Alistair Kirkpatrick is co-director of AKAS landscape architecture. He has had a varied career over the last 20 years, working in the disciplines of botany, garden design and ecology focusing on Melbourne indigenous vegetation.
Alistair graduated from RMIT with distinction in 2012 having explored urban weed ecologies for his Masters dissertation and has written and taught multiple subjects in tertiary institutions for the last five years investigating themes of terrain vague and urban ecologies. Through both teaching and practice Alistair has been exploring and testing ideas of vegetation as a space generator, distorting the current top down model of hardscape being the dominant element in built projects. In the article ‘The emperor’s new clothes’ in Landscape Architecture Australia, Alistair questions the role of current maintenance regimes in urban Melbourne’s street scapes and invites the reader to explore the opportunities that spontaneous urban vegetation could provide as a greening strategy in urban spaces. These plants, if allowed, could then inform the hardscape that surrounds them. Generating an iterative and dynamic methodology of design. The future of Alistair’s design practice will be based around testing how iterative and dynamic design can manifest as built projects exploring the limitations and opportunities this approach offers.