Anthony Sharples Landscape Architect
 

Anthony Sharples

Co-DIRECTOR | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

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Anthony Sharples is the co–founder of AKAS, a qualified Landscape Architect and University Lecturer. 

"The most exciting aspect of landscape architecture is that I get to design spaces which enhance the everyday lives and shared experiences of people. I feel very fortunate to be in a profession in which I get to introduce a biodiversity of plants and habitat back into our urban environment."

Anthony comes from a fine art background and has studied in Japan, Netherlands, Indonesia and Melbourne. Anthony is interested in landscape as a spatial force and experience. His design approach has developed through the act of observation and is refined through a process of revisiting design sites post implementation to learn through the built outcome. Anthony has investigated key interests through a Masters thesis project and continues to explore and develop ideas through his design practice AKAS landscape architecture and University teaching. Anthony has an interest in the current urban framework of modern cities and is fascinated with the notion of ‘hyper-reality’, the fragmentation of modern society caused by the proliferation of devices, technology and distraction. Anthony is interested in the role future public space will play in reconnecting people with the landscape.

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Alistair Kirkpatrick

Co-DIRECTOR | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

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Alistair Kirkpatrick is the co-founder of AKAS landscape architecture, a Landscape Architect and University Lecturer. He has had a varied career over the last 20 years, working in the disciplines of botany, garden design and ecology focusing on Melbourne indigenous vegetation. 

"Creating beautiful green spaces that develop and change over time is one of the key factors that attracted me to the discipline of landscape architecture. The ability of the landscape to change people’s lives and behaviours is enduringly fascinating and to be an architect of those processes is incredibly rewarding. My extensive background in horticulture and ecology has left me with a passion for the plant world and I strongly believe the most exciting material with have to work with in any design always contains chlorophyll!"

Alistair graduated from RMIT with distinction in 2012 having explored urban weed ecologies for his Masters dissertation and has written and taught multiple subjects in tertiary institutions for the last five years investigating themes of terrain vague and urban ecologies. Through both teaching and practice Alistair has been exploring and testing ideas of vegetation as a space generator, distorting the current top down model of hardscape being the dominant element in built projects. In the article ‘The emperor’s new clothes’ in Landscape Architecture Australia, Alistair questions the role of current maintenance regimes in urban Melbourne’s street scapes and invites the reader to explore the opportunities that spontaneous urban vegetation could provide as a greening strategy in urban spaces. These plants, if allowed, could then inform the hardscape that surrounds them. Generating an iterative and dynamic methodology of design. The future of Alistair’s design practice will be based around testing how iterative and dynamic design can manifest as built projects exploring the limitations and opportunities this approach offers.