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.

 

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.

 

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, and as Principal Urban Designer 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. Other public domain projects include the University of Canberra Masterplan, design of parks for International City in Dubai and the landscapes for eleven new State Primary schools. Catherine has also contributed to the Ringwood and Footscray Transit Cities projects for new Activity Centres under Melbourne 2030.

 

Skye Haldane

Skye Haldane has a wealth of experience in public open space planning, design and management, particularly of indigenous and historic landscapes.  As a Principal Landscape Architect and project manager at RWA she has been responsible for delivery of a diverse range of projects from conceptual and detailed design through to contract administration. Recent public projects have included a major new civic events space in Bendigo and masterplan and early works for Melbourne Olympic park.  She has also been involved with the a new waterfront development with City of Melbourne along with works for Monash ,Victoria Universities and The University of Melbourne. Skye played a key role in delivery of the Maddern Square and International City projects, and lead our team on the new civic centre and station redevelopment for Ringwood with DPCD & DOT. Complementing her interest in public spaces, are the residential, community housing, educational and playground works Skye has recently undertaken, liaising closely with architects, government authorities and private clients.  Skye has also spent time applying and developing her skills in design offices in London and Vienna and as technical subject lecturer/tutor in RMIT and Melbourne University’s Landscape Architecture/Urban Design programs.

 

Jessica Livingstone

Jessica has been a part of the rush\wright team for many years contributing to the development of projects at all levels. Having worked on a range of projects for local government and each of the major Universities across Melbourne Jessica has developed her interest in outdoor educational spaces and gained a valuable understanding of the relationship between places of learning and the environment. Working with a range of age groups at a university, secondary and primary level she has increased her knowledge of access requirements, product technology and the detailing of structures and materials which are conducive to high use environments. Jessica is often involved in projects with large consultant teams and is particularly skilled at project management and organisation. She has recently managed projects for the RMIT City Campus, La Trobe Bundoora Campus, Monash Clayton Campus,  The Department of Primary Industries and is currently working on the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre project in Parkville.

 

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.

 

Sarina Jessup

Sarina has worked on a number of large scale and high profile projects including Melbourne & Olympic Parks Redevelopment 2010 Works, Ringwood Station Stage 1, Officer Development Cardinia and International City, Dubai. She enjoys the challenge of working on many different projects that provide a diverse range of scales and has excellent problem solving and organisational skills that assist in all parts of her design work including working as part of consultant teams. Working on various projects has given Sarina the opportunity to work closely with architects, other consultants and government authorities. Sarina is experienced in AutoCAD, Illustrator and Indesign among other software programmes.  She has also developed unique skills that utilised the 3D capabilities of Civil CAD during the design development stages of Cardinia Wetland and MOPR 2010 Works projects.

 

Richard Minh Le

Richard is a 3D artist who graduated from RMIT University with a degree in Architecture majoring in digital art and design. His notable talent and expertise in digital form creation as demonstrated in the Parkville Neureoscience project and knowledge of 3D animation has brought a new dimension to the RWA design process.  He is proficient in many computer packages and is particularly skilled in 3ds Max. Richard has taught digital design communication at RMIT University and other educational institutions. He regularly contributes to Australian and UK based publications CGSociety and 3Dcreative, writing CGI theory and tutorials. Richard’s knowledge and experience as a 3D artist have been extensively utilised for both the Dubai International City Phase 2&3 and the Kazakhstan projects.

 

Chris Erskine

Chris joined RWA in 2008. Chris has worked for the past 7 years creating architectural visualisations and as a freelance photographer. Together with Richard Le, 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.