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  • The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
1989 …2019
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Personal profile


Dr Paul Drechsler is a Visiting Research Academic in the geography and planning discipline at the University of Western Australia.  Subsequent to his retirement in 2013 Paul completed a Doctor of Philosophy, specialising in retailing and consumption, which aligned with his forty year career in private sector consultancy.  This included sixteen years as Group Managing Director of national architecture and planning practice, Hames Sharley.  He has also served on the Board of the Western Australian Planning Commission, Western Australian Land Information System Advisory Committee and was Chair of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies (WA).   

As a Professional Town Planner, Geographer and Land Economist, Paul’s experience spans 40 years as a consultant in urban and regional planning, commercial and retail feasibility studies, urban design and large-scale land development.  A number of projects for which he was responsible have received awards from professional and industry bodies, including the Planning Institute of Australia and Urban Development Institute of Australia.  Paul is a fellow of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Australian Property Institute.

Education/Academic qualification

Geography and Planning, Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia


Geography and Biological Science, Bachelor of Arts, Flinders University


External positions

Deputy Presiding Member, NW Joint Development Assessment Panel


Commissioner, Western Australian Planning Commission


Group Managing Director, Hames Sharley


National Director, Hames Sharley


Director, Urban and Environmental Planning Group



  • Built Environment
  • Retail
  • Urban geography, urban planning, urban political economy
  • Urban design
  • Urban history
  • Urban Planning
  • Hermeneutics
  • q method
  • retail planning and development
  • Feasibility Studies

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Research Output 1989 2019

  • 2 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 5 Conference presentation/ephemera
  • 3 Article
  • 2 Abstract
  • 1 Conference paper

Life, Death and Reincarnation: The vicissitudes of the traditional retail high street

Drechsler, P., 2019. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

shopping activity
central place theory
urban history
electronic commerce

Massing the Houses: A practitioner perspective on dwelling size in Australia and its (sub)urban implications

Drechsler, P. & Howard, C., 2019. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

housing market
government policy
research method
economic growth

Temple Economies, Cathedrals of Consumption & Retail Heaven: a morphological (r)evolution.

Drechsler, P. & Maginn, P., 2018. 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

urban planning
conceptual framework
2 Citations (Scopus)
economic theory
metropolitan area

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Publication peer review

Urban Policy and Research (Journal)

Paul Drechsler (Reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer review

Press / Media

Amazon drives a fifth city-shaping retail revolution

Paul Drechsler


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media