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Personal profile

Biography

I am a practicing urban planner and university lecturer.

I began my career as a planner in local government working as a student planner for Rockdale Council. I have built a career in urban planning in both statutory and strategic planning roles in Leichhardt, Sutherland, Burwood and Mosman councils. My skills and knowledge extend across a broad range of planning issues including development asessment, plan making - local environmental plans, development control plans, plans of management -, strategies and policies, such as housing strategy and heritage management policy, community engagement and administration. In more recent years I have managed the urban planning team at Mosman Council and further developed skills in presentation, negotiation and career development.

I have led projects that have won awards for engagement and consultation from the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), including the Mosman Design Awards, and Mosman comprehensive LEP2012.

My interest in teaching planning was sparked by doing casual tutoring at the UNSW for two years (2003-04). This led me to studying and completing two Masters degrees and a continuing position teaching into the planning program at Macquarie.

Teaching

I teach across four core planning units in the Bachelor of Planning - GEOP1040 Planning Systems; GEOP2080 Planning and Development; GEOP3080 Urban Strategic Planning; and GEOP4090 Planning and Design.

My personal teaching philosophy that is based on my enthusiasm for teaching planning, and commitment to achieving high level student outcomes, contributes to the proven employability of our Bachelor of Planning graduates. I foster and respect student insights into learning and teaching. Part of my teaching philosophy includes facilitation of student reflective practice to learn skills necessary as a planner. As a practicing planner, my current and experienced professional expertise provides for integrating practice into planning education. Inspiring students to strive towards careers in planning that make a difference to communities makes me a valued resource in the teaching team in the Department.