Sara Stace is a city shaper with extensive knowledge about cities, land use, and urban transport. She is particularly interested in the role of active transport and urban design to create liveable communities. She has more than 20 years experience working in local, state and federal government, and the private sector.
Sara holds a number of roles including with a local government in Australia, chair of the Urban Mobility Task Force for the Smart Cities Council of Australia and New Zealand, and is on the New South Wales State Design Review Panel assessing large-scale urban design and architecture projects.
Sara was formerly Director of National Urban Policy in the Australian government’s Major Cities Unit / Infrastructure Australia where she led six years of policy development and reform:
wrote three new national policies including the National Urban Policy, National Urban Design Protocol, and National Active Transport Policy (Walking, Cycling and Access to Public Transport)
worked with advisory bodies reporting to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG),
forged agreement with major stakeholders across government and industry,
federal government representative on the Australian Bicycle Council reporting through Austroads to COAG.
Previously Sara was General Manager of an ASX-listed property fund; Associate Director for a multinational property consultancy; and project architect for several award-winning architecture firms.
Sara holds a wide range of awards and honours including a NSW Planning Excellence Commendation from the Planning Institute of Australia 2017; National Award from the Planning Institute of Australia 2014; Secretary's Award and Australia Day Achievement Award from the Commonwealth Government 2012; Australian Institute of Architects Special Jury Award; Banksia Environmental Award Commendation; and Imagining the Future National Award 2004.
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Australian Graduate School of Management, University of NSW and University of Sydney
Registered Architect #6883, Board of Architects NSW
Bachelor of Architecture (Hons I) and Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Western Australia