CONTEXT is one of Australia’s leading landscape architectural consultancies. The work of the firm is spread across many areas including Landscape master planning, Community Design, Parks, Public Domain and Town Centres, Waterfronts, Education, Leisure, Sports and Entertainment precincts and Green Infrastructure.

For over twenty years, the practice has successfully designed projects in Australia, South East Asia, China and the UAE and is recognised by numerous design awards and citations for design excellence and innovation.

Team Strengths

  • Our extensive local and international experience and successful track record in the design and construction of significant, award winning public spaces.
  • Our proven ability to deliver a successful project on time and within budget.
  • Our strong skills base and extensive experience in urban landscape and public domain projects.
  • Our comprehensive graphic presentation, communication and consultation skills.
  • Our extensive experience in community consultation & liaison.
  • Our capacity to work with multi-disciplinary teams for public and private sector clients, including successful collaborations with architects, artists, event managers and business strategists etc.
  • Our continued commitment to Environmentally Sustainable Design principles and practices.

The Team

Design Director

Hamish Dounan

BLArch. University New South Wales; BHortSc. UWS. Australian Registered Landscape AILA

Hamish has extensive local and international experience in residential master planning, public domain, urban design, streetscape and park design, infrastructure projects for major roads and transit ways, resorts and commercial developments.

His broad experience in all aspects of landscape architecture and the landscape construction industry has seen him lead high-profile projects including Dubai Waterfront Phase 4 and 6, Waterpoint Public Domain (Vietnam), Emirates Luxury Resort (Wolgan Valley), Al Ain City Image Management Strategy UAE and the green infrastructure of Pacific Highway Upgrade (Tintenbar to Ewingsdale). A passion for innovative and environmentally sensitive landscape design solutions is backed by extensive site supervision experience and horticultural knowledge.


Christoph Kaufmann

Diplom-Ingenieur für Landschafts- und Freiraumplanung (Master of Landscape and Open Space Planning) University of Hanover, Germany

During his eleven years of professional experience as a landscape architect, Christoph has worked on a wide range of projects from concept design through to construction documentation and construction.

Christoph’s strengths in design, 3D modelling, graphics and documentation have been applied to a multitude of projects across Australia and the Middle East – from large scale infrastructure projects, extensive parklands and other open space projects to public domain and large scale city wide residential developments as well as smaller residential projects.


Jon Kane

BLArch University of New South Wales

Jon has worked on a number of diverse projects and has experience in project management, detailed design and construction documentation, design development, community consultation, strategic planning and assessment. Jon has developed a strong construction and horticultural knowledge following 10 years working in the landscape construction industry.
His experience in both design and construction has provided a unique understanding of the design and documentation process and the construction phase of projects. Jon is able to communicate with a range of stakeholders and has been the project lead on a number of large urban projects including the Thomas & Hay Street upgrade, Sydney and intermittent Lead on City to the Lake and Constitution Avenue upgrade, Canberra.

Landscape Architect

Mengling Fu

BLArch (Hons) University of New South Wales

Mengling is devoted to providing opportunities for people to enrich their experiences through transformations to their senses, exploration of histories, as well as exposure to unique cultures. As a landscape architect, she has had experiences working on a range of local residential, commercial and infrastructural projects and has been involved with international regional master planning.

An interest in fine art led Mengling to develop a concentration and appreciation for art in landscape. She employs a range of skills to deliver concept drawings, 3D model and montages that demonstrate the essence and core concepts of designs.

Landscape Architect

Kieran Briscoe

BLArch (Hons) University of New South Wales

Kieran has experience working on a range of residential, public domain and infrastructure projects at both a local and international scale. Kieran brings to CONTEXT a wide range of graphic capabilities with a strong design sense in both conceptual and presentation stages. Kieran designs in a way to harbour the nature of human life, drawing inspiration from social and cultural realms. He seeks to develop a quantitative approach to thinking and design, the help better inform decision making. Kieran explores green solutions along with human experience in his project work and aims to harmonize the way landscape and humans can positively interact.

Specialist Consultant

Oi Choong

BArch. (Syd), Grad. Dip. Land. Design, Grad. Dip. Env. Studies, Registered Landscape Architect, FAILA

Oi Choong has over twenty five years of distinguished experience as a landscape architect in the public and private sectors. She has extensive experience in master planning, urban landscapes, waterfronts, planning new communities and campus landscapes. Since establishing CONTEXT Landscape Design in 1990 she has directed award winning local and international landscape master planning projects in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Asia. These include the Kuching Waterfront Sarawak, East Malaysia, (World Waterfront Award 1994) Walsh Bay Redevelopment, Sydney (Lloyd Rees Award 2004) Centennial Parklands Tree Master Plan ( AILA Merit Award 2003) University of NSW Mall (AILA Project Award 2001) M7 Westlink Orbital, Moore Park Plan of Management, Dubai Festival City, Nanjing Waterfront, China and University of Science and Technology, Shanghai.

Oi was a member of the master plan team for the 2000 Olympics at Olympic Park, Sydney and was involved in the design of numerous Olympic sites including the Rowing Facilities, Velodrome and the new Sydney Showground. She has also served as a Board member of the Landscape Professions Registration Board, the Floriade Board of Management and the Festival Development Corporation Board, Mt Penang Parklands.

Senior Landscape Architect

Hamish Putt

BDes Landscape Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington; (Hons); Dip Project Management, Kaplan Institute

Hamish has over nine years experience as a landscape architect covering project and client management as well as open space planning.
He is experienced in leading public engagement programs, working for many Sydney and NSW based councils in Masterplanning and Public Domain, and also community initiatives in London UK.

Hamish has delivered many projects from start-up to project completion and has an extensive knowledge of implementation of open space and public domain projects.
Hamish is a registered landscape architect with AILA, having previous heavy involvement with NZILA while studying in New Zealand.

Landscape Architect

Julie Trinh

BLArch University of New South Wales; Diploma of Horticulture, TAFE

Julie has had experience in working on a range of residential, commercial, infrastructure, urban design and public domain projects at both a local and international scale.
She has exemplary graphic and analytical skills and is involved in all facets of the documentation process in producing conceptual designs, cad drawings, 3D computer visualisations, illustrative plans and sections and planting design.
Julie is passionate about horticulture and has extensive knowledge on a range of native and ornamental plant species.

Landscape Architect

Torin Calf

BLArch (Hons) University of New South Wales, BNatSc.Hort. University of Western Sydney

While completing his studies Torin worked in the landscape construction industry. He has always had an affiliation with the outdoors and the environment. As a Landscape Architect, Torin has experience working on commercial and residential projects as well as children’s playground design. He has had involvement in all stages of the documentation process, producing CAD drawings and finds interest in construction and planting.

Landscape Architect

Elizabeth Lester

BDesArch University of Sydney, Bachelor of Fine Arts - UNSW

Liz is a talented designer who can creatively and clearly communicate design intent through a broad range of graphic mediums.

As a landscape architect she has been involved in all stages of design , producing montages, models, hand drawn conceptual plans, a wide variety of CAD drawings, sections and illustrative plans along with various design and consultation reports.

Senior Landscape Architect

Sam Westlake

BLArch, University of New South Wales

Sam is a Registered Landscape Architect with over eight years of professional experience. Since starting his career, Sam has worked on a broad range of project types and scales, including urban design, public domain, parks, playgrounds, childcare, residential aged care and
both private and multi-unit residential developments.
During his time as Director of a design and construction company, Sam developed his skills in client liaison, project management, detailed design, horticulture and landscape construction. He has also completed Horticulture I through ACS Distance Education.
Sam’s strength is his ability to deliver projects from concept design to construction, having gained valuable experience working with City of Sydney, Blacktown City Council and the Land Development Agency, Canberra.

© Context 2019.
Site by Pictura Creative