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Hames Sharley have announced the appointment of Nicholas Temov as its new Principal Planning & Urban Design in the practice’s Western Australia studio.

An urban planner and designer with over 12 years’ experience, Nic joins Hames Sharley from the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage where he worked on major urban projects and policy reforms including Design WA, Metronet, Elizabeth Quay, Cockburn Coast, Scarborough Beach Road Activity Corridor and MAX Light Rail.

Director and National Portfolio Leader for Urban Development Chris Maher said “We’re pleased to bring Nic to the Hames Sharley’s team to strengthen our Urban Development offering. Nic’s enthusiasm and communication skills help bring complex planning projects to life by balancing vision with pragmatic outcomes. He has a deep understanding of planning policy and an extensive network of government and design practitioners to help deliver high quality work for our clients”.

One of Nic’s recent achievement was leading reform in the West Australian planning system through the introduction of Design WA, a policy suite that elevates the role of design quality through new performance-based apartment codes and design review processes. Design WA was prepared with the Office of the Government Architect and leading practitioners. It is highly regarded as a collaborative and thoroughly tested exemplar of state policy reform.

Nic’s appointment as Principal follows continued growth of Hames Sharley’s Urban Development portfolio, which includes substantial masterplanning projects like the Subiaco East Redevelopment Project, the QEII Medical Centre Masterplan, the Hamilton Hill masterplan and Metronet Midland and Byford.

We look forward to the contribution that he will make in shaping the urban environment in WA and throughout the country.