Gilbert is recognised locally and internationally as a leading voice in creating Great Places for people. He is a sought after speaker and facilitator for community engagement activities. He has successfully worked with over 1000 cities, towns, mainstreets and communities over the past 25 years crafting a powerful integrated approach to creating vibrant, resilient and loved places. He is unique in how he blends commerce, culture, community and ecology using the 5 P’s of Placemaking. These loved places become magnetic destinations that are socially, culturally and commercially successful.
Gilbert is a skilled facilitator and agent provocateur of positive change and inspiration. His bold ideas and projects have helped make Melbourne the most liveable city and he is recognised as a leading global voice in Placemaking and City making.
Gilbert co-founded the EPOCH Foundation promoting the adoption of business ethics. He has been on the boards of Ross House, Donkey Wheel House Trust and Hub Australia.
Gilbert leads a multi-disciplinary team of Placemakers, researchers and designers.