Founded by Landscape Architects Dan Nunan and Flynn Hart, Pollen is an award-winning Landscape Architecture studio with a mission to ‘empower communities to connect with and love their environment.’ Our extensive experience in local government and private practice has enabled us, in collaboration with our clients, to realise a range of landscape architectural projects from small-scale public parks to large public domain sites.
We have endeavoured to frame all aspects of our operations, communications, and relationships, both internally and externally, through a set of core values:
Courage – challenging the brief and never shying away from difficult tasks;
Ownership – being accountable for outcomes and always ‘walking the talk’;
Balance – considering all options and viewpoints and exhibiting restraint when necessary;
Adaptation – frequently questioning and refining on the run; and
Engagement– facilitating meaningful community input and always being ‘present’ when speaking and listening.
Our rigorous, collaborative and dynamic approach to process, and application of core values, allows us to engage with your vision to create works which are an amalgamation of a project team’s combined skills and ideas; landscapes which excite and intrigue, resulting in measurable positive change for daily users.
Pollen nurtures projects to evolve into self-sustaining, community-driven outcomes where the completion of the project is just the beginning.
Registered Landscape Architect AILA
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Registered Member, Play Australia Member
Dan is a registered landscape architect and artist 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 Frankston Foreshore Park and Pier Street ($4.5m) have been designed and documented by Dan. His experience in documentation and site supervision is a 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 minds. 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, multi-functionality, 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 has extensive experience in local government, having worked for the City of Darebin and the City of Moreland. Whilst Acting Public Realm Coordinator and Senior Landscape Architect at Darebin City Council, Flynn managed Open Space Strategy project development and Implementation as well as Merri Creek Trail Network Improvements.
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.
Haiku van Keuk
Haiku 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 received the AILA student-rendering award for her submission of “Albertslud Cycle” in 2011.
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 and public domain upgrades in Victoria.
Nirvana Kadric (née Hrustanovic)
Nirvana is a landscape architect with an interest in the reuse and revitalisation of the landscape for social contemporary uses, utilising a sustainable design approach method through a social lens. Her 2016 RMIT Master of Landscape Architecture thesis set up a framework on the new typologies emerging in landscape architecture which she has been building up on professionally ever since.
Through her project and volunteering experiences, Nirvana has gained an interest in the social aspects of landscape architecture, and how these can contribute to community development and assimilation. Understanding how new typologies of space are influencing the change in perspective of today’s public spaces has provided her with the tools required to create environments which allow various demographics, cultures and age groups to intersect.
Nirvana has worked in a range of sectors in landscape architecture and urban design, including public domain, master planning, educational, 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’.
Bede Brennan is a landscape architect with an interest in helping people to reconnect with the nature found in the urban environment. He studied at the University of Melbourne where he continues to work as a sessional tutor to both undergraduate and post-graduate classes in the faculties of Architecture, Building and Planning and Human Geography. Bede joined Pollen Studio in August 2017.
Bede is particularly interested in practices of placemaking and renewing. He believes that good landscape architecture can reinforce and rebuild peoples connection with the land.
Bede has worked on a wide range of projects, from public works to community gardens, early learning and playgrounds, through to collaborating with the Melbourne University Fabrication Lab in testing novel ways to construct site models.
Chris is a landscape architect with a keen interest in designing landscapes that are dynamic, resilient and evolving. She has worked in Sydney over a number of years and has recently joined Pollen Studio.
Her key interests in landscape architecture are the repurposing of residual infrastructure for community use, investigating themes of visual art in the landscape and creating social spaces that are accessible, welcoming and inclusive. She is passionate about resilient design that is lasting, responds to wider community needs and has the ability to draw people into a space.
Through her project work, she has gained experience across a broad spectrum of areas including master planning, urban design, public realm, play spaces, residential and mixed-use projects. She is an advocate for understanding the social and historical context of her projects and where possible encourage acknowledgement, reference and retention of heritage elements where permissible. In doing so, she believes that the outcomes will better address and appreciate context and place.
Di recently completed her Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Melbourne. As a result of completing her Bachelor of Agriculture in China, she has brought a diverse background and inherent passion for developing not only the intimate scale of fabrication and detailing, but also large-scale topographical and ecological networking. During her time at the University, she participated in a broad range of sustainable projects from different scales based in the contexts of China and Melbourne, such as public space reform, landscape planning, and performative housing design.
Di is passionate about developing designs in public realm, and believe design ideas need to be based on the deep understanding of how people use these spaces and realise the potential of them.
She has participated in Australian national and international landscape competitions during her academic studies, including This Public Space (Melbourne 2015) and Density Competition (2016).