Creating Eco-logically integrated cities for people

Eco (n): from the Greek 'oikos' = 'household'/'environment'


An independent, not for profit, interdisciplinary research-design lab, and part of The University of Western Australia's (Global Top 100) School of Design, with our own Masters in Urban Design programme. 


Curiosity and enthusiasm for novel solutions to urban challenges, exploring the creation of ecologically integrated cities for people.


Driving knowledge deeper by testing ideas through design and experimentation to reach non-predetermined outcomes.


Research-driven urban design proposals, prototypes, and consultation; professional and postgraduate short courses and Masters/PhD; participatory design facilitation; research reports and publications; dynamic system modelling.

For whom...

For government, industry, community, domestic and international students, and all global residents of cities. 


Past collaborators and interns (2014-present)

Bronwyn Slater, Frances Silberstein, Steven Johnson, Faranak Farshidfar, Ina Hengstler (Germany), Alessandra Santos (Brazil), Svetlana D'Souza, Nathan Steele, Annalisa Ricci (Italy), Ana Maria Velasco (Columbia), Ruby Low, Nadine Blasche (Germany), Dennis Meyer (Germany), Patrick Hubble, Yi Cai (China), Valentina Cianflone (Italy), Giovanna Federico (Brazil), Erin Fowler, Eric Harrison, Sundae Im (Macau), Lara Pinho (Portugal), Zaheer Allam (Mauritius), Shamantha Carbone (Germany), Max Priebe (Germany), Tim Staudenmaier (Germany), Georgia Evans, Lauren Stokes, Dinis Candeias (Portugal).


Advisory Board

Fred Chaney Jnr (Chair), Principal, Chaney Architecture; Ralph Addis, DG, Dept. of Regional Development; Prof. Simon Anderson, Head of School, School of Design, UWA; Michael Chappell, Managing Director, Pracsys; Prof. Dr. Peter Davies, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, UWA; Adrian Fini, Director, FJM Property; Janet Holmes a Court AC, Chair, Heytesbury; Lino Iacomella, Property Council; Kieran Kinsella, CEO, MRA; Eric Lumsden, Chair, WAPC; Gail McGowan, DG, Dept. of Planning; Frank Marra, CEO, LandCorp; Mike Rowe, DG, Dept. of Water; Lisa Scaffidi, Mayor, City of Perth; Colin Slattery, DG, Dept. of Lands; Richard Sellars, DG, Dept. of Transport; Paul Whyte, Acting DG, Housing Authority; Diane Warnock, long term resident, City of Perth


Education Board

Chris Melsom, (Chair), Principal, HASSEL; Anna Evangelisti (Deputy Chair), Design Manager, LandCorp; Daniel Firns, Director, UDLA; William Grace, Urban Sustainability Specialist; Brett Wood-Gush, Acting Director, Urban Designer, MRA; Peter Hobbs, Principal, Peter Hobbs Architects; Lucian Iacob, Senior Associate, Roberts Day; Naomi Kavanagh, Dept. of Planning.