Paul Scholtens








As a founding member of dsb, Paul has directed the arborist, horticultural and construction administration and superintendence projects. Since retiring as a Director, Paul continues on a part time basis to provide these services and to mentor dsb landscape architects in these skills.

Paul has over 40 years experience in urban horticulture, arboriculture and landscape construction management he brings to this project. He has carried out countless vegetation assessments in extensive areas of the ACT and regional NSW.

Paul is experienced as an expert witness for arborist matters and his award of Fellowship of the Institute of Horticulture is due recognition of a career’s provision of quality consultant services. His skills and experience in landscape construction administration in Canberra is without peer.

His long experience with landscape construction in the ACT provides a range of skills that are valuable to Clients, particularly:

  • A 'No Nonsense' approach to dealing with Contractors

  • An approach to Contract Administration and Superintendence summed up in three words 'Fair, Realistic and Defendable'

  • Ability to understand the construction processes and construction timing that leads to critical assessment of construction programs submitted and likely achievement.

  • Many years experience in construction detailing and documentation provides a solid foundation for review of documentation for constructability and review of tender documentation for risk to Client.

  • Paul Scholtens is an experienced irrigation designer and irrigation superintendent and is fully aware of the scope of works required for water and meter supply. He is also aware of the issues surrounding the provision and supply of electricity to irrigation controllers.

Many years experience in superintending landscape soft works installations and inspection of landscape soft works during the Consolidation period and participation in inspections for handover to ACT Government enable Paul to assess the quality of the works and whether they are of an acceptable standard for handover.