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SKYE HALDANE

City of Melbourne - City Design

SAY IT LOUD - Naarm Melbourne Exhibitor​
MELBOURNE/AUSTRALIA Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Each place and project offers a unique opportunity to use my knowledge and creativity to tackle challenging briefs, and constantly learn, whether it’s about community values and aspirations, ecology, technology or social history.

SKYE HALDANE

Bio:

Skye Haldane is a landscape architect and urban designer. As Principal Strategic Design at City of Melbourne, Skye works across multidisciplinary teams in the design, delivery and management of the city’s public spaces, and as advisor for major projects and strategy. Skye’s 20+ years’ experience in leading design in public and private practice has been recognised with numerous awards. She is also an educator, mentor and a founding member of AILA’s Connection to Country committee.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I have always loved art, science, math and geography, in my final year at school I discovered Landscape Architecture at a university open day. The profession allows me to combine my varied interests and have positive social and environmental impact.

What do you do?

I work in strategic design, delivery and management of public space in the heart of Melbourne, including designing civic spaces, parks, playgrounds, and wetlands. A lot of my time is spent collaborating with others to shape the future of our city.

What excites you in the work you do? Who or what inspires you professionally?

Each place and project offers a unique opportunity to use my knowledge and creativity to tackle challenging briefs, and constantly learn, whether it’s about community values and aspirations, ecology, technology or social history.

Who or what inspires you professionally? What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Each place and project offers a unique opportunity to use my knowledge and creativity to tackle challenging briefs, and constantly learn, whether it’s about community values and aspirations, ecology, technology or social history.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

In 2016 I founded AILA’s Connection to Country committee initiating our profession’s Reconciliation journey. I am inspired by the opportunity, through working closely with First Peoples, to enhance the recognition of our cities as Aboriginal Country.

Featured Project Name: 

Return to Royal Park

Featured Project Location: 

Municipality of Melbourne

Featured Project Completion Date: 

March 2015

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Design lead - Principal Landscape Architect, City Design

Featured Project Description:

The City of Melbourne’s Return to Royal Park project re‐established parkland on the former Royal Children’s Hospital site and added a new landscape to Melbourne’s largest and much loved native parkland. Unique to this project, was working with Wurundjeri Traditional Owners to integrate elements of the seven seasons in the design of the new parkland and nature play experience. The community’s vision was realised in creating a resilient landscape that appeals to all ages.

Photography Credit:

City of Melbourne - City Design, Andrew Curtis, David Hannah, Peter Bennetts