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Sean Byrne

Sean Byrne is Group Director – Retail & Commercial with leading Australian architecture and design firm, ThomsonAdsett. Sean is a talented designer with over 18 years’ professional experience in Canada, China, Dubai, and Germany prior to relocating to Australia. His principal expertise lies in the retail/commercial and master planning sectors. He also has had experience in a wide variety of other projects including mixed-use, education, hospitality, transport and residential developments. He has extensive refurbishment experience.

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The rise of cannabis retailing

Australia made cannabis consumption illegal almost 100 years ago, yetrecreational use is currently at an all-time high.

Opinion: Why customers still love shopping at the markets

While it’s true that online retail has skyrocketed in popularity, it cannot compare to the experience of browsing around...

Demystifying the allure of the pop-up

Pop-up shops will be a permanent part of the retail landscape going forward.

We need more buzzy precincts like NYC’s SoHo. Here’s how to build them

Here’s what world-famous precincts like NYC’s SoHo and Paris’ Marais have in common.
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Opinion: How shopping centres can transform the suburbs

With the help of some strategic master planning, centres can become important community hubs in the future.

Neighbourhood centres: The quiet achievers

As more people work from home and restrictions ebb and flow, it makes sense for local shopping centres to up the ante.

Opinion: How walkable cities can change the world

Just look at how they've transformed Barcelona and Paris and the opportunities they offer retailers.

Mini supermarkets take us back to the future

Small-format supermarkets can give new life to our suburban streets.