIA, AILA, Environment Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission (NSW), Adjunct Professor, UNSW Built Environment

roderick simpson

Roderick Simpson is an architect and urban designer. Prior to being appointed as the inaugural Environment Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission that is responsible for the strategic planning of the entire metropolitan region of Sydney, he was director of the Urban Design and Urbanism programs at the University of Sydney until 2016. His work has focused on sustainability since the early 1990s and more recently resilience. His current focus is to shift practice from planning’s narrow focus on transport and productivity to give equal importance to ‘blue and green infrastructure’ as a starting point. Rod is currently an Adjunct Professor at UNSW Built Environment is a Member of the AIA, AILA, and PIA and a Trustee of Sydney Living Museums.

Principal Advisor Urban Design, Urban Design Team, Christchurch City Council


For over twenty years Josie has sought to craft urban places that express local identity, support equity and reinforce the importance of the natural environment.

Following the Canterbury earthquake in 2011, Josie returned to the ever evolving city of Ōtautahi Christchurch where she is the Principal Urban Designer at Christchurch City Council.

Josie is a passionate advocate for urban design, Committee Member of the New Zealand Urban Design Forum, Recognised Practitioner of Urban Design (UK), Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and a qualified Landscape Designer.

Founder and CEO,  Old Ways, New

Lord Mayor Councillor,  City of Hobart

Anna was elected as an Alderman to the City of Hobart in 2014. She has had a diverse and interesting career, including establishing a regional community legal centre based in Cairns; running the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Parliamentary Liaison Office and Deputy Director of WWF International’s Global Climate Change Program.

In 2009, Anna took up a role as International Advisor for Senator Bob Brown where she researched and wrote policy on a wide range of international issues. Her most recent role was Chief Executive Officer for the Multicultural Council of Tasmania. As Lord Mayor, Anna is keen to focus on a range of topics including, affordable housing; climate change; active transport and protecting and promoting Hobart’s heritage.


Create urban strategies that align and support your city’s economic growth

Engage and understand the needs of your community

Discover the impact of natural disasters and climate change on existing and future planning and design

Consider human behaviour and the cultural significance of place

Better utilise principles of place management

Develop resilience in urban environments



  • $1,049 + GST
  • Early Bird

Basic Registration


  • Access to all presentation abstracts
  • Special accommodation rates
  • Downloadable conference program
  • Conference app access
  • Conference funding/approval application template
  • Connect with other delegates prior to the conference


  • 9 keynote presentations
  • Over 80 concurrent presentations
  • Gold catering package (morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea)
  • Exclusive networking function with live performers
  • Access to the exhibition area
  • Conference handbook
  • Conference app
  • Exposure for your company
  • 2021 conference launch offer
  • Chance to win great prizes including a conference registration for 2021 and sponsorship packages
  • Photo and interview opportunities
  • More networking opportunities than ever before
  • Unique touring options (additional cost)


  • CPD Points Certificate of Attendance
  • Access to the conference photo library
  • Post-conference outcome summary


  • $1,149 + GST
  • Early Bird

VIP Registration


  • Networking Function
  • Presenter Podcast of Each Conference Presentation
  • PowerPoint Slides of Each Conference Presentation


  • $99 + GST

E-Delegate Registration

  • Experience the 2020 International Urban Design Conference from the comfort of your home or office with complete online access to all conference audio recordings and PowerPoint slides for 30 days.
  • E-delegate access will be made available 72 hours after the conference has taken place, and will expire 30 days after access has been granted.
  • Options to extend access to resources will also be made available after 30 days.