With over 18 years of experience (since 1999), Elke has been running her own practice since 2009.
Elke is a registered landscape architect (UNSW Hons) with AILA The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects as well as a qualified consulting arborist (AQF Level 5) Dip. Arboriculture.
Elke has lectured and tutored at The University of New South Wales as well as Ryde TAFE for the Landscape Architecture program and the Consulting Arboriculture program respectively. Elke periodically teaches at Ryde TAFE.
Elke is an award winning landscape architect and a consulting arborist who is an enthusiastic proponent to the development and sustainable connection to natural systems.
Elke was honoured to be named in 2016 as an
Elke has experience from over 19 years as a landscape architect. She has had the opportunity to work on international projects from road upgrades to tropical resorts in countries including Denmark, England and China. Elke’s work is now predominantly in Sydney.
Being an experienced AQF Level 5 consulting arborist as well, Elke is often engaged on projects as both landscape architect and consulting arborist. This creates efficiencies and helps streamline not only the project from design to construction phase, but is also beneficial for project costs, communication and project management.
Often asked about what her style in landscape architecture is, Elke describes style as not something imposed on the site from her, rather her style is either contextually based or influenced by who will be using it ultimately. Each project has different drivers and often many contributors including: the end user, the context of the site, the future maintenance and expected longevity of the landscape. Other key design drivers Elke draws in include the project’s social, physical and environmental context.
Where possible, Elke provides recommendations that can contribute design and value add solutions in a cost effective and environmentally sensitive way (as her passion lies in natural systems).
Elke is highly practical, realistic, hardworking, organised and efficient. Being very passionate about landscape architecture, there is rarely a time where a deadline hasn’t been met. Elke communicates with her project teams.
Elke has co-authored the award winning publication: “Soils for Landscape Development: Selection, Specification and Validation” published through CSIRO with soil scientist Simon Leake, SESL Australia: This text provides:
– 2014 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, NSW award for Research and Literature
– 2015 Australian Institute of Horticulture award for Literature.
Elke has been working on a collaboration research project with Ecosystem Architecture and ARUP from 2014-2016 on The Vertical Sustainable Urbanism Research Program which has been internationally peer reviewed and recognised for innovative strategies in sustainable urban regeneration.
Elke is also a beekeeper and breeds and installs native stingless bee hives. She is the President
of the Sydney Bee Club.
Landscape Architect and Level 5 Consulting Arborist.
m: 0410 456 404
The Phoenix Studios 6.
1 Moncur Street, Woollahra, NSW 2025
B.LArch (Hons) (UNSW)
AILA Registered Landscape Architect # 001539
Dip. (Horticulture) Arboriculture AQF Level 5.