Urban Design & Local Character Training - Studio GL
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Urban Design & Local Character Training

Studio GL has been a leading voice in broadening the understanding of urban design and local character across NSW. This has included facilitating multi-disciplinary training programs for a diverse range of clients including councils and universities. The workshops are structured to help participants learn how to ‘read’ context and neighbourhood character, and visualise the impact of their decisions and the processes involved in creating specific design outcomes.

In 2015, Studio GL was commissioned by Bankstown City Council to develop and run a multi-disciplinary urban design training program for Council staff. The program and its application received a Planning Excellence Award (NSW) Commendation for ‘Improving Planning Processes and Practices’ in 2016.

Since 2017, Studio GL has been running interactive training workshops for PIA NSW and various local councils, on how to assess context and neighbourhood character. Studio GL was invited by DPIE to present on Neighbourhood Character at a one day symposium (May 2018) which informed the development of DPIE’s Local Character and Place Guideline (2019).


Client: PIA (NSW), City of Canada Bay, Shoalhaven City Council, Bankstown City Council


Project date: 2015 onwards


Services: Urban Design Training