News / May 2018
Monday 15 January 2018
Introducing Sharon Wright

Appointed as a principal in July, Sharon Wright is a landscape architect whose diverse global experience reflects a focus on designing for context and connecting communities.

“Good design is like having a thoughtful conversation. It enables you to make everyone feel present in the moment, from a small child to an elderly person. For it to connect and be memorable, the experience needs to be designed,” Sharon said.

“Sometimes it is a very small intervention – the careful placement of a bench, the thoughtful position of shade and shelter. These things can change how people feel and behave in a street, and can even make something feel safe that previously wasn’t.

Joining HASSELL in 2005 Sharon has led the design of a number of international and national projects, from master planning to the detailed design and documentation of urban spaces in a wide variety of contexts and sectors.

Sharon’s approach draws on the character and history of specific sites. She creates in-depth mapping, modelling, photography and analysis to represent the future potential of a space.

For Sharon, design should be a collective experience.

“I think that the nature of how we collaborate at HASSELL is interesting and unique in that we have a range of perspectives and voices from other design disciplines around the table.

“This becomes a microcosm of society, which always stands you in good stead with clients."

Recent projects that Sharon has worked on include the San Francisco Civic Centre Public Space; XuHui Riverfront Connection Project in Shanghai; 60 Martin Place, Sydney and the South End High Street Improvements, in Croydon, UK.

Sharon is driven to design inclusive spaces that create connection, belonging and wellbeing.

“The more inclusive a space is, the more people care about it, feel a sense of public ownership and look after it, and give it a life, so it has longevity."

“A connection with nature can have such an effect on a person’s wellness and their stress levels, and we get to help create places that can have a really positive impact on people.”

Sharon is based in the Sydney studio.

Image: Croydon South End High Street (photograph by Jakob Spriestersbach)

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