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Sydney: A Landscape Articulated

A Landscape Articulated

What role has landscape architecture played in the development of Sydney as a global city? How can it shape our cities as we move forward?

This symposium brings together leading landscape architects to discuss pivotal Sydney projects from the past 15 years. They will also consider place and projects alongside the future of our cities and of the landscape architecture profession.

A concurrent exhibition of works by UTS Bachelor of Landscape Architecture students will show how tomorrow’s practitioners are engaging with these complex issues.

Date: Friday 12 June 2015

Time: 6 – 9:30pm

Cost: Free

Level 1, Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (designed by Frank Gehry)
UTS City Campus
14-26 Ultimo Road
Ultimo, NSW 2007

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Panel discussion

 A panel of esteemed design professionals and commentators will then lead a discussion of several Sydney contemporary landscape architecture projects and allow an opportunity to consider place, projects and the future.

Detailed biographies included below.

Exhibition of student work

Sydney – A Landscape Articulated begins with an exhibition of student work: territorial mappings, precedent studies and design propositions:

  • 5 Sydney Landscape Works Revisited
  • Revelatory Mapping
  • Johnston Creek Park, Glebe

by Simon Shing
by Simon Shing


All work by students studying the UTS Bachelor of Landscape Architecture.

Supported by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.


Chris ThomasChris Thomas
Design Manager, City Projects ,City of Sydney

Chris joined the City of Sydney in 2002 and currently leads the design program delivering Councils multimillion dollar program of world class community facilities, public buildings, parks, squares and streets as a key platform of Councils Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision.

With professional degrees in both Architecture and Landscape Architecture and a design career spanning 20 years Chris has held senior positions in leading design firms in Australia and Europe and has an extensive portfolio of public buildings, urban renewal and sustainable public domain projects.

Chris’s commitment to sustainability and design excellence has contributed to over 40 professional awards including Sulman Medal (AIA), Lloyd Rees Award (AIA), Greenway Award (AIA)), Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings (AIA), National Award for Urban Design (AIA), Australia Award for Urban Design, AIA National Award for Sustainable Architecture and Public Architecture and  AILA Medal for Landscape Architecture (NSW).

Phil CoxallPhil Coxall
Director, McGregor Coxall

Philip has more than twenty six years international experience in landscape architecture, urban design and planning.  Philip has worked on a broad range of projects in Australia, England, and Asia. His expertise lies in leading and managing the design of large scale, complex projects from concept to the resolution of the finest details and then overseeing their construction and contract administration on site. He has undertaken this role for many of our leading projects including Ballast Point Park and the Former BP Site located on Sydney Harbour.  In 2009-2010 Philip’s work was recognised by the Sydney Morning Herald where he was identified as one of Sydney’s most influential professionals in improving the quality of life in Sydney

Sue BarnsleySue Barnsley
Director, sue barnsley design

Sue leads a small, studio practice in Sydney, working across a range of landscapes from private gardens, to Olympic infrastructure, parks and urban ecological restoration projects. Projects acknowledged as artful and regenerative.

Often working in collaboration with other offices, the practice has been involved in a number of influential urban projects and have been recognised for design excellence locally and internationally through awards, publications, lectures and exhibitions.  Last year Jubilee Playground was awarded the AILANSW Medal in Landscape Architecture and Prince Alfred Park with Neeson Murcutt Architects, was a recipient of an AILA National Design Award.  

Anton JamesAnton James
Director, JMD Designs
Professor of Landscape Architecture, RMIT

Anton James trained as a landscape architect in Sydney before travelling to Europe, where he worked in the offices of Will Alsop and Kathryn Gustafson. In 1992 he returned to Australia to undertake post graduate studies in painting at Sydney College of the Arts. In 1996 he worked on the design of the Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush with the NSW Government Architect Group and the George Hargreaves team. In 1997 he founded Anton James Design. In 2008 he, Ingrid Mather and James Delaney formed the Redfern based Landscape Architectural practice, James Mather Delaney design (JMD design). Over a period of 20 years his work has won numerous awards and competitions, both in Australia and overseas. His work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and several regional galleries.

Since 2014 has held a position as Professor of Landscape Architecture at RMIT University and has been developing a research program for the newly formed Landscape d_Lab (RMIT) that he leads. In 2013 he completed a PhD at RMIT.

Sacha ColesSacha Coles
Director, ASPECT Studios
Adjunct Professor, UTS

Sacha Coles is Director of ASPECT Studios, one of Australia’s preeminent landscape architecture and urban design practices with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Shanghai. The award-winning studio specialises in designing places where people want to be. With a practice comprising over 100 people, the studios are recognised for their rigorous design methodology, consistently innovating to produce high quality sustainable design outcomes across both public and private sectors.

Sacha has led the design and delivery of significant award winning public landscapes on a local and global scale, most notably receiving the International Federation of Landscape Architecture APR – ‘President’s Award’, and on multiple occasions the ‘Australia Award for Urban Design’ and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architect’s ‘Medal’. Recognised as an expert on the culture of Landscape Architecture, in 2014 he was appointed as Adjunct Professor at the UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. He is a board member of Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design and a believer that design thinking can save the world.


12 June 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


City - HaymarketCB08 Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, Building 8

Level 1, Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (designed by Frank Gehry)
UTS City Campus
14-26 Ultimo Road
Ultimo, NSW 2007