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 design culture.

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.