21 Nov 2019

With more than 25 years’ experience in urban planning in both the public and private sectors of metropolitan Perth and regional Western Australia, Urbis WA Regional Director Ray Haeren has been appointed Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Director for the WA Division.

The PIA Board is made up from representatives from each state and sets the policy framework and strategic direction for the Institute.

Ray is a devoted advocate and commentator of urban planning issues in both his professional capacity, as Urbis WA Regional Director, and his personal roles on various committees and organisations. He has a deep passion for creating positive change to urban and regional areas; his key areas of expertise being urban regeneration, sustainable regional development and integration of planning processes and outcomes. Ray is also a champion for diversity in the workplace and supporting emerging leaders in the profession.

Earlier this year, Ray was named in the list of the Top 50 most powerful people in the Western Australian property industry. He is best known for his work on retail, town centres and redevelopments. Ray has contributed to some of the most high-profile projects in Perth, such as the Westfield Carousel expansion, the upcoming Carillion City Redevelopment, and LandCorp’s urban infill at Montario Quarter.

It is important as you progress in your career as a planner to give back to the Institute and the profession.

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At the 2019 WA PIA Awards, Ray was elevated to Fellow status for his significant contributions to planning. He is a former WA President of the Planning Institute and Chairman of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies. He is currently Chairman of the Property Council’s Diversity Committee and Presiding Member of the City of Perth Local Development Assessment Panel.

On his appointment, Ray said, “I am very pleased and proud to have been appointed to the PIA Board as the WA representative. It is important as you progress in your career as a planner to give back to the Institute and the profession.”

“I look forward to contributing to the great work and increasing the profile of the organisation. I hope to make a positive contribution and bring some new perspectives to the group, in particular a passion for some national perspectives around cities and communities.”

“I am very aware that I have big shoes to fill and thank Marion Thompson for her great contribution over the last 4 years.”

Ray will commence his term at the conclusion of PIA’s Annual General Meeting being held in Canberra on 28 November 2019.