Leah Lang is a sought-after Strategic Design Advisor and an award-winning registered architect. Notably, she served a four-year tenure as the Gold Coast City Architect. This position is a coveted role with significant responsibility, given the Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth-largest city and the nation’s second-largest Local Government Authority. Here, Leah oversaw city-wide planning policy and implementation — critical for the region’s sustainable growth and liveability. Leah’s remit also included supervising components of the final construction and fit-out stages of the 2018 Commonwealth Games’ venues.

Undaunted by large-scale, complex and ambitious projects, Leah understands site-specific subtleties, thanks to her wealth of broader experiences. Among her greatest strengths is Leah’s ability to unify disparate stakeholders and bring cohesion to oft-competing interests. Routinely, Leah brings together community members and local residents with design specialists and developers, engineering firms and town planners. Best evidenced by her 2020 eight-part series of ‘City Building Seminars’ (hosted online and offline), Leah educated more than 5,000 attendees on the benefits of good design and its impact on the environment and public transport.

Instrumental in the technical review of the Gold Coast Light Rail, Leah’s insights helped inform the viability of the route’s location to maximise patronage and minimise the impact on surrounding landscapes. Board Members of the city’s $60.5 million Home of the Arts (HOTA) Gallery also enlisted Leah’s strategic design advice to ensure the cultural precinct — spanning almost 2 hectares — honoured the international competition-winning masterplan and initiatives like greening the city and elevating the region’s architectural quality.

Leah’s expertise is in high demand — as evidenced by her appointments to multiple high-profile design Boards. She is a member of the Bond and Griffith University Professional Advisory Boards, in addition to the Queensland Government Urban Design and Places Panel. The Design Excellence Panel: Queensland Social and Affordable Housing (DPHW), together with the Infrastructure NSW expert reviewer panel (iNWS) round out her current panel appointments. Collectively, Leah leverages all of these roles to advocate and facilitate high-quality, context-responsive design and heritage outcomes.

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