Our award-winning projects are delivered using our world-leading frameworks and methodologies, all of which are all based on evidence, research, and real-world experience.

CoDesign Studio provides fee-for-service consultancy and professional placemaking services. Our approach is collaborative and puts local stakeholders at the centre of the decision-making process.

Locally-led placemaking is an approach to citymaking that is new to many in the industry. Our service offering has been designed to facilitate this process, leaving you confident your projects will thrive upon completion. We are driven by impact and aspire to see rapid change within the citymaking industry. Many of our services adopt our ethos by providing training and capacity building for professionals and the community.

As pioneers of the democratisation of citymaking, we are also at the forefront of research and digital product development in this industry sector.


Co-Design Process + Workshop Facilitation

We specialise in the facilitation of locally-led, co-design processes for self-sustaining placemaking outcomes. Case Study example.

Our experienced team of facilitators includes skilled built environment professionals. We are familiar with the complex nature of shaping cities and can guide you and your stakeholders through every step of the journey. 

Our process is engaging and collaborative ensuring we uncover the latent potential of projects whilst maintaining a positive community conversation.

We have experience facilitating co-design processes at every scale; from a full day 100 person plus summit to a complex multi-stakeholder meeting.  We have worked across many sectors including:

  • Innovation Precincts
  • Retail and Mainstreets
  • Tourism and Rural
  • Infrastructure and change disruption
  • Business Improvement districts
  • Indigenous and Heritage
  • Health and Aged Care
  • Education and Universities
  • Environmental Renewal

Placemaking Strategy

We offer strategic advisory and a full suite of placemaking services for property developers, government, and built environment teams. Case Study example.

Unlike our competitors, we will support your team from strategy to on-the-ground delivery of your projects.

We focus on place-based and people-oriented outcomes for maximised ongoing social impact, thereby mitigating long-term resourcing and management costs.

Products include:

  • Pre-design brief consultation (getting it right from the start)
  • Participatory design and visioning
  • Strategic stakeholder engagement
  • Governance and place management plans
  • Placemaking framework development
  • Placemaking policy development

Place Identity + Visioning

Let us help you develop authentic place branding through creative engagement and meaningful research. Case Study example.

Our insights will inform place planning, boost property sales, build community cohesion and support long-term return on investment through increased customer visitation.

Uncover the authentic place identity of your property to make informed and attractive choices in place planning, activation, sales, and community development.

Combine face-to-face creative engagement with technological advances: place measurement and data insights. Map your users' journeys through place to uncover place value that is social, cultural, environmental and economic.

Place Plans + Government Advisory

We are specialists in advising government on place planning, development, and management. Case Study example.

We consult at all levels of policy, framework, strategy, and plan implementation; and, we are sought-after trainers to build government capacity to lead places for empirical social impact.

Place Plans or Neighbourhood Plans provide a strategic roadmap for how a place will be managed, activated, and altered over a fixed time period.

Most often, a Place Plan is created by council in response to a catalyst, which could include pressures due to change, or disruption in a community such as major infrastructure change.

Seriously-fun Engagement

We provide out-of-the-box place-based engagement that lets us hear from the silent majority. Case Study example.

We have proven strategies to extract authentic place insights, hold purposeful stakeholder discussions and gain political and community support for projects.

Engagement is a core component of designing places for people. Early, multi-stakeholder communication is critical for successful place outcomes.

Understand what is truly happening on the ground through our proven methods that are:

  • Creative
  • Experiential
  • Strategic

Receive full reports with authentic insights and actionable recommendations.

Place Activation

We offer a fresh approach to placemaking activation for new developments, public spaces, property sales, and community events. Case Study example.

Have you ever noticed that award-winning, beautiful spaces are sometimes left empty? 

Evidence from The Neighbourhood Project tells us that traditional 'bump in, bump-out' event-driven activation programs do little to build social capital. We also know that heavily managed activation is not sustainable in most contexts.

CoDesign Studio are specialists in locally-driven activation. We build the social fabric of a place so that it outlasts trends.

Unlock a local community equipped with the agency, capability, connection, and mobility for self-sustaining place benefits.


Decided on what service is best for you?

Call us on 03 9417 00290 or email us at [email protected] to enquire about partnering on your next project.