Nicholas is an urban planning & design professional with over ten years’ experience working on major urban projects and policy reforms including Design WA, Metronet, Elizabeth Quay, Cockburn Coast, MAX Light Rail and Alkimos Central.
His natural communication skills are able to bring even the most complex planning projects to life, balancing vision with pragmatic outcomes. Nic’s deep understanding of government and extensive networks, coupled with his experience working with design practitioners also enables him to get fast, high quality results for clients and stakeholders.
He led reform of the WA planning system through the introduction of Design WA, a state planning policy suite that elevates the role of design quality through new performance-based apartment codes and design review processes. Design WA was prepared with leading practitioners and is highly regarded as a collaborative and thoroughly tested example of state policy reform.
Nicholas is dedicated to promoting planning and design as tools to help locals shape their own neighbourhoods. He is a Board member for Open House Perth, and coordinates free local walking tours as part of an international network, Jane’s Walk.
Nicholas was also awarded 2019 Planner of the Year.