23 Mar 2023

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Julie Slifirski as a Director in our Design team.

A highly regarded Landscape Architect with over 20 years’ experience shaping the public realm, Julie believes in a design-led, multi-disciplinary approach to projects, working in partnership with her clients.

She is passionate about environmental projects, and keenly interested in shaping cities to become more inclusive, resilient, competitive and desirable through courageous and transformative design, where culture and nature are central to our experience and identity.

"Natural systems can, and should, exist and flourish in urbanised environments; healthy cities are ones where nature is prioritised, dominant, and central to our experience."

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Having worked on some of Victoria’s most significant cultural and environmental projects – including the Geelong Waterfront Redevelopment and the Westgate Bridge Memorial Park – Julie is committed to design excellence and maintains that good design recognises the relationship between constructed environments and ecology, while treating the interplay sensitively.

With specialist skills in ecologically driven planning, urban agriculture, connecting Country to city, place-based design, and innovative design practice, she also believes in collaborating with artists and story tellers to provide unique expression to the built form.

"It is a big coup to have someone of Julie’s calibre, experience and reputation joining us in the Victorian market. She is extremely skilled, passionate, intuitive yet strategic, and a very big advocate for the benefits of collaboration across disciplines – the perfect fit for Urbis."

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Another special interest of Julie’s is Designing for Country, and she is currently co-designing a course for practitioners which provides non-Indigenous Australians with a valid lens for caring for Country through ecocentric practice.

Commenting on her appointment, Julie said “Urbis is a collective of thinkers and I value people who think laterally, are innovative, and ambitious to make a contribution. The opportunities for interdisciplinary learning across design, environment, economics and planning within Urbis are vast, and together with my talented team, I cannot wait to offer this value to our clients and make a positive difference.”

Julie joined Urbis’ National Design Studio on 13 February. Based at Olderfleet in Melbourne, her remit focuses on the Victorian market.

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