I am excited to be joining a team that is as passionate about cities as I am and to create sustainable solutions for our clients, our communities, our economy, and our planet.
“Our goal with Future State is to assemble the best minds to help government and industry leaders address the systemic issues that make our cities and communities increasingly fragile.”
Mr Palmen commented, “Cities are one of our most critical intervention points for adapting to the fast-changing global context and ‘building back better’, but many of the challenges we face today can be attributed to yesterday’s solutions.
“Tackling issues of consequence for cities and realising projects that make ambitious ideas tangible requires new ways of thinking, doing, and collaborating and Future State has big plans to do just that.
“I am excited to be joining a team that is as passionate about cities as I am and to create sustainable solutions for our clients, our communities, our economy, and our planet.”
Mr Palmen joins from PwC’s Integrated Infrastructure team where he advised on city and precinct policy and development for the past two years. Prior to this, he spent four years at EY in the firm’s Economics, Regulation and Policy team.
Mr Palmen will work alongside Future State Directors Kate Meyrick and James Tuma in Brisbane, Nathan Stribley in Melbourne, and its national team of specialist consultants.
Ms Meyrick is the former CEO of The Hornery Institute and joined the firm in 2020. Mr Tuma took up the role of Future State Group Director in July this year after nine years leading Urbis’s international design offering. Mr Stribley was previously an advisor to the Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure and former Victorian premier Denis Napthine.
Mr Palmen commences with Urbis on Monday, 6 September 2021.
To find out more about Urbis’ new strategic advisory offer, Future State, click here.