Jon Sheaff has over 20 years experience of developing and implementing strategic thinking and design for the public realm and environment sectors.
Jon has delivered innovative, cost effective and deliverable solutions in landscape architecture, urban design and public art and has helped public and private sector organisations to develop socially, economically and environmentally useful products and services.
Jon’s professional experience is cross sector, enabling him to offer a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between the public and private sectors in designing, developing and managing the public realm:
- Director of Farrer Huxley Associates, developing strategic thinking and new business.
- Public Realm Manager, London Borough of Southwark with responsibility for the Borough’s 350 hectares of public open space and a significant public realm investment programme.
- Member of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for London
- Member of the CABE Design Council Built Environment Expert Panel
Jon’s working life has centred on innovation and quality of delivery and Jon is strongly committed to using design as a tool in developing distinctive places and strong communities.
Elsie Josland initially trained as a landscape designer at the Chelsea Physic Garden, setting up her own practice in 1997. She joined Groundwork in 2002, working on numerous community landscape projects, including estate regeneration initiatives, schools and parks, working closely with members of the community and clients from design inception to completion.
Elsie joined Farrer Huxley in 2010 as a Senior Landscape Architect, were she lead on a number of high profile projects for the practice including public realm and parks projects, private gardens and schools. More recently she has worked with the urban design practice Plan Projects as Associate Landscape Architect, working on projects such as the Eastbourne Design Development Framework and the Putney Riverside Quarter and St John’s Hill Arts Strategy.
Elsie brings an intelligent, iterative and highly creative approach to landscape design, place making and master planning, underpinned by an ability to listen and communicate ideas enthusiastically to wide and varied audiences. Elsie is passionate about successfully transforming the aspirations of community and clients through meaningful engagement and consultation into well thought through, attractive and sustainable schemes.
Margarida Oliveira hails from Portugal and qualified as a landscape architect in Lisbon. Margarida moved to the UK in 2004 and has since gained considerable experience as a landscape architect working for practices including BDP, Gillespies, Plinke and Farrer Huxley. During this period she also acquired a post-graduate qualification in urban design from the University of Westminster.
Margarida’s portfolio includes work for housing associations, public realm and public open space design and strategy, education and private open space design and her skill set includes design from inception to completion, public consultation, client management, project management and document design.
Margarida is passionate about developing high quality design solutions to complex spatial and organisational issues and to using a variety of media techniques to communicate these to clients and end-users.
Julia Halasz trained as an architect in Hungary and worked on residential and office develoments for CompArt in Budapest and Szentendre. Julia moved to the UK in 2010 and completed a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich. Julia joined JSA in 2015, leading the GIS data survey process for the Barnet Open Spaces Strategy and contributing to the development of new masterplan for Fielding School in Ealing.
Visakha Sroy completed a Masters in Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University in 2014 and joined JSA in May 2015. Visakha has contributed to the development of school playground designs for St John and St James School in Hackney and to the surveying and production of graphic outputs for the Barnet Open Spaces Strategy. In 2016, Visakha will be assisting with the development of design thinking for the Silkstream Valley Parks projects.