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 Designer, 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 Landscape Architect, REALMstudios, Perth
- Bachelor of Design in Landscape Architecture, UWA
Brett possesses very strong design and graphic communication skills, creating computer generated renderings of presentation drawings that are evocative of the design intent, legible and informative, ensuring the clear communication of ideas between the project team, clients and other stakeholders. He endeavours to produce design documents to fully explain design solutions for complex projects.
Brett also supports and assists the other Landscape Architects in the office with site evaluations, preparation of cost estimates, design and product research concept design, detailed design and documentation. Brett has a strong work ethic and is actively building his skills base.
Brett is a conceptual thinker and versatile designer with a well considered design sensibility grounded in the pragmatism of urban environments, but motivated by the poetics of place.
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 skill set 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.
Graduate Landscape Architect, REALMstudios, Melbourne
- Master of Integrated Water Management, UQ
- Bachelor of Design in Landscape Architecture, QUT
Josh is a graduate landscape architect who has recently joined REALMstudios. He is also currenlty studying a PhD that is focused on the role of the built environment in transitioning societies to more sustainable ways of living at the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities at Monash University.
With a Landscape Architecture degree from Queensland University of Technology he has worked on a number of projects in Queensland during and after his studies. Through this experience, Josh was immersed in a range of projects across various scales, typologies and complexity. However, with an aspiration to enhance his knowledge and understanding of how urban water influences our built environment he went back to univeristy to complete a Masters of Integrated Water Management. This led him to his current PhD which he hopes will inform sustainable urban design and practices in the future.
His passion lies with the integration of the built environment with natural systems to create outcomes that are liveable, vibrant experiences, bedded within an understanding of the broader ebbs and flows of larger scale systems.
After coming on board at REALMstudios, Josh has drawn on his understanding of urban water management to provide valuable input into several projects. He is currently involved in documenting HQ Moorabbin Office Park. A project that is driven by the history of the site and the integration of on-site water management opportunities.
Josh has a strong graphic skill set and developing technical capability that extends across a range of programs and outputs.
Independent Landscape Architect / Urban Designer, Perth
- Graduate Certificate of Indigenous Sector Management, Edith Cowan University (ECU), Perth
- Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth
- Registered Member – Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA)
Bindi has played a senior role in planning many of the strategies, policies and frameworks enabling consolidated growth in the Perth and Peel region during her ten years at the Western Australian Department of Planning. Bindi was a key team member in the formulation of the draft Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan for 3.5million (DPC 2015), draft Perth and Peel @ 3.5 million (WAPC 2015), Capital City Planning Framework (WAPC 2013), Activity Centres for Perth and Peel (WAPC 2010) and earlier metropolitan strategies Directions 2031 and Network City.
Bindi has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons) from UWA and a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Sector Management from Edith Cowan University providing a strong background in spatial planning, ecologically sustainable development and social justice.
Bindi is adept at tackling complex planning problems and devising strategic resolutions.
Key strengths are:
- spatial interpretation of the planning policy framework;
- effective use of data and metrics in monitoring the performance of the urban realm;
- demonstrating a collaborative working approach that engenders trust, promotes experimentation and delivers results.
Bindi initiated and led a collaboration with the CSIRO to deliver a new and useful data product for Local Government and the general public titled Urban Forest of Perth and Peel: CSIRO 2009 Urban Growth Monitor Statistical Report (WAPC 2014).
Bindi is passionate about liveability in the urban environment with a particular focus on high density contexts and urban greening. Bindi’s family featured on Radio National in May 2015 in a program by Susan Maushart called ‘Close to You’ which explored the notions of individual and family space requirements in contemporary Australian society and the benefits of design in making small multi-functional spaces work.
Bindi is keen to work with the media further to expand the public’s understanding of high density development and designing the city for liveability, efficiency and identity.