Team

Our approach to team structures is centered around the Project Team Leader. In most cases, our team leader will work with you on the project from the first meeting until opening day, maintaining a continuity of expertise and project understanding throughout. Similarly, we will dedicate one of our Principals to oversee the work throughout and maintain adherence to our strict quality standards.

Our Principals attend all design meetings and work with our Clients on design strategy and direction, while our Associates and Senior Designer team leaders offer the close attention to detail and follow-up required to run projects day-to-day. The office is also supported by other Landscape Architects, Administrative Assistants and accounts staff who work collaboratively on a sessional basis to deliver our award-winning work both in Australia and off-shore.

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Catherine Rush – Director

Catherine Rush has worked on numerous high profile public urban projects in Melbourne and Sydney. These include the Shrine of Remembrance, Victoria and Docklands Park, Melbourne—both AILA award-winning projects. She is widely accepted in the profession as being uniquely gifted in design generation and representation. As Design Director, Catherine is responsible for the creative direction of the practice.

Catherine has 32 years of experience as an urban designer brings a complementary focus to the partnership, enabling us to maintain a sense of the ‘big picture’, while working on detailed design problems. Catherine prepared the concept design of Docklands Park that forms the 2.5 hectare centrepiece of Melbourne’s newest public domain, Docklands, adjacent to the new Collins Street extension. Catherine’s experience in project design extends across a broad range of project types and scales – multi residential, hospitals, schools and university campuses, small residential and memorial design. Public domain projects include the design of the major parks for International City, Dubai, the University of Canberra Masterplan, and the  Botanic Village Masterplan for PEET Properties.

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Michael Wright – Director

Michael Wright has a wide-ranging track record in landscape design and construction, having worked on projects at every scale from small private courtyards to entire new city plans. He has also worked as a horticulturist, stonemason, design-construct contractor, and for two years was a lecturer in design at the University of New South Wales. Michael’s 32 years of experience underpins his approach to the resolution of projects from conception to detail. His intuitive responses to each project are site based and result in unique design approaches for every landscape and urban design proposition.

He has worked on a range of urban landscape projects including major public domain commissions around Melbourne and interstate.

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Cassandra Chilton – Studio Principal

With over 19 years experience as a landscape architect Cassandra’s folio includes major urban landscape works in Victoria and South Australia. To all of these projects she has brought an interest in how to connect people to their environments.

Trained in both landscape architecture and gold and silversmithing Cassandra’s design ethos is centred around craft, materiality, people and place. Her approach ensures a strong sense of place and narrative is imbued into every element of the design, from the arrangement and detailed design of elements through to the material selection, engendering community ownership, identity and belonging.

As a design leader, Cassandra has the knowledge and capacity to drive the landscape architectural conceptual process and is committed to achieving high quality design in built outcomes that not only meet the many functional requirements, but also are identifiable and engaging spaces that elevate the everyday experience of all users. Cassandra has written for Landscape Australia and Architecture Australia, and was a Creative Director for the 2019 International AILA Festival of Landscape Architecture.

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Teresa Koo – Principal

Since graduating from RMIT’s Landscape Architecture program in 2004, Teresa has extensive experience in the industry over the past 13 years. Teresa brings a range of multidisciplinary and technical skills to her work as project landscape architect across a range of varied projects. These have included a number of institutional projects for school, health care facilities and tertiary campuses.

Teresa pursues a thorough approach to problem solving and a keen interest in design generation from concept development to planting design & construction detailing. She is an extremely diligent landscape practitioner.

She works closely with architects, stakeholders and other design team members to pursue integrated design outcomes. She is driven to create beautiful and functional landscapes that support a deeper connection between humans and the urban space they inhabit.

Teresa has recently completed documentation for the Springvale Community Precinct project. She is also involved in RWA’s ongoing work for the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) and currently working on the Acland Street Plaza Revitalisation project and Kananook Arboretum.

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Mark Rodriguez – Principal

Mark is an architect and landscape architect with extensive experience, having worked in the industry for 17 years. He brings a depth of knowledge from Australia and overseas, working on projects with a diverse range of scales. These include a number of public realm works for local councils and universities.

Mark’s key interests lie in the multidisciplinary approach to design. He has developed unique skills that utilise the 3D capabilities of Rhino to test, explore, and visualise from many angles, alongside experience in AutoCAD, Photoshop and Indesign among other software programmes.

Having worked across all stages of projects including construction documentation and contract administration, Mark appreciates the complexities involved with realising quality projects. He is currently overseeing the construction of works in Prahran and Melbourne CBD including WestSide Place and 350 Queen St.

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Karolina Bober – Principal

Karolina joined RWA in 2014. Previously Karolina had been working with city councils in Poland where she co-founded a startup landscape architecture studio. Karolina has gained a wide range of experience over the last 14 years working with a variety of public and private clients on a number of projects diverse in scale.

Karolina’s main focus was on public realm projects including high profile, internationally awarded complexes; Cracow Congress Centre and Malopolska Garden of Arts.

Her experiences include working on heritage and preservation areas, revitalisation of public spaces, reclaiming post-industrial large scale areas, new industrial developments, commercial and residential complexes, as well as interior and furniture projects.

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Phillipa Byrne – Senior Landscape Architect

Phillipa joined RWA in 2021. Previously Phillipa has worked within Australia and the UK, gaining a wide range of experience over the last 14 years working with a variety of public and private clients on a number of projects diverse in scale. Phillipa’s recent focus has been on high end single and multi-residential projects within Melbourne. She’s previously focused on major infrastructure and public realm projects such as the Sydney International Convention Centre and Entertainment Precinct, Melbourne Metro Rail (Bid phase) and Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, WA.

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Seem Yee Yeong – Landscape Architect

Seem Yee’s professional experience extends across multiple countries, such as Malaysia, Singapore and Australia at present. A diverse background in landscape, architecture and interior design has enriched her design thinking and bringing a creative solution to projects at all scales. Her cross-disciplinary skills have also resulted in her particular interest in unifying architectural and landscape architectural practice as a whole. To her beliefs, this is where landscape architecture begins to push boundaries and expand its influence to affect the future city form through an understanding of both professions.

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Alvin Lin – Landscape Architect

Alvin joined RWA in 2015, prior to working with RWA his prime focus was on large scale residential projects. Whilst working at RWA he has worked on diverse range of projects. Alvin is proficient in Photoshop and has a high attention to detail which has been a feature of his work at RWA.

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Andrew Fullwood – Landscape Architect

Andrew is a Graduate Landscape Architect with over 12 years experience working in Horticulture, design and landscape construction. Andrew has worked on a number of projects at various scales including aged care facilities and day care centres prior to joining RWA.

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Gianina Lopez  – Landscape Architect

Prior to joining RWA in 2018, Gianina has worked on a number of projects of various scales and complexity including streetscapes, parks, trails, schools and residential projects. She has led multi-disciplinary teams during the design phase of several small to medium scale civic projects. Gianina’s work on a number of botanic gardens and environmentally-sensitive areas in Victoria has helped her pursue a thoughtful approach to planting design and develop a keen interest in plants.

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Dominic Smart – Graduate Landscape Architect

Dominic joined RWA in 2018. He has graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architectural Design, RMIT. He is a talented young designer who is able to work across large masterplans while maintaining and attention to detail. Through his recent experience on Racecourse Road Strategic Implementation Plan and other projects at RWA Dominic has demonstrated talent is excellent skills in AutoCAD, Rhino and the Adobe Suite. He brings his skills and a youthful enthusiasm to the RWA team. He is keenly interested in how landscape architects have a role to play
in strengthening the relationship between people and place.

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COSMO DARBY – Graduate Landscape Architect

Cosmo has joined RWA in 2020 after graduating from The University of Melbourne’s Master of Landscape Architecture program. Cosmo has worked as a tutor at The Melbourne School of Design in site grading and digital modelling. He brings prior experience from law and editorial pursuits.

Cosmo is interested in landscape architecture as a meeting ground of urban, human, plant and water systems. He offers strong technical ability and an interest in working across modelling platforms.

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Cathy Laqua – Senior Graphic Designer

Prior to joining RWA in 2019 Cathy has worked on a number of projects from print design and management, digital and brand solutions, marketing, urban design, wayfinding and placemaking.

Cathy’s experience has involved short and long-term projects. She has worked with large teams of people and worked professionally one-on-one with clients. Her goal is to ensure professional communication within the office environment and with RWA clients.