Founding Director, REALMstudios, Melbourne
- Master of Urban Design, Sydney University
- Bachelor Landscape Architecture, University of Canberra
- AILA State President, Victoria
- Senior Research Fellow, Monash University
Jon sees projects through a landscape architectural and urban design lens, viewing them as city making opportunities and framed by his deep interest in the relationship between landscape systems, people and place. His work has been recognised through various awards, competition wins and publications, including significant master planning; E-Gate in Melbourne, Masdar Carbon Neutral City in Abu Dhabi and Seoul Grand Park in Korea.
Up until 2006 Jon was a founding partner of leading Sydney based design practice Pittendrigh Shinkfield Bruce; then through acquisition of PSB Jon was a Principal at EDAW responsible for Global Design Direction, and then through further acquisition the Director of Design and Planning AECOM Melbourne, from 2009 to 2012.
In 2013 he formed the practice of REALMstudios and in parallel works with Monash University’s Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities exploring the application of water based research through design. Through his work Jon maintains a passion for indigenous and landscape systems in design.
Founding Director, REALMstudios, Perth
- Master of Landscape Architecture, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zurich
- Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Western Australia
- Bachelor Arts, Graphic Design, Curtin University
- Member, City of Vincent Design Advisory Committee
Damien is an accomplished designer, project manager and team leader with over 20 years professional experience in design and 15 in landscape architecture. He has worked on a full spectrum of project types, sizes and phases including numerous competitions in Australia, Europe and Asia. In previous employment he has worked in Sydney, Perth and Germany.
Whilst in Europe he collaborated with leading Landscape Architectural and Architectural practices on medium to large scale landscape and urban design works in Europe and China. Previously Damien was a Principal with AECOM, Perth. Damien has managed and led the design and delivery of a number of significant projects in terms of complexity and profile, including Centennial Park in Albany, the Kings Square project (Perth City Link) and Workzone in Perth, Bonnyrigg Suburban Renewal and Macquarie Bank HQ in Sydney and Googong New Town near Canberra. He was also integral in delivering the Curtin City Master Plan and Alkimos Beach for Lend Lease/Landcorp.
These projects reveal Damien’s capability and leadership in large-scale strategic public domain planning projects as well as detailed construction design delivery.
Senior Landscape Architect / Urban Design, REALMstudios, Sydney
- Masters of Advanced Architecture, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC), Barcelona, Spain
- Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, First Class Honors, University of New South Wales, Kensington, Sydney
Tamara is an experienced designer with over 10 years professional experience in the field of Landscape Architecture. Tamara’s interests lie in the creation of new hybrid space typologies that explore ways for buildings, nature and the spaces between to work together and for those spaces to act as a catalyst for social and environmental change. This in turn has led to a keen interest in blurring the boundaries between the built and natural environment and her completion of a Masters of Architecture in Barcelona.
Tamara has applied her skills to both private and government sectors, understanding projects in a place, political and socio-economic context. Significantly this has included the delivery of a large Urban Waterfront at Collyer Quay, Singapore, Noumea 2030 Urban Waterfront Public Domain Masterplan and the design and construction project management of a new pedestrian footbridge and mall adjacent to Hornsby’s major Public Transport Interchange
Recently Tamara has developed a series of Strategic Masterplans, Public Domain Guidelines and Urban Design Studies for the Hornsby Shire in response to Hornsby’s centres experiencing rapid growth and as part of State Government’s Urban Activation Precincts Program. Tamara’s experience attests to her skills in the area of multi-disciplinary collaboration and design as well as a detailed design/delivery capability in both large and small scale strategic and public domain projects.
Senior Consultant, REALMstudios, Sydney
- Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Canberra University, Canberra
Dean is an energetic and experienced designer whose craft has been honed both locally and internationally on projects in Australia, England, USA, China, Middle East, and India. He has a developed understanding of quality and space from his early work in a residential scale, which he now translates into a considered design for place, its urban fabric and materiality. Dean has moved from what could be viewed as a singular pursuit to a broad and deep understanding of the multi-disciplinary environment needed to enable best possible design in the public realm. His recent roles demonstrate this position; design managing substantial projects for the ACT Government, championing design as a central and driving force in order to achieve quality outcomes.
With his combined background and key strengths in design and project management, Dean has been able to cover a variety of project types and scales that now include the delivery of city making projects; from frameworks to master plans, from concept to construction, Dean demonstrates excellent organisation, negotiation & communication skills.
Dean is an experienced landscape architect/urban designer and project manager who is at ease liaising with public authorities, clients and contractors at both the small and large scale and across a wide range of industry sectors.
Senior Landscape Architect, REALMstudios, Melbourne
- Master of Landscape Architecture, RMIT Melbourne
- Bachelor of Design; RMIT Melbourne
Greg is a Senior Landscape Architect with a range of project experience developed through working on varying project typologies. Greg has a particular interest in public realm design and its relationship with architecture and the built form. This is clearly demonstrated through Greg’s work and role as a lead designer on the South Morang Rail Extension Project, a project characterised by a collaborative design approach and integrated outcome, where Greg was an attendee and presenter at workshops with key stakeholders such as the Office of The Victorian State Architect. Greg’s skills are evidenced in the WSUD award winning project Doncaster Civic Centre, a leading ESD community hub and town square on Doncaster Hill, successfully integrating architecture and the public realm in an urban context.
Greg is currently working on the Design Development and Delivery phases of the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre and Integrated Family Centre for Wyndham City Council; a culturally and socially significant project, developed through a series of consultative community workshop sessions.
He is also currently managing the Lochaven development (under construction), a unique 67Ha greenfield development in Cranbourne, Victoria. Lochaven’s components include streetscapes, a town park, an urban park, drainage corridor, and uniquely; medium density housing types. Greg has been involved in this project from the earliest stages with the production of an Urban Design Ideas Study that helped frame and inform the urban design outcomes, preferencing open space and pedestrian connectivity.
Greg has exceptional technical, graphic and 3D skills that have led him to be a sessional staff member and guest speaker at the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University.
Landscape Architect, REALMstudios, Perth
- Masters of Landscape Architecture, UE, Portugal
- Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, UE, Portugal
Vera is a Landscape Architect since 2009 with over 6 years of professional experience in Portugal and Angola.. She finished her bachelor’s degree at 2009 and the master´s degree at 2011, both at the University of Évora.
In 2009/2010 she worked at “Amélia Santos Unip.” and “Cenários Urbanos lda.” where she was responsible for delivering public landscape architectural projects, from concept design through to design development.
Later, at “Torres Vedras” City Council, she has done a diversified job in the field of management and construction supervision of the city landscaped areas, as well as at the creation of new outdoor areas.
In the company “PROCEM – Projetos, Construção e Manutenção de Espaços Verdes” she was responsible for preparing landscape plans (from concept design and design development to construction development and management), budgets and 3D modeling for high-quality private houses.
She worked in Luanda (Angola) from January 2013 until January 2016, in collaboration with several landscape construction and maintenance companies, creating landscape plans and designs and supervising the construction development.
Graduate Landscape Architect, REALMstudios, Melbourne
- Master of Landscape Architecture, VUW
- Bachelor of Architectural Studies in Landscape Architecture, VUW
Tom is a graduate landscape architect who has been a part of the REALMstudios team since graduating with his Master in Landscape Architecture degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. With the aspiration to learn and grow as a young landscape architect, Tom made the move to Melbourne to expand his knowledge, skills and design thinking.
Tom has been immersed in a range of projects at REALMstudios, the various scales, typologies and complexity of these projects have propelled his professional development. This has established a drive to create thought-provoking design solutions, from the urban scale through to a person’s experience of space that aim to understand the environmental conditions, cultural context and ecological impact.
Tom was directly involved in the Rye Movement & Place Streetscape Master Plan where he liaised with the client and various consultants and sat in discussion with council members and stakeholders throughout the design process for this contentious precinct. In other work Tom has progressed from concept through to developed design for Lochaven residential development and is currently working through the documentation phase for this project. He has recently been involved in the concept design and graphic representation for Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre and will continue to be involved throughout the design development and documentation phases.
Tom has a strong graphic skillset and developing technical capability that extends across a range of programs and outputs.
Graduate Landscape Architect, REALMstudios, Perth
- Master of Landscape Architecture, UoM, Melbourne
- Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons), ANU, Canberra
Bryn finished his Masters of Landscape Architecture at University of Melbourne after completing an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts; Sculpture with honors at the Australian National University (ANU).
Bryn’s appreciation of landscape architecture grew out of an affinity with sculpture and its connection with landscape. During his studies in landscape architecture this developed into a deeper understanding of form and function within the landscape. He believes both are tied into social and ecological sustainability and are critical to success in Landscape Architectural practice.
His main focus as a landscape architect is to encourage community engagement with the natural landscape, focusing on both socially and environmentally sustainable design.
Bryn’s experience as a sculptor has informed his practice in landscape architecture. It has given him a strong spatial awareness, an understanding of the relationship between form and function and the capacity to work both conceptually and physically. He is concerned with public spaces, especially neglected urban areas in need of repair as well as creating experiential spaces for play, which engage and challenge, both children and adults, socially, physically and environmentally.
Student Landscape Architect, REALMstudios, Perth
- PhD. Horticulture, University of Natal
- BSc. Agric. (Horticulture and Botany) cum laude, University of Natal
Ryan is currently undertaking his Master of Landscape Architecture at University of Western Australia.
Ryan come from a horticultural background, having worked in plant propagation, plant conservation and research, site rehabilitation, soft landscaping, and garden maintenance and design. He has worked extensively in the plant retail industry selecting and advising on plant choice, cultivation and care. Ryan worked for a number of years researching ex situ conservation of rare and endangered plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Through his work he has developed an appreciation of the value of plants in the landscape – aesthetically, functionally and ecologically.
Ryan has always been interested in the external environment – its composition, integration, function, ecology, utilisation and form. He believes landscape architecture offers a mechanism to create an environment that is not only beautiful, functional, and environmentally sound, but also valuable to both the community and individual’s well-being.
He is presently working for REALMstudios in Perth.