Here at SMEC we are passionate about making a positive difference in the communities that we work. By 2050, two-thirds of the planet’s projected population of nearly 10 billion is expected to inhabit metropolitan areas (UN Habitat, 2016). Making effective planning decisions about these complex urban environments requires considered thinking.

Our approach is underpinned by systems thinking and attention to the circular economy. Founded on thorough analysis of economic, social, and environmental impacts, we work collaboratively with stakeholder groups to implement viable strategic frameworks for long term infrastructure planning and development.


SMEC’s Urban Communities team has significant skills and experience in designing and delivering vibrant mixed-use precincts in dense urban environments as well as regional underdeveloped areas throughout the world.


Our work spans a variety of city projects, providing critical amenities for communities in developing countries as well developing designs for our cities and precincts of the future.


We provide expertise in all aspects of planning and place making, encompassing land-use, urban form, environment and ecology, energy and resources, public amenities precinct activation and mobility.


Through conscientious assessment of site conditions and surrounding urban context, we have helped communities reduce energy and water consumption whilst making cities more livable.


Our specialise capabilities in cities and precincts includes:

  • Active Transport
  • Community consultation
  • Computer modelling
  • Environmentally Sustainable Design
  • Infrastructure planning and design
  • Landscape Architecture including Streetscape and Public Realm Design
  • Land use planning
  • Open space and recreation master planning
  • Strategic master planning
  • Subdivision design
  • Transport planning
  • Town centre design
  • Urban design frameworks
  • Urban revitalisation
  • Waste management
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design


Talk to one of our global specialists about our Cities & Precincts solutions.