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Councillor HY William Chan is a registered architect, advocate for design excellence, and a sustainability and housing rights leader.   

With experience in the design and innovation of cities, William has contributed to Sydney’s most significant public space, social housing, rapid transit, infrastructure and community developments over the past decade. His work has won numerous industry awards including from the Australian Institute of Architects and Good Design Australia.  

Elected to Council in 2021, William is the Chair of the Local Pedestrian, Cycling and Traffic Calming Committee, Deputy Chair of the Transport, Heritage, Environment and Planning Committee, and Executive of Climate Emergency Australia, which represents over 100 local governments accelerating a zero-carbon economy across the nation.  

William continues to empower communities to shape the city of the future through environmental and social justice, as part of his leadership as a City of Sydney Councillor. He has championed human rights as UNICEF’s Young Ambassador, led the Australian Youth Climate Coalition on its national council, and facilitated the community’s 2050 vision as a member of the expert panel to the City of Sydney’s Citizens Jury.  

From the UN General Assembly to the TEDx stage, William regularly shares his passion for citymaking and policymaking with the public. He was appointed the World Economic Forum’s Global Public Leadership Fellow with Apolitical and the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government in 2021, and as a researcher at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University’s Climate School since 2018.  

William volunteers in his local community with Rotary International and as a surf lifesaver with Surf Life Saving Sydney. In 2020, he was recognised on the Australian of the Year Awards Honour Roll for services to the community. 

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