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Laura Schmahmann

Master of Philosophy, BPlan (Hons)
+61 2 8307 0121

Laura is a planner with experience advising clients on innovation precincts and economic development policy, strategic land use studies, and integrated transport and land use policy. She has managed a range of projects across Australia for state and local government clients, as well as the private sector.

Laura’s postgraduate research investigated how knowledge is transferred between workers and firms within industry clusters in Sydney, and the role of the urban context in influencing or impacting on this. Since completing this research, Laura has been involved in the preparation of innovation precinct strategies and advice relating to these precincts more broadly for a range of clients across Australia. Recent projects include Tonsley in Adelaide, White Bay Power Station in Sydney, and the National Employment and Innovation Clusters in Melbourne. She has also spoken at a number of conferences and seminars on this topic.

Laura worked closely with the Greater Sydney Commission in developing the economic narrative for Greater Sydney as well as the vision for the Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula (GPOP) corridor. She also has significant experience working closely with local government to prepare local employment and housing strategies and review rezoning applications.

Laura prepared the Integrated Transport and Land Use Planning guidelines as part of the new Australian Transport Assessment and Planning framework (the update to the National Guidelines for Transport System Management). These guidelines were awarded Best Planning Idea - Large Project at the 2016 PIA ACT Division Awards recognising the value of the guidelines in shaping in our cities and regions.