New Horizons

The pandemic changed everything - how we live, how we work and how we recreate with the role of cities under the spotlight. Join Urbis's Director Kate Meyrick who will share themes that will drive success in cities in post-pandemic context. Kate will be joined by Anthony Duckworth, Research Fellow at AUDRC who will share ideas on the future of Perth post-pandemic and reflect on the controversial density debate and the role it plays in Perth's future.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Anthony Duckworth

Research Fellow, AUDRC

Anthony is an urban design teacher, practitioner and awarded researcher with strong industry and government links who holds a PhD and qualifications and experience in architecture, civil engineering, transport planning and urban design. His research over the past decade at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) at the University of Western Australia has focussed on the relationship between density and urban design, policy, communications and the integration of stakeholder and community values and knowledge into policy and projects. His book Sprawl and the City (UWAP 2016) provided an accessible and thought-provoking review of Perth’s density ambitions. Anthony has also developed and trialled a number of innovative and engaging collaborative design methods and applied these internationally.

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Kate Meyrick

Director, Urbis

Kate is a passionate urbanist and place maker with more than 25 years of international experience working throughout Australia, as well as Asia, Europe and the United States. She is globally respected for her expertise in visioning and positioning city scale precincts, working sensitively with stakeholders and the community to co-create powerful new futures for well-loved places.

She has been influential in shaping thinking about the global competitiveness of Australian Cities, their future identity and quality of life. A regular speaker, panellist and conference moderator; Kate is recognised as a thought leader in relation to city-shaping, knowledge and innovation precincts and talent attraction.

Kate thrives on collaboration and works effectively in partnership with government, community, non-profit and private sector stakeholders. She has strong experience in conceptualising and delivering complex urban projects: working with a diverse mix of stakeholders to curate a bold and innovative vision for future urban life that will deliver enduring shared value outcomes.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.