Ben Driver

Urban Development and Design

Benjamin has joined the UNSW Master of Urban Development & Design Program in 2020. Benjamin has been a member of Sydney’s pre-eminent urban design practice, Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects since 2006, working closely with Founding Principal, Professor Philip Thalis. Benjamin graduated a Master of Architecture from the University of Technology Sydney in 2008. As Senior Urban Designer at Hill Thalis, Benjamin been project urban designer for a number of award winning and high profile public domain, urban design, and urban housing projects. He has travelled extensively in Europe and Asia with a keen interest in city-building, formation, and quality of life for people living in cities.

Arlene Segal

Urban Development and Design

Arlene Segal presently holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer post at the University of New South Wales. As a Senior Lecturer in undergraduate and postgraduate urban design for thirteen years she has been instrumental in establishing the teaching of urban design as a distinct but integrated part of built environment education. She has shared her expertise in tertiary teaching in urban design with other universities where the techniques and transformations she promotes have become recognised as industry-leading.

Her philosophy is centred on a multidisciplinary approach to urban design that embraces sustainability with regards to human habitat and urban settlement patterns. She presents at international conferences in design education and is highly regarded for the papers and research she has published.

Brendan Randles

Urban Development and Design

Brendan is an award-winning architect and urban designer who has a genuine interest in the city and the culture of urban design. After graduating with a degree in Architecture at UNSW he gained a Masters of Urban Design from the Polytechnical University of Catalunya in Barcelona. He has designed large buildings and residential environments locally and internationally and recently won two City of Sydney Residential Design Competitions for sites in Ultimo and Zetland. In partnership with Architectus he has been the recipient of several awards including the PIA Award for Affordable Housing at North Eveleigh.

As part of the teaching staff in the UNSW MUDD Program, Brendan brings his years of industry experience and knowledge to provide practical and innovative instruction within the design studios. He promotes an exploration of high-quality design for new buildings, landscape and the public domain as well as a focus on sustainability and environmental responsiveness.

Jodi Lawton

Urban Development and Design

For more than seventeen years, Jodi has been a sessional academic, lecturer and a course co-convenor in the Master of Urban Development and Design Program in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of New South Wales and she is enthusiastic about sharing her skills in education, graphic design, urban design graphics, exhibition design, event management and digital/web design. This unique skill set combines a passion for good teaching with real-world experience in the latest graphic technologies to ensure that students graduate with industry relevant skills.

Andrew Sweeney

Urban Development and Design

Andrew is a Sydney-based registered architect with more than 30 years’ experience in Australia, the UK and Asia. He has a passion for understanding cities and their post-industrial histories and combines his skills as a creative designer of residential, commercial and heritage projects with a practical knowledge of the realities of working in design offices both large and small.

Within the UNSW MUDD Program, Andrew empowers students to expand their creative abilities with an emphasis on developing effective communication skills to describe, promote and defend their proposals. He works closely with students to enhance their written and verbal English language skills and helps develop their graphic abilities in representing urban forms to a professional level.