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Chris Isles

Chris Isles

Place Design Group

Executive Director for Planning at Place Design Group, Chris Isles is a trusted advisor to Australian governments and private developers alike, and leads Urban Planning across eight offices throughout Australia, China and South East Asia. Chris Isles works at the intersection of planning, urban design, commercial viability and data science with his driving energy being the progression and recognition of the critical role that planners have in the cities of the future.

Awarded Australian Planner of the Year in 2015, and current member of the World Cities Summit Young Leaders Program, Chris is recognised for his work exploring and facilitating the relationships between commercial feasibility, big data, crowd sourcing and new technology uses within planning and cities. His focus is guided by the global imperative for the planning profession to respond, and keep ahead of the global urbanisation trend to ensure that the future of cities for people is not lost during rapid urbanisation.