The Team
Mike Horne - Director

Founder and director of Turf Design Studio, Mike has over 25 years of industry experience and a gifted collaborator to the team with his unique combination of design and implementation skills.

His project experience extends to both bespoke and large scale multi-disciplinary projects including his ongoing work on Central Park in Sydney, Central Barangaroo Masterplan (in collaboration with Skidmore Owings & Merrill) Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney University Public Domain and Sydney Park Redevelopment

Mike’s comprehensive range of experience includes landscape master planning, detailed landscape design, through to project and quality management. His thoughtful design approach and high quality work has seen Mike lead numerous high profile projects throughout Australia and abroad. He has won numerous awards and accolades in the landscape and design industry, including the considerable contribution he made for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Scott Ibbotson – Associate Director

Scott is associate director and project leader for a number of Turf’s leading projects and overseas project implementation. Scott’s combination of skills has become an instrumental resource in delivering projects that are holistically innovative, well-considered and have a sense of permanency.

His portfolio of work at Turf includes Sydney Park Upgrade & Stormwater Reuse, Central Park in Broadway, Camperdown Public Domain at Sydney University and Fitzroy Gardens, Kings Cross.

Scott’s long-standing professional knowledge in urban horticulture and ecological restoration has ensured Turf deliver countless significant public realm projects; both locally and abroad. His 28 years of industry experience in complimentary disciplines has moulded Scott into a well-rounded body of knowledge for the team at Turf.

Matt Coggan – Associate

Matt is as an outstanding landscape architect and team leader. Well-travelled throughout Australia and abroad, Matt brings a wealth of unique life experiences to his design approach – always seeking outcomes that are appropriate to place and will have an enduring legacy. His role includes mentoring the staff at TURF and leading major projects from concept design through to construction documentation and site advice.

Matt is a great representation of Turf Design Studio; always a great communicator, vibrant in personality and approachable in nature. He is a passionate collaborator to the team on all issues, especially ones of sustainable design.

Matt previously cycled around the entire coastline of Australia as founder and director of a youth-led, not-for-profit environmental organisation. The tour promoted action for sustainable living through school presentations, community events and a large amount of media exposure at national and local levels.

Nicole Wilson – Associate

Nicole has a broad perspective to public realm projects and is experienced across all design phases. With a commitment to achieving positive change through good design, she is responsible for the quality control of design and documentation output in the office, as well as being a key collaborator on all tender submissions and proposals.

Her most significant project experience includes her work on the Eastern Busway in Brisbane and Trackstar in South-East Queensland; two multi-million dollar infrastructure alliance project. Nicole led the urban design team through various stages and delivered outstanding design that has been commended across the region.

Nicole has worked locally and abroad on projects of all scales and complexities, from bespoke landscapes through to significant public domain projects. She began her career in high-end residential landscape and pool design, extending to large-scale projects across Australia, Asia and the UAE. She is passionate about mentoring staff through their careers and nurturing strong client relationships and strategic partnerships to provide the highest quality client service.

Jonny Nguyen – Landscape Architect

Jonny is an innovative designer and project landscape architect at Turf. He works closely and collaboratively with landscape contractors, as well as other design and technical professionals to produce the highest quality design and documentation.

Jonny is part of the project team on Central Park in Broadway, Shellharbour City Hub and Fitzroy Gardens, Kings Cross. His dedication to deliver concise and quality documents has been commended across all of his projects.

Jonny holds a strong interest in landscape design that explores the relationship between people and place and actively engages with current design practices and technologies.

Chen Zhuang – Architectural Designer and Landscape Architect

Chen is involved on several medium to large public realm projects and has become instrumental in delivering key concept and documentation packages. His background in both architecture and landscape architecture makes him a valuable resource to the team as he approaches all projects with a broad understanding of both the built environment and the landscape. Chen has gained experience working abroad and locally, currently focusing on public realm and park projects.

Chen also finds the time to collaborate with other artists and designers on exciting events including the Biennale of Sydney and Beams Festival. He enjoys collaborative think tanks and the conversation that is created between multi-disciplines.

Han Yang – Landscape Architect

Han is an invaluable team member and talented landscape architect. She holds a broad knowledge across all design phases and takes pride in delivering quality documentation for all projects that she works on. Han is approachable and always commended on her great communication skills by her clients. She maintains great relationships with consultants by always keeping them up to date with project progress and delivery.

Han is proficient in all technical platforms including Adobe Creative Suite and AutoCAD, and has the proven capability to communicate her designs through succinct and clear documentation packages.

Han completed her Diploma and Master of Landscape Architecture in South Australia and has since worked locally and abroad in medium to large public realm projects.

Brigitta Schyns – Urban Designer and Landscape Architect

Brigitta is a talented urban designer and landscape architect who has contributed to a range of large-scale residential, public domain, and infrastructure projects.

She has worked collaboratively with the project team on Central Barangaroo, Sydney Park Redevelopment and Cherrybrook Village to deliver all documentation packages from concept to construction.

Brigitta holds a Master of Urban Development and Design and first class honours in Landscape Architecture whilst developing experience by travelling abroad and working on projects in Japan, China and South America. She brings innovation to the studio through her completed degrees and has seen her name of the Dean’s List at UNSW Faculty of the Built Environment for her creative thinking and tenacity towards her studies.

Scott Jackson - Urban Designer and Landscape Architect

Scott is a remarkable designer in both urban design and landscape architecture. He is responsible for all the core 3D graphic visualisation output for the office and has collaborated on a variety of public realm, large-scale residential and infrastructure projects. Scott works effectively with the project team to produce documentation from concept phase to construction.
Scott’s project experience at Turf includes Central Park in Broadway, Shellharbour City Hub and Opal Tower, Sydney Olympic Park.

His diverse background and experience in the field has also seen him lead other projects during his career; including the award winning ‘Green is Gold’ for the AILA Sydney 2030 Streetworks competition. He is constantly engaged in leadership roles and has participated in cross cultural programs; travelling abroad and working on projects in countries including Nanjing, China.