Jonathon Chan is a graduate landscape architect and experienced graphic and web designer. He holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication).
For Jonathon, landscape architecture can be considered a natural career progression. His industry experience in visual communication and user experience design, in combination with his understanding of ecological and productive systems from Permaculture have provided a strong foundation for a career in landscape architecture.
In 2004 Jonathon completed the Monash University Bachelor of Design, majoring in Visual Communication. The course gave him a foundation in graphic design, typography and illustration. He has worked professionally as a graphic and web designer. While he studies, Jonathon runs his own freelance design business.
Permaculture is an ethics based design system that aims to replicate the resilience and sustainability of natural ecosystems in both agricultural and social environments. Through a diverse and connected system, permaculture creates a highly productive and efficient landscape, not only in terms food and energy, but also socially, politically and economically.
A passion for growing food led Jonathon to undertake a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in 2008. The following year he undertook an internship with acclaimed permaculture designer, Geoff Lawton, at the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI), a farm in northern New South Wales.
In 2010, following seven months living and working at PRI, Jonathon was accepted into the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) program. He spent a year working in a remote area of Central Vietnam with local organisation, SPERI. Based at their Farmer Field School regional centre, Jonathon worked with ethnic minority youth from the highlands of Vietnam and Laos. His responsibilities involved working with the students on farm design projects, facilitating workshops and developing curriculum for the school. Jonathon’s most fulfilling role was that of a design mentor, building the students’ capacity and confidence in creative and critical thinking.
Jonathon has now received his Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Melbourne and is working as a graduate landscape architect for T.C.L.
He believes that landscape architecture plays a vital role in the environmental, social and economic sustainability of our urban environments.
A highlight of his studies was participating in a Travelling Studio to Tokyo. This provided the opportunity to explore how landscape architecture can be applied to real-world environmental and political challenges faced by Japan, particularly in response to the 2011 Tsunami.
Around his career, Jonathon enjoys an active and healthy lifestyle. At home Jonathon practices his Permaculture skills by maintaining his organic vegetable garden. He also enjoys building with salvaged timber and is an active member of the Urban Bush Carpenters, helping to facilitate workshops and create installations. In this vein, he recently he collaborated with Co-Design Studio to build a ‘pallet verandah’ for the Dodd Street Reboot popup.