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Leigh

Leigh WOOLLEY

Year of Award: 1999 Award State: Tasmania Transport And Infrastructure > Urban Planning And Design
The Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to study design principles of urban settings with particular reference to the Hobart region - New Zealand, Canada, USA, U.K., Norway, Spain, Hong Kong
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Leigh is an architect, urbanist and photographer. Being sixth-generation Tasmanian, his natural foci are the diverse landscapes of the State, especially the Hobart region. For him, design is a process of ‘revealing the place in which settlement occurs’. His architectural practice provides private clients and all levels of government with consultancy and design services – particularly urban design. The recipient of numerous professional design awards, he is also an Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Design at the University of Tasmania and a representative on professional design review panels. He practises from Hobart.

From the places visited, Leigh observed that those cities that deal with their regional settings through comprehensive planning and urban development goals are able to manage their urban form in an integrated way. They embrace their ‘city image’ as a three-dimensional idea, supported by strong municipal planning underpinned by urban design policy. These cities have coordinated their efforts to focus public and private investment and reduce their ecological footprint.

Since 2000 Leigh has consolidated and expanded the findings of his Fellowship through professional practice, lecturing and research, while continuing to contribute to conferences and publications on the place of settlement and design in Tasmania. Embracing the challenge of integrating the experience of urban landscapes into state and local planning frameworks, he continues to apply his findings (underpinned by his photography) to a range of urban design consultancies, architectural commissions and professional advisory roles.

Recent commissions have included developing Urban Design Principles for the City of Hobart, the master-planning of pivotal urban sites for state and local authorities, including the University of Tasmania, and an ongoing analysis of the distinctiveness of the landform structure of the city region in planning Hobart’s natural urban envelope.

The theme of his Churchill Fellowship continues to underpin his contribution to place-based urban research and urban design outcomes in Tasmania.

Leigh has two adult sons and enjoys time with family and his long-term partner Gill. His interests include photography as a way of thinking about the world, drawing as a means to discover, and relaxing and enjoying food with friends. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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