James Rosenwax at a 2010 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects award with Jacinta McCann, AECOM global head of design + planning + economics business

7 May 2012  – James Rosenwax, Sydney based director design + planning at AECOM  said his team jumped from 37 to 55 in the last year on the back of a number of projects. Among recent recruits is Roger Swinbourne, formerly of Urbis, who joined at the end of last year as associate director in urban sustainability.

Mr Swinbourne’s particular focus will be on the roll out of a new sustainable communities tool AECOM Sustainable Systems Integration Model, a GIS (global information system) based sustainability assessment tool, designed to  evaluate the “sustainability merits and costs of alternative urban form solutions, master plans and buildings.”

Roger Swinbourne

Mr Swinbourne said: “The market is now beginning to understand the value of embedding sustainability decisions into projects and is beginning to see evidence from these actions. There is also an emerging language to communicate these sustainability benefits on the back of the Green Star Communities framework rating tool and the Federal Governments Urban Design Protocol for Australian Cities.”

Work is currently under way to integrate the SSIM tool with the Green Building Council’s Communities Tool.

Mr Rosenwax said recent project wins for the team included work on the north-west rail link in Sydney, the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Box Hill, Catherine Hill and Marsden Park growth centres master plan and strategic plans for Department of Defence sites at Wagga Wagga and Sydney Harbour. International work includes The Wave development in Oman in the Middle East.

In transport there is also work on the light rail in Sydney and a feasibility study on a high speed capital cities rail link, after a pre-feasibility tender that firm had produced.