Anna Chauvel (Australia)

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Anna Chauvel, founding director of Place Laboratory.

Anna Chauvel, founding director of Place Laboratory.

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Railway Square by Place Laboratory.

Railway Square by Place Laboratory. Image: Dion Robeson

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Place Laboratory designed the landscape spaces (courtyard, entry and streetscape) for the Curtin University Medical School.

Place Laboratory designed the landscape spaces (courtyard, entry and streetscape) for the Curtin University Medical School. Image: Dion Robeson

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Place Laboratory designed a series of upgrades to the Curtin University Creative Quarter.

Place Laboratory designed a series of upgrades to the Curtin University Creative Quarter. Image: Dion Robeson

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Place Laboratory's design for the Mary St Piazza integrated landscape with public art, to create an active hub for the community.

Place Laboratory’s design for the Mary St Piazza integrated landscape with public art, to create an active hub for the community. Image: Dion Robeson

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The Curtin University Medical School landscape by Place Laboratory.

The Curtin University Medical School landscape by Place Laboratory. Image: Dion Robeson

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Keynote speaker – Landscape Australia Conference 2019

Anna is the founding director of Place Laboratory. Anna has over twenty-five years experience across the disciplines of place planning, urban design and landscape architecture, directing and shaping the design of major public realm projects across Australia. At Place Laboratory, Anna ensure that each project’s vision and values are maintained and cultivated throughout the design process. Her portfolio of projects ranges from the urban scale planning for new city centres and urban redevelopment to public squares and streets. Anna is an advocate for innovative urban design, and has a particular interest and extensive experience in place planning, place-led design approaches, and the bringing of new approaches to people-focused development outcomes.

Place Laboratory is a Perth and Canberra-based practice with a strong focus on designing for the public realm. The studio works with the dynamics of the interplay between buildings and open space, setting the stage for people to make a valuable and significant contribution to the culture of a city. Rather than believing in design for design’s sake, the practice believes the role of the designer is to interpret the cultural underpinnings of a society and to give life and meaning to the physical form of space. They create spaces that are engaging, meaningful, delightful, walkable, welcoming, accessible, well connected and that have a distinctive quality that enhances a sense of belonging.


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