Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne

Highly experienced and effervescent, Valli is a global leader in citymaking systems, urban strategies and collaborative process facilitation.

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With our energetic and visionary Chief Executive office at the helm since May 2018, CoDesign Studio has received a wealth of experience and insights from decades of work as a leader and innovator of placemaking.

Valli Morphett began her journey as a built environment specialist in landscape architecture. After years of work in Australia and the UK, she moved into community engagement while she continued to seek place-based changed that actively connected with the needs of people through the power of human-centred design.

Naturally, this led to her appointment in local government departments to influence citymaking systems from the inside out. Meanwhile, she established a suite of professional networks, placemaking teams, and local businesses - ever the one to be at the forefront of connecting people, ideas, and resources to see actionable change for more vibrant and resilient cities.

Today, Valli Morphett holds the position of CEO at CoDesign Studio, bringing her pink hair, laughter, and two lovely doggo's to our vibrant and hardworking office.

A leader of leaders, Valli Morphett also sits on the Project for Public Spaces’ Global Place Leadership Council and rattles the cage in her myriad positions including as Regional Network Lead for Placemaking X Asia-Pacific, founding member of the Engage 2 Act collective, past South Australian IAP2 Coordinator, and founder of placemaking peer collective Place Invaders.

Key Skills
  • Strategy and Policy
  • Facilitation
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Community Engagement 
Key Projects
  • University of Tasmania Precinct Plan (John Wardle Architects)
  • Cheltenham & Mentone
    Placemaking Strategy
    (SALTA)
  • Latrobe Valley Mine
    Rehabillitation Land use
    Strategy (DELWP)
  • Community Placemaking
    Masterclass (South
    Gippsland Shire)
  • Darebin Car Parking
    Strategy (City of Darebin
  • Monash University Clayton
    Centre (Monash University)
  • Bills Street Hawthorn Public
    Housing Renewal (DHHS)
  • Whitlam Place Planning
    (Suburban Land Agency)
  • Jetty Street Village
    Placemaking (City of
    Charles Sturt)
Key Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Landscape
    Architecture, RMIT
  • Specialist Certificate in
    Executive Leadership,
    Melbourne Business School
  • Governor’s Leadership
    Foundation Program,
  • Leadership Institute of South
    Australia

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