I started the MUDD program in 2005, as a graphic designer with an interest in placemaking. At the time, I was working in a multi-disciplinary urban design firm, which was invaluable in preparing me for the various facets of professional urban design practice. MUDD alumnus Carlos Frias, who was an Associate at the firm, was instrumental in my pursuit of a career in Urban Design and in choosing to undertake the UNSW MUDD program.
MUDD12 Carla Mamaril Sydney, AUSTRALIA
For me, the major drawcards of the MUDD program were its focus on coursework and that it offered students the unique opportunity to undertake an International Design Studio. I was fortunate to be amongst the first MUDD students to venture beyond the Asia-Pacific region to the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The design studio, hosted by the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires (FADUUBA), focused on two underutilised railway yards and explored the themes of urban revitalisation, transit-oriented development, gentrification and social planning. The experience was immersive, intense, inspiring and at times panicdriven – a real test of design tenacity which in many ways set me up for future professional practice. The MUDD curriculum provides a solid theoretical and conceptual foundation upon which to build a career in urban design. It has a breadth and depth of subject matter that reflects the complex interplay of disciplines (including design, humanities, earth sciences, economics, engineering, law and politics) that urban designers deal with on a daily basis. Apart from the academic foundations offered by the curriculum, another valuable takeaway has been my fellow MUDD peers, many of whom have become great friends and valuable industry contacts. The MUDD program
offers a collaborative and inspiring community that I look forward to re-connecting with every year at the Annual Exhibition. Currently, I am an urban designer at LFA (Pacific) Pty Ltd, a multi-disciplinary architectural, urban design and planning firm responsible for significant masterplanning projects including Victoria Park in Zetland, the early stages of Green Square Town Centre and Shell Cove Boat Harbour Precinct. At LFA, I have been closely involved in numerous urban design projects include greenfield precinct planning for Sydney’s North West and South West Priority Growth Areas (Area 20/ Cudgegong Road, Schofields and East Leppington); structure planning for the Carter Street Urban Activation Precinct in Lidcombe; residential masterplanning for the former British American Tobacco site in Pagewood and Fishermans Bay near Newcastle; and urban design guidelines for numerous greenfield and urban revitalisation projects. I have also undertaken environmental assessments in support of State Significant hospital, residential and commercial development applications. Recent projects include the Parramatta North Urban Transformation project for UrbanGrowth NSW and the Rouse Hill Estate project for Sydney Living Museums. In Session 2 of 2015, I was pleased to have been invited to return to the MUDD program as a tutor in the Urban Landscape & Heritage Course convened by Dr Scott Hawken and Dr Anne Warr. Urban design is a life-long passion that has provided me with a very challenging and satisfying career, which could not have been achieved without the theoretical, conceptual foundations and social network granted to me by the MUDD Program.
Master of Urban Development
Published on Apr 26, 2016
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