Jela Ivankovic-Waters, Australia
Introducing Planting Design
Burnley: Monday 9.00am – 10.30am ⇨ $95
As a freelance designer, researcher and writer, Jela is passionate about the role plants play in shaping the experience of our day-to-day spaces.
For over 20 years, this keen interest has evolved through observing, designing, making and supporting the way plants perform in different situations. The journey has taken Jela to amazing places and people, where she has learnt to appreciate their magic. It has also led to surprising twists and turns that bring new insights.
In recent years, Jela has embarked upon three key pursuits in order to flesh out these interests.
She has established a boutique practice, PLANT AGENT that brings together her field experience as a horticulturalist and landscape architect into a consulting service that specialises in planting design.
In the meantime, she has been researching and co-authoring a book about the surprising design potential of Australian native plants. Having interviewed some of Australia’s most inspirational practitioners and profiling diverse species, it is a true labour of love to articulate practical knowledge with creativity.
The book project was the catalyst for a PHD that originally set out to research the role technology may have in transferring knowledge about living systems in larger landscape architecture design processes. As there is currently little evidence of this in practice, the research has since focused on other digital technologies that are changing landscape architecture, such as BIM (Building Information Modelling). The relevance of the thesis topic is in the many ways digital tools can empower designers in working with the whole life-cycle process, thus feed-backing knowledge about living systems from design, construction to management…. and back again.