Our Practice

Christopher Owen Landscape Design is a studio practice dedicated to thoughtful, evocative responses to varying landscape challenges. We approach our projects with an open mind to all stakeholders be they client, architect, civil authorities and the craftspeople who construct and maintain them.

We study site carefully, reading and synthesizing the cultural and ecological conditions at play and fuse this data with intuition, creativity and practicality. Adept at working to any scale from vast acreage to intimate city gardens, our process is always the same – We listen, study and respond.


Christopher Owen
Horticulturist and Principal Designer

Christopher is a qualified horticulturist with over twenty years of diverse experience in the field. The bulk of this experience has come through, on the ground, installation and maintenance of landscapes throughout Sydney from rural and high-end residential to multi-residential and commercial projects. As a result, this high level of technical experience and education underpins every step of the design process.

Beyond this, Christopher believes the key to successful landscape interventions is through a deep understanding and affinity with the elusive qualities of landscape, the play of light, the tectonic clarity of space, movement, employing materials with integrity, and the ability to tap into and foster a sense of place.

Erica Rowe
Landscape Designer

Erica studied a Bachelor of Design at UNSW COFA and Diploma of Sustainable Landscape Design at Swinburne University.

In a former life Erica worked for a leading fashion label where she developed an affinity for colour, texture, line and form. Erica now has several years experience in the landscape industry and has transferred her insight and understanding of these universal principals of design to landscape. Erica is responsible for the day-to-day operation and scheduling of our studio and is involved with every project at a creative and technical level.

Javiera Ortiz
Landscape Architect

Javiera has recently completed a Bachelor of Architecture and Masters in Landscape Architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and brings her extensive education and natural creativity to our studio. Javiera is a project designer responsible for documenting many of our landscapes.