Architects seeking election to Sydney council

Sydney councillor and architect Phillip Thalis is running for re-election, and this time he’s being joined by another architect, HY William Chan.

Thalis and Chan are both running as independent candidates on the ticket of current lord mayor Clover Moore. They say they will advocate strongly for social and affordable housing and work with the community on issues such as public domain improvements, pedestrian safety and active transport.

Thalis, who is the founding principal of Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects, was first elected to the City of Sydney in 2016. While on council, he has established himself as a critic of privatization and poorly planned development. He has chaired the Transport, Heritage and Planning Committee and the Local Pedestrian, Cycling and Traffic Calming Committee and sat on the Central Sydney Planning Committee.

HY William Chan.


Ann-Marie Calilhanna

Chan, who has practiced within the city as an architect and urban planner, is a recent UN Sustainable Development Solutions Fellow in sustainable cities and communities and was inducted into the Australian of the Year Awards Honour Roll in 2020 for services to the community. He won the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2014 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture and was, in 2019, named on Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30 – Asia” list.

The complete ticket includes Clover Moore, deputy lord mayor Jess Scully, councillor Robert Kok, councillor Philip Thalis, councllor Jess Miller, Emelda Davis, HY William Chan, Adam Worling, Mike Galvin and Elaine Czulkowski.

Voting began online on 22 November and election day is 4 December.

Source: Architecture - architectureau

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