Streetscape biodiversity study site, City of Melbourne. Lee Harrison

Ecology in Urban Streetscapes Past Event

Presented by City of Melbourne


Booked out
Fri 24 May 10:00am - 12:30pm


Free, Booking Required


Melbourne Town Hall, The Commons
130 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom, All gender bathroom, Seating available, Wheelchair accessible

There is increasing pressure on urban streets to respond to the climate and biodiversity emergency. Melbourne is at risk of becoming hotter, less biodiverse and will experience increased flood events. We need to take bold action.

In the context of a growing urban population and the many competing demands for streets, how can the city balance both ecological and human systems to enable a thriving, sustainable and healthy future city for all?

Join landscape architects, urban designers and ecologists from the City of Melbourne for an interactive exploration of ecological approaches to street design. Participants will hear from experts on the opportunities for ecologies in city streets, with the event culminating in a collaborative design workshop on a live City of Melbourne project.


Jocelyn Chiew, Director City Design at City of Melbourne

Jocelyn Chiew is an Architect, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer. As the Director City Design, at the City of Melbourne, she plays a key role in creating inclusive and enduring public spaces. Jocelyn leads the city’s Design Excellence Program and is Deputy Chair of the Melbourne Design Review Panel. Her practice, City Design, is a multidisciplinary studio which develops and delivers urban design strategies, design standards and public works. City Design also provides design review for city shaping development proposals. Jocelyn’s industry appointments include, member of the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Victorian Design Review Panel, member of Gender Equity Victoria’s Put Her Name on It Reference Group, former State and National Councillor at the Australian Institute of Architects and Fellow at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and founding chair of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ Gender Equity Working Group. Jocelyn continues to be a long-standing participant of design competitions, university design critiques, awards and conference programs.

Danielle Jewson, Design Manager and Principal Strategic Designer at City of Melbourne

Danielle Jewson is an urban designer, landscape architect and planner with experience delivering projects across urban and regional contexts. She is currently working as a Design Manager and Principal Strategic Designer at the City of Melbourne. As a designer in the public sector, her work largely focuses on shaping public spaces from strategy through to implementation via interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement.

Jen McIntyre, City of Melbourne

Jen McIntyre is an urban planner with experience delivering transport, parks and placemaking projects across Melbourne and regional Victoria. With a background in geography education, she also holds a particular interest in the equitable use of streets, public and open spaces.

Tim Clarke, Senior Landscape Architect

Tim is a Senior Landscape Architect at City of Melbourne. His current role is focussed on major streetscapes and exploring opportunities to grow urban forest, embed integrated water management and promote biodiversity whilst placing people first in design decision making. He has worked across private practice and local government in Australia and Canada.

Lee Harrison, Senior Ecologist City at City of Melbourne

Lee Harrison is a Senior Ecologist at the City of Melbourne where her role is to deliver the Nature in the City Strategy. Her work runs the gamut from urban planning advice and strategy development to research papers, monitoring and evaluation, collaboration with Traditional Owners, connection to nature programs, community engagement and on-ground environmental restoration projects.

Elise Wood

Elise is the Manager of the Climate Adapted and Water Sensitive City Team at City of Melbourne. She applies her background in urban planning and policy to the challenge of adapting cities to hotter temperatures, a drier climate, heavier rainfall, and rising sea levels. Her work to date spans across federal, state and local government, as well as advocacy organisations.

Tom Hastie

Thomas Hastie is a Landscape Architect working in the public sector. Championing ecological function and systems throughout all design work shapes his projects, his practice sits at the intersection of horticulture and design and strives to connect people to nature in urban settings.