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Leading urban strategist appointed to top Properties position

Media release

Curtin University has appointed award-winning urban strategist Andy Sharp as its new Director Properties, Facilities and Development.

Mr Sharp joined the University in 2011 as Director of Campus Development, a role in which he has led the Curtin Master Plan and Place Activation projects.

Vice-President Corporate Services, Ian Callahan said Mr Sharp was well placed to expand his responsibilities and lead the area after his two years at the University.

“The Curtin Master Plan has been a significant project that sets out the changes required to become a globally recognised university and Andy’s leadership has been instrumental in bringing this vision to life,” Mr Callahan said.

“Andy will retain close involvement in these key projects in his new role and he is well equipped to lead the Properties and facilities teams through the exciting and challenging time ahead.

“His leadership skills were also recognised by his colleagues in June, when he was elected to serve as a Member of the Curtin Council.”

Mr Sharp’s previous experience includes being Managing Partner and International Head of Landscape Architecture for international design practice HASSELL.

He said he was looking forward to taking on the new role in a changing higher education landscape, where technology was redefining learning needs and methods and competition between universities was global, not just local.

“Through the development of the Bentley Campus into a major ‘university city’, Curtin is hoping to not only enrich the campus experience for students and staff, but develop a world-class environment for researchers and increase the knowledge base of the State,” Mr Sharp said.

“This new role sits comfortably with Curtin’s strategic direction. Ensuring we plan, develop and maintain the University for future generations will be an exciting challenge.”

Mr Sharp serves on several boards and committees, including Guildford Grammar School, City of Perth Design Advisory Committee and City of Joondalup Design Reference Panel.

He was also a recipient of the WA Business News 40 Under 40 award for his leadership in the architecture, engineering and construction sectors.

Mr Sharp succeeds former Executive Director of Properties, Steve Harvey who will retire from Curtin later this month after six years as leader of the large portfolio that incorporates Parks and Gardens, the Office of Environmental Sustainability, Site Services and Security, among others.

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