For 25 years the vision of TCL has been to deliver a poetic expression of how landscape and urban design can be a meaningful part of contemporary culture.  The medium of our work is in the natural and built worlds, but at our core we are cultivating the artists heart and mind within our studio.  We ask questions and encourage our designers to see how the work we do is impactful in more ways than simply the design of a park, garden, or space in the public realm.  How are we designing landscape that address the larger needs of our communities? How are indigenous voices amplified and receiving their due space to speak?  How are the areas we are planning or revisioning retaining their existing palate, using the existing to its full potential before introducing new elements?  When we do drive the conversation forward with an introduction of new and interesting textures, colours, and tactile interventions, what is it that we are saying and what is the design revealing about what we see as future uses and integration into the fabric of that location?

TCL has taken our design philosophy and approach to places throughout Australia and abroad.  Many of our projects have been for significant cultural institutions such as museums, botanic gardens, universities, and national parks, while others have been part of major urban redevelopments; for example, the Australian Garden Cranbourne; Auckland Waterfront North Wharf promenade and Silo Park New Zealand; the National Arboretum Canberra; Riverbank Pedestrian Bridge Adelaide; North Terrace Redevelopment Adelaide; and the Uluru Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Northern Territory.

These and many other projects have been the subject of numerous awards. Include the prestigious international awards – 2014 Rosa Barba Landscape Prize for Auckland Waterfront – North Wharf Promenade and Silo Park. The 2014 and 2013 World Architecture Festival (WAF) ‘Landscape of the Year’ Award for the National Arboretum Canberra and Australian Garden Cranbourne, The 2012 and 2003 World’s Best Waterfront for Geelong Waterfront Redevelopment and Auckland Waterfront Redevelopment.

TCL’s award-winning success is borne out of an open studio-based approach where one or more of the directors lead the design of each project supported by a talented group of landscape architects, urban designers, and architects.

We bring the following to each project:

Robust and Meaningful Visions

TCL is renowned for developing masterplans and conceptual designs that respond to their context and provide compelling visions for the future. Designs that are embraced and owned by all stakeholders.

A Collaborative Approach

We are highly recognised for our love of collaborating with clients, stakeholders, communities, academics, artists, and other consultants. We value and respect difference and diversity.

An Ecological Base

We have worked creatively with environmentally sustainable principles since the company’s inception. We embrace sustainable practices in all our projects to minimise the ecological footprint and maximise integrated environmental systems such as water sensitive urban design (WSUD).

Four streams of investigation inform TCL’s work:

• contemporary urban life and global culture

• the elemental power of site and landscape

• artistic practice in a range of disciplines

• the creation of a sustainable future

We are interested and curious.  We are collaborative and committed to creative exploration.  We design to create lasting beauty that can be achieved within real world frameworks of time, management, and cost.


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