Story courtesy HASSELL website


Landscape Architecture student, Wen Yu Kee has won the 2013 HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award.

The annual award recognises landscape architecture students who show outstanding potential for future contribution to the profession. It provides the winner with the opportunity to expand their education by travelling abroad and immersing themselves in a destination of their choice that is undergoing significant urban development or renewal.

Wen Yu Kee was chosen by the HASSELL landscape architecture leadership following interviews with all 20 nominated students from the seven participating universities around Australia.

Wen’s outstanding project ‘Tidal Impressions’, looked to the City of Gosford on the New South Wales central coast as a case study into the greater dynamics of a coastal city’s water systems. It investigated the potential ramifications of extreme flooding scenarios and the preventative possibilities of an adaptive approach to the landscape in pursuit of answers to the question: How can designing for environmental change improve a human’s experience in an urban landscape?

“By obtaining a greater understanding of the intertidal nature of Gosford’s urban estuary landscape through in-depth research, analysis and ideation modelling, Wen was able to present some interesting strategies for the development of more ecologically sustainable and flood resistant places for the communities affected by the phenomenon of rising sea levels,” said Angus Bruce, Head of Landscape Architecture at HASSELL.

“Wen’s ability to communicate these ideas through her various concept designs, plans and programming was impressive. She presented her well-considered and refined design proposals very compellingly”, he said. 

Stevie Medcalf and Alex Georgouras were also nominated for the 2013 scholarship program.