Michael Harrison

Michael is a Strategic Advisor to Architectus. He has 40 years of experience in urban design, urban planning and architecture. He is a Fellow of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects. His qualifications include a Master of City Planning and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Design Program.

Michael was Urban Design and Planning Director at Architectus from 1985 to 2018. During 2007 to 2011 he was seconded to Sydney City Council as Executive Director of the City Strategy and Design Division and was responsible for City Plan Development, City Design, City Sustainability, City Transport, City Renewal, and City Strategy / Economic Development.

He has been a primary author of many urban design, master planning and strategic planning studies for private industry, local and state government including the Central Sydney Plan, Green Square Urban Renewal Review, and Walsh Bay Conservation and Development Plan. He led the development approval process for 1 Bligh St (Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star office building), Chifley Tower, and the Art Gallery of NSW Sydney Modern extension.  


  • Central Sydney Plan, Sydney, Australia
  • Epping Town Centre Urban Activation Precinct
  • Macquarie Park Planning Controls Review
  • Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal Redevelopment Master Plan
  • Australia Technology Park Master Plan
  • Glebe Island / White Bay Ports Master Plan
  • Crown Street Women’s Hospital Residential Development, Surry Hills
  • Ultimo / Pyrmont Precinct Planning
  • Chifley Tower Sydney, Urban Design
  • 1 Bligh Street Sydney, Planning Approval
  • Walsh Bay Development Plan
  • Woolloomooloo Wharf Development Plan
  • Thornton Park Urban Village, North Penrith
  • Tallwoods Village Golf Course Estate, Forster
  • South Creek Valley new community for 200,000 people, Western Sydney
  • Local Environment Plans and Development Control Plans for City of Sydney, Ku-ring-gai, South Sydney, Blacktown, Camden, Newcastle, Penrith, Holroyd, Armidale, Inverell, Greater Taree and Warringah