PLACE Design Group announces a new design leadership at their Gold Coast
office. The new design team will be led by Design Leader Alex Cohn and newly
promoted Lead Landscape Architect Sam Shepherd.
Peter Bell, PLACE Design Group Planning Principal is looking forward to
collaborating closely with Alex. Having continued to grow the planning arm of
the Gold Coast Office, Peter says it is an exciting time for not only PLACE
Design Group but also for the Gold Coast.
Observing strong recovery of the Gold Coast market, Peter comments that
there is a lot of interest from developers looking for new sites as well as several
Chinese investors who are securing development sites and constructing major
projects such as Rhapsody and Jewel. Major construction is also taking place with
the Pacific Fair redevelopment and Coomera Town Centre. All these developments
have fuelled confidence and increased activity with smaller projects especially
around the Southport PDA.
As he returns to familiar territory, Alex will bring over 30 years of
professional design practice and knowledge, as well as international design
appreciation to his new role. Alex arrived in Australia in 1990 and began his
professional career in the country at local architecture firm Cummings + Burns
located in Southport, with his first project being a series of golf front
houses at the renowned Royal Pines Resort.
Though Alex left the Gold Coast in early 2000, his passion for the region
has never wavered. After spending ten and a half years working at the PLACE
Design Group Brisbane office, Alex is drawing on his strengths and views his
new role as an opportunity to give back to the city that gave him opportunities
as a young professional, to develop and integrate an advanced and competitive
As PLACE Design Group's Gold Coast Design Principal, Alex looks forward
to participating and contributing to the development and strengthening of the urban
identity, quality and liveability of this young city.
Sam Shepherd who will be leading the Landscape Architecture team is
equally excited to take on his new role and demonstrate to the Gold Coast
community his experience, enthusiasm, and passion for quality resolved built
environments. Sam has ten years of experience in the industry, with a
background in master planning, landscape architecture, and public spaces that
will prove invaluable in his new role.
PLACE Design Group has a strong history of leading significant planning, urban
design, and landscape architectural projects on the Gold Coast.