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25 MAR 2018

Oceania judges announced for Cities for our Future competition

The Cities for our Future competition is the centrepiece of our 150th anniversary celebrations. It’s designed to generate original and practical ideas that can make a real impact on the challenges facing the world’s cities.

Submissions will focus on innovative ideas to help solve rapid urbanisation, resource scarcity, and climate change. The judges will rate the ideas based on impact, excitement, scalability, relevance and feasibility.

The Oceania judging panel reflects the diversity of the region and the profession, representing decades of experience in the built environment.

They will work together to decide the winner and runner-up entries for the region, which will then go forward to the global judging, and the opportunity to win $90,000.

Judging panel


Murray Coleman OAM FRICS, Division Director, Macquarie Group (head judge)

Murray is Division Director at Macquarie Capital, and has been Chair of the Oceania World Regional Board since 2015. Prior to Macquarie, he was with Lendlease for 30 years, working in a number of senior roles across the business both in Australia and overseas.

In 2012, Murray was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the building and construction industry.

  John V McCarthy AO FRICS, Chairman, AEH Property (independent adjudicator)

John is widely recognised as a multi-faceted industry leader and has a wide breadth of experience in senior management and corporate governance.

John enjoys a close working relationship with major banks, superannuation funds, institutional investors, financiers and senior professionals and analysts, as well as numerous industry bodies. In 2009 John was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.

  Nicole Campbell, Manager, Research and Learning, Landcom

Nicole is the Manager, Research and Learning for Landcom, the NSW Government’s land and property development organisation. Research and Learning focuses on engagement and strategic partnerships through education, learning and research on complex urban transformation projects.

Nicole and her team work closely with leading NSW universities; vocational educational institutions, high schools and primary schools to develop unique experiential learning and research opportunities relating to urban transformation and place-making innovations.



Rob Hall FRICS, CEO, Development Christchurch Ltd
Rob is currently the Chief Executive of Development Christchurch Limited, a Council Controlled Trading Organisation established to assist with post-earthquake urban regeneration in New Zealand’s second city. 

He has surveyed around the world including in the Pacific, Africa and Antarctica. He has extensive experience in dealing with climate change challenges and natural disasters, from Christchurch earthquake recovery and rebuild to measuring the changing conditions of the World's oceans.


Professor Robyn Phipps FRICS, Professor in Construction, Program Director of Construction programs, Massey University
Robyn is the Director of Construction programs and Cluster Leader of the Built Environment staff at Massey University. Her expertise is in the design and management of healthy buildings, indoor air quality, heating and ventilation.

Prior to academia, Robyn worked in architectural practice. She moved to Massey University to fulfil a passion for research on healthy and sustainable buildings.


Clive Prime MRICS, Property Investment Manager, ISPT
Clive is an investment manager with ISPT, one of Australia’s largest unlisted property funds managers, managing a portfolio of shopping centres located across Australia.

With a career spanning different property sectors, in various cities around the world, Clive is interested in the way the built environment supports different uses and how it adapts to accommodate the changing needs of dynamic cities.


Competition timeline

Entries to the Cities for our Future competition close on 31 May.

Judging in Oceania will take place in June with the winner going forward to a final global shortlist of 12. The final 12 will receive mentoring and support from an experienced RICS surveying professional to further develop their idea in advance of the final to be held in November.

The regional winner and runner-up of the competition will be announced on 18 July, with the global winner announced on 26 November.

Regional briefs

Christchurch: Entrants are asked to consider how cities such as Christchurch, which have suffered major natural disasters, can attract the people, investment and entrepreneurs they need to re-build their economies.

Melbourne: Entrants are asked to consider what innovative ideas can help developed cities like Melbourne cope with future waves of population growth.