About Clark + Granger

Clark and Granger is a small studio based landscape and architectural design practice that specializes in boutique residential commissions and small-scale public projects. To date we have undertaken projects in London, Cape Town, Port Vila, and the Gold Coast.

Clark and Granger are unique in that we combine both landscape and architecture within the same practice. We can offer a truly holistic approach to the provision of both house and garden, where the elements of architecture, interiors and landscape can come together as a single and powerful design project.

We have a broad design background and a wide range of experience, and are familiar with European design standards, as well as tropical and sub-tropical design principles. Clark and Granger have been based in Australia for the past nine years and have now established their own practice on Mount Tamborine on the Gold Coast.

We encourage clients to seek sustainable design solutions, reducing the need for mechanical services through intelligent and responsive design and selecting plants that suit local conditions and will use water wisely. This can include locating the building to maximize sunshine and breezes, working with sustainable materials and finishes and using plants wisely to conserve water and reduce maintenance.

As a practice we have a commitment to quality and only take on limited projects at any one time so that we can maintain a high level of service and professional delivery.

Philosophy

We believe that good design is a dialogue between the designer and client. Designing a home and a garden is both a privilege and a complex task that is unique to each client; listening to a client is essential to achieving a ‘good fit’ and ensuring that the finished design not only meets the clients’ needs but also enriches their everyday life.

We seek to create landscapes and buildings that have a timeless quality, a strong sense of ‘being’ and a warm, simple sophistication. We believe landscape and architectural design is about creating spaces for living, fostering wellbeing and comfort.  To us each project is a unique reflection of both the client and the site:

Good design is not simply about style, it is a means to enhance our everyday life, to create spaces and environments where people can live and grow.

We encourage clients to seek sustainable design solutions, reducing the need for mechanical services through intelligent and responsive design and selecting plants that suit local conditions and will use water wisely. This can include locating the building to maximize sunshine and breezes, working with sustainable materials and finishes and using plants.

Process

We work closely with the client at every stage of the project journey from concept to detailed design. We believe that the close involvement of the client is essential to the final success of the project and the creation of a house and garden that will meet their needs and enrich their lives for years to come.

Sketches and concepts will be developed based on the clients’ brief and careful analysis of the site, including all planning concerns and issues to be considered. From here we move to 3D computer models and plans to better understand the structure and refine the final design. Samples of materials, surface finishes and plants are provided and discussed and the selection of all built-in elements covered.

Client budgets are discussed and explored in relation to the brief and client expectations to ensure that the design is appropriate, and that clients have a clear understanding of where the project is heading.

Typically, we will represent the client throughout the construction of the project, working with the builder or landscape contractor to ensure that the design is fully understood and properly executed, resolving unforeseen items and exploring opportunities as they present themselves.

Jez Clark — Partner

MA LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE / BA HONS FINE ART SCULPTURE / AILA

Jez Clark has been a practicing landscape architect since his graduation from The University of Greenwich, UK in 2000. Jez is a registered landscape architect of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (Member No. 009412). Initially trained as a sculptor, Jez used his growing interest in place making and passion for planting to gain his Masters in Landscape Architecture and set up his own Landscape Design and Construction Company based in South East London, UK.  He worked on a range of large-scale residential projects in the London area and pioneered the ‘Peace Garden Project’ for the Arts Council of Great Britain for a number of inner city London schools.

In 2006 Jez Clark moved to Australia where he became the Senior Landscape Architect for the Cairns Regional Council, a position he held for nine years. In this role he worked on a range of high profile projects for the council, including creating two successive Landscape Master Plans for the region, the development of a Landscape Design Guide and Concept Plan for the Port Douglas Waterfront, one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations. He also worked on two major city centre refurbishments, creating vibrant contemporary tropical spaces for the city of Cairns. His work also included a Concept Plan for an extension to the Cairns Botanic Gardens, the development of signage suites for the Cairns Botanic Gardens and Parks and Leisure division of council; as well as numerous median strip and park designs and landscape planning documents for the Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade in which he had a formal role as a lead landscape consultant.

Mark Granger — Partner

BA Dip ARCH RIBA

Mark Granger studied at Greenwich University, UK and is a registered British Architect (ARB 063900A) and member of The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA 7254630).  In Queensland, he is registered with The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC 1134901).

Mark has a wealth of architectural experience having worked for a variety of companies from sole practitioners to international practices such as the American company Swanke Hayden Connell Architects in London. He has worked on projects ranging from small-scale refurbishment jobs to the design of an international distribution warehouse and co-ordination centre for an Austrian window hardware company, in Sittingbourne, Kent.

He was fortunate to be able to design a completely new home in central London for a young couple, producing a ‘tiny house’ long before the movement even took shape, creating a small family home on a meager 30sq meter block.

Mark has a broad work experience taking him from the affluent London suburbs of Kensington, Belgravia, and Mayfair, where he worked on prestigious high end projects for Charles Brice Architects to the tropical environment of Far North Queensland, working for Chris Vandyke Designs. Mark worked for Chris for eight years, where he got to impart a European influence into the Cairns’ market.