Michael joined dsb in 2003 after a career in landscape design and construction for engineering infrastructure and residential estates and environmental planning for residential developments.
Michael has recently lead the the urban design and landscape consultancy for the newly completed Canberra Light Rail project where he and the dsb Team have received universal praise from the international consortium team and ACT and Federal Government entities.
Upon graduation from Queensland Institute of Technology in 1984, Michael returned to Cameron McNamara Engineers and subsequently Kinhill Engineers, providing landscape architectural input to residential estates, road infrastructure and local shopping centres.
This local landscape experience expanded to include Local Environmental Studies for Tourism projects in the surrounding alpine and coastal regions and Regional Tourism planning for NSW Tourism from Central Coast to the Victorian border.
Michael also has extensive experince in commercial landscape construction. From 1991 to 2003 he was responsible for landscape installation of residential estates and road infrastructure landscape works.
Michael’s landscape architectural qualifications were supplemented with studies in Environmental Law at ANU prior to commencing at dsb Landscape Architects.
Michael is experienced in vegetation assessments and tree management plans, multi unit residential, schools, public parks, residential estate and highway road corridor landscape projects.
Michael joined founding members Paul Bombardier and Paul Scholtens as a Director in 2005. He has since been joined by fellow directors Adam Barker and David Pearce as the ‘Pauls’ have transitioned to consultant mentor positions within the practice.
Michael’s commitment to the Canberra landscape is demonstrated by multiple terms as President of the ACT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and numerous representations with the ACT Government on new residential land development standards and management of the ACT Urban Forest.