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The Urban Landscape Design Cake Competition Past Event

Presented by Second Place


Booked out
Sat 25 May 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Free, Booking Required


151 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC, Australia


Seating available

The Urban Landscape Design Cake Competition explores climate change, the biodiversity crisis and built environment practice in Australian cities. In response to the Ecology theme of Melbourne Design Week, a selection of Melbourne-based landscape architecture studios have been invited to select a site currently under development in the Melbourne CBD and re-envision it as parkland through the edible medium of cake.

Join us for an exhibition of cake designs; a live judging by a panel of built environment experts including Ana Abram (McGregor Coxall – Biourbanism Lab), Katrina Simon (RMIT University) and Brenton Beggs (AILA VIC, Urbis); and a panel discussion around designing for biodiversity and non-human ecologies in the Melbourne CBD with speakers including Jocelyn Chiew (City of Melbourne), Katherine Horsfall (University of Melbourne), Ana Abram (McGregor Coxall – Biourbanism Lab) and Alistair Kirkpatrick (Stratis Landscape Architects, Melbourne Polytechnic). The discussion will be moderated by Felipe Coral (Hassell).



TCL are landscape architects and urban designers who conceive fresh ideas and shape visionary narratives that set new benchmarks for projects. They work in the built and natural environments and their ability to unlock new ways of working, backed by rigorous research, propels the studio to continually innovate.

Bush Projects

Bush Projects is a cross-disciplinary landscape architecture studio that operates across a range of scales and typologies, spanning from civic pocket parks and educational environments to social housing and eco-estates. The practice prioritises the social and ecological performance of landscape and works to establish opportunities for human participation and engagement that also contribute to local biodiversity and optimised environmental services.

ASPECT Studios

ASPECT Studios is a global design-led, purpose-orientated landscape architecture, interpretation and urban design practice. It has studios across Australia, Asia, the Middle East and the UK. They believe in the power of design to enhance the lives of people and natural systems in an enduring way.


Enlocus is an award-winning practice based in Melbourne (Naarm/Birrarung-ga) and Brisbane (Meanjin). Co-founded by directors Michael Ford and Jason McNamee in 2011, its passionate team of landscape architects and designers works closely with industry expertsto create inclusive, distinctive and vibrant spaces that are reflective of and responsive to the communities they serve. The studio works across a broad range of scales and typologies, from educational projects to coastal and tourism work.

Rush Wright Associates

Rush Wright Associates is an award-winning design practice based in Melbourne that works across landscape architecture, urban design and constructed ecology. Their interests lie in the narrative potential of landscapes – they look for forms that tell stories and stories that can be told from new forms. The studio invests considerable time in developing planting designs; its teams of designers constantly explore the potential of plants, seeking to create semi-natural, occasionally wild compositions in urban settings.

Spiire is an integrated team of passionate landscape architects, civil engineers, surveyors, town planners, urban designers, water engineers and visual media artists. As one of Australia’s largest employee-owned property and infrastructure consultancies, Spiire is committed to delivering innovative, sustainable and forward-thinking solutions that improve our communities.
Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architecture

Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architecture is a Melbourne-based landscape architecture and urban design practice. Since its founding in 2007, the practice has achieved recognition for its design work and has been the recipient of Awards of Excellence in the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects annual awards program and an Australian Urban Design Award.


OCULUS is a cross-disciplinary design studio committed to connecting people with their environment and each other. The studio’s projects contribute to public life and combine high levels of amenity with ecological sustainability.


Pollen is a landscape architecture studio that believes the best way to create great spaces is by enabling clients and the broader community to become caretakers for our cities and environment. The studio draws on its experiences across a diverse range of projects to inform and inspire thinking around landscape connections and how to design a climate-positive future.


The RMIT Student Landscape Architecture Body (SLAB) is run entirely by students for students. It supports and connects RMIT landscape architecture students during their studies. SLAB brings together the creative minds of the student cohort through a range of events, workshops and social gatherings.

Ana Abram

Ana Abram is a Chartered Member of the UK Landscape Institute. She has more than fifteen years of experience delivering complex urban and landscape masterplans and detailed designs in prominent landscape practices including Turenscape, Gustafson Porter+Bowman and McGregor Coxall. Her passion lies in bridging complex territorial systems and site-specific solutions to create sophisticated evidence-based designs. She is co-founder of award-winning design-research platform Amphibious Lab.

Katrina Simon

Katrina Simon is Associate Dean (Landscape Architecture) at RMIT University. She has research interests in landscapes for death and memory, in cartography and ambiguity, and draws upon the creative disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and fine art.

Brenton Beggs

Brenton Beggs is Associate Director of Design at Urbis and a member of the AILA VIC Executive. In his practice, he is keenly focused on equitable approaches to mitigating the impacts of climate change on urban and regional centres.

Jocelyn Chiew

Jocelyn Chiew is an architect, landscape architect and urban designer. As Director City Design at the City of Melbourne, she plays a key role in creating and enabling inclusive, sustainable and enduring public spaces. Jocelyn is Deputy Chair of the Melbourne Design Review Panel, a member of the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Victorian Design Review Panel, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, a member of Gender Equity Victoria’s Put Her Name on It Reference Group.

Alistair Kirkpatrick

Alistair Kirkpatrick has been working in the fields of landscape architecture and ecology for more than two decades, with a particular focus on Melbourne’s vegetation communities. He cares deeply about the preservation of remnant ecologies while simultaneously recognising the potential value of novel ecologies in urban regions. He is interested in testing ideas of vegetation as a space-generator, challenging the current model of hardscape as the dominant element of built projects. He is a senior landscape architect at Stratis Landscape Architects and as horticultural teacher at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Katherine Horsfall
Katherine is an urban ecologist with a passion for green infrastructure. She is investigating new uses for waste subsoils as well as ways of returning flora from critically endangered plant communities to urban landscapes through the creation of native wildflower meadows.
Felipe Coral

Felipe Coral is a Colombian-Canadian landscape architect living and practising in Naarm/Melbourne. He has worked on multiple public realm projects across the city and is particularly interested in how queer cultural expression and native ecologies can shape public landscapes.