People

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. 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.

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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 30 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.

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Cassandra Chilton – Studio Principal

Trained in both landscape architecture and gold and silversmithing Cassandra’s design ethos is centred around craft, materiality, people and place. With seventeen years experience in practice, Cassandra’s folio includes a diverse range of public realm, streetscape, commercial, and urban design projects.

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.

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Teresa Koo – Principal

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.

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Mark Rodriguez – Principal

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.

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Karolina Bober – Principal

Karolina joined RWA in 2014. Karolina has gained a wide range of experience over the last 12 years working with a variety of public and private clients on a number of projects diverse in scale. 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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Marti Fooks – Senior Associate

Marti is a dedicated and skilled Landscape Architect who is committed to delivering exemplary public realm projects. She has worked on a range of projects across Australia and internationally over the past 10 years. Marti is a highly skilled practitioner who is able to work across projects from a strategic master planning scale to detailed documentation and construction. She has lead teams in the delivery of design and construction for multiple large scale civic projects; including streetscapes, playgrounds, plazas, memorials and urban renewal projects. Further specialist expertise lay in urban renewal, having delivered a number of pop-up landscapes and installations, whilst also achieving additional qualifications from the State Police Force in harm minimisation through environmental design (CPTED).

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Michael Polifrone – Senior Landscape Architect

Since graduating in 2013 from the University of New South Wales Michael has worked both in local government and private practice. He is a skilled designer with experience on both large scale landscape master plans as well as design and documentation for construction. He has worked on a number of large scale developments and understand the importance of coordinating and collaboration with other consultants. He has highly advanced graphic skills and can prepare beautiful illustrations.

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Seem Yee Yeong – Landscape Architect

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.

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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 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.

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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 – Landscape Architect Assistant

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.

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Beatrice Magalotti – Office Manager &  Lili Sarbinowski – Office Administration

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Cathy Laqua – Senior Graphic Designer