Katherine is a Principal at MGS Architects, an architecture and urbanism consultancy that exists to create places with longevity and adaptability that deliver daily value to the people who use them. Drawing on her experience as an architect and urban designer in Australia, Germany and the Netherlands, she leads significant urban transformation projects, with a focus on university campuses, creative employment neighbourhoods and housing precincts. Katherine is also a sessional teacher at Monash University, inspiring the next generation of public interest urbanists.
Urban Design Forum is a non-profit organisation that supports public interest outcomes in our cities. We believe in the role that cities can play in solving the major challenges of our time.
The Forum has three roles: creating a supportive network of urban designers and allied professionals, sharing knowledge on best practice urbanism, and researching and advocating for better urban education, systems and outcomes.
Urban Design Forum was launched in 1986 to raise awareness of the important role that urban design makes in shaping our built environments. Over 35 years, we have created the opportunity for urban designers across Australia to connect through public conversations and events. Our newsletter has raised the knowledge base for best practice urban design.
Become a Member
Our members understand the critical role that urban design has in shaping better environments for broader public benefit.
We welcome members from a diverse range of backgrounds, including urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, planning and other related professions from across Australia.
Members enjoy the following benefits:
- Discounted entry to events
- Invitation to member only events
- Access to a professional network of urban design practitioners, facilitated through our Slack channel
- Access to resources such as the practice notes
- Access to mentoring, training and development opportunities
Heinz is an urban design leader and strategic thinker with a focus on the 21st century city as a proving ground for urban adaptation, community resilience and social equity. He leads the Urban Design at Woods Bagot in Australia and is an Adjunct Professor and lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Melbourne. Graduating with a Masters of Science in Architecture and Urban Design (MSAUD) from the Columbia University GSAPP in New York, he is based in Melbourne working on both Australian and global projects. Heinz has been an Adjunct Professor and lecturer at Swineburne University of Technology and The University of Melbourne MSD as well as a guest critic for architectural and urban design studios at Columbia GSAPP Melbourne MSD, RMIT, Monash, Miami and IIT.
Andy is an urbanist with a number of concurrent roles including Head of Urban Design at Assemble Communities, co-director of Melbourne Architours, Contributing Editor Architecture Australia and sessional teacher at Melbourne School of Design and Monash University. Andy works at the interface between architecture, urban planning and development with a strong interest in the relationship between urban governance, economics and design quality. Andy is passionate through advocacy, tours and public event programming about building the capacity of the community to more actively advocate for the cities we need.
Audrey Lopez (Secretary & Treasurer)
We draw upon our individual members and supporters for their expertise and knowledge, collegiality and commitment to creating a better urban future for all.
Urban Design Forum would not be possible without the generous support of the following organisations, who respect our independent voice in the built environment.
As advocates we are committed to engaging in critical conversations about urban design in the media.