Some of Australia’s largest development projects dot the career path of Clare Sowden. Now with PwC, Sowden is developing the urban renewal project Little Bay, which is the last tranche of beachfront land to be developed in Sydney. Earlier, as development manager for Stockland, Australia’s largest diversified property group, she worked on Lockerbie, the company’s $4 billion new-town project north of Melbourne. Sowden managed internal stakeholders, encouraged collaboration across different business units, and ensured the future sustainability of both the natural environment and the community being built there.
As a 2011 recipient of Stockland’s Peter Daly Fellowship, Sowden traveled around the world researching prefabrication. Upon her return, she joined Mirvac in Sydney as development manager for Australia’s largest urban redevelopment, Green Square, located 2.5 miles (4 km) south of the Sydney central business district. The 722-acre (292 ha) Green Square site is undergoing an $8 billion revitalization from light industrial use to a development of 20,000 new homes in a vibrant and sustainable urban environment.
“Australia is riding a wave of urban renewal that is unprecedented in its history,” she says. “Leading the creation of sustainable, well-designed, and highly livable communities is a key goal for me. Ironically, it costs nothing to have a vision, but the end cost of not having one is immense. The stakes are too high to not be creating places that inspire people.”