Geoff Baker (Principal Urban Design, HBO + EMTB) presents his work on Times Square, NYC and Llankelly Lane, Sydney: both of which presented challenges for multiple stakeholders over public spaces

Geoff Baker is the Urban Design Principal at HBO+EMTB Urban and Landscape Design, a specialist company within the HBO+EMTB group. He is an accomplished urban design practitioner, with more than 30 years’ experience in Australia, Hong Kong and the USA. Geoff’s expertise includes town centre, campus, residential and business park masterplanning; streetscape and public space design; road, rail and bus transitway infrastructure design; the preparation of urban design development controls and associated zoning instruments; the provision of specialist advice to public entities, private clients and the NSW Land and Environment Court; and workshop facilitation and community consultation. Geoff has been associated with HBO+EMTB Urban and Landscape Design since 2003. In 2008-2009 he relocated to Hong Kong, working primarily on large-scale sustainable masterplanning projects in China and Vietnam. Prior to joining HBO+EMTB, Geoff led the urban design group at CMP in Sydney. His major projects there included university and business park masterplanning, transport infrastructure design and public open space masterplanning and design. Before returning to Australia in 1998, Geoff worked for 14 years at the New York City

Planning Commission, ultimately as Chief Urban Designer. He made significant contributions to a wide range of complex urban projects. Most notably, he crafted urban design controls for the redevelopment of Times Square, thereby playing a pivotal role in its re-emergence as New York’s premiere public space.


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