Robert Hamilton, AM, the co-founder of one of Australia’s largest and most respected property investment, development and management groups, Mirvac, will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Urbanity conference.
Hamilton, who has been a leading figure in the property industry for more than 60 years, first found his way into the property industry when he was a medical student and took on a part-time job as a real estate agent.
Starting his own business, Hamilton and Co Real Estate, he began investing in and building low-grade developments alongside architect, and eventual business partner, Henry Pollack.
Hamilton’s push to start Mirvac grew out of frustration with what he observed running his own property company, especially the poor standards of the industry in the 1960s.
Hamilton and Pollack formed Mirvac in 1972, implementing a holistic approach to development that delivered high-quality apartments that still resonate decades later.
Hamilton began by wanting to build a company that was ethical and created developments to the highest possible standards at a time when only Lendlease really stood out.
Hamilton’s mantra of designing from the inside out remains a core principle of Mirvac today.
The business was floated in 1987 with an initial market capitalisation of $100 million.
The listed developer has created some of Australia’s most iconic places, from thriving residential communities to landmark offices and mixed-use precincts.
In 2005, after 33 years at the helm, Hamilton stepped down, handing the role to Greg Paramor following the acquisition of James Fielding Group and with Mirvac valued at just under $4 billion.
By that time, the business had delivered in excess of 30,000 residences across world-leading precincts such as Mariners Reach in Brisbane, Beacon Cove in Melbourne as well as Olympic Village and Walsh Bay in Sydney.
Today Mirvac, has a market capitalisation of nearly $12 billion and still uses Hamilton’s extensive experience as a sounding board for new initiatives.
Hamilton has since gone on to advise a number of companies and initiatives to help develop and maximise the values of their properties including The Salvation Army, St Vincent’s Health, the WestConnex delivery authority board and Landcom advisory board.
Hamilton, a true leader in transforming the Australian property industry, will join Urbanity 22, being staged on August 3-5 at The Star on the Gold Coast, for an in-depth conversation exploring the vision, principles, values and lessons learned from more than five decades of shaping Australia’s cities and regions.
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