Dr. Kate Cullity
In 2016, international landscape commentator Tim Richardson, in considering the tercentenary of Capability Brown’s birth, queried, Who are the Capabilities of today? The first landscape portrayed in his article was an Australian garden — the Royal Botanic Garden, Cranbourne, Victoria, by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL), of which Kate Cullity is a founding partner.
The Garden Design Journal (UK) described Kate Cullity as the leading Australian landscape architect. Her partner, Perry Lethlean, describes her as, a hybrid designer, part artist, sculptor, botanist, landscape architect. Where she excels, in all of these hybrid states, is in the beauty of small things and in the crafting and making of things.
Kate is a consummate collaborator, involving all manner of people to enrich the design outcome. She, loves to tease out a problem, slowly. She prefers not to find the answer right away. The conversation about design is actually often more important than getting to the solution.
Her approach has led to many outstanding projects that draw inspiration from the Australian landscape — the redevelopment of North Terrace and Victoria Square in Adelaide, the National Arboretum in Canberra as well as many smaller projects. All are invested with a poetic expression of the Australian landscape and contemporary culture.
We look forward to Kate discussing her extraordinary and inspirational work.
Presentation – Beauty, Aesthetics and Care: Poetic Expressions of Landscape and Culture.
Between 2010 and 2013 Kate Cullity embarked upon her PhD and wrote an essay entitled, More than Just Looking Good: Beauty, Aesthetics and Care. It explores her striving for an understanding of beauty as a poly-sensorial experience; one with multilayered associations. It also examines how the conduit of care encourages a sense of social, cultural and environmental ideals that hopefully reverberate outwards to people who experience TCL’s projects.
Kate’s presentation will examine the nexus between beauty, care and sustainability by examining a number of TCL’s public and residential projects, including the recently completed Cultivated by Fire display garden for the Gardens of the World IGA–Berlin, The Australian Garden–a botanic garden dedicated to the display of Australian plants and the abstraction of the Australian environment, plus The National Arboretum in Canberra–an arboretum of 100 Forests of the world’s endangered tree species.
Kate Cullity, BSc Botany, DipEd University of WA, PhD RMIT,
Associate Adjunct Professor University of Adelaide AILA.
Kate Cullity is a founding director of TCL—Australia’s most awarded and internationally acclaimed landscape architectural and urban design firm. In 2013 and again in 2014 TCL was awarded the prestigious ‘Landscape of the Year’ at the World Architecture Festival, and in 2014, the highly coveted Rosa Bara award at the International Biennale of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona.
Over the past 25 years TCL have undertaken an investigation into the poetic expression of landscape and contemporary culture both within Australia and more recently internationally. This has permeated their design work in a multiplicity of public settings from urban waterfronts to desert walking trails. In each case the detailed exploration of context, site and community have informed outcomes and enriched the patterning and detail of built environments. Projects of note include; The Uluru Kata-Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre-Northern Territory, the Australian Garden in Victoria and the National Arboretum-Canberra.
Kate Cullity is a landscape architect and environmental artist, with particular skills in the integration of public art with landscape and urban design. She has worked as both an artist and designer for a number of international art and garden festivals both in Australia and overseas including, Chaumont-sure-Loire, International Garden Festival in France, The Metis International Garden Festival in Canada and most recently at the International Gardens IGA in Berlin.
Her background in botany and strong personal interest in horticulture have resulted in her involvement in the planting design of sites throughout Australia. Kate has been a member of the core design team in many of TCL’s award winning projects.
In 2013 Kate completed a PhD which reflected on 25 years of TCL’s practice, as well as her interest in beauty, aesthetics and care, and how these qualities can be aligned with creating and appreciating sustainable landscapes.
Selected Publications / Books
- 1000x Landscape Architecture, Project Coordination: Chris van Uffelen
- ATLAS of World Landscape Architecture, Editorial Office van Uffelen
- Courtyards for Modern Living – Contemporary outdoor spaces, Author: Stephen Crafti
- Garden Design, Editor in Chief: Paco Asensio
- Garden Voices – Australian designers- their stories. Anne Latreille. (Bloomings Books)
- Landscape Architecture, Editor: Meaghan Kombol
- New Conversations with An Old Landscape – Landscape Architecture In contemporary Australia, Editor: Catherin Bull
- Notebooks of Landscape Design Studies, Editor: Tim Richardson
- T.C.L: Making Sense of Landscape, Editor: Gini Lee and Sue Anne Ware
- BBC Gardens Illustrated
- American Landscape Architecture
- Architecture Review
- Artlink Contemporary art of Australia and Asia-Pacific
- Landscape Architecture Australia