Katherine has a background in architecture/urban design (BArch, RMIT university) and sustainable development (MSc in Development Practices, Oxford Brookes University). Prior to returning to Melbourne in 2018, she spent 20+ years living, working and studying in a range of global cities, including significant periods in Oxford, London, New York, Tokyo and Singapore. Highlights during this time include working for Hom + Goldman Architects in New York, Kenzo Tange Architects in Tokyo and creating educational programs with the Urban Redevelopment Authority in Singapore.
Now working at RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research, Katherine manages Research Translation for the Australian Urban Observatory – a new digital liveability tool that maps place-based planning indicators across Australia’s 21 largest cities. She works with federal, state and local government planners and policy makers to use the indicators to make a real impact in their communities. She has developed a range of tools to support such applications including Guidance Notes for Municipal Health and Wellbeing Planning, Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and most recently to enable communities to understand how they measure up as 20 Minute Neighbourhoods.