Lead Studio Adelaide


265 Halifax Street
Adelaide SA 5000


Unit 28 / 204 Jersey Road

Woollahra NSW 2025


Ph 1300 700 413

about us

about us

designwell is an Internationally Award Winning Landscape Architectural consultancy providing services in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design with a specialist area of Healing and Therapeutic Design in the aged care, health care and educational sectors.

We deliver projects all across Australia.


Tara Graham Cochrane


Director/Principal Landscape Architect

Registered Landscape Architect (AILA)

Tara is an award-winning Landscape Architect with over 16 years experience in landscape architecture within the private and public sectors of Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra.

Tara began the landscape architectural consultancy designwell Landscape Architects in 2007 which currently has 6 staff across their Adelaide and Sydney offices. An award-winning designer of healing and therapeutic landscapes, Tara is a strong believer that physical environments can be designed to reduce stress, improve health, and to support people's welfare. She is the author of the award-winning publication “Gardens That Care: Planning Outdoor Environments for People with Dementia” and speaks around Australia about the important role of the environment in the care of people with dementia.

Tara is highly recommended by many health advisory bodies including Alzheimer’s Australia and Kidsafe as a leader in her field of expertise. A highly experienced landscape architect and project manager, Tara has led many multi-disciplined teams to deliver great design packages on time and to budget.

Mark Jackson


Senior Landscape Architect

Registered Landscape Architect (AILA)

Mark is a Landscape Architect with over 9 years experience in both the private and public sector. He studied and worked in the UK before returning to Australia where he gained AILA accreditation in 2012.
Mark is a passionate and integral member of the design team who designs with people in mind, from project inception to project delivery. He is particularly interested in creating dynamic, interactive spaces that integrate a site legacy to generate enduring, positive experiences. Mark’s interests and research into hybrid reality technology and videogames supports the development of the landscape profession in a unique direction, with integration into live projects where relevant.

Mark has a wealth of project experience, demonstrating his design and project management skills on a range of projects and budgets, including regional parks, streetscapes, schools, playspaces, and aged care facilities.

Emily Mayes


Landscape Architect

Emily is a passionate and enthusiastic member of the design team who designs with sensitivity to people. She is passionate about creating spaces of engagement and intergenerational interaction that brings people together facilitated by well-designed spaces. She believes it is important to nourish the educational development of children through engagement of the seven senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, balance and movement and seeks to design spaces for facilitating these skills. She believes sensory stimulation to be just as important within public spaces and aged care facilities. Emily’s project experience includes designing for a range of clients locally and interstate, and has stepped up into project management and client liaison. She has spoken at the LASA Victoria Property Seminar on the topic of Enabling Gardens for people living with dementia in 2016.

Ben Dillion


Graduate Landscape Architect

Ben has a flair for digital media and computer generated design. Ben has strong communication skills and embraces each new challenge as he learns the ropes. Ben’s project experience includes designing for a range of projects both locally and interstate. He has prepared concepts for presentation, met with clients and produced design documentation drawings.

Gaylene Graham



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