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Steve Thorne

Representative


Steve Thorne is a qualified architect and urban designer  and currently holds the position of Director of Design Urban Pty Ltd. He is Space Syntax’s Representative in Australia, with over 35 years’ practical experience working in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Africa, the UAE, Oman, and China.

Steve has worked in both the private and public sectors holding various positions including Director of Urban Design for the Victorian State Government and Principal Urban Designer at the City of Melbourne. His experience includes practising sustainable urban design from the scale of the city to individual site masterplanning; preparing structure plans, urban regeneration strategies and projects; writing performance-based policy and prescriptive design guidelines, streetscape design and documentation; “safety by design” policy and guidelines; designing and constructing mixed use buildings at varying scales, up to 200,000 square metres NLA; teaching and training in sustainable urban design practice.

He has been directly involved in many urban growth area planning strategies, including the Melbourne 2030, Christchurch Growth Strategy, Auranga growth area in South Auckland, Ginninderry in Canberra, Horsham 2040, and the Baralink Development Plan in South Africa. He has masterplanned many new development areas, townships and activity centres, and written design and development controls for centres across Australia and New Zealand.

Appointments

Steve has sat on a number of professional review panels, including the Abu Dhabi Urban Design Panel, Melbourne Docklands Design Review Panel, Victorian Government Design Advisory Council, the Rouse Hill Project Review Panel, the Port Adelaide Design Review Panel, The North East Link Urban Design Advisory Panel. He is a foundation member of the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Design Review Panel, Landcom NSW Design Review Panel and was chairman of the Northern Territory’s Urban Design Advisory Panel (UDAP).


Speaking & training

He has been a speaker at many professional and industry conferences on sustainable urbanism, urban regeneration, design, urban structure, community safety, and transit-oriented development. Steve led a training program in urban design across New Zealand as part of the implementation of the New Zealand Urban Design Protocol. He also ran an urban design training program for the Sultan of Oman’s design office in Oman.


Awards

Steve Thorne has won numerous international, national and state awards including:

2019  National Landscape Architecture Award – Malop Street Green Spine, in collaboration with Outlines Landscape Architecture.

2018  Australian Institute of Landscape Architects – Urban Design Award of Excellence, central Geelong Laneways Precinct, in collaboration with Outlines Landscape Architecture

2015  Australian Institute of Architecture – Tracy memorial Award – Todd Street Revitalisation, Alice Springs, in collaboration with Susan Dugdale Architects.

2015  Australia Institute of Architecture – Northern Territory Chapter – Tracy Memorial Award – Todd Street Revitalisation, Alice Springs, in collaboration with Susan Dugdale Architects.

2015  Australia Institute of Architecture – Northern Territory Chapter – George Goyder Urban Design Award – Todd Street Revitalisation, Alice Springs, in collaboration with Susan Dugdale Architects.

2015  Planning Institute of Australia – Commendation – Ocean Grove Urban Design Framework (with Mike Cullen, TTM and the City of Greater Geelong)

2014  Planning Institute of Australia – Planning Excellence Award – Darwin City Centre Master Plan

2014  Australia Award for Urban Design – Commendation – Darwin City Centre Master Plan

2009  Planning Institute of Australia – Presidents Award – Residential Densification in Tram Corridors Study

2009  Planning Institute of Australia – Planning Excellence Award – Residential Densification in Tram Corridor Study

2009  Australia Award for Urban Design – (Prime Minister’s Award) In conjunction with the City of Melbourne, Victorian Departments of Transport, Planning and Community Development and SGS Planning and Economics. – Tram Corridor Development Study.

2008 Planning Institute of Australia – Award for Planning Excellence – Cardinia Road Precinct Structure Plan.

2007  International Downtown Association – Special Achievement Award for Planning – Gosnells Town Centre Revitalisation Plan

2007 AIA – The Melbourne Prize – Sandridge Bridge Precinct Redevelopment (as client, with City of Melbourne)

2006  Australian Urban Design Award – Public Domain Award – Sandridge Bridge Precinct Redevelopment (as client, this work was implemented by the City of Melbourne)

2006 New Zealand Planning Institute Award of Merit—National Urban Design Training Program as part of the New Zealand Urban Design Protocol

2004  Australia Award for Urban Design – Melbourne Docklands development, Melbourne – Steve Thorne served on the Design Panel of the Melbourne Docklands Authority

2003  PIA National Award for Planning Excellence – Urban Design, Plans Ideas Built – SafeCity Urban Design Guidelines

2002  Australian Institute of Criminology – Crime and Violence Prevention Award – Special Award for Major Technological Innovation and Design – Safe City Urban Design Guidelines

2001 Western Australian Municipal Association Award for Innovation – Gosnells Town Centre Revitalisation Plan

2001  RAPI (Australia) National Urban Design Award of Excellence – Gosnells Town Centre Revitalisation Plan

2001  Congress for the New Urbanism – International Best Practice Award – Gosnells Town Centre Revitalisation

2001  Australian Council of Building Design Professionals – Award for Excellence – Gosnells Town Centre Revitalisation

2000  Western Australian Municipal Association Award for Innovation – Gosnells Town Centre Revitalisation Plan

2000  RAPI (WA) Urban Design Award of Excellence – Gosnells Revitalisation Plan

1999  Universal Design Competition – “Certificate of Outstanding Achievement”- for the Gosnells Town Centre Revitalisation Plan – National competition run by Office of Seniors, judged in Tokyo, New York and London and awarded by the Institute of Human Centred Design.

1999  Western Australian Municipal Association Award for Innovation – Gosnells Town Centre Revitalisation Plan

1992  International Urban Design Competition – Award Winner – Main and Masaryk Stations, Prague, Czech Republic

1992  South African Property Owners Association – Building Merit Award – Bank City Development, Johannesburg.


Education

Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Bachelor of Architecture

Diploma in Urban Design (with distinction)

Master of Arts in Urban Design (with distinction)