SGS Principal and Partner, Marcus Spiller, has been awarded with a Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Life Fellowship.
On Friday 19 July 2019, members of the SGS team attended the PIA Kemsley Oration breakfast where Marcus Spiller was presented with a Life Fellowship. PIA recognised Marcus’s achievements and contributions not only to the institute but to the planning profession.
Marcus first decided on a career in planning during his final year in high school when stumbling across the Melbourne University Town and Regional Planning hand book. He found that the book seemed to cover all his interests of politics, design and economics – and he hasn’t looked back since!
During the presentation of the fellowship PIA spoke to Marcus’s key skills in the capacity to communicate complex ideas in a compelling and accessible way. Regularly speaking at conferences and taking on roles as Adjunct Professors at RMIT University and UNSW.
“Recognition from highly motivated and like-minded peers is very humbling. It’s a spur to move on to the next big challenge” is how Marcus has described receiving the Life Fellowship.
Marcus is passionate about social justice and ensuring that everybody has access to opportunity and is valued. Marcus sees managing urban development to fulfil this objective as an all-absorbing task and currently undertakes a lot of work in affordable housing, metropolitan governance and infrastructure funding.
The presentation also told of the variety of work Marcus has completed throughout his career, undertaking numerous secondments, allowing him to expand his understanding of policy making and implementation of government, and co-editing Australia’s Metropolitan Imperative: An Agenda for Governance Reform in 2018.
Marcus has been a member of PIA since 1999 and was awarded Fellowship in 2009. He is recognised leader within the urban policy community, a past National President of PIA and a former Board member at VicUrban (now Places Victoria).