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New people joining us in 2018

Sara Casella,  Landscape Architect


The passion and creativity needed to design successful landscapes is what inspires Sara in her job as a landscape architect.

Having worked on many projects in Europe, Sara loves working in Australia on both urban and comparatively ‘wild’ landscapes. Sara recently worked in Tasmania on various national park projects.  Since starting at Phillips Marler, Sara has worked on the landscape design for the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre.

 “The best designs involve a deep understanding of the history of the natural landscape, its geology, biodiversity and the indigenous culture. It’s also about creating places for people that are enjoyable, colourful and unique – that’s what our job is about.”



Daniel Hughes,  Landscape Architect


Daniel was inspired to study landscape architecture by his father, who is a surveyor and town planner. He enjoys applying his creativity and problem-solving skills to a broad range of projects. He also appreciates collaborating with people from diverse professional disciplines.

Daniel has worked on a range of projects including a number of childcare centre designs and master planning for parks and recreation and heritage sites.


 “I believe landscape architecture helps society achieve better environmental and living standards at both micro and macro levels.”



Juan Rodriguez,  Graduate Architect


Juan has practised architecture for 10 years. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Juan loves the challenge of every new project. He has worked on both residential and commercial buildings.

Having completed a Master in Sustainable Design and High-performance Buildings at the University of Sydney, he enjoys designing structures with sustainable principles in mind. Juan also relishes the challenge of understanding and meeting the unique desires and expectations of each client.

“Every project is full of possibilities. Your design is going to impact the lives of many people in its setting. You have the opportunity to fulfil the needs of the client and integrate them with the site and the environment.“

Waitara Park Amenities Building



Construction of the new Waitara Amenities Building for Hornsby Council at Waitara Tennis Courts has recently been completed. Construction by Council of a new playground adjacent the building is now underway.

The new 280m2 building provides meeting and administrative space, storage, toilets, showers and a new kiosk. The building foregoes conventional air conditioning and utilises passive solar design strategies to assist heating and cooling including sensor-controlled ventilation, orientation of openings and thermal mass. It incorporates a 6.5Kw photovoltaic array and 10,000 litres of underground rainwater storage.




Julie Marler awarded AILA Fellowship

At the recent AILA awards night Julie Marler, Landscape Co-Principal of Phillips Marler, was awarded an AILA Fellowship. The award recognised her twenty plus years of practice and active advocacy for the profession.

“I was thrilled to receive the AILA Fellowship at the recent NSW Awards night.  The recognition of peers is a celebration of practice and professional engagement and a source of inspiration”.

The award acknowledged ‘Julie’s achievements in practice – award winning projects, her active role in the Institute and her contribution to the profession of Landscape Architecture’

“Landscape Architecture is a mixture of art and science”, explained Julie. “Technically, we’re growing as a profession. It’s an expansive discipline and there are few disciplines that are so environment focused. Fundamentally, it’s about the environment and nature. No other profession has this investment in such an important area for the future.”

Julie Marler and LA colleagues accept their Fellowship award at the AILA Awards night