About Blackwell & Associates

Blackwell & Associates was established in 1987. We are a specialised design practice focusing on sustainable landscape architectural and urban design solutions. Much of our focus since the practice was first established has been on the urban environment and on how we can enhance the experience when people trade their ‘traditional’ suburban existence for a higher density urban lifestyle.

 

A strong focus of our practice is in creating environments with a high level of pedestrian amenity, with a strong focus on streetscapes and public open spaces offering high levels of aesthetic and physical appeal. We believe that our streetscapes should be conceived and developed as a natural extension of the Public Open Space network. It is our intent to improve their “walkability” with an aim of encouraging more people to walk and ride and thereby deal with a number of current pressing health and environmental issues as well as encourage greater social interaction.

Our Approach 

Our approach is to distil the positive qualities of each site and amalgamate these to suit the functional and aesthetic requirements. This is done using our breadth of experience and artistic flair to achieve unique design solutions.

The award winning results illustrated on the following pages have been achieved through this fundamental commitment towards the pursuit of design excellence.

Our People

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TONY BLACKWELL

(BLA, AAILA, Registered Landscape Architect) University of Canberra

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Tony became the Managing Director of Blackwell & Associates in 1987 where he is now responsible for the overall direction of the practice together with the coordination of staff, programming, client liaison and general administration. His breadth of experience, together with his interest in the allied professions and extensive study tours, have provided him with a sound knowledge of the broader issues that affect projects. Consequently Tony is often involved in site planning and the establishment of marketing directions for larger commercial projects.

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PETER WOODWARD

(BA [Hons], MLA, AAILA) University of Sheffield Architecture Faculty

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Peter joined Blackwell & Associates in 1989. In addition to his landscape architectural skills he is a specialist in graphic presentation, including high quality perspective illustrations and photomontages.

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LIZ CARTELL

(BA [Hons], Dip Admin) Surrey Institute of Art and Design

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A qualified designer and administrator, Liz joined Blackwell & Associates as Office Manager in 2013. Since graduating she has worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from heritage building refurbishment, interior and landscape design. A versatile all rounder with a strong interest in the built form, her wide-ranging experience contributes towards providing a broad and integrated service.

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CRAIG CARPENTER

(BLA, Registered Landscape Architect) University of Western Australia

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Craig joined Blackwell & Associates in 2003 and brought with him a keen interest in the development of equitable outdoor environments that provide for the wide range of activities that form part of our daily lives, including commuting, socialising and importantly playing.

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SAM HARRY

(BLA [Hons, Registered Landscape Architect) University of Western Australia

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Sam is an Honours graduate in Landscape Architecture from UWA, where he was the recipient of a number of awards for Excellence in Design and the Robert Tindale Scholarship in his final year of studies. Sam also majored in Plant Science and Ecology at the University of Tasmania. His projects and studies have focussed on an interest in exploring the nexus between science and design and the nature of sacred spaces.

Our Awards

Blackwell & Associates have been the recipient of over 50 state and national awards across a range of clients, categories and project scales since their inception in 1987.

Most recently, Oxford Street Reserve picked up the Civic Landscape Award at the Annual 2016 AILA WA awards. Recent graduate Sam Harry walked away with the Graduate Award for excellent work during his employment at the office since graduation. Refer to this article for more information and related links regarding our most recent awards.

For a small practice, the number of awards that we have received is testament to our commitment to excellence in design.