About Us
Who Are We

Turf Design Studio offers a rare depth in thinking for major development and public domain; weaving together planning, design and ecology into a vibrant tapestry – creating places that are functional, fit for living, and where the hand of the designer remains largely unseen.

We understand the nature of major urban projects and what it takes to deliver them. As Landscape Architects and Urbanists, we are key contributors in the making of cities. Our blended knowledge of urban design, landscape architecture, environment, community and infrastructure makes our profession unique in connecting people and place.

Our creative and accomplished team brings fresh thinking to every project and strives to realise a site’s inherent character through innovative planning and design solutions.

The making of meaningful, beautiful places is an endeavour that we take very seriously, as both a creative challenge and project responsibility. What makes a place feel right? How can it surprise, excite or soothe the senses? What purpose must it serve and what stories can it tell?

We create settings for life – to enrich a site’s essential qualities of space and light, how it is sensed and how it is revealed.

We create memorable places.

Photograph by Murray Fredericks
Approach

Our design approach is about weaving together several threads, creating dynamic and engaging places based on the fundamentals of human needs and behaviours. We design beautiful places that are legible yet richly layered, robust and buildable, yet finely detailed.

The making of meaningful, beautiful places is an endeavour we take very seriously, as both a creative challenge and project responsibility.

Our design approach is iterative and collaborative. We encourage a process of critical thinking to generate sound principles and exciting ideas. Our collaboration is worldwide; drawing inspiration and ideas from professional experts, communities and stakeholders to generate the best design solutions.

Services

Site Analysis and Assessment

Master Planning

Placemaking

Public Domain Design

Landscape Design

Town Centre Design

Plan of Management

Ecological Design

Water Sensitive Urban Design

Bushland Management Plans

Concept Design

Design Development

Documentation

Site Advice

Project Management

Tendering

Contract Administration

Awards

2017

Landscape Architecture Award, Cultural Heritage Category, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (NSW)

Hyde Park Pool of Reflection Upgrade – Turf Design Studio + Environmental Partnership

Client: City of Sydney

2016

The Great Place Award, Award for Planning Excellence in Northern Territory, Planning Institute Australia

The Boulevard Stage 1 and Goyder Square (Palmerston City Centre Upgrade Program) – RobertsDay & Turf Design Studio

Client: Palmerston City Council

Highly Commended, Public Playspaces – $500K – $1M, Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards

Sydney Park C.A.R.E.S. Precinct Children’s Bike Track – Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

 

Winner, ‘Delivered Outcome – Large Scale’ Category, Australian Urban Design Awards

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

 

Winner, ‘Outdoor Structure’ Category, Sustainability Awards

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

Winner, ‘Environment Track – Global Category’, THE-NEXT-GREEN awards by World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC)

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

 

Winner, AILA National Award for Infrastructure, AILA National Landscape Architecture Awards

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

 

Landscape Architecture of the Year Prize, American Architecture Prize

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

 

Platinum Prize, Landscape Architecture ‘Public’ Category, American Architecture Prize

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

Bronze Prize, Landscape Architecture ‘Small and Large Scale Landscape Projects’ Category, American Architecture Prize

Kensington Street – Turf Design Studio with Jeppe Aagaard Andersen

Client: Greencliff, Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia, City of Sydney

 

Bronze Prize, Landscape Architecture ‘Commercial’ Category, American Architecture Prize

Kensington Street – Turf Design Studio with Jeppe Aagaard Andersen

Client: Greencliff, Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia, City of Sydney

Highly Commended, ‘Best Sustainable Project’, Blueprint Awards

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award, Think Brick Australia

Kensington Street – Turf Design Studio with Jeppe Aagaard Andersen

Client: Greencliff, Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia, City of Sydney

 

Award of Excellence, Parks and Open Space, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (NSW)

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project –  – Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

 

Civic Landscape Architecture Award, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (NSW)

Kensington Street – Turf Design Studio with Jeppe Aagaard Andersen

Client: Greencliff, Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia, City of Sydney

 

Finalist, Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design, Stormwater NSW Awards for Excellence

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

 

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Design Award, Good Design Australia

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

 

Winner, Urban Design and Public Spaces, Architectural Design Category, Good Design Australia

Kensington Street

Client: Greencliff, Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia, City of Sydney

 

Winner, Best Overall, Architectural Design Category, Good Design Australia

Kensington Street

Client: Greencliff, Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia, City of Sydney

Gold Winner, The Design 100, [GOV] design awards + summit

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

2015

Awards for Excellence Commendation, Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW/ACT)

Tubb’s View, Crimson Hill apartment precinct, Lindfield NSW

Client: Defence Housing Australia

Gold Winner, The Design 100, Sydney [city] design awards + summit

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

Design Champion, The Design 100, Sydney [city] design awards + summit

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

Gold Winner, LNA Excellence Awards ‘Sustainable Landscape Commercial’, LNA Master Landscapers Association (Awarded to Design Landscapes P/L)

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

Silver Winner, LNA Excellence Awards ‘Commercial Over $1 Million’, LNA Master Landscapers Association (Awarded to Design Landscapes P/L)

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

Silver Winner, LNA Excellence Awards ‘Open Space Parklands, Playground and Leisure Facilities’, LNA Master Landscapers Association (Awarded to Design Landscapes P/L)

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project – Turf Design & Environmental Partnership (TDEP)

Client: City of Sydney

Award for Design in Landscape Architecture, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (NSW)

Chippendale Green – Jeppe Aagaard Andersen and Turf Design Studio (JAAA+TDS)

Client: Frasers Property Australia & Sekisui House Australia

2014

Silver Medal, Australian Garden Show Sydney

‘Green Curtain’ Balcony Garden – by Matt Coggan (Turf Design Studio)

Constructed by James & Co (Green Curtain) & Wilson Pedersen Landscapes (Paving)

2010

Award in Planning, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (NSW)

Green Street Program

Client: Housing NSW

2009

Award for Design in Landscape Architecture, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (NSW)

University of Sydney Camperdown Public Domain (including the Faculty of Law) – Jeppe Aagaard Andersen + Tinka Sack + Turf Design Studio

Client: University of Sydney

2006

Commendation in Research and Communication, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (National)

Salad Bar

2005

Merit Award in Research and Communication, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (NSW)

Salad Bar

Merit Award in Environment, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (NSW)

Salad Bar

2004

Project Award for Planning in Landscape Architecture, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (ACT)

Belconnen Lakeshore Refurbishment – Rochford Telfer Group & Turf Design Studio

Client: Canberra Urban Parks and Places 

Clients