I don't divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one - Luis Barragan
My interest in architecture has always been about finding solutions for better living and understanding how to better connect buildings, and therefore people, with nature.
I am a licensed Building Designer in Tasmania. After studying architecture in France, I worked there as a graduate architect for five years, designing residential, social housing and educational buildings incorporating energy efficiency and sustainability principles.
In 2013, I travelled to Australia, attracted by its great outdoors and unique native flora and fauna. Upon my arrival in Melbourne, I worked as a Builder’s Labourer, helping to construct a two-storey extension to improve the efficiency and liveability of a suburban home. Some of this project’s key features included water sensitive design and sustainably sourced timber. This experience made me better understand the practical challenges involved in realising a design that are not necessarily evident when sitting behind a desk.
Switching tack, I then re-joined the architecture sector, working as a Senior Associate for a Melbourne architectural firm for several years. During this time, I specialised in medium-density commercial and residential design, before moving to Tasmania and starting Inwardout Studio.
Many people think of Tasmania as a cold place. Do not get me wrong, it can be! However, most buildings here have not been built to handle the local environment and feel cooler than they should. Getting your building’s orientation right in the first place can make a huge difference to its thermal efficiency. In France, thermal regulations are a lot tougher than here, so energy efficient design is the norm for me. I believe that everyone should be able to enjoy a warm or cool home, depending on the season.
My ideal home is warm and cosy in winter, and cool in summer. Constructed with sustainably sourced and locally milled timber, my home would sit in the trees, either literally or metaphorically. Outside, I would relax with family and friends around the firepit. We would eat pizza made from ingredients sourced from our garden and cooked in our wood-fired oven. On a cold day, I would sit and contemplate the landscape from my outdoor hot tub. Life is good!
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Diploma of Building Design
Bachelor of Architecture
Master of Architecture
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need - Cicero
I developed a strong research ethic whilst completing my Master of Urban Horticulture at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus, learning to value independent, credible advice. I believe that a plant should perform more than one function in your space, whilst also adding to its overall form, i.e. its ‘look and feel’. Plants can feed you or shelter local biodiversity, slow down and clean stormwater, provide summer shading and improve indoor air quality. What can’t they do?
Having maintained gardens in a variety of settings, including rooftop bars, leafy suburban homes and green walls, my design is also grounded in practicality. Despite what some people will try to tell you, there is no such thing as a maintenance-free garden! Plants are living and therefore grow and change over time. And that is the fundamental aspect of their appeal. However, I can help you to minimise the tasks needed to keep your landscape or garden performing as you intended, and to minimise the inputs required to do so.
Sustainability is not just a buzzword for me. I worked on community sustainability and environment programs, including household retrofit projects, in local government for close to a decade, before following my passion for horticulture and design. I coordinated the 2018 Tamar Sustainable Living Expo at the Albert Hall in Launceston. More recently, I have taught sustainability and geography at the University of Tasmania, including the subjects ‘Space, Place and Nature’ and ‘Engaging with Sustainability’.
In my ‘spare’ time, I love nothing more than getting my hands dirty in the garden, growing food to feed my family (but not the local wallabies!). I also enjoy reading and writing about all things horticultural, although I do that professionally too.
I am a member of the Tasmanian Garlic & Tomato Festival’s organising committee (YUM!), the Interior Plantscape Association’s Executive Management Committee, and a Regional Convenor (Tasmania) for the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
So I guess it is no surprise to you then that my dream home would feature a large garden packed full of plants that are both edible and ornamental. The house itself would be small, but not necessarily ‘tiny’. Perhaps most importantly, I would not have to wear my mittens inside during winter!
PS. Cicero forgot one thing! I would add a quiet drink at the end of the day, especially after labouring in that garden.
Diploma of Conservation & Land Management
Bachelor of Social Science (Environment) with Distinction
Master of Urban Horticulture