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Strategic Advisor Urban Design + Planning

Michael Harrison


Master of City Planning,
University of Pennsylvania

Master of Architecture,
University of Pennsylvania

Associateship in Architecture,
Curtin University


Professional Experience

Michael Harrison has 40 years of experience in urban design, urban planning, and architecture. He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects.

Michael was a Director of Architectus from 1985 to 2018 where he led the Urban Design and Planning team. From 2007 to 2011, he was seconded to Sydney City Council as Executive Director of the City Strategy and Design Division where he was responsible for City Plan Development, City Design, City Sustainability, City Transport, City Renewal, and City Strategy/Economic Development.

He has been the primary author of many urban design, master planning and strategic planning studies for private industry, local and state Government including the Central Sydney Plan, Green Square Urban Renewal Review, Walsh Bay Conservation and Development Plan and the development approval process for 1 Bligh St (Australia’s first 6 star green star office building), Chifley Tower, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ new building, Sydney Modern.

Michael has been honoured with more than 20 awards and commendations for planning excellence from the Planning Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects. He has been an expert urban design witness in over 100 cases at the NSW Land and Environment Court.