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Michael Spackman, Director

Michael Spackman 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.

Elizabeth Mossop, Director

Elizabeth Mossop is a landscape architect with wide-ranging experience in both landscape design and urban planning. Her practice concentrates on urban infrastructure and open space projects like Cook and Phillip Park in Sydney and Viet Village in New Orleans. She has recently been involved in many aspects of the post-hurricane reconstruction of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Elizabeth was Director of the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of New South Wales before taking a position at the Harvard Design School as the Director of Landscape Architecture Programs and Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture. Elizabeth has also served as Director and Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University.

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).

Wes Michaels, Director

Wes Michaels is a Principal of Spackman Mossop Michaels Landscape Architects. He is a Registered Landscape Architect in the states of Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan and Tennessee and a LEED Certified Professional. Wes holds an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia and a Masters degree from Harvard University. He has taught at Louisiana State University and Auburn University. His work focuses on the revitalization of urban landscapes and the use of environmental technologies in the design process.

Wes was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study post-industrial landscapes in the former Soviet satellite nation of Estonia in 2009. He is recognized as an expert in digital representation, having published Digital Drawing in Landscape Architecture (co-authored with Brad Cantrell) with Wiley in 2010. The book received the ASLA Award of Excellence in Communication in 2012. He is also pioneering techniques for sustainable public landscapes in the South of the US, experimenting with indigenous plants and local materials in the realization of design projects.

Michael Wright, Principal

Michael Wright is a landscape architect and planner 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 NSW, the rural road network of NSW, 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 co-operative approach often includes participation by the community in the process of creating imaginative and practical solutions.

Nadira Yapa, Principal

Nadira has over 25 years experience in urban design and architecture, with her work extending across master planning of precincts, public domain design, Placemaking, brownfield regeneration, transit oriented development, transport and major infrastructure, and public art. She brings to her projects a knowledge base enriched by her local and international work, research and teaching.

Nadira is a talented designer and project leader with a mastery of responding to complex project requirements. Her design is founded upon a thorough understanding of design and construction requirements and standards. With a thoroughly collaborative approach to design, she is acknowledged for her high standard of professionalism and contribution to the team.

Nadira holds postgraduate degrees in Architecture, Urban Design and Development, and Environmental Science and Sustainability. This education is complemented by Green Star certification training with the Green Building Council of Australia. Her work and research in South America, Northern Europe, South and South East Asia, and Australia brings diversity to her design thinking.