Our first two Introductory Classes were run in November with a sample of  students from Western Sydney University, ICMS and a UNSW Alumni.

The Master Class topic ‘Becoming a Street Smart Property Developer’ was well received by the attendees with a feedback survey showing the helpfulness of the session at 87% and a particular interest in the themes of ‘an agile life path’ that entrepreneurship can provide and an appreciation of the   ‘work readiness’ aspect of the session. Students were also given a view of complementary work skills that they currently possess that could align with Property Development Industry roles such as project manager, quantity surveyor and builder.

Highlight: Industry Leader Interview- Ross Norton

Veteran Executive Ross Norton was interviewed by Dr Drane and discussed his transition from an architectural background into Property Development. He covered three key case study projects that he had been involved in including Emiliano Apartments Surry Hills, Knightsbridge Tower Newcastle and Whisper Bay Airlie Beach.

Each project was  set in a different time era pre-GFC , GFC and post GFC and Ross’s insights into the cycles and resilience needed over a lifetime in Property Development.

Summer Class Class Schedule Online on mclass.jondrane.net

Our dedicated web page is up on https://mclass.jondrane.net/ with a booking page

Dr Jonathan Drane



By jon@jondrane.net

Dr Jonathan Drane is an independent researcher and advisor to government, corporate, legal and academic sectors. He applies research methods to solve complex problems through project analysis in the commercial construction and development sector. Jonathan is a recognised expert in city precinct development with an emphasis on activation of dormant cityscapes. Jonathan’s doctoral research project (2011 to 2014) studied dormant cityscapes in several Australian regional cities and how they were bought to life. Going beyond just a research emphasis he was involved in the revitalisation of the Palmer Street Precinct, Townsville (2003 to 2008) as a catalyst developer. In this way he has both researched and been involved as a practitioner in this specific field of urban activation. His advisory profile ranges from planning urban development of dormant cityscapes, to forensic analysis of complex construction and property development problems in legal and industry situations. Jonathan is also a recognised award winning author in the non-fiction and historical genre winning an award for his first book on the Camino de Santiago (The Way of a Thousand Arrows) in 2007 with the NSW Writers Centre.

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