Hosted by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Engineers Australia (EA), the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), and Stormwater Queensland (SQ), this event will provide an overview of the Biourbanism model and discussion on its relevance for Southeast Queensland cities.

The extent and consequences of humanity’s impacts on the planet are now well understood and increasingly recognisable. This has driven some to propose that the planet is entering a new epoch in its geological history called the Anthropocene - a point in time where most wild places have been substantially modified which has driven substantial changes to natural systems including the climate. (Image above courtesy of McGregor Coxall)

Biourbanism is an interdisciplinary concept founded on ecological sciences, landscape architecture, and urban design theory. It asserts that cities must be considered part of nature in order to address the extent and consequences of human impact on the planet. The Biourbanism model comprises ten systems, 5 bio and 5 urban, allowing professionals to identify ways to improve the resilience of cities and places to extreme weather events driven by climate change while delivering economic, environmental, and social benefits for communities. 

Hosted by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Engineers Australia (EA), the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), and Stormwater Queensland (SQ), this event will provide an overview of the Biourbanism model and discussion on its relevance for Southeast Queensland cities. It will include the following:

  • Light breakfast, tea, coffee and networking

  • A seminar presentation on biourbanism from Adrian McGregor. Adrian is the founder of McGregor Coxall, Adjunct Professor at UC and author of the recently released Biourbanism book that provides city planners, leaders, and other stakeholders with practice-relevant guidance for planning prosperous cities and places that are resilient to the impacts of climate change. 

  • A panel discussion facilitated by AILA Queensland President, Tessa Leggo, with expert designers, engineers, planners and scientists with audience questions and answers. Check out who's on the panel & their bios below. 

The event is relevant for professionals interested or involved in city planning for resilience and future prosperity including, but not limited to, the following. 

  • Landscape architects; 

  • Engineers; 

  • Ecologists; 

  • Planners; 

  • Stormwater professionals; 

  • Executive leaders of government; 

  • Politicians. 

Tickets are strictly limited, so register now to secure your spot.





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Regular pricing    $70
Student Price  If you are a student member of one of the Institutes, please email [email protected] with proof of membership to receive a $15 discount off the regular pricing.  $55


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Adrian McGregor

Adrian McGregor is a landscape architect, biourbanist and Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra – Faculty of Arts and Design. He is the founder and Chief Design Officer of McGregor Coxall, an interdisciplinary design firm located in Australia and the UK dedicated to assisting cities achieve resilient prosperity. Selected as one of Sydney’s ‘100 Most Creative People’ and recipient of the Prime Minister of Australia’s Urban Design award, he has designed new cities, lectured, and delivered award-winning projects across the world.





Tessa Leggo

Tessa is the current AILA Queensland President and owner of FRED St, a Brisbane based Landscape Architectural firm with extensive experience in landscape and urban design for commercial, infrastructure, parks and open spaces. Her interest lies in creating places that work for the people that use them. Tessa weaves the functional imperatives into landscapes that fulfil subjective objectives of placemaking, unique character and amenity, with significant experience integrating creative urban design and community outcomes within complex engineering designs.



Greg Kitson

Greg is Wakka Wakka, a qualified and practicing regional and town planner (UQ Hons), completing his PhD through the Cities Research Institute at Grifith University and currently working as a consultant specialising in Indigenous Community Planning, including planning with Country. 

Abel Immaraj

Abel has a deep understanding of the water sector through diverse professional and practical experience over 30 years in governance, executive, operational and audit roles. Abel’s contribution to the water sector and wider engineering industry has been recognised by multiple industry awards including the Australian Water Association Queensland Water Professional of the Year 2021 and the Engineers Australia Queensland Professional Engineer of the Year 2022. Abel is a Chartered Engineer and has a MSc (Engineering) in Groundwater Hydrology and Modelling, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Hydraulic Engineering.

Kim Markwell

Kim is an environmental scientist with a passion for integrating nature and water into built environments to protect and enhance ecological systems as well as create vibrant, liveable and sustainable communities. She has been working as a consultant for over 16 years specifically on the integrated planning and design of green infrastructure, WSUD and waterways. Kim has worked closely with clients across Australia in the development of holistic strategies, policies and designs for green infrastructure including waterway corridors, stormwater treatment devices, parks and street trees to drive co-investment and delivery of multiple outcomes from these important assets.  

Jaime Traspaderne

Jaime Traspaderne is a passionate urban designer with the ambition to create more resilience, liveable and nature based urban environments. He is a RIBA registered Architect and Urban Designer at Arup. He is currently leading the Urban Design and Masterplanning team in Queensland. Jaime has significant experience leading visioning and masterplanning teams on complex development projects. Jaime’s works extends from Europe to Middle East and Australia, working in projects such as the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ Qatar, the new capital for Indonesia and Brisbane Metro. Jaime is a collaborator and guest lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland and Bond University. 

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16/04/2024 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
E. Australia Standard Time
Engineers Australia QLD Office Level 9, 340 Adelaide St BRISBANE 4000 AUSTRALIA
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