Global South | Independant urban design, research and collaboration
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Global South is a socially-focussed, collaborative urban consultancy combining research, leadership and action in urban strategy, design and implementation.

We work with the most effective, skilled and committed teams, integrating diverse skill sets tailored to each project. We partner with public and private sector organisations, through project formation, design and delivery phases.

We pursue projects which encompass a shared commitment to:

  • Research, knowledge building and active learning for all participants;
  • Design excellence;
  • Civic responsibility, towards improved urban conditions;
  • Collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Sustainable process and outcomes.

The global UN Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda provide a guiding structure for our work.

Let’s work together.


Director, Global South


Simon McPherson is a leading cities specialist and urban practitioner, based in Melbourne, with international post-graduate qualifications in Cities, Urban Design and Architecture. He brings extensive experience and advanced skills in urban analysis, strategy, design and implementation, and the integration of diverse technical aspects.

His broad portfolio of projects spans policy, design review, precinct master planning, concept design, design advice and expert witness engagements, in Australia and the UK. He is a member of the Melbourne Design Review Panel, Victorian Design Review Panel, South Australian Design Review Panel and the Casey Design Excellence Panel.

Simon is a registered Architect in Victoria. He completed the inaugural Executive Masters in Cities at the London School of Economics (2016-18), and the Masters in Urban Design at the Bartlett, University College London (2005-06).

Click here to view Simon’s CV



Global South is eager to collaborate, taking real action towards tangible urban improvements and innovation in our cities and towns.

Let’s talk about how we can work together.