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Wes Michaels

Wes Michaels

Founding Principal

Wes Michaels is a Founding Principal of Spackman Mossop Michaels Landscape Architects based in New Orleans. He is a licensed Landscape Architect in 8 states with over 15 years of professional experience and a LEED Accredited Professional. Wes has worked on a diverse range of projects from sustainable campus design to urban waterfronts on a national and international scale. His current work as principal of Spackman Mossop Michaels focuses on the interplay between culture and the environment in parks, streets, and urban open space networks. Wes was awarded the ASLA National Award of Excellence in 2008, 2009, and 2012 and a Fulbright Fellowship in 2009 for research and travel in Estonia and Scandinavia. His work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, The Graham Foundation for Fine Arts, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

 

Wes has previously taught at Louisiana State University from 2004 to 2016 and co-founded the LSU Urban Landscape Lab in 2006. This lab engages in research projects that explore ecological and cultural relationships in urban landscapes. The work of the lab grew from the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and has focused on distressed and disaster-influenced landscapes. Wes is recognized as a leading authority on digital media and the design process, and his book Digital Representation in Landscape Architecture was published by Wiley Press in 2010. His work has won numerous design awards and been published widely in national and international journals.



Education:

Master of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia

Credentials:

PLA in LA, TX, AR, MS, AL, TN, MI, GA

LEED AP

Member of ASLA, Louisiana & Michigan Chapters

Member of Urban Land Institute

Member of American Planning Association

CLARB Certified

Hometown:
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Elizabeth Mossop

Elizabeth Mossop

Founding Principal, Director

Elizabeth Mossop is a Founding Principal of Spackman Mossop Michaels Landscape Architects and works in both the Sydney and New Orleans offices. She has more than 25 years of experience and has wide-ranging experience in both landscape design and urban planning.Her practice specializes in the design of the public landscape, parks, urban spaces and infrastructure and has received recognition by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Council of Building Design Professions, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and the Australia Council. She has recently been involved in many aspects of the post-hurricane reconstruction of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

 

Currently, Elizabeth is the Dean of the Faculty of Design, Architecture, and Building at the University of Technology in Sydney. Her research and teaching focus on landscape and urbanism, through investigation of contemporary landscape design both at the urban scale and at the site scale. Recent publications include Contemporary Landscape Design in Australia (2003), Hong Kong: Defining the Edge (2001) and City Spaces: Art and Design (2001).

 

Elizabeth has held a number of significant academic positions including Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University, and Associate Professor and Director of Masters in Landscape Architecture Programs in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She has lectured widely in the United States and Australia. Her writings include numerous articles on landscape, urbanism and infrastructure, and the books ‘Contemporary Australian Landscape Design’ and ‘City Spaces: Art and Design’.



Education:

Master of Urban Planning, Macquarie University

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honors), University of New South Wales

Credentials:

Registered Landscape Architect

Member of AILA

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Emily Bullock

Emily Bullock

Principal

Emily Bullock is a Principal in SMM’s New Orleans Office. With over 7 years of experience, Emily’s work focuses on planting design, especially the use of native plants, and sustainable landscape design. She has worked on a range of projects that involve comprehensive stormwater management practices and the capture and reuse of water on site. Emily skillfully manages a diverse set of projects across all types and scales. She is attentive and flexible to the needs of clients while also maintaining a sensitivity to deadlines. Emily is also part of Ripple Effect, a team of designers and teachers working together to promote “water literacy” through design-based, standards-aligned curriculum in public schools in New Orleans.



Education:

Master of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Language, and Literature, Davidson College

Credentials:

Member of ASLA

Hometown:
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Shaohuai Xing

Shaohuai Xing

Associate

Shaohuai Xing is an Associate in SMM’s New Orleans office. Shaohuai is driven by the concept that “Design Changes Lives,” and believes that landscape architecture is the most powerful way to influence people’s living environment. As a designer whose focus is urban revitalization and stormwater management, he is drawn to the field as a comprehensive and multidisciplinary science. He is highly skilled in digital representation and brings our concepts to life through his renderings. Shaohuai is a travel buff and has visited cities and projects across the US, but we’re lucky that he has landed in New Orleans.



Education:

Master of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University

Bachelor of Arts, Dalian University of Technology

Credentials:

Assoc. Member of ASLA

Hometown:
Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province, China

Joie Chan

Joie Chan

Associate

Joie Chan is an Associate in SMM’s New Orleans office. She pursues landscape architecture as a means to create places for communities that will enhance their quality of life. Rooted in her deep interest in research based design and a passion for neighborhood revitalization, she applies rigor and a keen eye for detail to each of her projects. Prior to joining SMM, Joie worked with The Neighborhood Design Center, a nonprofit design center in Columbus, Ohio. She now calls New Orleans home, drawn to its warm weather and endless idiosyncrasies.



Education:

Master of Landscape Architecture, Ohio State University

Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Manitoba

Credentials:

Assoc. Member of ASLA

Hometown:
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Pilar Zuluaga

Pilar Zuluaga

Designer

Pilar Zuluaga is a Landscape Designer in SMM’s New Orleans office. With a background in Architecture and as a Master of Landscape Architecture, her interest and passion for social justice through design have led her to discover the transformative power that this field and profession has in the built environment. Before coming to the United States to study Landscape Architecture, Pilar was researching on modular and progressive architecture as a means to empower and help underserved communities living in informal settlements at the periphery of Bogota, Colombia. She has lived in three different countries and has now found a home in New Orleans, excited to learn and discover what the Big Easy has to offer her as a designer.



Education:

Master of Landscape Architecture, Auburn University

Bachelor of Architecture, Universidad de los Andes

Hometown:
Armenia, Colombia

Tracey Armitage

Tracey Armitage

Studio Manager

Tracey is the Studio Manager of SMM’s New Orleans office. Before joining the SMM team, Tracey has owned and operated a food pop-up, worked as a Project Coordinator for an urban farming non-profit in Latin America, and also served as the Director of Employee Experience with a community-focused independent restaurant group. Her wide range of experience and skills, from operations management, to client experience oversight, to program and brand development, make her a valuable asset to the firm. In alignment with SMM’s culture and values, Tracey’s goal is to actively foster a small business ecosystem that empowers local communities to strengthen social connection and reinforce environmental stewardship through a lens of equity and accessibility. Currently, she volunteers as a teaching fellow with Girls Health Ed and as a Kitchen Assistant with Edible School Yards New Orleans.



Education:

Bachelor of Science, Business Management, Minor of Spanish Language, Ohio State University

Hometown:
Westminster, Maryland, USA

Australia

Michael Spackman

Michael Spackman

Founding Principal, Director

Michael Spackman is a Founding Principal of Spackman Mossop Michaels Landscape Architects based in Sydney, Australia. He is a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer with over 25 years experience. He has successfully completed many projects in Australia and Asia and maintains a strong interest in design solutions for urban landscapes through ecological innovation.

 

Michael is also interested in the role the public domain plays in the cultural and political life of societies. Under Michael’s guidance Spackman Mossop Michaels has gained prominence with a range of planning and design projects for parks and public spaces including commissions for Moore Park, Martin Place, Western Sydney Regional Park and the Sydney Olympic Shooting Centre. He also has extensive experience in road design with ground-breaking projects such as the Great Western Highway in New South Wales. In recent years Michael has developed a further specialization in alternative transit modes and urban cycling in particular.

 

Michael was recently awarded a fellowship by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in recognition of his professional service including as a former State President, and of his national practice leadership with particular focus on regional and environmental strategies as well as award-winning urban design outcomes.



Education:

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honors), University of New South Wales

Certificate of Horticulture, TAFE NSW Ryde

Credentials:

Registered Landscape Architect

Fellow of AILA

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Michael Wright

Michael Wright

Principal

Michael Wright is a Principal, Landscape Architect, and Planner in SMM’s Sydney office. With over 25 years experience in the profession, Michael has developed specialist skills working in the areas of policy and strategic planning, site and urban planning, resource management, visual assessment and cultural landscape management. He has been responsible for the preparation and management of a range of planning and assessment studies which include management plans and strategies, site master planning and environmental assessment.

 

Michael’s projects have occurred in a diverse range of environments including coastal and inland National Parks in New South Wales, the rural road network of New South Wales, urban parks and waterways in the centre of Sydney, the goldfields of Victoria and the Great Sandy Desert in northern Western Australia. A regular feature of Michael’s work is the development of close working relationships between the client and the study team and this cooperative approach often includes participation by the community in the process of creating imaginative and practical solutions.



Education:

Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Applied Science Environmental Design, University Of Canberra.

Credentials:

Registered Landscape Architect

Member of AILA

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Catherine Dung

Catherine Dung

Associate Director

Catherine Dung is an Associate Director in SMM’s Sydney office.  She has significant experience in a wide variety of projects across diverse scales, ranging from planning and concept design through to construction.  She specializes in major infrastructure and transport, parks and public places, and urban design with a landscape architectural focus. Her strategic design and built projects have been recognized by numerous state, national and international design awards, and publications.

 

Catherine pursues a strong interest in developing design solutions for projects with complex and often competing environmental, cultural, and technical considerations. A key factor in the success of her projects is her interdisciplinary approach, working collaboratively with clients, technical specialists, and other designers to achieve the highest design outcomes for each project.  She believes that every project can deliver public domain benefits, no matter the primary project focus, and advocates for the public domain in all her work. In addition to her exceptional design, collaboration, and management skills, Catherine has a high degree of expertise in design communication.

 

Catherine holds a PhD in Architecture and Design from RMIT University.  Her research focuses on urban design and the public domain.  Catherine previously taught design studios at the University of NSW for over ten years, and has been a PhD examiner at RMIT University.



Education:

Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture and Design, RMIT University

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honors 1 & University Medal), University of New South Wales

Credentials:

Registered Landscape Architect

Member of AILA

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Judith Fritsche

Judith Fritsche

Senior Associate

Judith Fritsche is a Senior Associate in SMM’s Sydney office. She is a multi-award-winning Landscape Architect with over 15 years professional experience. Her expertise spans across urban and landscape design, urban and regional planning, open space planning, landscape management and visual assessment.

 

Judith is a lateral thinker with the ability to deliver projects from strategy through to construction. She has highly developed analysis, design, management and communication skills, and a strong track record delivering strategic planning, public domain and urban landscape projects for state and local government clients.

 

Judith brings to all her projects a striving for excellence, innovation, and sustainability. Her approach is grounded in an appreciation of our unique cities and landscapes, with a focus on developing outcomes that reconcile complex agendas. She believes in a collaborative and inclusive process to ensure clients’ and stakeholders’ needs and aspirations are realised through the project, to create meaningful and enduring spaces that meet the needs of today while shaping livable places for tomorrow.



Education:

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honors, The University Medal), University of New South Wales

Credentials:

Member of AILA

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Todd Cook

Todd Cook

Associate

Todd Cook is an Associate and Landscape Architect in SMM’s Sydney office. He has significant experience on a wide range of projects including major infrastructure projects, park designs, medium density housing, and planning projects. Todd has developed and expanded his skills base with his involvement in all aspects of these projects, from the conceptual stages through to construction documentation.

 

Todd’s interest lies in the successful delivery of built projects, based on his attention to detail and strong technical and environmental knowledge. At SMM, Todd has been involved in the preparation of documentation drawings for two high profile projects, Cook and Phillip Park and the Martin Place Upgrade. He has also overseen the realisation of many other projects of varying scales. Todd is responsible for team organisation and outputs within the office, client liaison, sub-consultant coordination, and contract administration.



Education:

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of New South Wales

Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Landscape), TAFE NSW Ryde

Credentials:

Registered Landscape Architect

Member of AILA

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Mat Dally

Mat Dally

Associate, Active Transport Manager

Mathew Dally is an Associate Landscape Architect and Sustainable Transport Specialist in SMM’s Sydney office. He has over 14 years of professional experience and an extensive range of successfully completed projects.

 

Mathew works with local and state governments in the assessment, design, and delivery of sustainable transport infrastructure. He is highly skilled in feasibility and route assessments, concept and detailed designs, documentation, and construction supervision of cycle facility projects.

 

With sound analytic, design, and communication skills, Mathew is efficient at managing complex projects and delivering results of a high standard. He regularly manages multidisciplinary teams and provides integrated solutions that combine engineering (traffic, civil and lighting), accessibility and environmental requirements. He has a range of digital graphic capabilities that meet the expectations of today’s clients and brings creative and inspiring input into the SMM studio.



Education:

Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Canberra

Bachelor of Visual Arts, Australian National University (Honors)

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Emily Rigby

Emily Rigby

Senior Landscape Architect

Emily has over 12 years of experience in landscape architecture with experience in both the public and private sectors. Emily has experience in concept development, design development, and construction documentation. She brings to a project her skills in design, graphic representation, and technical knowledge.

 

Emily has extensive experience working with a range of specialist consultants and clients including private developers, local councils, and government agencies. She has a depth of experience working on a variety of scales in the public domain including public art, medium density residential, playgrounds, parks, streetscapes, masterplanning, road infrastructure, urban design, and strategic projects.

 

Emily has received multiple awards, with a particular focus on work that promotes increasing greencover in the public domain and built environment to achieve a multitude of benefits from heat island mitigation to population health benefits, and creating liveable cities into the future.



Education:

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honors 1), University of New South Wales

Credentials:

Member of AILA

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Andrew Scoufis

Andrew Scoufis

Senior Landscape Architect

Andrew Scoufis is a Senior Landscape Architect in SMM’s Sydney office. With over 10 years of working in the private and public sector, Andrew brings with him a comprehensive technical, practical, and contractual knowledge of the profession to all projects in which he is involved.

 

Andrew has considerable experience in a range of public domain, open space, and infrastructure projects, including education, playgrounds, local and regional parks, streetscapes, cycleways, residential, commercial developments and transport infrastructure projects. He successfully delivers projects from concept through completion, including technical specifications, client and consultant coordination, and overseeing construction supervision. Andrew has a strong interest and understanding of water sensitive urban design principles.



Education:

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of New South Wales

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Andrew Coruzzi

Andrew Coruzzi

Senior Landscape Architect

Andrew Coruzzi is a Senior Landscape Architect in SMM’s Sydney office. He has over 10 years experience in a wide range of projects including major infrastructure projects, planning projects, streetscape upgrades, and large and small park designs. He possesses a comprehensive range of skills and employs a collaborative approach to road design.This has enabled him to successfully work on all aspects of projects including strategic design, concept design, masterplanning, detail design, documentation, specification, and construction supervision, as well as the preparation of urban design reports.

 

During his time at Spackman Mossop Michaels, Andrew has successfully completed numerous infrastructure projects for Roads and Maritime Services, providing conceptual, analytical, and environmental assessment, as well as detailed design and construction documentation.



Education:

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of New South Wales

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Bene Hernandez

Bene Hernandez

Landscape Architect

Bene Hernandez is a Landscape Architect in SMM’s Sydney office. He has 10 years experience as an Landscape Architect, Photographer, and Forestry Engineer in Australia and Europe. With his cross-disciplinary talents, and his strong interest in public space and urban environments, Bene has been involved in numerous high profile landscape architecture and urban design projects and has a thorough understanding of their often-complex delivery processes.

 

His broad education and experience have given him a strong understanding of how close integration between built form, landscape, and engineering elements creates successful public domain outcomes.



Education:

Master of Landscape Architecture, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Bachelor Degree of Forestry Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Professional Photography Diploma, CEV Madrid

Hometown:
Madrid, Spain

Eladio Hernando

Eladio Hernando

Landscape Architect

Eladio Hernando is a Spanish Landscape Architect in SMM’s Sydney office. He has more than 20 years experience in a series of urban and natural landscape projects. Eladio has developed particular design expertise that responds to the cultural and physical context of each site with creative concepts that are refined through engagement with clients and relevant stakeholders.

 

Many projects have involved design solutions that incorporate heritage values into contemporary design concepts. In addition to his design skills, Eladio has a high degree of understanding the multiple relationships between art and the public domain.



Education:

Master of Arts in Landscape Design, University of Newcastle

Post-Graduate Degree in Plant Genetic Resources (MSc), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Engineer in Horticulture and Gardening (BESc), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Credentials:

Registered Landscape Architect

Member of AILA

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Fergus McCarthy

Fergus McCarthy

Landscape Architect

Fergus McCarthy is a Landscape Architect in SMM’s Sydney office. He joined SMM in 2015 with professional experience in the UK and Ireland in the fields of landscape design, planning, construction and research of the built environment.

 

Fergus has a Master of Landscape Architecture degree with his thesis focusing on urban water, principally research on improving urban stormwater through retrofitting water sensitive urban design. Drawing from experience working both domestically and internationally on a range of project types, including urban design, active transport, salutogenic design, and park master plans, Fergus brings an interest in bridging infrastructure, community, health, and well being to his design work.

 

Understanding the critical role that research and technology play in quality landscape design, allow Fergus to contribute across all phases of the design process, from concept development through to detail documentation and construction.



Education:

Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Gloucestershire

Post-graduate Degree Landscape Planning, University of Gloucestershire

Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honors) Landscape Architecture, University of Gloucestershire

Higher National Diploma Landscape Design, Blackrock FE Institute

Credentials:

Member of AILA

Hometown:
Dublin, Ireland

Li Zuo

Li Zuo

Landscape Architect

Li is a passionate Landscape Architect who joined SMM recently with 5 years of experience in a wide range of projects including major infrastructure, public domains, and open spaces. He has experience in all stages of projects from concept development to construction documentation. Li brings to his work an interest in the role of design in connecting people with the wider context in various social and cultural environments.

 

Li has been involved in numerous high profile landscape and infrastructure projects, which gave him in-depth understanding of the how quality design is achieved in complex delivery process. Li sees each project as a unique opportunity to create improvement to benefit people and the broader socio-ecological system. With strong interest in design communication and a focus on details, Li brings to project his creativity and skills in design, graphic representation, and technical knowledge.



Education:

Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Environments, University of Melbourne

Hometown:
Chongqing, China

Jennifer Forbes

Jennifer Forbes

Urban Designer, Landscape Architect

Jennifer Forbes is a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer in SMM’s Sydney office. She has delivered a large number of successful public domain and infrastructure projects throughout New South Wales and Victoria. These range from large-scale master plans, to smaller scale public parks and streetscapes, in which she delivered innovative urban design and landscape strategies.

 

Jennifer has contributed to all stages of project development from initial feasibility studies and concept design, through design development and detail documentation. During each project she has also completed a large number of landscape character and visual impact assessments in both rural and urban settings.

 

Furthermore, Jennifer is experienced in collaborating with a diverse range of disciplines in the design and delivery process. With a thoroughly collaborative approach to design, she has been successful in working with a wide variety of clients and stakeholders.



Education:

Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science (Honors), University of Melbourne

Hometown:
Adelaide, Australia

Sibyl Jia

Sibyl Jia

Graduate Landscape Architect

Sibyl Jia is a Graduate Landscape Architect in SMM’s Sydney office. She is a passionate and driven graduate of the University of New South Wales who has excelled across all areas of urban design and planning. As a landscape architect from Suzhou, China, Sibyl gained valuable insight and experience from a variety of multidisciplinary firms in China.

 

Having fostered an interest for Geographical Information Systems (G.I.S) during her third-year exchange at the University of Virginia, United States, Sibyl continues to expand her abilities and knowledge in geo-design and geo-computation. Furthermore, Sibyl has commenced a Master degree at University of New South Wales in City Analytics to further this passion.

 

Since joining SMM, Sibyl has worked closely with senior staff on a multitude of projects in both the public and private domain. Sibyl is involved at all stages of project development from visual impact assessments, public domain studies and concept design through to detail design development and documentation.



Education:

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honors), University of New South Wales

Hometown:
Suzhou, China

Sara McGufficke

Sara McGufficke

Graduate Landscape Architect

Sara is a passionate and motivated Graduate Landscape Architect who recently graduated with a Bachelor Degree at the University of New South Wales, where she excelled across all areas of learning.

 

Through her degree Sara developed a strong passion for the relationship between nature and culture within the public domain. Her studio projects constantly explored these concepts and its challenges within cities today. Her studio work on many occasions won awards, most notably the Mayoral Prize and the Peoples Choice Award for an Outstanding Solution for the Georges River Precinct at Liverpool City Center in 2015. Sara also received the Andreasens Green Excellence in Planting Design in 2016 for her graduate work in the Central to Eveleigh Precinct.

 

Sara joined Spackman Mossop Michaels (SMM) while studying in 2015. Since working at SMM, Sara has worked with the team on infrastructure projects and urban design projects in both design and documentation stages.



Education:

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honors), University of New South Wales

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Michael Wong

Michael Wong

Graduate Landscape Architect

Michael joined Spackman Mossop Michaels in 2017, during his studies in the Bachelors Degree of Landscape Architecture (Honours) at the University of Technology Sydney.

 

Michael’s final graduation project involved with the implementation of a runoff filtration system along South Creek (Western Sydney), addressing existing issues of both urban and stormwater runoff whilst also generating spaces for recreational opportunities. Michael brings an interest in connecting communities with the natural, social and cultural environments.

 

Michael has great experience and knowledge with GIS software and is highly capable of handling and gathering the data produced. In his time working at SMM, Michael has been involved with many projects ranging from Active Transport to Landscape assessments. Michael has also been involved with community workshops, LCVIA, model making, visual and graphical representations, digital 3D models and photography.



Education:

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honors), University of Technology Sydney

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Rebecca Jameson

Rebecca Jameson

Finance and Accounts Manager

As Finance & Accounts Manager, Rebecca manages the company’s financial performance, HR, and compliance. She is responsible for all areas of finance, accounts, and administration, providing strategic analyses to determine project and company profitability.



Education:

Bachelor of Science (Management) (Honors) Trinity College, Dublin.

Advanced Dip Marketing and Management DIT, Dublin.

Hometown:
Wicklow, Ireland