One of the world’s leading experts on urban development, Professor Edward J Blakely is a passionate advocate for harnessing the best out of the built environment and creating highly credible educational resources for government authorities and private enterprise to learn from and study.
As Honorary Professor of Urban Policy at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, he is a prominent academic with 40 years of international experience and is highly influential in the planning and management of large-scale development projects. He has been awarded for his services to cities and states globally and has led the charge in building cities of the future.
In addition to founding the Future Cities Collaborative, Professor Blakely has worked extensively with local and state government authorities across Australia such as the City of Sydney, the City of Parramatta, and the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment.
He has been dean of urban planning at the University of Southern California and the Milano Graduate School of public policy at the New School University in New York as well as department chair for more than a decade at the University of California at Berkeley.
He chaired the Sydney Metropolitan Plan Reference Panel 2003-2005 and has advised on metropolitan planning in the Australian cities of Melbourne, Brisbane-Southeast Queensland and Adelaide, additionally at an international level in more than 15 countries.
His recent work has involved advising and consulting various local governments on their sustainability, productivity, and urban development issues, ranging from smart city initiatives to green infrastructure and local financing mechanisms.
He is a global leader in all aspects of urban and regional planning with numerous awards for his services to cities, states and provinces all over the world in planning and management of large-scale development projects.