Portrait of Lucinda Hartley

Lucinda Hartley

Lucinda Hartley is an urban designer and social entrepreneur who has spent the past decade pioneering disruptive approaches to revitalising cities and towns that have now been implemented across Australia. 

After spending two years working with slum communities in south-east Asia, she co-founded CoDesign Studio, a social enterprise that uses creative placemaking to improve social connection in local neighbourhoods. Five years later, CoDesign has delivered more than 50 urban renewal projects involving over 10,000 local citizens, and recently launched Australia’s largest placemaking program: the Neighbourhood Project, backed by the Myer Foundation and Resilient Melbourne (part of the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities program).

Prior to launching CoDesign Studio, Lucinda spent five years as a youth advisor to UN-Habitat. The results of this work were recognised by being the first ever urban designer to receive a Laureate Youth Action Net Global Fellowship, an Asialink Dunlop Fellowship.

Lucinda currently hold positions as an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, an Advisor to the Victorian Planning Minister, and is part of the Global Placemaking Leadership Council. Her work has received notable recognition, including making the Age Newspaper’s much acclaimed ‘Top 100 most influential people’ list in 2012.