Great places, rich communities

EPCΛD plans and designs valued places. Outside space is our realm. We are a creative design studio that has its foundation in environmental awareness. Our work ranges from broad, large scale landscapes to small intimate urban spaces.

Our studio of professionals and designers have all worked internationally and are experienced in diverse cultures. This enriches our creative approach and our awareness of possibilities. We like to collaborate with people, artists, designers, engineers and architects, building one team with clients to achieve great solutions.

We think carefully how people feel about where and how they live, how spaces are used and how they will evolve. We respect the cultural, natural and built context of the places we affect and create.

We have maintained our business for over twenty years by listening carefully, understanding constraints, exploring opportunities and partnering with our clients.

We are passionate to make our towns and cities better places to live, to balance our use of the land with nature and to leave a valued legacy.

HOWARD MITCHELL

Director

Mitch was a founding director of EPCΛD in 1992 and has extensive experience spanning over thirty years, particularly in areas of urban development and environmental integration. He has led and coordinated teams for major urban and infrastructure projects and retains a passion for collaborating with diverse creatives and artists. He provides strategic advice on environmental and landscape issues to industry and governments and is experienced with executive level liaison at all levels in government and corporate decision makers.  The combination of his skills and broad experience provides clients with a planning and design approach encompassing an understanding of many, often conflicting issues.  

His work has taken him to Australia, America, China, South East Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Mitch has retained a commitment to education and continued professional development, lecturing, mentoring and running professional workshops and seminars.

KÄREN LOWNDES

Director

Kären has over 25 years landscape architectural experience and is recognised as driving innovative design solutions and creating valued community assets. She has a wide range of experience from large scale masterplanning through to detailed design and delivery in relation to residential communities, habitat creation, public parks, commercial precincts, leisure and hotel developments, business and science parks. Working in many different countries, cultures and climates, Kären has developed a deep understanding of sense of place, an ability to capture the values of places and interpret these in environmentally and socially responsive designs. She also has an acknowledged understanding of water harvesting and drainage management and its successful integration into landscape elements in both rural and urban areas.

Starting her career in England, Kären has worked on projects throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East and most Australian cities, many of which have attained industry accolades. Her early foundations in fine art and continuing interest in collaborations with artists and sculptors has enriched our work and the places we create.

WILL GUMBLEY

Associate

Driven to create a point of difference.

Will commits to design that is bold and compelling, with a hint of the eclectic. He has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Masters of Urban Design. During post-graduate studies Will worked at Chow:Hill Architects in Auckland Zew Zealand, establishing himself as proficient in urban design, masterplanning, civic landscape design, as well as presenting evidence as an expert witness.

In 2011 Will joined EPCΛD, fast taking on the role of project landscape architect on some of our prestigious anchor projects including Eden Beach, Golden Bay and Jindowie. He excels in the intimate design of landscape elements set within broad scale designed spaces and parks that are valued by users. The chance to create in landscape is the reason Will gets out of bed apart from when surf is up.

RITCHIE MARCELINO

Associate

I never assume anything. I anticipate the possibilities and allow my imagination to create a future.

Ritchie has over 20 years of working across the globe in design, urban planning, construction and project management. Early in his career Ritchie was involved in a variety of major architectural developments all over Asia and Dubai. In 2006 he moved to Australia where he immersed himself in landscape construction methods and Australian native plants. Since joining EPCΛD, Ritchie continues to bring his extensive professional experience in architecture, conceptual design, landscape and project management to our design team. Importantly his knowledge of international design movements combined with his exceptional design skills are an essential component of our studio and mentoring program.

Ritchie has been involved with many new community projects such as Shorehaven, Avon Ridge and Eden Beach. His urban design skills were critical to our work in Port Hedland and Curtin University and in presenting concepts for the redevelopment and intensification of density around transport nodes and corridors in metropolitan areas.

JOHN BRINKHURST

Senior Landscape Architect

John joined EPCΛD as Senior Landscape Architect in 2014. He brings over 15 years’ international experience from the UK and Europe where he contributed to many successful high profile developments.

John provides landscape design and specialist advice to some of the top residential developers in WA. He is involved in all aspects of project delivery from strategic planning, schematic design and community consultation through to detailed design, documentation and implementation. He currently manages a number of multi-million dollar landscape contracts in and around Perth. He has an excellent knowledge of local government processes and understanding of local community issues, flora and fauna, water sensitive design, conservation and bushfire management techniques.

John enjoys working in a multidisciplinary environment, liaising with civil engineering and environmental consultants and maintains a high level of communication with the public and project stakeholders. He shares professional knowledge internally as a senior team member and enjoys involving the studio team in his keen interest in music.

TIAGO MARTINS

Senior Landscape Architect

Tiago is a highly skilled landscape architect with 7 years practical experience in Europe and Africa. He carries a diversify experience in different cultures and several roles in Landscape industry. Specialized in all stages of the landscape design process, from concept design through the design development, construction documentation and implementation, Tiago brings a versatile approach to EPCΛD.

Having working for the leading Landscape Architectural practice based in Portugal he developed his expertise and creativity delivering project elements on a diverse range of projects in his supporting role assisting senior staff, in public space projects, such as the Public Garden of Alcobaca, Broa Fountain (Reguengos), Ceira Urban Park (Coimbra) and Maria da Graca Square.

In 2011 he starts working in Angola contributing significantly for the establishment of his company in Angola. During more than two years he had worked as Landscape architect and simultaneously as Project manager where he expand his knowledge about construction processes and maintenance working close with his clients.

After two years he assumed, until 2016, a Landscape architect manager position in the Commercial and Design department, where he gained wide range of experience managing numerous urban, commercial and private projects through all country, such as Talatona Central Park, several Ecologic Resorts and Private Residences and the two single five star hotels in Angola (Hotel Sana Luanda and Intercontinental Hotel & Casino).

SHADRA PEARSON

Landscape Architect

Shadra joined EPCΛD in November 2014 after completing her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Western Australia. During her time at University, Shadra developed a keen interest in the graphic and artistic nature of Landscape Architecture and subsequently had several art pieces both shown and sold at a local Art Gallery.

She has rapidly gained experience and confidence in the demands of a busy studio and brings fresh new thoughts to our collaborative working style.

KANA WANG

Landscape Architect

Kana’s distinctive creative design skills were forged in the density of Shanghai and honed in the contrasting space of Western Australia. Her ability to illustrate design solutions quickly in a form that is easily understood by clients makes her a valuable studio team member. She has over 12 years of professional experience working on projects in China and Australia since gaining her Bachelor Degree in Environment Art Design (Landscape Architecture) at the DONGHUA University at Shanghai in 2003.

She joined EPCΛD as a landscape architect from 2008, and has created and collaborated on the art installations, intimate spaces and the distinctive signature sculptures of Shorehaven Alkimos. She enjoys bringing her excellent freehand sketching skills to projects using her pictures to communicate innovative and sometimes startling design responses.

JAMES HODGINS

Landscape Architect

James joined EPCΛD in 2013 initially being mentored through his last months at University. He now assists directors and senior staff with presentation of concepts, conceptual development, detail design and project administration. James has a keen interest in aboriginal cultural issues and has been able to contribute to EPCΛDs work in this area. He worked on the Whiteman Edge development, delivering project elements from sketch design through to final construction as well as having involvement on the Eden Beach and Bletchley Park developments.

At university many of the design studios completed throughout his degree, saw intensive community consultation, and this has been carried into his involvement with projects here at EPCΛD where James has attended community focus groups representing EPCΛD.

James was born in Perth and has an intimate knowledge of its landscape, climate, people and local flora and fauna. James is a member of FuturePerth and has had work published in ‘Landscape Architecture Australia’.

BART WILLIS

Design Technician

Bart helps build our visions. He has worked at EPCΛD for more than 10 years now and has been involved in some of EPCΛD’s most prominent projects. As a design technician, he has had engineering and design input into Alkimos Shorehaven, Port Hedland, Eden Beach, Wellard and many more projects in and around Perth and Western Australia.

Bart’s skills in construction techniques, materials and fabrication, have been instrumental in projects such as the viewing towers at Bletchley Park, Whiteman Edge, the shade structures along Wedge Street in Port Hedland and the iconic beacons at Shorehaven’s entry statement. Over the years Bart has helped in designing EPCΛD’s custom furnishings and details, from small pocket parks to large scale foreshore developments, from single seats to towering landscape icons. He is also our resident technology geek.

Victor de Ocampo

General Manager

I solve problems you don’t know you have in ways you can’t understand.

Victor has a broad range of business administration, financial control and management experience. He is a confident leader to a dedicated and diverse team. His role at EPCΛD is to ensure that the creatives can focus on design, takes leadership in creating a healthy productive work environment and maintain our talented team. Victor works closely with company directors and senior management to evaluate employees, organisational performance and efficiencies. He identifies, develops and implement company policies and procedures.

Victor oversees the company’s financial performance, prepares operational budgets, and ensures that resources and expenditure are consistent with the allocated budget. He is involved in the development of operational improvements and effective strategies for the financial well-being of the company. Victor has qualifications in business administration, accounting, information technology and quality auditing, and is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AFAIM).

TAMARA JECKS

Contract Administrator

Tamara has over 10 years’ experience in Contract Administration within the Landscape industry, starting with a landscape contractor before joining our team. Tamara works to ensure our documentation, estimating and contract administration delivers a quality product on the ground. She has a Project Management qualification through the Australian Institute of Management and TAFE WA, and various Australian Standards 2124 contractual courses.

amara administers most of our maintenance projects and handover processes on completion of contract works. She has developed excellent working relationships over the years with clients, contractors and local authorities and these relationships play a key role in her ability to run contracts on time and on budget.

Flavia Godoy

Graduate Architect / Administration Assistant

Flavia joined EPCΛD in March 2019 with a Bachelor degree of Architecture from the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie – Sao Paulo, Brazil. After graduation Flavia continued her education at the Kansas State University – Kansas, USA to improve her English language skills and experience a different perspective on architecture and related areas.

She’s currently assisting in different projects under the guidance of our experienced consultants to quickly improve her skills and confidence to be able to handle bigger scale and more complex projects.

EPCΛD plans and designs excellent places.

EPCΛD was established in 1992 as a creative design studio that had its foundation in environmental awareness. The founding Directors held senior executive positions in large multinational practices and decided to create a smaller studio that offered a personal service but with an extensive knowledge base.

The practice was set up to work internationally in collaboration with like minded professionals. We have maintained our business for over twenty years by providing excellent service and innovative designs that are environmentally responsible. We pride ourselves that clients consistently reappoint and or recommend us to others.

Our ability to work successfully partnering with our clients, consultants and creatives has underpinned our growth and success. EPCΛD currently has two Directors and 13 staff. We ensure that all our design team have worked internationally and are experienced in diverse cultures. This enriches our design approach. Our Directors and Senior Staff have major project experience in the UK, Europe, Middle East, South East Asia and throughout Australia. EPCΛD provides a team of highly experienced staff that are recruited from around the world to work from our studio in Perth, Western Australia.

Our Directors and Senior Staff are all well respected professionals, providing advice on strategic landscape issues, urban design, environmental integration and spatial design. Our focus is on managing projects from early planning through to detailed design and implementation.