Senior Urban Designer
M(City & Reg Planning), B(Env Geo Sciences), University of Cape Town SACPLAN, UDISA, RTPI Affiliate
“As urban designers, our role is to act as social anthropologists, prioritizing the diverse needs of all users in the spaces we create. By building on a project's resilience, we aim to design placemaking that is both appropriate and ethical.”
Brogan brings broad international experience in town planning and urban design to our Urban Design team on diverse public and private projects. Her expertise includes spatial master planning, urban design frameworks, precinct plans and urban renewal projects that often include design guidelines for various sector projects.
In recent years she has worked alongside engineers on wildly varied, technically complex projects, from integrating Cape Town’s future water treatment works plant into its natural biosphere reserve to delivering economic regeneration plans at South Africa’s largest township, Soweto in Johannesburg. At architecture-led practice, dhk Brogan was part of the urban design team behind Conradie Park, named one of five game-changer projects within South Africa. Its socially innovative approach to mixed-use development integrates social housing complexities, heritage elements and public space design into more than 3600 dwellings within a 22-hectare site.
Brogan’s warm, open communication style, adventurous spirit and passion for cities, ecology and people make her a natural fit at ClarkeHopkinsClarke. We love that her pro-bono work includes one of South Africa’s first community-driven, privately funded skate park on council land-named Eyethu Hout Bay Park - impacting three diverse communities. It has inspired a network of similar public spaces and grown into the not-for-profit organisation Eyethu Initiatives (meaning ‘ours’ in isiXhosa), helping other communities replicate their blueprint approach to public space planning.