CUSP acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters on which we work. We recognise the deep connection of First Peoples to Country and value their contribution to caring for managing our lands, waters and seas. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.

Stephen Pate


Spending time on:

Surfing, reading Tim Winton and the poetry of Robert Browning

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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. Stephen is passionate about effecting positive social and environmental change through imaginative and practical design.  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 28 years’ experience as a Registered Landscape Architect, he has a diverse range of skills and personal capabilities.

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 currently serves on the AILA National Practice Committee and has held positions on the Brisbane City Council Independent Design Advisory Panel, ULDA and 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.