• 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.

Founding Director, Melbourne 

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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 the City of Stirling). 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.

Damien has recently led design and delivery of high profile and bespoke projects including; Raine Square Plaza & Laneway, Exchange (Stage One Greater Curtin), The Bob Hawke Secondary College in Subiaco and the Murdoch University Student Hub Major Upgrade. Other projects in Western Australia include: Swancare Aged Care Leisure Precinct, Cecil Andrews High School STEM building, Station Square at Batavia Coast Marina, NV Apartments & Hotel, a number of Curtin Campus Activation projects and Centennial Park Strategic Plan in Albany. Previously, Damien led public realm designs for; Greater Curtin Master Plan, Kings Square at PCL, Workzone in Northbridge, Alkimos Beach and Mount Clarence ANZAC Improvements.

Founding Director, Perth 

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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.

Principal, Sydney 

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