We’ve welcomed Daniel Bennett as our newest Board Member.
Daniel is a registered landscape architect with over 20 years’ experience asking questions, developing ideas, testing scenarios, working through them and shaping projects across all scales of strategy and design.
His expertise in understanding cities, movement, place and green infrastructure has helped shaped many projects in both the private and public sector, most recently in his role as Associate Director of Strategy and Design at the City of Adelaide, and prior to that as a Principal at Hassell.
At the City of Adelaide he developed the award winning Adelaide Design Manual, the city’s guide to creating great public spaces and streets, as well as developing c$65m of initiatives and projects delivering on the city’s Transport Strategy, Smart Move, and the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy.
This included the City Bikeways project (Adelaide’s first separated bike lane network), the City Laneways project and Park Lands park upgrades – all developed in partnership with the State Government.
He is currently shaping several projects across Australia – including an urban design strategy for Melbourne’s $10b Airport Rail link with Aurecon and Architectus, and an urban design and landscape strategy for the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct with Jensen Plus.
Daniel is an active advocate within industry bodies, and is the Australian Institute of Landscape Architect’s State President in South Australia, chairs AILA’s National Advocacy Committee, is an independent member of the Premiers Climate Change Council and a past National President of AILA.
Daniel lives in the lower Adelaide Hills and is an avid bushwalker and has, amongst his achievements, walked Tasmania’s Western Arthurs and South Coast Track…packhauling at one point and determined to do it again one day.
Being naturally curious, he has a creative and innovative belief in strategy and design, and can synthesise ideas into things…he prefers to challenge defining a problem, not solving a perceived one.