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Sym Studio has embarked on partnerships with First Nations Cultural Curators and Designers in leading best practice whilst designing with culture in mind.

Sym Studio has formed new partnerships with First Nations Cultural Curators and Designers including;  The Gaimaragal Group – Susan Moylan-Coombs (Woolwonga, Gurindji Woman), Dennis Foley (Gai-mariagal and Wiradjuri Elder and Fulbright Scholar) and Saltwater Studios – Craig Kerslake (Wiradjuri Nation), all Supply Nation Certified.

Our shared commitment is to create impact and help facilitate opportunities for project value creation.

“Creating a new story of connection for all Australians.” 

Susan Moylan-Coombs (Woolwonga, Gurindji Woman),

The Gaimaragal Group

To mark the occasion and launch of the new partnership journey, we met at Irrawong Waterfall where we shared knowledge and discussed connecting with country and cultural design practices.

These partnerships are the platforms that will foster a cultural design process based in the deep knowledge of the local environment, culture and community.

With each project, we partner with Cultural Curators and Designers in facilitating conversations and knowledge sharing. This two-way cultural translation brings individuals, communities and businesses together, allowing us to incorporate these unique stories from the Original people and place into the planning, design and delivery of our projects.

We invite you to learn and develop with us – Designing with and in Country.


We acknowledge and respect all ancestral lands of Australia’s First Peoples.

We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

We acknowledge our local area, home residences and office location as part of Gai-mariagal clans, which today is known as Northern Sydney.

We appreciate the opportunity to co-create environments and more largely a nation that embrace First Nations Peoples’ history, culture and rights, for present and future generations.

Sym.Studio is an established landscape architecture and urban design practice with a profound appreciation for places and its people.

The Gaimaragal Group, Connecting People, Community and Business,

Saltwater Studio Architects


Our Dementia Garden for Alzheimer’s Australia in Port Macquarie Dementia Friendly Garden was recently featured on ABC News, Port Macquarie and NBN news and mentioned as “the first of its kind in Australia”!

You will also see a video of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW chief executive officer John Watkins who performed the official opening and said the garden will be an invaluable resource for people with dementia and their carers.

Read the news stories below:

  1. ABC News – ‘Garden designed to trigger memories in dementia sufferers opens in Port Macquarie’
  2. Port Macquarie News  – ‘Alzheimer’s Australia NSW dementia-friendly garden opens at Port Macquarie’
  3. NBN News – States First Dementia Friendly Garden Opens 



Our latest work as ‘alliance partners’ to Alzheimer’s Australia NSW on designing their Port Macquarie Dementia Friendly Garden was recently featured by Cultivate NSW as part of their winter issue on ‘Dementia Awareness’. The sensory garden will be used by people living with dementia, their carers and their families to promote physical, emotional and psychologial benefits through a range of tailored dementia sensitive experiences. Once the garden opens in August we will provide you with the full run down on the design thinking behind this one of a kind garden.

Read the Cultivate NSW article here 



Open Space Amenity Programming is driving new residential communities. Set your community ‘point of difference’ early on in the planning process – capitalise on the recreational facilities being are providing.

Place making + Open Space Amenity Programming = Clear Identity & Target market

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Pittwater Council are in very good company with 19 other NSW Councils to join the international charter for walking in 2014. We look forward to many future projects that prioritise the pedestrian and create places and spaces that promote incidental social interaction by way of walking. Congratulations and now lets turn the good intent into reality.

A fantastic project deigned for the journey of people, rather than the constraints of the motor car. There are many components of this project worth considering here in Australia.

This greenfield planning process is the first of its kind in NSW. As part of Sydney’s North West Growth Centre, Ingleside Investigation Area will accommodate an unspecified proportion of the new 3,700 homes required by 2031. A unique partnership between NSW State Planning, Pittwater Council & The Local Community.

Utilising active input from the local community, the project control group will aim to deliver an integrated – mixed use community, based on evidence based reporting without rigid preconceived outcomes.

As part of the reference group Conrad Grayson will represent the interest of the Pittwater Community for the 2 year planning process.

Ingleside Land Release

The Following Groups make up the reference group:

+ NSW Planning & Infrastructure

+ Pittwater Council

+ UrbanGrowth NSW

+ Climate Action Pittwater

+ Pittwater Natural Heritage Association

+ Warriewood Valley Residents Association

+ Church Point Residents Association

+ Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment

+ Wirreanda Valley Residents Association

+ Galstaun College

+ Wilga Wilson Residents Association

+ Bayview Heights Estate Owners Group

+ Bayview & Ingleside Residents Association

+ Elanora Heights Residents Association

+ Sydney Conference Training Session

+ Katandra Bushland Sanctuary

+ Pittwater Resident Representatives x 2


“Place Making is a collaborative process that reveals and responds to the genius loci – sense of place, that gives each project the potential to be truly unique as well as authentic to its location and community. These points of difference facilitate innovative thinking and inform the identity and principles in shaping its future.” Jody Summers 2013

Jody Summers recent interview by Place Leaders Association. 

Jody Summers is the National Place Making Manager at the diversified property group, Stockland Corporation Limited and the Creative Coordinator for a small design company, Sym Studio Pty Limited. With a design degree of Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia, Canada and associated New South Wales University, Jody has specialised in Visioning and Place Making services for 15 years including 9 years in management roles and 4 years in property development. She excels at facilitating creative processes and environmental & community development initiatives in diversified property and business development arenas with award winning outcomes.

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Sym. Studio has been selected by Warringah Council to complete renewal works for Dee Why Foreshore. The project requires Sym. Studio to lead a team of sub consultants to upgrade and renew various assets along the prominent coastal foreshore.

Sym. Studio has been shortlisted for North Sydney Council’s Public Domain Style Manual and Design Codes.

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