About us

Office Profile

Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture Pty Ltd is a design-based practice with a particular interest and expertise in the field of public domain planning and design.

We are a moderate sized practice with a diverse portfolio of work ranging from tiny garden courtyards to city making. The practice philosophy is to always maintain an intimate and critical role in the work we undertake, avoiding the inevitable delegation of responsibility that may occur within very large practices. To this end, we have consistently resisted the pressure to commercialise our practice and dramatically increase our size.

Our methods of working depend upon the focus, intimacy and freedom that our small and talented team of landscape architects and horticultural specialists affords. We often have the privilege of working with architects, urban designers and artists in a creative and collaborative environment, to broaden our skill base, and to secure projects that would otherwise only be open to larger firms.

Our practice consistently seeks to draw, analyse and understand – before we intervene. We cultivate an informed and specific dialogue that speaks to the authenticity of place and its rich cultural associations. We deliberately eschew the development of an overriding practice ‘style’ that would stymie this intuitive and iterative approach.

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Jane Irwin

Principal
Jane Irwin

Jane Irwin is recognised as a leader in the field of Landscape Architecture in NSW. She is a member of the Heritage Council of NSW, former president of AILA NSW Chapter, and was named an Australian Design Honouree by the Australian Design Centre for her contribution to the design of cities.

Jane takes a vital interest in the public domain, and participates in competitions and urban design programs that foster innovative thinking about its structure and future. She has been part of teams carrying out planning and design of major urban centres in Sydney and regional cities. Jane has a passion for ensuring good public and private domain outcomes through a design philosophy that respects and fosters diversity and interest, reflecting both the individual site and its context.

 

Sunita Shah

Associate & Manager Auckland Office
Sunita Shah

Sunita Shah has over 10 years experience in Landscape Architecture. With work bases in Hong Kong, Sydney and now Auckland, she has significant project experience in the Australasia region.

Sunita enjoys working on a range of project scales in both the private and public domain and is capable of working at both the management and detail level, taking projects from concept through to construction.

Saskia van der Put

Senior Designer
Saskia van der Put

Saskia has joined the JILA team recently with over 10 years of experience in the landscape architecture industry. Saskia graduated as an Architectural Designer in the Netherlands in 1999 and started as a junior in a Berlin based landscape architecture practice during her studies and post graduation. Saskia arrived in Sydney late 2001 and has been working in the industry the majority of her time in Australia.

Saskia is passionate about great project specific design and poetic detailing followed through to construction documentation and completion.

Linden Crane

Senior Landscape Architect
Linden Crane

Linden joined the practice in 2009 and has expanded on her interest in urban design through experience in a range of urban and landscape projects in Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra.

Linden has experience in project management, community consultation, urban design, detailed design and documentation, and visual impact assessment.

Jon Kane

Landscape Architect
Jon Kane

Jon has a strong construction and horticultural knowledge following 10 years working in landscape maintenance and construction. Since joining the practice in late 2012, Jon has worked on a number of diverse projects and has experience in project management, detailed design and construction documentation, design development and community consultation. Jon utilizes his construction knowledge in the design and documentation process and during the construction phase of projects.

Dan Harmon

Horticulturalist
Dan Harmon

Dan joined the practice in 2008 from a horticultural and trade background and has since gained experience over a wide range of projects, including planting research and design, horticultural consultancy, site management, production of graphic material and project documentation.


Awards, Competitions + Publications

2016

AILA ACT Award of Excellence – Parks and Open Space
Campbell Section 5 Park, ACT – with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

Stormwater NSW Award for Excellence – Integrated Stormwater Design – Highly Commended
Campbell Section 5 Park, ACT – with Cardno and Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

Mount Ainslie Summit Revitalisation Design Competition – Winner
Mount Ainslie Summit, ACT – with Sue Barnsley Design

2015

Immigration Place Design Competition – Shortlisted
Immigration Place, Canberra – with McGregor Westlake Architects + Lindy Lee

2014

AILA The Premier’s People’s Choice Award
Lemur Forest Adventure at Taronga Zoo – with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

AILA Award for Residential Designed Landscapes
Forest Edge Garden – with Jonathan Temple and James Stockwell Architects

PIA (NSW) Award for Planning Excellence – From Plan to Place
Merewether Beach Precinct Public Domain Improvements –with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

Houses Awards, Outdoor, Shortlisted
Forest Edge Garden – with Jonathan Temple and James Stockwell Architects

Gunyama Park and Green Square Aquatic Centre Competition – Shortlisted
Green Square for City of Sydney – with Cullinan Ivanov Partnership + Spirit Level

AIA Innovative Use of Steel in Architecture – Commendation
Lemur Forest Adventure at Taronga Zoo – Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

2013

Australian Award for Urban Design
Linking Canberra to the Lake – with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

2012

Design Parramatta Ideas Competition – Shortlisted
George Street Team, Parramatta – with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

2011

Bowen Place Design Competition – Shortlisted
Bowen Place, Canberra – with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

Houses Awards, Australian House of the Year
Hunter Valley Garden – Virginia Kerridge Architect

Houses Award. Alterations and Additions over 200 sqm
Hunter Valley Garden – Virginia Kerridge Architect

2010

Horbury Hunt Award for Urban Design/Outdoor Spaces
Balfour Street Park, Chippendale

PIA (NSW) Award for Excellence in Urban Design
Merewether Beach Reserves – with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

AILA NSW Award for Design in Landscape Architecture
Railway Park, Auburn – with McGregor Westlake Architecture

2007

AILA NSW Award for Residential Designed Landscapes
Dover Heights Garden – with Durbach Block Architects

2006

Final Stage Winner (equal)
East Darling Harbour Competition – with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects and Paul Berkemeier Architect

2005

AILA NSW Award for Planning – Award for Merit
Auburn Town Centre Public Art + Design Framework – with McGregor Westlake Architects

AILA NSW Awards – Planning Minister’s Sydney Greenspace Award
Auburn Town Centre Public Art + Design Framework – with McGregor Westlake Architects

Design Ideas Competition, Commendation
Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens – with Paul Berkemeier Architect

East Darling Harbour International Design Ideas Competition – First Stage Winner
East Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority – with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects and Paul Berkemeier Architect

RAIA Special Jury Award
Houses of the Future, Sydney Olympic Park for Woven Place – with Government Architects Office & Sydney Olympic Park Authority

UDIA NSW President’s Award
Houses of the Future, Sydney Olympic Park for Woven Place – with Government Architects Office & Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Banksia Environmental Awards – Finalist
Houses of the Future, Sydney Olympic Park for Woven Place – with Government Architects Office & Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Parramatta City Council Design Excellence Awards – Green Building Category Award
Houses of the Future, Sydney Olympic Park for Woven Place – with Government Architects Office & Sydney Olympic Park Authority

2004

RAPI Award
Double Bay Commercial Centre DCP and Public Domain Improvements – with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

Sydney Open Historic Houses Trust Tour – Featured
Holman House – with Durbach Block Jaggers Architects

2002

RAIA National Award for Commercial Architecture
Shear Outback, Hay – with Paul Berkemeier Architect and John Oultram

RAIA NSW Commendation for Public Buildings
Shear Outback, Hay – with Paul Berkemeier Architect and John Oultram

2001

RAPI Award
Rose Bay Commercial Centre DCP and Public Domain Improvements –with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

Parramatta Road Competition – Commendation
Parramatta Road – with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, Paul Berkemeier and ASPECT

2000

Shear Outback Limited Competition – Winner
Shear Outback, Hay – with Paul Berkemeier Architect and John Oultram

1999

Victoria Park Public Domain Consultancy Limited Competition – Shortlisted
Victoria Park – with ASPECT, Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects and Peter McGregor

Alexandra Canal Limited Competition – Commendation
Alexandra Canal – with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, Paul Berkemier and Acor Consultants


Published

  • X- Section New zealand 2015, Edition 5
  • Landscape Architecture New Zealand, September 2015
  • Landscape Architecture Australia, No 142, 2014
  • Urban Spaces – Plaza, Squares and Streetscapes, Braun, 2013
  • Landscape Architecture Australia, No 133, 2012
  • Paisea Dos 5 Australia and New Zealand, 2011
  • Our Houses, Grand Designs Live, 2011
  • Landscape Architecture Australia, No 124, 2009
  • 1000x Landscape Architecture, 2009
  • Courtyards For Modern Living, 2008
  • Topos, 55 and 58.
  • Session speaker, IFLA Conference, Sydney 2006
  • Guest speaker, Sydney Building Information Centre, 2005
  • Lifestyle Channel, 2004 + 2005
  • Vogue Living, 2004, Future Gardens Exhibition
  • Monument Magazine, Residential Special 2001
  • Trends Magazine, Vol 16 No 15, October 2000
  • Pro le in Belle, November 1999