The Practice Principals

Julie Marler and David Phillips bring depth of experience and knowledge to every project.

Julie Marler,  Registered Landscape Architect and Heritage Landscape Specialist

Julie portrait b&wJulie Marler is Landscape Principal at Phillips Marler with over 20 years of experience on a range of local and state government landscape projects.

Julie also has a Masters of Heritage Conservation. She has considerable experience in landscape heritage conservation planning and interpretation.

Julie has a reputation for delivering subtle and restrained ideas into sites of special value.

“In every project we’ve worked on, our approach to design always starts with examining three main elements: the unique qualities of the site, the vision for how people could better interact with that site and, perhaps most importantly, the aims of the client.”

I love the fact that we have a long term influence over sites. The things we design last for a very long time. Unlike anything else in the built environment, landscape architecture is synonymous with tree planting. We design with them and it’s wonderful to go back to jobs and see how the trees have evolved over time.”

Julie has lent her expertise to many professional panels including: Sutherland Shire Council Architectural Review Advisor Panel 2005-2012, AILA National Council 2013-2015 and was Jury Chair for the NSW AILA Awards in 2008 and 2015. Julie is currently a member of AILA’s National Education Committee and National Accreditation Review Team assessing landscape architecture courses around Australia.

Julie has been the project landscape architect for a wide variety of projects including:


David Phillips, Registered Architect

David portrait b&wDavid Phillips, Architectural Principal at Phillips Marler has more than 30 years architectural experience. His expertise is in the design of small buildings and structures in sensitive landscape settings.

Possessing a keen eye for detail, David has oversight of all technical documents. He uses his extensive knowledge of building materials and their application to create functional yet beautiful structures and buildings. He brings this skill and experience to every project.

“I love architecture because it offers the challenge to create something new and fresh.

The challenging part is going through a long and convoluted process; but the reward is the joy of the design; and being able to come up with something fresh and original on a restricted budget.

Though most of our work is primarily landscape architecture, my architectural knowledge and perspective is ‘on tap’. I believe this is a great strength of our practice and a real benefit to our clients as they can be assured that the maximum amount of ability is being applied to their job.”

Before starting Phillips Marler with his business partner Julie, David worked in a number of leading architectural offices in senior architect and associate positions.

David has been the project architect for a wide variety of projects including:


Contact Julie or David to discuss your next project here