Awards & Publications



The Urban Taskforce had collated some of the ideas and concepts grounded on real sites and real opportunities for a change along the sites on Parramatta Road corridor.  Olsson Associates have designed new residential buildings on Parramatta Road which were included in the Urban Ideas, a public interest magazine by the Urban Taskforce.

The sites on the northern side of the road benefit from the northern sun and have living areas and balconies to the north, away from the road.

The sites on the southern side of the road have screens that permit solar access and cross ventilation whilst controlling noise and pollution.

Professional Development and Design Education

 Russell has presented conference papers on SEPP 65, Design Quality and Development Controls, including

  • NEERG Professional Development Seminars at the Powerhouse Museum and The Mint, Sydney (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
  • Professional presentation at the NSW Chapter of the RAIA, at Tusculum, Potts Point (2004)
  • Professional presentation to the Building Design Professionals, at the Medina Hotel, Surry Hills (2003)
  • Professional presentation at Archicentre, at the Leichhardt Club, Rozelle ( 2003 )

Russell has led day long bus trips for Councillors and Senior Planners at Kogarah and Ku-ring-gai Councils. These have focussed on best practice in urban, residential and environmental design in Sydney.

Prizes and Awards

 2008: Award In The Category Of Urban Planning Achievement, Planning Institute Of Australia, Consultant Team Member, “Sustainable Sydney 2030”

1999: RAPI Presidents Award And RAPI Planning Award, Consultant Team Member, Sydney City Plan LEP and DCP

1993: Balmain Urban Design Ideas Competition Winner