Ruth Durack is director of the Urban Design Centre of Western Australia. With 25 years of experience as an urban design consultant, government planner and academic, Durack is a staunch advocate of a non-profit, collaborative approach to achieving urban design excellence.
Ruth graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Western Australia, where she was awarded a Hackett Fellowship for study in the United States. She holds master’s degrees in architecture, city planning and urban design from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a Loeb Fellow of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. Before returning to Perth in 2004, Ruth spent six years in Cleveland, Ohio, as director of a design center affiliated with Kent State University.