Jess Christiansen-Franks

Jess Christiansen-Franks

Jess Christiansen-Franks

CEO of CoDesign Studio, Project Director of The Neighbourhood Project, and expert in urban design, transport and land use

Jessica is CEO of CoDesign Studio, a design and placemaking consultancy dedicated to reinventing Australian neighbourhoods. A qualified Urban Designer and Landscape Architect, Jessica has spent the past decade looking into the social impacts of urbanisation, including identity construction in existing and emerging communities and social marginalisation of urban migrants.

Prior to joining CoDesign Studio, Jessica worked on a range of notable and complex urban projects including the Ho Chi Minh City BRT Transport and Land Use Study, Port Melbourne Waterfront Urban Design Framework, Brisbane’s Vibrant Laneways and Small Scale Spaces Strategy. She has also worked with public and private sector clients including the World Bank and donor agencies.

Jessica is currently the Project Director for The Neighbourhood Project – Australia’s largest Tactical Urbanism experiment that will see eight local councils enable the delivery of up to 40 community-led placemaking projects.