Meet Our Team

ACLA Staff Profiles
 
Angelo Carrafa
Qualifications

  • Registered Landscape Architect, AILA
  • Bachelor of Planning and Design (Hons), University of Melbourne 1992
  • Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Melbourne 1994

Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
  • Play Australia

Angelo Carrafa

Principal

Angelo Carrafa is the Principal and founder of ACLA. With over 23 years of landscape architecture experience he has worked on a range of projects in areas of open space master planning, urban design and renewal, health and aged care, education, recreation and leisure planning, public playspace design, early childhood playspace design and mixed use residential/commercial developments. The implementation of creative designs and the process of technical resolution that leads to the final built outcome generally motivate him.

In 2002 he established ACLA Consultants based on principles of excellent service and an ability to work collaboratively with clients. He has extensive experience in design and the contract documentation and administration of complex projects complemented by methodical management skills.

He also has a persuasive ability to work with contractors to achieve high quality outcomes and is committed to producing practical, sustainable and innovative design solutions. He has completed studies in permaculture and research into sustainable urban communities. From 2006-2010 he was a sessional speaker at RMIT and Melbourne Universities in the syllabus of professional practice and has been actively involved in the mentoring of students and graduates. He currently represents AILA on the Local Accreditation Advisory Committee for the Landscape Architecture Course at RMIT. He also provides VCAT expert witness evidence to support development applications.

Significant Projects

  • Racecourse Road and Pin Oak Crescent Streescape Improvement and Activation Master Plan, Flemington
  • Balwyn Library Redevelopment, Balwyn
  • Murrumbeena Park Regional Playspace, Murrumbeena
  • Brimbank Park Regional Playspace, East Keilor
  • Quarry Hills Park Reserve Rest Shelters, South Morang
  • Evelyn Street Integrated Streetscape Redevelopment, Frankston
  • Church Street Streetscape Master Plan, Whittlesea
  • Ti Tree Lodge Aged Care Home, Rosebud West
  • Coleman Walk Redevelopment, St. Michael’s Grammar, St.Kilda
  • Wilma Hannah Music & Emily Hall, St. Michael’s Grammar, St.Kilda
  • Thomastown Recreation & Aquatic Centre Outdoor Recreation Area and Early Childhood Playspace
  • QANTAS Joey Club Child Care Centres, Melbourne and Brisbane
  • Whittlesea City Sportsfield Master Plans
Qualifications

  • Registered Landscape Architect, AILA
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Melbourne 2006

Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Achievements

  • Dean’s Honours Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in 2005 (University of Melbourne)
  • Work published in Architecture, Building & Planning ‘EYES’ publication, 2003 (University of Melbourne)

Joshua Chia

Associate Landscape Architect

Joshua Chia is a Registered Landscape Architect and has over eleven years of professional experience in landscape architecture. Joining ACLA in 2007, he quickly grew into a senior role, managing projects of all scales and variety including urban design and streetscapes, recreational open space design, master planning, playspace design, educational facility design, child care centres and commercial developments. He is inspired to create innovative solutions that are site specific, sustainable and balance socio-cultural, environmental and economical values through a highly integrated and collaborative approach. Joshua is passionate about the key role landscape architecture, and he as an individual, plays in shaping our sustainable cities and communities for the future.
His experience is strengthened by strong communication and management skills, leading multi-disciplinary teams and delivering projects with a high level of precision and client satisfaction. He is driven to further himself in all aspects of the profession and is an active participant in continuing professional development.

Significant Projects

  • North East Precinct Hub, North Balwyn
  • Booran Road Reserve Regional Playspace, Glen Huntly
  • Hampshire Road Stage 1 Redevelopment, Sunshine
  • Sunshine Youth Community Centre, Sunshine
  • Queen Victoria Market, Food Court, Deli Lane and Outdoor Café Redevelopments
  • Latrobe City Council Recreation Reserve Master Plans, Morwell & Traralgon
  • Lauriston Girl’s Grammar School
  • Senior School Redevelopment and Junior School Redevelopment, St Catherine’s School, Toorak
  • Middle Boys School Redevelopment, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Keilor East Campus
  • Cammeray Square, Sydney
  • Whittlesea Rail Trail Landscape Concept Plan
  • Brimbank Park Regional Playspace, East Keilor
  • Alma Park Tree House Development, East St Kilda (in association with Ric McConaghy
  • Saltwater Child Care Centre Playspace Upgrade, Footscray
  • Norfolk Street Child Care Centre Playspace, Yarraville
Caroline Luiz
Qualifications

  • Registered Landscape Architect
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Melbourne 2009
  • Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Melbourne 2010

Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Achievements

  • Dean’s Honours Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in 2007, 2008 and 2010 (University of Melbourne)
  • AECOM Australia Prize for Urban Design and Landscape Architecture 2010 (Univeristy of Melbourne)

Caroline Luiz

Senior Landscape Architect

Caroline joined ACLA in 2011 after completing a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture. She has experience in each stage of delivering a project and has worked on projects of various scales. She has the ability to produce excellent design outcomes that embrace both sustainability and functionality.

Caroline’s design process draws on her love of creating places for people and employs her meticulous attention to detail and exceptional graphic skills. She is constantly seeking new knowledge and ideas and endeavours to extend her skills and experience through enthusiastically tackling a diverse range of projects. In her spare time Caroline is an avid reader and an eager, though inexperienced, gardener. She is also a bit fanatical about recycling.

Significant Projects

  • Racecourse Road and Pin Oak Crescent Streetscape Improvement and Activation Master Plan, Flemington
  • Balwyn Library Redevelopment, Balwyn
  • North East Precinct Hub, North Balwyn
  • Junior School Redevelopment, St. Catherine School
  • Whittlesea City Sportsfield Master Plans
  • St. Fidelis Church and Presbytery Landscape Upgrade, Coburg
  • Brimbank Park Regional Playspace, East Keilor
Michael Black
Qualifications

  • Registered Landscape Architect
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Melbourne, 2009

Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Achievements

  • Work Published in ‘Vision: Broadmeadows 2032’, 2010 (Victorian Eco Innovation Lab)
  • Work Published in Architecture, Building and Planning ‘EYES’ publication 2008 (University of Melbourne)
  • Dean’s Honours Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in 2006 (University of Melbourne)

Michael Black

Senior Landscape Architect

Michael joined the ACLA team in 2010. He enjoys the collaborative nature of landscape architecture and the challenges of working on a broad variety of different landscapes. He has been involved in projects including childcare centres, regional play spaces, school campus design, streetscapes upgrades and recreation reserve master plans.

Michael combines strong technical and plant knowledge with an inventive approach to design. His excellent graphic presentation skills and 3D computer modelling capabilities have been invaluable in communicating design ideas to clients and seeking additional support and funding for siginificant projects. Outside of work he also enjoys playing his guitar and making furniture…though not at the same time.

Significant Projects

  • Booran Road Reserve Regional Playspace
  • Hampshire Road Stage 1 Redevelopment, Sunshine
  • Lauriston Girls’s School Landscape Master Plan.
  • Church Street Childcare Centre, West Footscray
  • Top of the Class Child Care Centre, Hadfield
  • North East Precinct Hub, North Balwyn
  • Buckingham Reserve Regional Playspace, Sunshine
  • Brimbank Park Regional Playspace, East Keilor
  • Coleman Walk Redevelopment, St Michaels Grammar School, St. Kilda
  • Senior School Redevelopment, St Catherine’s School, Toorak
  • Junior School Playspace Refurbishment, St Catherine’s School, Toorak
  • Queen Vic Market Food Court Refurbishment, Melbourne
  • Greening Footscray Stage 4 Streetscape Redevelopment
  • Seaford Surf Lifesaving Club
  • Sunshine Youth and Community Centre
Lu Zhou
Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Environments, University of Melbourne 2013
  • Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Melbourne 2016

Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Lu Zhou

Landscape Architect

Lu joined ACLA in 2016 following completion of the Master of Landscape Architecture at The University of Melbourne. She has a keen interest in urban development and renewal projects with particular emphasis on the application of water sensitive urban design initiatives and green infrastructure leading to sustainable design solutions.

She has been instrumental in the development of concept plans and construction documentation for a number of signifi cant projects and has a natural thirst for learning and exploring the use of new technologies and materials to achieve desirable design outcomes and communicate her ideas with clarity. In her spare time she enjoys taking zumba and yoga classes.

Significant Projects

  • Spring Gully Primary School, Bendigo
  • Hume Global Learning Centre, Sunbury
  • Balwyn Community Centre, Surrey Hills
Andrea Hesketh
Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, RMIT 2016
  • Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, RMIT 2016

Memberships

  • Member of the Golden Key Society

Achievements

  • ‘Professional Aesthetic’, Bay Blueprint Design Competition, United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme

Andrea Hesketh

Landscape Architect

Andrea completed a double degree in Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning in 2016. Passion for public space and the accommodation and curation of experiences led her to be a part of the ACLA team, where she valued their reputation for inclusive and active spaces. Joining ACLA as a recent graduate saw a wide range of projects types, as well as extensive international travel, as key tools of her approach to strategic, detailed design. Andrea’s hobbies of art and the outdoors drive her professional work. She relishes opportunities to research and learn about systems embedded in the landscape. She is also a keen vegetable gardener and suspects she has an addiction to cooking shows.

Significant Projects

  • Harleston Park Playspace, Elsternwick
  • Supporting Farmers Strategy for Albury and Wodonga Councils, Masters project
  • Queenscliff Flood Adaptation and Wetland Strategy, Masters project
  • Urban Run-off Systems and Propagation Corridors Strategy towards Yarra River Health, major project

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