John Newman

John Newman is an AILA Registered Landscape Architect and the Director of NewScape Design.

John’s early appreciation of landscape and nature was fostered through his childhood spent on the family farm in the NSW Riverina. Formal studies in landscape began with his degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Canberra and the University of Georgia, USA.

He has a wide range of experience in landscape architecture, urban design, planning and furniture design projects for private and public sector clients. Before founding NewScape, John worked in a number of Sydney design firms and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. His designs respond to site and environmental conditions and reflect his strong interest and knowledge of natural landscapes and sustainability.

Katie Newman

Katie Newman is a Director at NewScape Design. She is a qualified Project Manager and a Consultation and Marketing Specialist.

Katie has worked as a project manager for over twenty years within Australia, UK and Europe over a broad range of industries. Her role has required her to consult with key stakeholders, manage sub-consultants, create internal processes to create continuity and efficiency, generate reports, identify project milestones and ensure deadlines are met to keep the project timelines on track.

Katie has moved between different industries giving her a unique insight into human nature and honed her ability to adapt to any situation. Her experience has enabled her to find common ground and understanding with people from all walks of life and forms the foundation of her community consultation expertise. It has allowed her to listen to groups representing a variety of interests and distil the information gained to achieve an outcome that meets client and community expectations.

Katie brings with her over twenty years of designing visitor experiences. Her background in events gives an interesting angle to sense of arrival and the subtleties of anticipating how we move through our environment. This coupled with a love of hiking and deep respect for the landscape translates to a passion to provide nature based experiences that celebrate place and encourage people to connect to nature.

Mark Wylie

Mark is an Honours Graduate in Landscape Architecture from the University of Canberra. He has worked in the golf course design industry for seventeen years, primarily with Golf by Design, where he rose to the position of Senior Designer until mid-2014. Since then Mark have completed a Masters in Construction Project Management from the University of New South Wales. Mark has experience consulting to a range of clients in both public and private sectors in golf course architecture, project management and landscape architecture-based roles.

Mark’s career has seen him take on the dual role of Landscape Architect and Project Manager on a number of projects throughout Sydney. As a result, he has successfully managed the delivery of complex projects entailing civil, landscape, irrigation and detailed golf course construction works. His experience in providing project management, superintendency and contract administration services is complemented with formal qualifications in project management, including a Masters in Construction Project Management (attained in 2016), which was awarded with Excellence.

Throughout his career Mark has amassed extensive experience in the management of design disciplines for a range of open space projects. Attention to detail in all facets of Mark’s work ensures first class results and is the driver behind his success as both a designer and project manager. Moreover, it is the cornerstone of his ability to bring value engineering to any given project; ensuring client budgets are adhered to while their core needs and expectations are surpassed. Mark has experience in scoping, designing, documenting, tendering and assisting in the management and delivery of construction projects with a value in excess of $11 million. Further to this, he has experience administering contracts and end-to-end project managing the delivery of construction projects ranging in value from $50K up to +$5 million.

Jose Afonso

Jose has 20 years of experience as a Landscape Architect both locally and internationally, having been involved in projects in 4 continents.

Jose is a versatile landscape architect with experience focusing on protected natural areas, public space, commercial developments and masterplanning. Jose brings to all projects a site-specific design vision and a heightened creative aesthetic, which together with a creative problem-solving approach, have been key contributors to project success. Jose has performed roles in design, project management, client liaison and team coordination in multidisciplinary contexts. He has also been involved in construction review to ensure adherence to designs and that quality outcomes are met.

Ivan Parker

Ivan has over 10 years of educational training and full/part time industry experience. Being exposed to nature, horticulture and creativity from a young age has naturally fuelled his career path toward the field of Landscape Architecture.

Prior to his completion of the Bachelor of the Landscape Architecture at UNSW, Ivan undertook studies that allowed him to understand landscape construction, horticulture and small scale landscape design. The completion of the Cert III of Horticulture (Landscape) and the Diploma of Horticulture (Landscape) has allowed him to follow his designs from design conception to construction.

Ivan has a nature inspired design style that is based on sound site analysis and a special focus on creating a sensuous journey for the inhabitants of the site.


Saif Shaik

Saif Shaik is a graduate of BAS (Bachelor architectural Studies) along with a masters diploma in Landscape Architecture.  His passion for all that is Landscape Architecture has him committed to enjoying his work and to greet its constantly evolving nature with eagerness and the willingness to learn and adapt along.

He has an interest in the design of large-scale public spaces to small scale urban pocket parks. Saif is always open to experimental approaches toward health, education, business facilities and related issues of ecology based landscape design.

Within his  years of study, he has contributed to the community and educational facility. This is exemplified though numerous talks and presentations regarding process and communication of design ideas. This cascaded into tutoring architectural processes for undergraduate students at university.


Beatrice Bigi

Beatrice is a graduate architect with a Masters in Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Design from Politecnico di Milano. While undertaking her final year thesis at the University of NSW Beatrice worked collaboratively with an indigenous community to better understand the spirit of the land.

Beatrice has always been interested the connection of landscape and memory. She looks to preserve an Australian identity in its landscape and this forms the base of her design approach.

Since arriving in Australia, her love for the outdoors has grown and she has hiked and camped in many of the great Australian National Parks. She aims to encourage people to experience more of the outdoors and protect the places we love.

Beatrice has architectural experience across a range of different projects from large scale Multi Residential, Education and Aged Care, to Masterplanning and Urban Design.

Derek Hui

Derek has been working in the field of landscape design and architecture for over ten years. He holds a Bachelor of  Landscape Architecture (UNSW) and has had the opportunity to work on a number of high profile projects in Sydney.

Derek brings with him a passion for the technical side of design. He has a high level expertise in graphic software programs that enables him to create inspiring and clear visual representations of design concepts, bringing sketched ideas to life.

He has a keen interest in the entire life cycle of design. From concept development, concept design and documentation through to construction and maintenance. This gives his designs a practicality which not only meets client expectation, but ensure their longevity and enjoyment for years to come.


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