JOC Consulting Pty Ltd John O'Callaghan

“We take an entrepreneurial approach to create better cities”

JOC Consulting is a creative urban planning practice that specialises in community, place and technology. Our diverse work output is inspired by best practice and global trends, including those not directly connected to the built environment.

JOC Consulting believes that on our way to creating a better city, we need to live, contribute and facilitate the discussion around building a better tomorrow, at every opportunity.

Our work at JOC Consulting is entrenched in collaboration and connects different cultures to achieve innovative policy and positive behaviour change.

John O'Callaghan JOC Consulting Urban Planning Engagement Place Making

John O’Callaghan, Director

John is an urban planner and expert placemaker, facilitator and engagement specialist. He is passionate about positive behaviour change and making our cities more liveable through creativity and innovation.

In 2014, John was awarded the Urban Provocateur 2014 award by DARCH (the NSW Emerging Architects and Graduates Network) and recognised as an AMP Tomorrow Maker by the AMP Tomorrow Fund. In 2015, he joined Claire McCaughan and Lucy Humphrey as co-directors of the Sydney Architecture Festival 2015. In the same year, John was also a Finalist in the NSW Creative Talent Awards and named 1 of 10 instagrammers to follow in Sydney by TimeOut.

John is also the founder of Trending City, a collaborative blogging platform capturing great ideas from across the globe, and co-founder of Idea Bombing Sydney, a creative meetup focused on turning ideas into action. He was recently appointed Chair of Brand X,  a not for profit arts organisation based in Sydney, and is a lecturer at the University of New South Wales teaching contemporary issues in urbanism.

Want to know more?
Email John [email protected] or phone +61 400 471 469

 Connie Steers JOC Consulting Urban Planning Engagement Place Making

Connie Steers, Creative Urban Planner

Connie is currently studying a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Sydney. With a creative background in design and project management, Connie believes innovative communication methods are key in engaging communities with their environment. She is interested in urban sustainability, environmentally-minded design and combining public art with place.

Email Connie [email protected] or phone +61 413 282 257

Luschia Porter, Designer

Luschia is an emerging Australian Designer with a background in object and graphic design and a Bachelor of Design at The College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Her interest and disappointment in the disposable nature of common objects has shaped her practice. She is currently pursuing her interests in policy and planning and how they relate to design making and thinking.

Isabel Virgona JOC Consulting Urban Planning Engagement Place Making

Isabel Virgona, Assistant

Isabel is passionate about empowering communities to help inform the design of public spaces. She has led small scale placemaking and activation projects, working directly with clients and stakeholders to test and deliver strategies. With experience in engagement, Isabel has designed and facilitated small group workshops and moves feedback into real world recommendations. With rural heritage, Isabel is concerned for planning in regional contexts and is passionate about the retention of strong and active rural communities. She sees JOC as an enabler of creative and agile approaches that anchor people at the centre of cities and towns.

Email Isabel [email protected] or phone +61 428 353 177

Grace Fryar JOC Consulting Urban Planning Engagement Place Making

Grace Fryar, Student Planner

With exposure to both the strategic and statutory sectors of planning, Grace has a broad range of interests and understanding in the field. Grace recognises and importance of collaborative work between planners, developers, communities and other stakeholders in order to achieve positive repercussions for communities of the future. Grace is currently studying a Bachelor of City Planning at the University of New South Wales and is driven by creating positive planning outcomes that forge tangible and lasting impacts on people and places.

Email Grace [email protected] or phone +61 478 031 588

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