REALMstudios Team
  • Master of Urban Design, Sydney University

  • Bachelor Landscape Architecture, University of Canberra

  • Past AILA State President, Victoria

  • Past Senior Research Fellow, Monash University

  • Member, Victorian Design Review Panel

  • Member, Mornington Design Advisory Panel

Jon sees projects through a landscape architectural and urban design lens, viewing them as city making opportunities 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 from 2009 to 2012 the Director of Design and Planning AECOM Melbourne.

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 the expression of indigenous and landscape systems in design.

Jon Shinkfield

Founding Director 

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Jon Shinkfield

  • Master of Landscape Architecture, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zurich

  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Western Australia

  • Bachelor Arts, Graphic Design, Curtin University

  • Member, WA State Design Review Panel

  • Member, Canning Bridge Structure Plan Design Review Panel

  • Member, City of Stirling Design Review Panel

  • Member, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)

  • Member of the Creative Directorate for AILA 2021 Festival of Landscape Architecture, Perth, WA ‘Spectacle & Collapse’


Damien is an accomplished and award-winning designer, client manager and project leader with over 20 years professional experience. He is a public realm design specialist and sits on two local Design Review Panels (Canning Bridge Structure Plan and City of Vincent). He is also a member of the inaugural Western Australian State Design Review Panel. As evidence of his leadership Damien provided critical landscape related input into the award winning WA Dept. of Planning DesignWA policy including the Apartment Design Guide.


In October 2021 Damien delivered (together with the 5 person Creative Directorate) a highly successful National AILA Festival of Landscape Architecture titled: Spectacle & Collapse - Changing Landscapes. He is also active in supporting the AILA in advocacy, within the WA context.


Damien has recently led design and delivery of high profile and bespoke projects including the 2021 AILA award winning Lathlain Community Parklands and Swancare Aged Care Leisure Precinct. Notable recent works in Perth include: Raine Square Plaza & Laneway, Exchange Innovation Precinct (Stage One Greater Curtin), The new Curtin University Design & Built Environment Faculty Building, The Bob Hawke Secondary College in Subiaco and the Murdoch University Student Hub Major Upgrade. Other major projects include: Station Square at Batavia Coast Marina for Development WA and Centennial Park Strategic Plan in Albany. Previously, Damien led public realm designs for; Greater Curtin Master Plan, Kings Square at Perth City Link, Workzone in Northbridge and the award winning; Alkimos Beach and Mount Clarence ANZAC Improvement projects.

Founding Director 

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Damien Pericles

  • Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College

  • Masters of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

  • PhD candidate, University of Technology, Sydney

  • Climate Ambassador, The Climate Reality Project

  • Member, Randwick Council Urban Design Excellence Panel

  • Member, Australian Institute of Architects

Tom is an urbanist, artist and educator, engaged in speculative city making, re-imagining the productive relationships between cultural acts and the environments in which they thrive.

He has recently delivered a series of strategic urban projects across Sydney and NSW for state agencies, local councils and private enterprise combining the disciplines of environmental city-making, urbanism, landscape and architecture.

Working across the disciplines of architecture, urban design, academia and art in the US, Europe and Australia, he directed Lean Productions, a multi-disciplinary creative practice.  He led urban design and cities research for McGregor Coxall, integrating habitats, communities and infrastructure.

Tom is one of the founders of Urban Islands, a global cities workshop convening leading global urbanists to workshop contemporary urban issues and solutions.  He teaches and lectures regularly in Australia and internationally. He is currently conducting PhD research exploring interactions between civic space and urban society through narratives of interdependence.

His diverse interests in global cities, culture and environment unite in pursuit of a new radical co-existence, combining sustainable systems, cultural diversity and the re-integration of natural and man-made ecologies, remaking our cities and the ways in which we choose to live in them, together.

Tom Rivard

Practice Principal 

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Tom Rivard

  • Master of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Leeds Metropolitan University

  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (hons), Leeds Metropolitan University

Alaric has a landscape, urban design and planning mindset, specialising in climate resilience and natural system design. Working across a multitude of scales and typologies he has contributed sustainable design value to a range of projects, both in Australia and internationally.

With a focus on social action and cyclical value, Alaric harness the resilient growth and adaptive qualities of natural systems. This has led him to deliver award winning interventions that solve a multitude of urban constraints and social issues. His previous experience in strategy at the City of Melbourne has given him an acute understanding of government process and the importance of city shaping to develop resilient and socially inclusive communities.

Alaric Hellawell

Practice Principal 

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Alaric Hellawell


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