Strategic Design Advice – Government specialist

We have significant experience in design policy, capital works brief development and tender evaluation.  With a strong record of delivering evidence-based planning and design solutions with a focus on buildable and cost-effective outcomes to catalyse change. We deliver compelling urban narratives to inspire and align stakeholders.  Leah was a key driver for complex and award-winning strategic documents such as the Building Height Study, Urban Canopy and Urban Ground Studies that have resulted in significant positive design policy and outcomes for the City of Gold Coast.

Design Thinking

Leah has over 20 years’ experience in developing and implementing design as a process for creative and collaborative problem solving.  Design thinking takes complex problems and tests solutions through an iterative, collaborative, and bold process – we don’t do mediocrity.  Creativity and innovation are the highest thought processes and Leah specialises in leading these conversations in projects for her clients, whether they be large scale city strategies or site-specific urban solutions. We can assist you with a clear direction and framework which will become the driving force and identity behind your project. 

Design workshop initiation and facilitation

Initiation and management of design workshops from review of concepts, methodology and documents to developing the innovative and creative response or outcome.  We focus on creating a team culture and process that unifies the project team and client, and offers an effective platform for bold conversations, that take on and understand the big challenges to delivering progressive results.  These initial ideas bring a richness and individuality to your project that becomes the force and identity through every stage of its development.

Concept Design, feasibility & consultant selection guidance

Partner with us to explore concept design options for your project using case studies and precedents. 

Align client outcomes with visions of the future city growth.  Identify, introduce, and develop relationships with suitable consultants to create quality outcomes that have a strong alignment with the client’s goals.  Developing great partnerships with a team that has a unified vision, ethos and proven record in the type of project you are undertaking is of utmost importance.

Development Assessment Review

Independent review of development proposals to provide feedback and highlight areas of improvement or alignment with the intent of the design provisions of the local planning instrument.

This will help maximise the likelihood of a streamlined and successful approval process by ensuring the proposal:

  • incorporates all relevant documentation to reduce queries and limit further requests for information
  • is substantive, specific and consistent with successful application formats and
  • includes proven content
  • provides technical information that is easily understood
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