Architecture Alumnus Bob Meyer received an honorary degree on Friday 21 June 2013. He graduated with a Doctor of Letters honoris causa from the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales. Dr Meyer gave an occasional address at the graduation ceremony which took place at the Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW. Preceding the ceremony a lunch was held in his honour hosted by Deputy Chancellor Ms Jillian Segal AM and Built Environment Dean, Professor Alec Tzannes.
During his 20 year career in planning as Head of the Policy Branch of the Department of Planning, Bob Meyer delivered key regional scale projects and was responsible for the new town developments of Campbelltown-Camden-Appin and Gosford-Wyong with Campbelltown considered the most successful of the Australian examples. His 1988 Metropolitan Strategy successfully predicted the population growth of Sydney to 2011 and set a clear direction for growth for a further 25 years. He continues to champion the causes of Greater Western Sydney and a greater metropolitan area in which services are equitably distributed.
In his career in private practice, Dr Bob Meyer was involved in planning one of Sydney’s most successful major urban renewal projects at Pyrmont and as Director of Planning at Cox Richardson he directs national and international planning projects. Bob is currently the Director of Planning at Architectural practice Cox Richardson.
At the age of 81, Dr Bob Meyer continues to advise government, the profession and industry at the highest levels serving as a continual thread in the city’s planning from the inception of the Sydney Region Outline Plan in 1968 to the most recent Metropolitan Plan for Sydney – 2036, released in 2010.