Widely acclaimed design practice Hassell has made an expansive range of announcements this week, handing out various promotions to its team members.

The promotions of Hassell team members to principal, senior associate and associate positions aligns with the practice’s desire to bring together strategic intelligence and creative design.

Hassell managing director Steve Coster says the new promotions are timely for those that have been rewarded, and that the company will always look to enhance the personal development of their team members.

“This group of people have a broad and positive influence across Hassell, leading great projects, inspiring our teams, sharing their insights, and nurturing our relationships with clients,” he says.

“Their promotions reflect each individual’s contribution toward designing the world’s best places – places people love. It recognises what they’ve achieved to date, but also our confidence in their significant contribution into the future. We look forward to continuing to invest in their development as leaders of our Practice. Empowering and developing talent from within our team is always a focus for us and we expect to announce further promotions within the year ahead.”


The promotions to principal are as follows: 

Carolyn Solley (Brisbane)

Solley has led a diverse portfolio of projects, from hospitality venues to global financial workplaces and retail master plans. Her vast experience working in Asia and Australia allows her to draw on rich, cultural insights and experiences to share leading edge design thinking with beautiful results.


Chris Lamborn (Melbourne)

Lamborn is an architect with over 25 years’ experience leading, designing and delivering complex, large-scale infrastructure projects throughout Australia and the UK. Focussing on community and passenger experience outcomes, the architect's work ranges from his work on the Melbourne Metro project to his recent work on a series of critical level crossing removal projects.


Jason Cuffe (Sydney)

Cuffe leads Hassell’s landscape architecture team in Sydney, and has been with the practice for over a decade. His calling card as a landscape architect includes city-shaping, international developments such as Darling Harbour Public Realm in Sydney and Shanghai’s Park Avenue Central.


Tulsi Grover (Singapore)

Grover’s main focus is as an interior designer, with an extensive background in hospitality, F&B and premium residential design across Asia, Africa and Australia. In addition to overseeing prominent projects in the Asia region based in Singapore, he is a contributor to Hassell’s business strategy and design direction.


The promotions to senior associate are as follows: 

Laura Vallentine (Sydney)

A skilled professional with over 14 years’ experience in both the design and delivery of a broad range of internationally acclaimed projects, Vallentine provides capability to manage project teams through all stages of project delivery, whilst prioritising successful client and stakeholder relationships.


Sophie Bond (Perth)

Bond has worked across both architecture and interior architecture in Perth, Sydney, and London. She has a passion for projects that align design, cultural and commercial objectives to push boundaries, increase shared value and create richer, more meaningful places and enjoys finding simple solutions to complex problems.


Alexander Sawicki (Melbourne)

An experienced design professional, Sawicki possesses experience in a broad range of complex and city shaping projects. Over the last seven years, he has taken leadership roles in both design and documentation for a number of highly technical projects, with a focus on educational facilities and infrastructure developments. 


Hassell also promoted a number of people to the role of Associate including Jill Turpin (Perth), Chris Free (Melbourne), Kanika Puri (Singapore), Mimi Cho (Perth), and Susie Quinton (Melbourne).