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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Dr Michael Llewellyn-Smith will discuss the value of land and planning controls which impact on its development potential; the distinct but complementary processes of strategic planning and development assessment; the National Framework for Local Plans in England and a comparison with South Australia; good design principles; the role of elected officials; "getting it right"; and the nature of planning - then he will draw some conclusions.



Dr. Michael Llewellyn-Smith, AM, KStJ, JP



Dr Michael Llewellyn-Smith, AM, KStJ, JP was born and brought up in Wales and then educated at Alleyn’s School, Dulwich.

He won a Rhodes Travel Scholarship to Canada before reading Architecture at Cambridge University under Professor Sir Leslie Martin.  Michael worked as an architect in the private sector in London and Melbourne before teaching architecture at Sydney University where he also completed a Master’s Degree in city planning.

After working as a consultant on the City of Sydney Strategic Plan 1971 he became the Chief Planning Officer and subsequently the Deputy City Planner of Sydney.

In 1974 Michael was appointed as the City Planner of Adelaide and from 1977 until 1981 he was also a Commissioner of the City of Adelaide Planning Commission.

Michael served as the Town Clerk/Chief Executive Officer of the City of Adelaide from 1982 until 1994 when he became the Managing Director of Llewellyns International an urban management consulting company.  He worked in Poland, Sri Lanka and South Africa and throughout Australia, particularly for the City of Prospect.

The South Australian State Government appointed Michael as the Presiding Member of the Development Assessment Commission in 1999 and he served in this position until 2007.

Michael he became a full time candidate for a PhD in the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at The University of Adelaide.  The degree was awarded in December 2010 and his thesis was the basis for his book “Behind the scenes: the politics of planning Adelaide” published by the University of Adelaide Press in 2012.

In November 2010 Michael was elected as an Area Councillor of the City of Adelaide for a four year term.  He was a member of the joint City/State Capital City Committee and the Chair of Council’s City Planning and Development Committee.  He served as the Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide 2013 – 14.

Dr Llewellyn-Smith is a Life Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute Australia and is a Life Member of Local Government Managers Australia.  He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of the Built Environment, The University of Adelaide until October 2014 when he left Adelaide and became a Visiting Scholar at the Martin Centre for Urban Studies and at Pembroke College.

Wednesday, 22 October, 2014 - 16:00 to 17:00
Contact name: 
Clare Cassidy
Event location: 
Mill Lane Lecture Room 4