Pollen Studio is a Landscape Architecture studio challenging the conventions of standard design practice. Directors Dan Nunan and Flynn Hart are Landscape Architects with extensive experience in local government and private practice.
We have a consistent history of working with clients on a range of landscape architectural projects from small-scale public parks to large public domain sites. Pollen has a demonstrated ability to deliver a full suite of services from concept plans to community consultation, right through to documentation and contract administration.
We are inspired by public spaces that create a sense of excitement and intrigue as well as improving usability. Our aim is to design landscapes that result in a measurable positive change for daily users.
As well as public landscape architecture, Pollen specialises in creating temporary public art installations that test people’s response to landscape and urban design outcomes. The ultimate ambition of these works is to connect with communities in order to better understand their visions for the future. We believe that this type of playful intervention results in built outcomes that are imbued with ownership and identity.
We think tactically about our process. Our approach is rigorous, collaborative and dynamic. We work with like-minded professionals to assist through the life of a project. Pollen Studio engages with your vision to develop an inclusive project process that utilises the whole team’s combined skills and ideas.
Pollen Studio nurtures projects to evolve into self-sustaining, community-driven outcomes where the completion of the project is just the beginning.
Registered Landscape Architect AILA
Dan Nunan is a registered landscape architect with over fifteen years experience on projects throughout Australia and South-East Asia. Dan has managed multi-disciplinary teams on large-scale multi-million dollar projects whilst working on the detailed design and delivery of public domain projects as well as coordinating landscape strategy documents and master plans. He has a particular interest in design for play, having designed and implemented numerous public playgrounds including the Artplay playground, Birrarung Marr for the City of Melbourne and the Edinburgh Gardens playground for the City of Yarra.
Several major public domain projects including City Street Shared Mall, Dandenong ($9m) and Langtree Mall, Mildura ($4.5m) have been designed and documented by Dan. His experience in documentation and site supervision is testament to a keen eye for detail and thorough project coordination.
Dan’s experience in designing large scale public spaces has led towards an interest in exploring and testing psycho-geography through a series of public art interventions. He aims to broaden people’s understanding of the public domain by actively engaging with people’s everyday processes.
He has an enthusiasm for contemporary design which has seen him teach at RMIT and Melbourne universities and had articles published in Australian landscape architecture journals.
Registered Landscape Architect AILA
A recognised champion of increasing the connectivity, multifunctionality, and performance of Melbourne’s public realm, Flynn has worked across the private and local government sectors to convert this passion into real outcomes. He is a Registered Landscape Architect and regular lecturer and tutor for the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University.
Flynn believes that design and stewardship of the landscape ought to affect positive change and deliver projects to the highest possible standard. This approach is important in the management and innovative improvement of the public realm no matter where the project.
His breadth of experience in the private sector has involved playing key roles in the consultation, management and delivery of master plans, structure plans, landscape design, urban renewal, civic playspaces, design guidelines, public infrastructure projects, feasibility studies and visual impact assessment across Victoria.
Flynn has a highly developed understanding of local government practice after several years working in Melbourne’s inner north Councils of Darebin and Moreland. As Darebin’s Senior Landscape Architect & Public Realm Coordinator he delivered multiple district park master plans, development plans, local park projects, signage, play spaces, conservation and urban design improvements throughout the municipality.
Flynn’s projects demonstrate his passion for the built environment, delivering places of identity with a recognisable care and foundation in sustainable thinking.
Nirvana is a landscape architect with an interest in the reuse and revitalisation of landscape for contemporary uses, utilising a sustainable design approach method. She is a graduate of RMIT University’s Master of Landscape Architecture program and has recently joined Pollen in January 2017.
Her involvement in volunteering and work experience within the collaborative fields of Landscape Architecture and Design have given her with a broad understanding of the various sites and demographics affected by landscape design.
Through her project and volunteering experiences, Nirvana has gained an interest in play spaces for people of all ages – from childhood to adulthood – and how new typologies of space are influencing the change of perspective of today’s public spaces. Nirvana has worked in a range of sectors in landscape architecture and urban design, including public domain, master planning, residential and commercial projects.
Nirvana received the AILA Future Leader Award in 2015 and was a finalist for the CityLink Power Street Loop Ideas Competition in 2015 as part of her team ‘Narav’.
Haiku van Keuk
Haiku van Keuk is a landscape architect and urban farmer with a passion for the health and vitality of communities and the landscapes and ecosystems they inhabit. She is a graduate of Queensland University of Technology and recently joined Pollen Studio in February 2016.
She is interested in resilient design and strategic planning at all scales, with a focus on creating a rich diversity of public spaces. She views landscape architecture as a platform to initiate public life, community connection and ecological awareness within our city parks and urban landscapes.
Haiku has worked in many areas of landscape architecture. Including sub-tropical plazas and infrastructure projects in South East Queensland, urban ecological design and public art projects in Copenhagen, and more recently, infrastructure upgrades in Victoria.
Haiku received the AILA student-rendering award for her submission of “Albertslud Cycle” in 2011. She continues to be involved in the development of the profession by critiquing student work at RMIT.