A passionate sustainability practitioner, Simon Blackwell has worked as an urban designer in both the public and private sectors within Australia and abroad, giving him a unique insight into the urban development process.
Join us as we introduce Simon and share his career path and project highlights below.
Simon Blackwell – Planner / Urban Designer
Simon has worked as an urban designer in both the public and private sectors within Australia and abroad, giving him a unique insight into the urban development process. His experience includes working on master planning and structure plans, townscape assessment, large-scale subdivisions and detailed site design at a range of densities, with a strong emphasis on ecological sustainability and the creation of liveable communities.
Simon’s diverse background means he is skilled in many aspects of the project life-cycle, working comfortably on urban design analysis and design solutions, project management, CAD drafting, graphic design, planning issues and documentation.
Simon draws upon a range of experience working on high profile mixed-use urban regeneration sites in the United Kingdom at the structure planning and site design stages of development. Through working on urban regeneration projects such as these and others, he has established a solid grounding in projects focusing on mixed-use, transit oriented development, urban intensification, and zero-carbon communities.
He has also led the master planning and detailed design phases of a number of mixed use and residential developments across Australia, applying advanced drafting and graphic design skills to all his project work.
As an active member of the urban design and planning community in Perth, he regularly attends and contributes at a range of workshops, seminars and forums related to his field. In addition to the UDIA Sustainable Urban Development Committee, Simon is also a committee member for the successful grass-roots urban advocacy group FuturePerth. In recognition of his achievements, Simon was nominated as runner-up for the UDIA ‘Young Urban Development Professional of the Year’ in both 2012 and 2011.
Simon completed his Masters of Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University (UK) in 2007, following a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sustainable development (2004).