Arcadia announces new Geelong studio and new Melbourne Principal

Arcadia has further established its presence in Victoria, Australia by announcing a new studio in Geelong and a new Principal in Melbourne, Elly Russell.

To support this demand and the number of projects Arcadia is working on in Geelong and surrounding regions, including hospitals and schools, the firm identified an opportunity to establish a new studio. The Geelong studio will be led by Matt York and joins Arcadia’s offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, and the Sunshine Coast.

“Arcadia has enjoyed consistent growth in Victoria since opening in 2020, with the market demonstrating a clear desire to engage with a new and committed design firm and our unique approach to landscape architecture and urban design projects,”

Alex Longley, Founding Principal of Arcadia

Arcadia’s Melbourne studio is excited to welcome Elly Russell to work alongside Nelson Gomes and Matt York in leading the team across a diverse range of public and private projects in metropolitan and regional Victoria.  Elly brings over 15 years of high-calibre design experience working across Australia, the United Kingdon, and Asia. Her award-winning experience on high profile projects including Sentosa and Brani Masterplan and Monash University’s Caulfield campus with Grant Associates and TCL, and her passion for design and experience leading multi-disciplinary projects will benefit the team as they work on projects at all stages of design and construction.

“I’m excited to join an established Australian landscape architectural practice that is passionate, reflexive, and driven to improve public realm design excellence for our cities and regions. Arcadia is deeply committed to the expression of Traditional Owner narratives. Having worked internationally and at global practices for some years I look forward to meaningfully reconnecting with Country as we face future environmental challenges together.”

Elly Russell, Principal of Arcadia Melbourne.
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