About

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.

 


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.

 

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.

Dan Harmon

Horticulturist
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.

Harrison Lillis

Student Landscape Architect
Harrison Lillis

Harrison Lillis is currently studying at UTS and has been with JILA since mid 2017. Coming from a permaculture design background, he is interested in interdependant design systems, botany and the complexities of the built and natural environments. Through UTS, Harrison was the recipient of a scholarship in 2016, and invited to sit on a student roundtable as part of AILA’s Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra. Here he was part of a presentation addressing the future of the discipline and the role of the student body going forward.

Catherine Wilson

Senior Landscape Architect
Catherine Wilson

Catherine joined JILA in 2017, having worked in private practice for over 10 years. Prior to joining JILA, Catherine worked on numerous, award- winning public domain, institutional and mixed use developments throughout Sydney.
Catherine has qualifications in landscape architecture, heritage conservation and is currently completing her Masters of Sustainability at Sydney University. She is regularly engaged as a sessional academic with UNSW School of Built Environment.

Johnny Ellice-Flint

Landscape Architect
Johnny Ellice-Flint

John is a landscape architect with a keen passion for public space and urban restoration ecology. He graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2016 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons), during which he was selected to attend an interdisciplinary design studio in Venice. Throughout his education and professional practice John has sought to gain experience not only in landscape, branching out to architecture, graphic design and interiors.

With experience across a range of sectors and scales, John brings a fresh and innovative approach to design with a strong ability to articulate unique design solutions that are suited to the particular circumstance of the project at hand.


Awards, Competitions + Publications

2017

AIA ACT Canberra Medallion
Constitution Avenue, ACT – with NCA, SMEC, Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, and AECOM

AIA ACT Award of Excellence – Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design
Constitution Avenue, ACT – with NCA, SMEC, Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, and AECOM

UNSW Gate 9 Precinct Design Competition – Shortlisted
University of New South Wales – with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

Houses Awards, Outdoor – Shortlisted
Ohana House – with Virginia Kerridge Architects

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

Think Brick Awards – Finalist
Turruwul Fitness Hub

Good Design Award – Best in Category
Hassett Park – with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

202020 Green Design Award
Hassett Park – with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

2016

AILA National Award of Excellence – Gardens
Forest Edge Garden – with Jonathan Temple and James Stockwell Architects

AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award – Parks and Open Space
Chelsea Street Playground, NSW

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