People

 

Our approach to team structures is centred 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.

 

Catherine Rush

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. Her 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. 

 

Michael Wright

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 24 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.

 

Cassandra Chilton

 

Cassandra has over sixteen years of experience as a landscape architect and during this time has worked on a wide range of public realm, streetscape, commercial and urban design projects, delivering a number of award winning designs. To all of these projects she has brought an interest in how to connect people to their environments. 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. She is currently working on the MONA Macquarie Point 2050 Vision and a new masterplan for Victoria University’s Footscray Campus. Cassandra is also a founding member of the artist collective The Hotham Street Ladies, whose work is regularly exhibited both locally and internationally.

 

Mark Rodriguez

Mark is an architect and landscape architect with extensive experience, having worked in the industry for twelve 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. His key interests lie in the multidisciplinary approach to design. With experience in AutoCAD, Photoshop and Indesign among other software programmes. He has developed unique skills that utilise the 3D capabilities of Rhino to test, explore, and visualise from many angles. Mark has worked across all stages of projects including construction documentation and contract administration, he appreciates the complexities involved with realising quality projects. He is currently overseeing the construction of a $7.1m landscape redevelopment at Monash University.

 

Teresa Koo

Since graduating from RMIT’s Landscape Architecture program in 2004, Teresa has gained extensive experience in the industry over the past 5 years. Prior to this she worked for over 10 years as a software engineer and also has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical).  Teresa brings a range of multidisciplinary and technical skills to her work as project landscape architect at RWA.  These have included a number of institutional projects for school, health care facilities and tertiary campuses. Teresa pursues a thorough approach to design problem solving and a keen interest in design generation from concept development to planting design & construction detailing.  She works closely with architects and other design team members to pursue integrated design outcomes. Teresa has recently completed documentation for the new $4.5M public events plaza for Bendigo’s Chinese Precinct.  She is also involved in RWA’s ongoing work for the Shrine of Remembrance, addressing heritage and land management issues, and design of new memorial settings.

 

Seem Yee Yeong

Seem Yee is a landscape designer who has recently graduated with distinction in Master of Landscape Architecture at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. Before her Master’s studies, she pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture back in her home country – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her cross-disciplinary skills result in her particular interest in unifying architectural and landscape architectural practice as a whole. 

 

Chris Erskine

Chris joined RWA in 2008. Chris has worked for the past 10 years creating architectural visualisations and as a freelance photographer. Chris provides integral support the RWA team in the production of conceptual visualisations, contextual modelling and capacity for  testing designs across a range of projects.  These tools play an important role in the communication of design ideas and propels as well as the ability to translate information directly for fabrication\construction.

 

Mingkun Li

Mingkun (Queenie) joined RWA in 2016; she is currently completing her Master of Landscape Architecture at The University of Melbourne. Mingkun has excellent skills in AutoCAD, Rhino and Photoshop. Since joining RWA Mingkun has worked on a number of projects, she brings her skills and a youthful enthusiasm to the RWA team.

 

Alvin Lin

Alvin joined RWA in 2015, prior to working with RWA his prime forcus 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.

 

Andrew Fullwood

Andrew is a Graduate Landscape Architect with over ten 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.