Anna Chauvel

Managing Director

Anna has established herself as one of Perth’s leading landscape architects. She now leads PLACE Laboratory as well as playing a key role in setting the design direction for the studio – ensuring clients’ visions are translated into beautiful and functional design outcomes.

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Anna has extensive urban design and landscape architectural experience at a leadership level. Many clients consider her as the Vision Keeper, ensuring that the Vision and Values are integral throughout the design process.

Anna’s particular design focus is on the development of the public realm. Through her work she has developed a design process and methodology that seeks to express the cultural, social, ecological and historical references of a place within contemporary design outcomes.

She has worked with a wide range of clients including Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA), Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, Curtin University, Department of Housing, City of Stirling, Education Department, Australand, Town of Kwinana, PEET, Cedar Woods, Mirvac, Brookfield, Lend Lease, and the City of Bunbury.

Shlomit Strum


Shlomit is a Principal of PLACE Laboratory with over 20 years experience in delivering complex projects within Australia and Israel.

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She brings to our team skills in project management, planning and project delivery on many large-scale projects for both the private and public sectors ranging from urban renewal, residential, resort developments and public open space. At PLACE Laboratory Shlomit oversees the management of the practice to ensure Client expectations are delivered and constructed on time and on budget.

Her rigor in managing large teams on complex sites will ensure the project is run efficiently and to programme. Shlomit’s ability to adapt to varying project demands and environments have exposed her to all aspects of the profession from landscape assessment through to detailed design, documentation and on-site supervision of works.

Hans Oerlemans


Hans is driven by passion for spatial design and a strong belief in collaboration: great projects are made by working together. Hans designs from the view that successful plans need a focus on the big picture and an eye for detail, combining visionary concepts with practical feasibility.

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Over the past 25 years, he has worked as an urban designer and landscape architect on a wide range of public realm designs, strategic plans and studies on spatial issues throughout Australia, Europe, USA, Asia and New Zealand. His design for the Afrikaander Square won the Dutch award for best public space 2005+2006. He led the master plans for public realm networks, urban precincts and districts, greenfield developments, innovative industrial parks, landscape revitalization and cultural heritage areas. Hans also conducted studies on topics such as suburb differentiation, economic-recreational landscapes, private clientship and traffic safety.

Prior to PLACE Laboratory, Hans worked for 17 years as a founding partner at OKRA landscape architecture (NL). He also worked for Peter Walker Partners (USA) and at RPS (AU) as Managing Landscape Architect.

Mike Rowlands


Mike is passionate about creating unique and memorable places grounded in best practice contemporary design: places that enrich people’s lives and are sustainable across all aspects of urban life. As a Project Leader at PLACE Laboratory, he is involved in all areas of design process and project delivery including concept design, documentation and contract administration.

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Mike has been a design leader at PLACE laboratory since the studio’s inception in 2010. His prior experience includes collaboration on a number of successful international design competitions and high profile projects in Australia and overseas working in London at Martha Schwartz Partners and with Richard Weller & Room 4.1.3 in Australia.

An integral part of the leadership team at PLACE, Mike is responsible for the design and management of multidisciplinary project teams such as Curtin Creative Quarter and has been responsible for the Master Planning, Activation Planning and delivery of multiple stages at Yanchep Golf Estate. Other completed projects include: John Curtin Court and Henderson Court Upgrades and Curtin B410 Medical School.

Tom Griffiths


Tom is a registered Landscape Architect with 14 years of professional experience practicing landscape architecture, urban design and master planning throughout Australia, Middle East and United Kingdom. He brings a highly creative, strategic approach to complex, large-scale urban design and public realm projects from concept through to construction. His leadership throughout the design process ensures that each project has a strong design focus, elegantly resolves problems and innovates new possibilities.

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Prior to joining Place Laboratory Tom was employed at Vogt Landscape (London) where he gained experience working on a wide range of international projects including the public realm for the 2012 Athletes Village and Tate Modern Gallery in London. He also has experience working in the Middle East with Martha Schwartz Partners (London) and locally with Donaldson + Warn, Architects, AECOM and Room 4.1.3 (Richard Weller). Tom also maintains a sessional lecturing position in Landscape Architecture at the University of Western Australia.

Rob Grandison

Landscape Architect

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture 4 years ago Rob has worked on a range of projects relating to Land Development, Urban Design, Visual Impact Assessment and Landscape Architecture. His technical skills are balanced with a personal motivation to contribute positively to shaping people’s experience in the urban environment.

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Rob’s experience includes environmental and visual impact assessments in the south west of WA, contributing to the design and graphic communication of regional park projects in the Pilbara, undertaking concept to construction documentation of Albany Town Square and most recently contract administration of Curtin Main Street Project and Mary Street Piazza. This is a demonstration of the breadth of his capabilities and his aspiration to be a well rounded landscape architect.

Thomas Cunningham

Landscape Architect

Tom brings an enthusiasm for landscape architectural design and a passion to provide more high quality places to Western Australia. He combines design ability with technical consideration to facilitate people’s involvement with the urban environment.

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During his university studies Tom was part of the student exchange program in Copenhagen where he gained a passion for high quality places. Upon his return to UWA he explored his new passion in his Honours project which aimed to facilitate people’s interaction with the Jurien Bay coastal environment.

Following his studies Tom was employed by an environment focused landscape firm where he worked closely with environmental scientists and restoration ecologists and developed his environmental technical skills.

At Place Laboratory he aims to apply his design and technical skill to provide more high quality places in Western Australia

Nick Rose

Graduate Landscape Architect

Inspired by his recent world travels, Nick has returned to his home town to put into practice his knowledge. Nick holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Western Australia.

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Daniel Clancy


With a keen interest in design, Daniel has been a drafter for nearly 10 years after beginning his career in his home town of Geraldton in 2008.

Since then, he has seen many different sides of the industry, going from a small office of 8 as a sole drafter on structural projects and small urban developments, to working in a larger office of 700 in Perth, gaining exposure in Architecture, Mining, and Building Services, before moving back to a smaller structural firm in 2012.

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Having worked for landscape architects since 2014, Daniel has gained sound experience in Landscape design, public open spaces and bespoke element design.

Marc Tarca

Urban Planner

Since graduating from Curtin University in 2014, Marc has gained experience both in the public and private sector working for local government and boutique architecture and urban design firms in Perth. Marc has developed his career with a strong interest for urban design and place making and is currently undertaking a Masters of Urban Design at UWA/AUDRC.

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Marc is particularly passionate about the theory relative to Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), having published CPTED research findings in 2016. At Place Laboratory, Marc aims to apply his expertise in CPTED and explore place making and urban design principles to make cities and urban spaces more vibrant and active for people.

At Place Laboratory he aims to apply his design and technical skill to provide more high quality places in Western Australia

Melissa Soh

Architecture Student

Melissa takes a strong interest in urbanism in the context of population growth and expanding cities. She has a proactive and hands on approach to learning and has worked in local architecture practices, the Australian Urban Design Research Centre as well as studied at international schools and participated in volunteer building programs.

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As a participant of the Osthang Project in Darmstadt, Germany, Melissa was part of a self-build activation project in the historic artist’s area of the city. From this experience, she developed an enthusiasm towards creating places to strengthen communities. At Place Laboratory, Melissa brings cross disciplinary skills in architecture, urban design and research.