Landscape architecture and urban design practice, Aspect Studios announces the appointment of Katherine English as studio director at their Brisbane office. English joins fellow studio director Deb Robbins in leading the Brisbane studio, enabling the practice to build on the rich network of international projects and continue further development across Australia.

Having worked in Queensland for the better part of their careers, the duo brings a wealth of local knowledge and expertise to landscape architecture projects, while utilising the network and experience of a global practice.

“We are excited to announce the new leadership team of Katherine and Deb in our Brisbane studio. They join our existing network of over 200 landscape architects, designers, and specialist staff across Australia, China, the Middle East and Vietnam,” says Aspect Studios CEO Ivan Ross.

“Katherine and Deb’s landscape design experience perfectly complements one another, and this appointment further supports Aspect Studios’ evolution of growth and the aspiration to strengthen our leadership, while bringing our international expertise to local markets and making a difference within those communities.

“The pair have a vast range of industry experience specific to Queensland and we are pleased to tap into this knowledge to deliver on projects that focus on sustainable outcomes that enhance the lives of everyday users.”

English has over 16 years of professional experience in Brisbane and has delivered projects such as Fortitude Valley State Secondary College – Brisbane’s first high rise school, and the Anna Meares Velodrome as part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Her projects have been delivered with leading architectural practices, demonstrating her ability to collaborate effectively within the public space, education, tourism and mixed-use landscape spheres.

English believes that landscape architecture is about respecting legacies of the past and providing platforms for stories of the future.

Robbins’ 25 years of experience cover a vast range of city shaping projects, from public realm opportunities surrounding major infrastructure projects in Brisbane, to master planning community hospitals in suburban Melbourne. She also led the landscape and urban design for the Cross River Rail bid phase across four inner city precincts.

When working on city shaping projects, Robbins is passionate about creating a legacy beyond the hard infrastructure by generating sustainable benefits for the health and wellbeing of the community.

Image: Owen Cafe/Aspect Studios [Deb Robbins (left) and Katherine English (right)]