City Growth Dynamics

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Jonathan is available for advisory engagements that are related to city growth dynamics, urban renewal, revitalisation and property development.

Jonathan is a recognised expert in the area of city growth dynamics with an emphasis on understanding dormancy in  city precincts and how to revitalise and develop city precincts.  He has been an advisor to Government, Industry and Academic sectors in this area.

Jonathan has been an invited speaker at several conferences and forums and helps city builders to understand development and land dynamics as an underlying dimension of revitalisation.

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Media and Invited Appearances

Jonathan has been invited as a guest speaker and chairperson of  forums in the area of city growth and property development dynamics including the impact of high growth city development on building defects. See Media and Testimonials

See his current project and article : The Defects Dilemma.

Master Classes on City Growth Dynamics

Jonathan runs Master Classes on city growth dynamics which allow city builders to understand the dynamics of property development and city development and how they are melded together to align toward a better city.

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 Project Vignette:

Jonathan acted as Interim Manager of Investment and Development for the Penrith Business Alliance who is the recognised economic stimulus arm of Penrith City Council. Jonathan helped establish the PBA’s 5 year draft strategic vision to 2020 , and their advocacy document for the March 2015 State Elections. This included the creation of a research programme for measuring progress of the city’s development and a review of the ‘Penrith Progression’ which is Penrith City Council’s vision for the revitalisation of Penrith.


Jonathan was awarded a doctorate at UNSW Faculty of Built Environment in March 2015 for his dissertation ‘The Seed in the Cityscape- The property development mechanism and its influence on the growth of cities’ , Dec 2014. The research was conducted under an Australian Post Graduate Award.

The doctorate achieved the rare status of AA where no changes were required by the examiners and it was recommended to be published in book form by the examiners and his supervisors. The research filled a gap between traditional urban theory and real estate development theory which allowed for a greater understanding of the city and its development drivers.

Jon is the founder and director of Optimum Search a development management consultancy established in 1993.


Jonathan has worked on projects in an advisory, research and client representation capacity.
For projects that Jonathan has worked on please refer to his Linked In Profile
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His academic credentials include PHD (UNSW) , Master of Arts in Research (MGSM), Master of Business Administration (MGSM), Bachelor of Building (UNSW). He has spoken at both business and academic conferences and published papers related to growth and development of cities since 1990.

Jonathan’s career has spanned from 1976 and involved commercial high rise construction, commercial property development as well as client representation for national and international groups.