Street Furniture Australia has a proud history of nurturing design talent in Australia, so it was fitting that they join this year’s Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life. Held in Melbourne, the Festival brought together thinkers and practitioners to interrogate the challenges of climate, culture, design and environment for landscape architects. The Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) invited Street Furniture Australia to host an inaugural AILA Fellows’ Luncheon. An opportunity to reconnect and welcome new Fellows, the luncheon included the rising stars of landscape architecture, state representatives of AILA Fresh – “identifiable as the 20-somethings” laughed the MC. Held at Federation Square’s ZINC overlooking the Yarra River, an informal Q&A was held through the clang and clatter of enthusiastic diners. Incoming AILA National Councillor Malcolm Snow FAILA introduced June Boxsell of Street Furniture …
Darrel Conybeare and William Morrison are pioneers in the urban design and street furniture movement in Australia.
Through a design partnership spanning over 40 years, they have been key figures in shaping the public environment.
Together they designed the Plaza Seat in 1978, in response to a need for urban furniture products. In 1986 they established the brand “Street Furniture” to manufacture an emerging street furniture portfolio.
Through their architectural consultancy, Conybeare Morrison International, they direct all designs at Street Furniture Australia, and continue to inspire a culture of design excellence.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Australian architect Darrel Conybeare joined the Eames office in Venice, California, in 1967, as a young graduate of the Architecture and Civic Design Masters program at the University of Pennsylvania. The next three years were beyond his greatest expectations … The design approach at Street Furniture Australia has been influenced by the Eames office, where Darrel Conybeare (shown), SFA co-director, worked for a number of years. I was amazed that I had won the job. In 1967, American architect Denise Scott Brown introduced me to Ray and Charles Eames after I had moved to California. My interview took place at 901 Washington Boulevard, Venice, California, the design home of their extraordinary practice. Ray and Charles described the nature of the job, and I explained my purpose in coming to America to …
Darren Mansfield, a former principal at HBO+EMTB, has joined Context Landscape Design as Practice Director. Darren’s experience as a landscape architect covers a wide range of projects from private homes to major roads and rail infrastructure, airports, embassies, campuses, parks and resorts. He has directed the planning and design of significant public and private landscapes locally, nationally and internationally, and he brings a strong sustainability ethic to his work. Context was established in 1990 and is one of Australia’s leading landscape architectural consultancies. The work of the firm is spread across many areas including landscape master planning, community design, parks, public domain and town centres, waterfronts, education, leisure, sports and entertainment precincts and green infrastructure. As Practice Director, Darren’s focus is to ensure that Context is recognised as consistently producing high …