2023 in Review

Date 18.12.2023

Posted in Studio

We offer a huge thank you to all our clients and project partners for a successful 2023. We hope you enjoy the festive season, take a well deserved rest after this eventful year and look forward to seeing you in 2024!

We will be taking a break over the holiday season, and our studios will close Thursday 21st December and reopen in the New Year on Tuesday 2nd January.

Industry Awards

We've had an amazing year with our projects being awarded 4 industry awards from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia. A massive thanks to our amazing partner consultants and valued clients for their collaboration to make these award winning projects!

  • 2023 AILA Queensland State President's Award: 2022 AILA Festival Creative Directorate (Awarded to Blaklash, LatStudios, & Claudia Taborda with Tristian Schultz)
  • 2023 AILA Queensland Landscape Architecture Award for Urban Design: Beenleigh Town Centre Streetscape (Awarded to LatStudios & Logan City Council)
  • 2023 PIA Queensland Commendation for Great Place: Beenleigh Streetscape Improvement and Shade Solution project (Awarded to LatStudios & Logan City Council)
  • 2023 PIA Queensland Award of Excellence for Great Place: Hanlon Park / Bur'nda (for our work on the Norman Creek 2026 Master Plan, pre-cursor to the Hanlon Park / Bur'nda project) (Awarded to Brisbane City Council in collaboration with AECOM, Gaskell Planning, Bligh Tanner, Deicke Richards, LatStudios, E2DesignLab, CPR Group, Tract and proudly constructed by Epoca Constructions Pty Ltd)

Our growing and talented team


This year has brought growth and change to LatStudios, including new staff, promotions and a new director. The following staff were awarded promotions and professional registrations in recognition of their contributions to LatStudios and their respective professions:

  • Wendy Davies was awarded a Fellowship from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture in December, in recognition of her contribution to the profession.
  • Annie Yang graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Urban Planning
  • Nick Purdy graduated from Griffith University with a Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Adaptation
  • Wendy Davies was appointed to the LatStudios Board in July
  • Georgia England achieved her Landscape Architect Registration from AILA in December
  • Sasha Paterson was promoted to Senior Landscape Architect in December
  • Kate Gad and Lauren Politylo were promoted to Senior Architect in October
  • Lauren Politylo achieved her Architect Registration from BOAQ in July

We've welcomed many new faces to our studios this year:

Pictured - First Row: Wendy Davies, Georgia England, Lauren Politylo. Second Row: Kim Delbridge, Tom Roberts, Sebastian Cocks, Caitlyn Saltmarsh. Third Row: José Gutiérrez, Annie Yang, Nick Purdy, Lauren Politylo. Fourth Row: Wendy Davies, Sasha Paterson, Georgia England, Kate Gad.

Supporting the design community

Our studio is founded on 4 key values, a commitment to quality, collaboration, creative initiative and sharing of ideas. This commitment extends beyond our studio practice into our contribution to our profession's development & image within the wider community.

Here are just some of the events, talks, lectures, organisations and tours that we've been involved in throughout 2023:

2023 Key Projects

The Social Quarter at Chadstone opened to an overwhelmingly positive response. A focus on a lush, communal landscape to gather, relax and rest.

Ngaro Track upgrade in the Whitsundays has been announced and is currently under construction.

The Alfred Street Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge over the Parramatta River was officially opened last month.

We are privileged and excited to be working on developing a sustainable master plan for the Banksia Gardens community.

City of Frankston 'Footpath Trading & Parklet Policy Guidelines' were endorsed by Council in June.

Dulacca Wind Farm is now operational and feeding power into the grid! The 180MW wind farm located in the Western Downs has 43 turbines standing at 230m in height. We completed the LVIA as subconsultant to AECOM for RES.

Northland's new Entertainment and Leisure Precinct in Melbourne's north opened after a contemporary, community-centric makeover with family-friendly spaces, children’s play zone, lounge and dining areas, urban forest retreat, new façade and landscaping upgrades.

Breakfast Creek Green Bridge: the project hit a major milestone last month with the arch being installed with the help of the tides in Breakfast Creek itself.

Waterfront Brisbane has started ground works after completing the demolition where 97% of materials were recycled or repurposed.

We offer a huge thank you to all our clients and project partners for a successful 2023. We hope you enjoy the festive season, take a well deserved rest after this eventful year and look forward to seeing you in 2024!