Councillor HY William Chan is a registered architect, advocate for design excellence, and a sustainability and housing rights
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.
Further information is available at https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/council-governance-administration/open-access-information