Kate Meyrick

Director, Urbis

Kate Meyrick is a bold strategic thinker with a passion for cities. She is a lawyer with a master’s degree in urban design and estate management. British-born, Kate has more than twenty-five years in the property industry and has worked throughout Europe and Australia as well as Asia and the USA as an urbanist and place maker. Until December 2019 she was the Chief Executive of The Hornery Institute, recently joining Urbis as a director in their strategic advisory team – Future State.

Since 2001 Kate has worked alongside Government, industry and community partners to create a shared vision for some of Australia’s most ambitious major urban infrastructure and regeneration projects nation-wide. To continue to make a difference to the future of Australian cities and communities, she is currently enrolled in a PhD programme at Curtin University where she is working with Peter Newman and the team in the School of Design and Built Environment.

She has also been influential in shaping thinking about the global competitiveness of Australian Cities, the future of Sydney Harbour Foreshore and the Sydney Midtown:Central Station precinct. She is a regular speaker, panellist and conference moderator; contributing to in-house and industry training programmes. She is also a thought leader in relation to world-class teaching, learning and research environments, talent attraction and innovation precincts.

Recently Kate has been focusing on rail led urban renaissance projects working across Australia, the UK and US to position projects to achieve maximum city transformation impact across all stakeholders.

Takes part in

  • ESG in Real State SummitView Full Event
  • 08:30 - 14:00

    Pre-Conference Masterclass: Creating and enhancing the wellbeing of your tenants by applying an ESG lens to your building

    Pre-Conference Microsprint:
    Cities are the foundries for solutions to complex urban challenges! You are invited to submit a wicked ESG challenge for the group to work on collectively in a Microsprint format. As a group, we will select two ideas to work on during each of the masterclass roundtables. This is a unique opportunity to harness the collaborative horsepower of industry colleagues and competitors towards a greater common good.

    8:30        Registration

    9.00        Opening Remarks by Microsprint Facilitator:
    Michael Stott, Director, City Strategy & Place Urbis

    Creating and enhancing the wellbeing of your tenants by applying an ESG lens

    1. Understanding Green Talent
    Led by:
    Kate Meyrick, Director, Urbis

    2. Exploring Green Building and Materials
    Led by:
    Nermine Zahran, Senior Architect & Sustainability Manager, Koichi Takada Architects
    Andrew Chung, Senior Associate, Koichi Takada Architects

    11.00     Morning Coffee

    3. Engaging with Green Finance
    Led by:
    Simon Wild, Group Head of Sustainability & Transformation, Lendlease

    4. Embedding ESG in Corporate Social Responsibility
    Led by:
    Vanessa Pilla, National Lead – Social Advisory, RPS 

    1.30        Networking Lunch

    2:30       End of Masterclass

    Why should you attend?
    To gain valuable insights from the groups international experience and case studies. Knowledge gained will be immediately applicable to your current challenges. This will be an opportunity for us all to openly share and explore solutions to current challenges, and limitations facing the industry. Sharing our knowledge among those interested in advancing modern methods of ESG design and construction to improve sustainability, wellbeing and efficiency in our industry that benefits us all. New cross-disciplinary relationships with like-minded talent will be a beneficial by-product of attending this workshop.

    About your facilitators

    Michael Stott, Director, City Strategy & Place, Urbis
    Empowering people, places and economies to thrive. Michael is an accomplished urban designer, placemaker and strategic planner who has spent the last 20+ years’ working around the world on city shaping projects that create liveable places for people. His professional experience includes working for several globally recognised, leading consultancies and government entities, who are at the forefront of changing how cities are designed and planned.

    Kate Meyrick, Director Future State, Urbis
    Kate Meyrick is a bold strategic thinker with a passion for cities. She is a lawyer with a master’s degree in urban design and estate management. British-born, Kate has more than twenty-five years in the property industry and has worked throughout Europe and Australia as well as Asia and the USA as an urbanist and place maker. Since 2001 Kate has worked alongside Government, industry and community partners to create a shared vision for some of Australia’s most ambitious major urban infrastructure and regeneration projects nation-wide.

    Simon Wild, Group Head of Sustainability & Transformation, Lendlease
    Executive with over 20 years’ experience in sustainability, strategic resilience, financial climate risk and scenario planning. Complex problem solver, strategic thinker, influencer and communicator. CEO, Managing Director, Board Director and Mentor. Simon has had varying roles for 7 years within Lendlease and prior to that he was CEO of Cundall Australia where he led the business growth across Australia and APAC for over 13 years.

    Vanessa Pilla, National Lead – Social Advisory, RPS
    Vanessa has over 20 years’ experience working across public and private sectors in Australia, Malaysia and UK, advising on sustainable urban development and inclusive economies. She is motivated to understand different stakeholder needs and build a shared vision that requires meaningful partnerships with government, business and the community. She is constantly looking for constructive solutions to influence long lasting change that will lead to improved social and economic outcomes.

    Nermine Zahran, Senior Architect & Sustainability Manager, Koichi Takada Architects
    Nermine is a Sydney based Architect focused on Sustainability Management. She believes it is vital to continuously learn – and to educate others in the industry and in the general public – about ways to minimise the impact of the built environment on the planet. Beyond this, her aim is to positively influence materials selection, construction methods, and ongoing energy-efficient operations strategies. Nermine also seeks to ensure that the buildings and spaces we create are human-centred and improve human health and well-being.

    Andrew Chung, Senior Associate, Koichi Takada Architects
    Andrew is an experienced Senior Associate and registered Architect with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry. Strong expertise in mixed-use, residential and multi-res from planning proposals, feasibilities, development applications to marketing stages.

  • Future of Office Space SummitView Full Event
  • 09:15 - 09:35

    Future Perfect – Thinking beyond the immediate future and considering what the “new normal” could look like for our cities and workplaces

    By Kate Meyrick Director, Urbis
    • What will be the biggest short and long-term impacts of Covid-19 on how we live and work?
    • What does this mean for office landlords, developers and investors
    • Rethinking office space design to make offices more attractive destinations for employees

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