What is your personal or professional motto?
All people have an innate warmth towards outdoor space and being closer to natural elements; biophilia. Every single project we complete should create rich opportunities for people to experience nature and its natural rhythms.
What values do you admire the most at Scott Carver?
The drive in the company to create something positive and meaningful. This resonates across all of the teams and disciplines. We all have the same focus in mind - for a better place, and we can draw on each other’s expertise and experience to push boundaries and explore options within our designs.
The best piece of advice you were given when you were starting out?
'Work smart' and 'design is not an efficient process'. These are two very contradictory statements in a way, but combined can help to focus your design outputs for each stage of a project and ensure design evolution can be strategic, logical and hopefully, more effective. I'm a big advocate for sleeping on something - working and reworking the brain and then pausing to allow your mind to expand and reach out beyond its thoughts of the day - a solution always jumps on board and shines a light.
Do you think landscape architecture has the power to impact people’s lives in a positive way?
Absolutely. In every way imaginable. Landscape architecture is the way we experience a place, how we move through it, how it functions, what mood it puts us in, where we can meet our friends, where we can go to escape, find peace, enjoy nature or enjoy a city. As Landscape Architects we have the power and responsibility to create places for the enjoyment of people.
What projects are you most proud of during your time at Scott Carver?
I had the opportunity to work on mixed use development at The Block in Redfern. The project was heavily involved and had its challenges, but the whole client team were brilliant, and we achieved a great result. The highlight was the insight I got into Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander culture and the deep connections that people have with place, nature and the sky.
What tool, object or ritual could you not live without in your work day?
I have to combine some sort of outdoor activity into my day, whether it be a walk to work, a run down the beach, an evening swim or a lunchtime stroll around the Botanical Gardens. I need that daily contact with the outdoors and advocate its immense benefits.
What’s your no-fail go-to when you need inspiration or need to get out of a creative rut?
My go-to has drifted from design sources such as 'Landezine,' plant design books and archived photographs of my travels to largely Pinterest and Google images. Pinterest in particular has become such a strong source of visual stimulation and provides a simple search tool which can take you across the world in minutes.
Your favourite thing about your workspace?
The view! Straight into the breezy treetops of Australia's native Cabbage Tree Palm. Our open plan office full of natural light, flexible workspaces, a sociable kitchen and our amazing people really add to the happiness of the workspace too!
Where can we find you on a typical Saturday morning?
You would usually find me travelling as deep into the countryside as I can get on my way to a long walk, breathing in the fresh air and unwinding for the day.