Tristan Andrews – Associate Landscape Architect
With qualifications in Landscape Architecture and over 10 years’ experience working on a range of projects across a range of sectors including new communities, medium / high density residential, industrial, retail, health and aged care, transport and major infrastructure, Tristan Andrews joined Human Habitats in April 2019 to spearhead an expansion of the Design Team into the Landscape realm.
Tristan is passionate about great design and believes in the ability of Landscape Architecture to enhance and extend the positive values of a site through the bridging of built form and the surrounding environment.
Q. Human Habitats works as team across planning, urban design and landscape projects. What is a highlight project where we brought together all our skills to deliver a great result for a client?
TA: For me it would have to be the development at 3 Pink Hill Boulevard in Beaconsfield.
This project called on the expertise of all disciplines offered at Human Habitats – Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture in order to reach a successful outcome. To reach this point –
• We were called upon to provide Urban Design expertise in the development of a subdivision concept which responded to the unusual qualities of the site (being triangular in shape and heavily sloping).
• Planning process management and expertise was then called upon in order to manage the complex approvals process given there are two medium-density superlots and a standard residential component on the site.
• Our skills from a Landscape perspective were then called upon for a number of facets of the design including the streetscape design for the common road and Pink Hill Boulevard. Beyond this, we also completed a landscape concept plan for Superlot B within the site, again an unusual wedge-shaped block which required very careful design moves in order to create functional and appealing garden outcomes for the townhouses.
• The Design Team then assisted even further in preparing 3D visualisation products to assist Council in assessing the visual impact from surrounding areas. This involved modelling of the levels and topography of the surrounding context (including building massing) as well as detailed modelling of the dwellings proposed on site, the landscaping accompanying these, street trees and naturestrips as well as all roadways and intersections. We then prepared renders from key surrounding viewpoints (including the freeway), and an accompanying analysis document which the Planning Team provided input into also.
All in all, the project has been a wonderful example of the sort of integrated end-to-end solution we can offer at HH, culminating in the granting of the planning permit.
Q. Your last role was with a large national property consultancy, how have you found working within a smaller team?
TA: When I arrived at Human Habitats what struck me first was the way that the whole office worked together, rather than as separate teams. A key strength of the business is being able to facilitate high levels of collaboration between people with different skillsets from planning to urban design to landscape (and even 3D visualisation), and to use that collaborative approach to find solutions for our clients. One key way that we enable this is that we don’t sit all in segregated areas of the office – we all sit together and can rapidly share ideas and feedback with each other on a minute-to-minute basis.
At the moment with social distancing and working from home the order of the day, we are utilising Microsoft Teams, Remote Desktop and Zoom to still enable the real-time collaboration and team values which make HH so effective. The Pink Hill project is a great example of this in action.
Q. The Design team at Human Habitats consists of Urban Designers and Landscape Architects. What are the differences in the skill sets and how do you best work together to achieve great results?
TA: The point at which Urban Design and Landscape Architecture meet is often somewhat blurred, but we welcome that! At Human Habitats when commencing a new project, whether it be a large subdivision, infill opportunity or even exploring the potential to rezone land, the starting point is the site context. Good design is derived from a deep understanding of site context. Understanding context requires analysis of a range of factors from the natural environment including topography, climate, soil conditions and also social and economic considerations. Bringing all of this together requires input form a range of experts and that is a key strength of our team.
There is of course a point where the skillsets diverge, but we have a team with a wide range of experience and a thirst to learn new things, so as a team we are always challenging the notion of separation between these two allied disciplines through ongoing learning, technical knowledge-sharing and making sure the whole team can gain experience on a range of both Urban Design and Landscape Architectural projects across the year. By working together across planning, urban design and landscape architecture, the ability to find great solutions for our clients is what we are known for.