16 May 2018

Cistri is the international business of Urbis Australia, a leading Australian practice which brings together integrated expertise in the areas of planning, design, economics, research, policy and transactions advisory in the pursuit of a single goal – shaping our cities and communities for a better future.

Going forward, Cistri will merge with leading urban development and economics consultancy Waters Economics, based in Hong Kong. Urbis Australia is considered to be the pre-eminent advisor on cities and communities in Australia and the merger is designed to strengthen and expand its presence in Asia. Waters Economics, founded by Fiona Waters, will significantly enhance Cistri’s multi-disciplinary services to include key expertise in urban and property economics. Waters Economics will trade as Cistri from 16 May 2018 and the Singapore and Hong Kong Cistri offices will jointly serve the Asia market.


Urban development underpins the region’s economic growth and prosperity and we are excited to have a leading voice and a leading role in this area.

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In addition, we are delighted to announce the introduction of planning and design services into Cistri Hong Kong, led by newly appointed Director, Andy Lewis. Andy is a highly renowned landscape architect with over 40 years’ experience in Asia and the UK. He previously held senior positions with two global multi-disciplinary design consultancies operating in Asia, as well as being the Hong Kong Government’s first Chief Landscape Architect.

Cistri is a new type of consultancy in the region; independent from any development agency, building contractor or architectural/engineering consultant; offering meaningful, holistic advice for urban development across the disciplines of economics, planning and design. Independent, evidence-based and joined-up thinking is critical to the complex urban issues facing governments, developers, investors, NGOs and communities today.

Cistri is led by highly qualified professionals with extensive experience working in over 20 countries throughout Asia. The Asian offices will be supported by Urbis Australia, which employs over 500 professionals in five major Australian cities.

Peter Hyland, Regional Director of Cistri commented: “When we established Cistri, our intention was to build a strong and dynamic business that would support our clients in, or investing in, Asia and beyond. Bringing Fiona Waters and the fantastic team at Waters Economics on board, as well as Andy Lewis, underlines our strategic commitment to attracting the brightest minds to one of the most dynamic and increasingly urbanised regions in the world. Urban development underpins the region’s economic growth and prosperity and we are excited to have a leading voice and a leading role in this area.”

Fiona Waters, commented: “Increasing density, rapidly growing urban centres and heightened community engagement in urban development continue to give rise to a range of complexities, which require a truly integrated approach. By merging our expertise, we are now able to support clients across a wider spectrum of disciplines, economics, property, planning and design, whilst maintaining our common goals in shaping cities and communities and adding value to people, places and property.

Benjamin Pollack, Chief Executive Officer of Urbis Australia commented: “Today’s announcement underscores our commitment to our clients and their city-shaping projects around the world. With offices in the international financial hubs of Singapore and Hong Kong, supported by our network of Australian offices, we are well-positioned to support clients regardless of where they invest, and facilitate the creation of vibrant cities and communities across the region.”


Read more in the Australian Financial Review’s article:

Urbis’ Cistri inks Hong Kong merger after Orchard Road win 


Outside Australia, Urbis Australia trades as Cistri.