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News April 2015

New design leader to create great places

Place Design Group is excited to announce the appointment of a new design leader. Joining Planning Director Chris Isles, Finn Jones has taken on the position of Design Director to lead the strategic growth and evolution of the organisation.

Over the last year, understanding the rapid changes to urbanisation, and positioning Place Design Group to be part of the next wave of change has been the focus for Managing Director, Shaun Munday. “There has been a significant shift in our markets, both in Australia and China, over the last 12 months. We wanted to ensure our response to our client offering was both collaborative in services but also highly strategic in the planning and design outcome. With the appointment of Finn we have greatly added to the strategic minds driving our teams.”

“Finn brings a highly respected level of strategic thinking to Place Design Group. This is set to assist our teams to find new ways to approach urbanisation by uncovering latent opportunities, needs, and behaviours. We are extremely excited to welcome him to the team and I look forward to supporting him in his role in the evolution of our strategic direction,” says Shaun.

A highly regarded and internationally awarded designer, thought leader and problem solver, Finn has over 20 years’ experience across urban design, master planning, vision and city economic growth policy, and development. Previously Managing and Design Director of Space Cubed Architecture Studio, Gold Coast City’s Principal Urban Designer and Architect, Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Coast Region for over eight years, and Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Councillor, Finn’s industry experience and relationships have enabled him to lead and deliver crucial urban and city shaping projects.

“Throughout my career I have focussed on human centred designs for optimised urban centres; identifying ‘places’ for individuals and creating communities to reinforce each city’s unique opportunities. I am excited to merge this passion with Place Design Group’s vision of creating great places,” says Finn.

“Our unified goal is to be leaders in solving the complex issues of urbanisation with people and communities at the centre. Building on Place Design Group’s strong reputation and consultancy platform, I look forward to working with the team to leverage this and enhance their collaborative methodology through strategic design.”

Initially based on the Gold Coast Finn will work closely with Principals, Alex Cohn and Peter Bell at a local level and Chris Isles at a wider level. The Gold Coast team is already hitting its stride with a broader approach to design thinking, securing an inner urban redevelopment at Surfers Paradise and a number of strategic and significant suburban brownfield redevelopments over the last month.