Director, SBLA

Landscape architect Simone Bliss, is the founder of Melbourne-based SBLA studio, a design studio focused on civic projects, multi-residential housing and design with play.

Prior to SBLA studio, Simone worked as a senior landscape architect at Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) and Hobart based Playstreet. She has fourteen years experience, designing and documenting internationally award-winning projects, including the Auckland Waterfront redevelopment and the National Arboretum's Pod Playspace.

After having her first child, Simone began to question the traditional rules of the workplace. Through SBLA Simone is testing an alternative model of practice. The team works flexibly, maintaining time for personal projects, teaching and raising families. They work together as peers in the core design team or as project collaborators. SBLA aims to provide a workplace that encourages staff to feel both empowered and nurtured.

SBLA is part of the HVH Collective, a shared work space for design-led professionals. Simone is inspired both by the intersections of this collective environment, and by the varied lives and experiences of the SBLA team.

Simone teaches for the University of Melbourne’s Master of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Urban Horticulture, and is part of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architect’s mentoring program.