Roderick Simpson

With Rod Simpson’s impressive design acumen and extensive experience in leading and progressive urbanism, his appointment as the inaugural Environment Commissioner, as part of the newly formed Greater Sydney Commission, came with little surprise.

Rod has the capacity to balance the practical and immediate planning needs across all levels of government. Starting studies in landscape architecture and his professional experience with the Total Environment Centre, Harry Howard and later Greenpeace for the Sydney Olympic Bid, Rod has set high aspirations for quality and environmental performance.

Combined with a concern for social equity and livability, his work has been widely recognised by urban design and planning awards both nationally and internationally.

Formerly Director of the Urban Design and Master of Urbanism Programs in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney, Rod is also highly and widely regarded as an expert communicator and educator among scores of practitioners.
Rod’s ability to navigate all levels of government and to entrench green space as part of future planning is evidenced by his leadership role in the urban design and spatial planning for the Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan.