The Panel is made up of six members and together bring a wealth of knowledge and real world experience in landscape architecture, planning, urban design and architecture.
- Chairman with suitable urban design and public administration experience
- The Tasmanian State Architect (currently vacant)
- Member who currently holds an academic position in urban design
- Nomination from the Tasmanian - Australian Institute of Architects
- Nomination from the Tasmanian - Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
- Member with both planning and urban design expertise
All members are required to declare if they have a conflict of interest and may not take part in any panel meeting for which they have declared a conflict of interest.
Position: Chairman - Urban design and public administration experience
Scott Balmforth was born and raised in Hobart and is a founding Director of TERROIR. The practice was established in Hobart and Sydney simultaneously in 1999 and expanded internationally with TERROIR ApS in Copenhagen in 2010.
Scott graduated from the University of Tasmania and has an invited Masters of Architecture from RMIT University. He is a Registered Architect in Tasmania and Victoria, a former Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Councillor, and an Adjunct Professor of the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture since 2008.
Scott has led a range of innovative, award winning and internationally published architecture and urban design projects, and consistently champions in his work the place-based values and influences of his Tasmanian upbringing.
Appointed Chairman in late 2020, Scott brings to the City of Hobart’s Urban Design Advisory Panel a unique local-to-global outlook, recognised design expertise, the ability to draw on local, national and international relationships and experience, and a strong advocacy to the City’s future.
Position: Member from the Tasmanian Chapter Institute of Architects
Keith Drew has been a registered architect in Tasmania for over 30 years. He graduated from the Queensland Institute of Technology in 1982 and was awarded the Board of Architects of Queensland Prize in 1983.
Keith moved to Tasmania in 1984 commencing work as a graduate at Jacob Allom Wade Architects. He became a director of Jacob Allom Wade in 1992 but left in 1999 to set up Keith Drew Architects Pty Ltd.
Keith joined with Peter Scott to form Xsquared Architects in 2006. Keith retired as director of Xsquared Architects Pty Ltd in 2019.
Keith has carried out hundreds of commercial and institutional projects for government and private clients, including many commercial building refurbishments and office interior fitouts, hotels and tourism, hospital and health care, justice, corrections and prisons, and residential multiple-housing.
His professional association roles during his career started as the graduate representative on the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter Council (RAIA), progressing through positions on the CPD and National Practice committees, to becoming Tasmanian State President and RAIA National Councillor in 1995. He has been an RAIA senior counsellor for over 15 years and was made a Fellow of the Royal Australia Institute of Architects in 2004.
He has also been on the Property Council of Australia (PCA) Tasmanian Division executive, and chair of the PCA planning committee.
Keith has been a guest lecturer on Architectural Practice at the University of Tasmania.
Keith became the Tasmanian Regional Convenor for the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) Architectural Practice Examinations (APE) in 2009 and took on the role of APE National Convenor in 2016. Keith was elected to the national board of the AACA in 2019.
Position: Member with Urban Design Experience
Ian James is a qualified architect who has over 40 years professional experience as an urban designer, mostly within local government and private practice within Western Australia.
As Senior Urban Designer and then Urban Development Manager at the City of Perth, Ian was involved in a wide range of major city and local centre projects including the Forrest Place/Perth Station Redevelopment and the Swan River foreshore study and international design competition.
More recently Ian was the Strategic Urban Designer at the City of Fremantle where he was involved in leading significant urban design and planning initiatives aimed at revitalising the city centre of Fremantle while carefully protecting the city’s renowned heritage and cultural assets.
Ian relocated to Hobart in 2017 and was first appointed to the Urban Design Advisory Panel in 2018. He was re-appointed for a further three year term in November 2020.
Ian believes in the importance of good urban design analysis of the site and its context as one of the keys to a successful project. Buildings frame and enclose city centre streets and public spaces. Ian is particularly interested in how new development will influence the visual character, vitality and amenity of the city’s public domain.
Position: Member with Academic Position in Urban Design
Dr Helen Norrie is a Senior Lecture in Architecture Design at the University of Tasmania. She has been an architectural critic for architecture, design and art journals for 25 years, and has authored catalogue essays for art and design exhibitions.
Helen is the founder of the Regional Urban Studies Laboratory (RUSL), a collaborative practice-led urban design research project that engages directly with local councils and communities to examine urban issues in small towns and cities. RUSL undertakes collaborative research that examines the spatial, temporal and social aspect of urban settlements, focusing on the intersection of development, planning and urban design. Drawing on spatial and data analysis, and evidence-based research she and the RUSL team develop speculative scenarios to explore how current policy frameworks can impede or promote new development that provides positive urban design outcomes.
Position: Member from the Tasmanian Chapter of Landscape Architects
Sue runs a Landscape Architecture practice from central Hobart, lives in an inner city suburb and has interests in rural Tasmania.
She enjoys working within the historic layers that comprise Hobart's character. Her practice places a high priority on acknowledging environmental and heritage values, while at the same time accommodating the practical and aesthetic needs of people occupying the built environment. Sue believes in using design principles to enrich the experience of users through sensitive, functional and creative development.
In her practice Sue has undertaken many and varied development works in public spaces, in national parks, in urban, suburban, public and private subdivision developments, inner city unit development and independent living unit projects in many parts of Tasmania. She has also had extensive experience in undertaking landscape assessments, providing management recommendations and design solutions for public and private clients.
It is central to the approach of her practice to develop interesting, legible and comfortable external areas around buildings. She believes this encourages users of buildings and to spend more time outside - relaxing, contemplating, socialising, and enjoying the sensory effects of nature, all leading to healthier social outcomes.
Sue has been a member of Urban Design Advisory Panel for the last three years as the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects representative. She was re-appointed for a further three year term in November 2020.
Position: Member with Urban Design Experience
Leigh is a Tasmanian Architect with over 35 years professional experience as an architectural and urban design practitioner. He provides design and consultancy services to private clients and all levels of government, within architecture and associated design disciplines, particularly urban design. He is the recipient of numerous professional design awards across these disciplines.
The author of critically acclaimed studies considering the landscape of the city and the role of settlement in ‘revealing’ place, his practice has contributed to the development of urban design policy in Greater Hobart over the past four decades. Recently he authored the nationally awarded ‘Building Heights Standards Review’ for the Hobart City Council - a framework for shaping density in the city centre.
His photography is held in state and national collections and is part of his working method. He is a Churchill Fellow and Adjunct Professor in Architecture and Design (UTAS) and practices from Hobart.