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Giovanni Cirillo

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Giovanni CirilloGiovanni Cirillo has been an urban planner since 1991. In 2013, Giovanni established ‘Planning Lab’, which is a specialised strategic and statutory planning and assessment consultancy providing advice on Sydney CBD and inner city development projects.

Giovanni is a graduate of the University of Sydney (Master of International Studies) and the University of New England (Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning with Honours, and a Graduate Diploma in Economics). Giovanni is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney.

Giovanni was the Executive Director of Urban Renewal and Major Sites at the NSW Department of Planning from 2009 to 2013. Giovanni’s areas of responsibility at the Department of Planning included Centres & Urban Renewal and Strategic Assessments branches.

He has represented the NSW Department of Planning on the boards of:

  • Sydney Opera House Conservation Council
  • Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
  • Heritage Council of NSW
  • Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority

Giovani as also been a member of:

  • SEPP 65 Review Interagency and Peak Bodies Working Group (Chair)
  • Newcastle Centre Renewal Steering Committee (Chair)
  • NSW Heritage Council Approvals Committee
  • Bays Precinct Taskforce and Community Consultative Forum

Giovanni was previously the Director of City Planning & Regulatory Services at the City of Sydney, where he was employed from 1993 to 2008. During his time as Director of City Planning & Regulatory Services at the City of Sydney, he reported directly to the Central Sydney Planning Committee and elected Council.

In 2013 Giovanni Cirillo was made the Inaugural Planner in Residence at the University of Sydney as part of the Henry Halloran Trust. Giovanni is a respected leader and regular speaker at various forums including the Planning Institute of Australia – National Conference(s), International Urban Design Conferences 2010 & 2012 – Speaker and Forum Chair, speaks often at various planning conferences, Sydney University & UNSW and other industry events.

Giovanni has shared in and individually received a number of PIA Awards and Commendations for his contributions to planning policy in Sydney.