News / August 2019
Tuesday 16 July 2019
HASSELL appoints Mike Wood as Principal in London

Recently appointed Principal Mike Wood believes that today’s innovative public spaces must be driven by flexibility and sustainability.

“I have always had a passion for the natural world and an interest in wildlife. This is where core beliefs between myself and HASSELL really align, as we both want to make informed and measured design choices for future generations that are grounded in increasing sensitive interactions with people and nature,” Mike said.

Mike joins HASSELL in London following extensive experience in the UK, Australia, Singapore, and South East Asia, where most recently, he worked on a diverse range of public, mixed use and private projects for Grant Associates in Singapore.

“Spending the past five years in Singapore, it was immediately apparent that the city’s vision as a City in a Garden had a very important role for landscape architecture and improving the connection of people to its green environment. This includes important consideration of biodiversity, habitat protection, shade and amenity all of which are critical to the development of its public spaces,” Mike said.

“I want to bring these types of principles into the design process for our projects in London and the UK; it will be critical to use these as a starting point to help to develop a clear vision to tackle some of landscape’s biggest challenges and create places that have value, meaning and that people will love,” he said.

Mike has previously worked at HASSELL in Australia where he was involved in award winning projects such as the Darwin Waterfront public domain and the Magenta Shores golf course on the New South Wales Central Coast. He then relocated to the UK, working at CBA in Sussex, before moving to Grant Associates as Associate Director, based in Singapore, overseeing the firms Singapore, South East Asia, China and Australian portfolio.

More recently, Mike has led the design of major, city-shaping projects including Mandai Rainforest Park, Paya Lebar Quarter, and Resorts World Waterfront in Singapore, the Flower Garden Park Ruichang and Suzhou Creek in China, and The Secretariat in Yangon, Myanmar.

Mike said that the people-first approach and the commitment to sustainable design was what enticed him to re-join HASSELL.

“The landscape architecture discipline has evolved significantly over the past few years; it’s a really exciting time to be a designer. The HASSELL team in London has set a really high standard and I can’t wait to dive in,” Mike said.

HASSELL Principal and Head of Landscape Architecture Angus Bruce said Mike’s experience designing large-scale urban spaces across a variety of regions brings a fresh, global perspective to the London studio.

“In the UK and Europe we have been winning and producing exciting urban design and public realm projects, such as the University of Manchester First Light Pavilion, Croydon South End High Street, International Quarter and Palermo International Cruise Terminal. Mike’s knowledge and expertise in designing complex landscapes in different regions will allow us to build on our growing reputation in the region,” Angus said.

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