Vanessa Walker

Vanessa is a creative placemaking consultant specialising in public space design and activation.

Vanessa Walker, Victorian Design Review Panel
Curatorship, Planning

Vanessa is a creative producer and strategic planner. She has professional experience in the urban development and creative industries. Vanessa has a strong background in architecture and policy.

Vanessa is founding director of Big Space, a creative place making consultancy based in Melbourne. She assists developers and agencies to support dynamic urban culture through effective engagement, strategy and creative local projects.

She has a long-standing involvement in Melbourne's Federation Square and Docklands. Vanessa has contributed to the planning of major urban renewal projects in capital cities and regions around Australia.

Throughout her career in the public and private sectors, Vanessa has been involved in:

  • planning
  • developing
  • managing new urban destinations
  • supporting vitality through cultural projects, programs and partnerships

Vanessa has curated and commissioned art in public contexts around Melbourne, working in collaboration with leading Australian artists and architects. She is an active arts advocate, public speaker and advisor to patrons and agencies including the Victorian Public Sculpture Fund and RMIT School of Art.