Stephen is a Director and Co-founder of CUSP having previously established his own firm S.P.L.A.T. in 1993 which he then merged with Cardno in 2007. With an academic grounding in the disciplines of Botany and Geography, Stephen is equipped with a broad-based understanding of urban landscape patterns, geomorphology and ecology. Combined with 25 years’ experience as a Registered Landscape Architect, he has a diverse range of skills and personal capabilities. His inclusive approach to management and coordination with numerous design teams has led to success on a substantial number of projects.
Stephen’s inclusive approach to management and coordination with numerous design teams has led to success on a substantial number of projects. His dedication to innovative and environmentally responsive design is evidenced by a long list of awards for urban design, masterplanning, urban renewal, and environmental outcomes at state, national and international levels. Stephen served as the Master Landscape Architect for South Bank Corporation for 10 years and held the same role at Brisbane Airport Corporation for 11 years. He is an active member of the Brisbane City Council Independent Design Advisory Panel and past AILA representative on the Healthy Waterways Steering Committee.
Being heavily involved in peer review, preparation of project/design critiques, strategic advice and masterplanning, Stephen is widely respected for his industry knowledge and contributions and has acted as an awards judge for AILA, UDIA and QALI and as a professional mentor and membership examiner for AILA.
Daniel Wright (Dan) is a Director and Co-founder of CUSP. His philosophical approach to landscape and urban design is to create unique places that enhance the relationship between the community, natural processes and the environment.
Dan is an accomplished Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Project Manager. With experience at senior and project manager levels in masterplanning, concept design, detailed design and construction supervision across a diverse range of projects Dan is equipped to provide inclusive and informed leadership as a Director of CUSP and collaborating with consultant teams.
Establishing his career as a Landscape Architect for S.P.L.A.T (with Stephen Pate), later merged with Cardno, Dan’s expertise are a result of working with high-performing teams and award winning projects. A testament to Dan’s skill and expertise is his successful involvement as Senior Landscape Architect for the River Quay, South Bank project which was awarded 2011 Queensland UDIA Consultants Excellence Award and Retail/Commercial Award, the Karl Langer Award for Urban Design at the 2012 Queensland Architecture Award and the prestigious "Australia Award for Urban Design" 2012.
During 2010 to 2012, Dan advanced his project management expertise through working with one of Australia’s largest diversified property groups, Stockland. As a Development Manager, Dan was responsible for the successful delivery of a broadscale residential community in a new market catchment. Responsibilities included the management of a consultancy team to develop and implement sales, marketing and production strategies specific to the target customer, providing Dan with vital understandings into the needs and priorities of the client including proactive communication, quality documentation, time and budget management.
SENIOR LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
With over 20 years’ experience as a registered landscape architect in Australia and overseas, Andrew has a proven background in all aspects of the profession across a wide range of landscape architectural/urban design project types. He has been both the project and design manager on large scale contracts for private and government agency clients which included management of the project from concept through to the post contract administration phase. For the last ten years Andrew has specialised in master planning, design and design development through his role as the Design Manager/Design Project Team Manager of Tract WA; as an Associate with Urbis and now with CUSP. The focus of these projects has mainly been on civic, residential, urban renewal, education and commercial projects.
SENIOR LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Christoph is an experienced Senior Landscape Architect and leads a wide range of projects across phases varying from concept design, development applications, and operational works through to tender and construction administration and construction supervision. Bringing over 13 years of international and local experience, clients benefit from working with Christoph for his detailed knowledge in flora, fauna and WSUD, that allows him to push the envelope and evolve designs which build on the natural environment of a site. Christoph has a passion for bushwalking, scuba diving and the great outdoors and has been involved in a number of community and recreation projects worldwide.
As the first employee of CUSP, John has been an integral part in the growth of the business. During the past year, he has developed a breadth of experience in projects spanning from residential gardens to city-scale urban design. John has been a key member of the CUSP project team working on the Echo Queens Wharf Casino bid, assisting in concept development and documentation. Johns experience has also extended to CUSP’s international projects and has been a critical component in all stages of development at The Pearl Resort in Fiji.
John is a graduate of QUT, during which he was nominated for the Karl Langer Award and the Hassell Robin Edmond Award. While at university he was employed at Cardno and also ran his own design and construct landscaping business. This background has imparted a love of plants and the outdoors and has instilled a strong understanding of value of landscape and public spaces at all scales.
SENIOR LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Lauren is a talented and results-driven Senior Landscape Architect with a strong passion and appreciation for design and detail. With over 10 years-experience, Lauren has a proven track record working with Clients and stakeholders in managing complex landscape and construction projects from inception to completion. Lauren demonstrates a well-honed experience in landscape assessment studies, urban design, main streetscapes, recreational planning, broadscale residential developments, retirement villages, residential apartment developments, commercial projects and education facilities. A strong ambassador for sustainable design, Lauren is cognisant of the complex techniques, applications and construction codes involved. Repeatedly demonstrating her ability to deliver projects within budget and time constraints, Lauren ensures outcomes are met without sacrificing creativity and innovation.
Luke joined CUSP in 2014 and has been a valued member of the team contributing to significant projects including Destination Brisbane Consortium’s Queen’s Wharf bid, the new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct, The Pearl Resort, Fiji and Coffs Harbour Airport. A talented graduate of QUT, Luke was nominated for the Karl Langer Award and the Hassell Robin Edmond Award with his work showcased at the “SHAPE of Things to Come” exhibition. Whilst at university, Luke gained valuable experience at a prominent environmental planning and landscape architecture firm. With an enthusiasm for the outdoors, ecological design and future cities, Luke looks to channel his passions through providing sustainable yet meaningful outcomes for clients at all scales of the landscape.
ARTIST / GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Milkana is a specialist Artist, Graphic Designer with 11 years’ experience in the built environment industry such as Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Planning and Architecture. Her strengths are in producing high-end graphics such as 3D renders, master plans and marketing materials unique to the project and client requirements. She is proficient in leading graphics software packages and has traditional hand drawing skills. The spectrum of her project involvement is vast including award winning Qld based projects, significant bids and published work such as Ipswich River Heart Parklands, Rosella Park North Shore, Caxton Roma Pedestrian Link Brisbane, AirportlinkM7 and Caloundra South. As an artist Milkana has been involved in public art projects as well as Landscape Architecture Entry features, Art Strategies and Exhibitions.
For over 20 years Tanya has established a well-grounded career as a chartered accountant offering valuable insight on how to serve a business from a Tax and Advisory position. Tanya enjoys working in dynamic environments to deliver specialist consultancy and business services. Her acute comprehension of accounting in the professional services landscape helps CUSP realise cost savings and other initiatives ensuring we operate with upmost efficiency for the benefit our Clients.