Founder and Director of Turf Design Studio
Founder and Director of Turf Design Studio, Mike Horne has over 30 years of landscape and urban design experience, working across local and international large-scale masterplan, civic, residential, education, infrastructure and park projects for both private and government sectors.
Mike has been instrumental in numerous landmark and award-winning projects, including Central Park Sydney, Sydney Park, Central Barangaroo Masterplan (with SOM), Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney University Public Domain.
Mike recently led Turf’s public domain design for the Stratford Waterfront: a new cultural and educational district in London’s Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park.
Prior to establishing Turf, Mike worked for the NSW Government – first as Principal Landscape Architect at the NSW Government Architect and from 1995-2000 at the Olympic Coordination Authority first as Design Manager Government Architect Design Directorate and then Manager Games Design.
Mike has held teaching positions at the University of Sydney, and has undertaken speaking engagements across Europe and America, including the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) Annual Discourse, and the Manufactured Sites conference at Harvard Design School.
At Turf, Mike is in his 12th consecutive year designing the world renowned Central Park Sydney: including the masterplan with Foster+Partners and the public domain and building landscapes with Jeppe Aagaard Andersen of Denmark.
Mike also led the City of Sydney’s internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning Sydney Park Water Reuse project.
Currently, Mike is Public Domain lead on the Waterloo Estate Masterplan team for the NSW Land and Housing Corporation – Sydney’s most significant urban housing /renewal precinct.
He is also project lead for the NSW Government’s new waterfront city park at Gosford; working in collaboration with Hunter Central Coast Development Corporation, the Central Coast Council and Darkinjung Land Council.