Ruth Czermak

Ruth Czermak attended Burnley University where she gained a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, she still has the privilege of using much of the information and understanding developed in those years every day. While at University she started a small landscape design business and then shortly afterwards a retail Nursery in Brunswick. Unfortunately, the drought took hold at this time and she scaled back her business and focused on obtaining a Masters in Landscape Architecture.

After finishing University and as the drought began to break she was fortunate enough to be involved in some amazing sustainable projects including Raingardens in School, a Masterplan for a Solar Power Test facility located in central Victoria and the Masterplan of Station Domain area in Maryborough. These challenging early projects allowed her to expand her skill set.

RuthToday the business focuses on Commercial projects, however she still enjoys residential work. Having been in operation for over 20 years now, we have not featured all of our projects on our webpage and have tried to showcase a broad range instead. Like any webpage we don’t often get a chance to update it so feel free to look at our Facebook and Instagram pages. Our facebook page features more of our smaller projects, and day to day ramblings. While our Instagram page features the larger projects. Please feel free to browse through the pages at your leisure and we would love to hear you.

Curriculum Vitae

Ruth Czermak - Founder, Principal Landscape Architect and Horticulturist

Member: Playground and Recreation Association of Victoria (PRAV)
Boardmember, Fellow and Immediate Past President: Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM)
Landscape Design Portfolio click here
'Out of the Grey' - Masters Project, 2006

Competition and Awards

Commendation, Learning Environments Australasia, Victoria Chapter Awards 2020
Gold Award Landscape Design, Educational/Institutional/Playspace, AILDM National Awards 2019
Best in Category Winner, Landscape Design, Educational/Institutional/Playspace, AILDM National Awards 2018
Gold Award, Landscape Design,
Silver Award, Commercial Educational Division, AILDM National Awards 2016
Awarded a Fellowship of AILDM 2014
Gold Award, Commercial Division, and Best in Category Award, AILDM National Awards 2013
Highly Commended Landscape Victoria Awards 2011 Constructed Project Under $500,000
Finalist AILDM National Awards 2011 Residential Project Under $50K
Liav Victorian Landscape Awards, Highly Commended - Commercial Construction Under $500,000 - 2011

Finalist AILDM National Awards 2010 - Commercial Project
AILDM National Competition 2009 - Highly Commended in Commercial Sustainable Landscape Design Category
Growing Up! - Design for Rooftop Garden in CBD Melbourne - 3rd Place

Current Major Projects

Citywide, Living Colour – Sydney (Annual Greenwalls, Christmas Displays and seasonal planters)
City of Hume, Kalkallo Preschool Extension Tendeer (Design Stage)
Citywide, Sydney Light Rail Seasonal Planters 2020—2021 (3 seasonal installations, Design Stage)
Mordialloc Secondary School Planting Plan for partial renovation (Phase 2 Area) (Under Construction)
Montessorii Beginnings, New Centre in Greenvale (Construction Stage)
Gloryland Childcare Centre, New Above Slab Centre in Mitcham (Construction Stage)
City of Hume, Craigieburn Early Learning Centre Renovation (Tender Stage)
Mordialloc College, Concept and Planting Plan (Design stage)
Speciality Trees Wholesale Nursery — Master Plan (Design Stage)
Citywide, Concept Plan for Living Colour Sydney Tender (Design Stage)
CSL Broadmeadows Wetland, Concept and Planting Plan (Constructed)
Supergardens, Loreto Mandeville Hall, Master Plan (Stage 1 Construction, Stage 4 Design Development)
Supergardens, Lowther Hall AGS, Annuals Program (Construction)
Montessori Beginnings, Conversion of Church to Childcare, Malvern (Construction)
Residential Private, Concept and Planting Plan, Camberwell (Construction Completed)
Supergardens, Sandhurst Entry Concept for Entry Areas and Playspace
Supergardens Latrobe University Concept Plan
Private Investor, Wonga Rd Concept and Planting Design for Childcare Playspace (Under Construction)
Minx Architects/Resurrection School, Planting Plan (Under Construction)
Supergardens, Tulla Airport Concept Plan
Supergardens, Lowther Hall AGS Masterplan (Stage 1 under Construction, Stage 2 Design Development)
City of Hume/Perkins Architects, Greenvale West Integrated Community Centre Concept, Planting and Documentation (Construction Stage) (Constructed)
Learning Sanctuary/Private Investor/Perkins Architects, Dendy Street, Brighton Concept—Documentation (Constructed)
Supergardens, St Columbas Masterplan (Stage 1 Constructed, Stage 2 Design Development)
Department of Education/Colab Architects —Early Years Playspace Guide (Development Stage)
Factory Estate, Whitehorse Road, Mitcham, Planting Plan (Design Stage)
Doncaster Road Childcare, Doncaster, Above Grade and First Floor Playspace (Design Stage) (Under Construction)
Oakfield Chase, Childcare centre Multi Level, Centre Dandenong Road, Cheltenham (Design Stage)
Oakfield Chase, Childcare centre Multi Level, Reservoir (Design Stage)
Oakfield Chase, Childcare centre Multi Level, Sunshine West (Design Stage)
Residential Project, Kew (Construction Stage) (Constructed)
Platypus Junction Langwarrin, Bush Playspace (Constructed)
City of Geelong/Perkins Architects, Rosewall Community Centre (Design Stage)
Wonga Rd Childcare, Ground Floor and Above Grade Playspace (Design Stage)
City of Hume/Perkins Architects, Aitken Hill Community and Children’s Centre, (Construction Stage) (Constructed)
Eco Student Accommodation (Design Phase)
Residential Design Mullen Mullen Estate—Stage 2 Submission (Design Phase) (Under Construction)
Para Rd Childcare, Partially Above Grade Playspace (Construction Phase) (Constructed)

Industry and Other Presentations

2013, Landscape Outlook - Issue 52 - Summer
2010 May - SGA, Rooftop Gardens - The Challenges
2010, January - Guest Panellist NGIV Event, Representing the view of the Landscape Architect
2009, June - AILDM, Revegetation Techniques
2009, Landscape Outlook, Garden Design Fest 2008, Published in Autumn 2009 Issue 37
2009, Landscape Outlook, The Growing Up Competition, Published in Winter 2009 Issue 38
2009, Landscape Outlook, AILDM News, Published in Winter 2009 Issue 38
2008, Oct - Practically Green Sustainability Festival, Case Study - Integrated Water Management
2008, Aug - PRAV, Rainwater, Tanks and Sustainability in Early Childhood
2008, May - AILDM, Integrated Water Management
2008, May - Darebin Council, Sustainable Homes Program, ‘The Nitty Gritty of Greywater in the Garden’
2008, April - AILDM, Landscape Design and Greywater
2008, Borondoora Council, Surrey Hills Sustainability Night, ‘Domestic Rainwater Harvesting’

Published Designs

Outdoor Design and Living,’Going Native’, No 21, June 2010
Garden Gurus (TV) Segment on Raingardens, Jan 30th, 2010
Gardening Australia, December 2009
Victoria’s Best Pools and Backyards Designs, No1 - 2008
Outdoor Design and Living Edition, 'Design Innovation', No. 13 - 2006
Backyard Design Ideas Edition 4.5
Outdoor Design and Living, No12 - 2005
Stonnington Leader and Melbourne Weekly

Published Articles

Childcare Australia, ‘Creating the Perfect Workable Playspace’, No. 1 - 2020
Landscape Outlook, 'Awards Night President's Speech', No. 72 Summer - 2018
Landscape Outlook, 'Allan Correy Award', No. 72 Summer - 2018
Landscape Outlook, 'Where Are We Going?', No. 71 Spring - 2017
Hidden Design Festival, 'Foreword', Queensland 2016
Hidden Design Festival, 'Foreword', New South Wales 2016
Landscape Outlook, 'Are You Career Ready', No. 67 Spring - 2016
Landscape Outlook, 'Landscape Graphics - Australian Standards', No. 45 Autumn - 2011
Landscape Outlook, 'Botanical language', No. 43 Spring - 2010
Waterwise Gardens, No 7, ‘Local Heroes’, 2009
Landscape Outlook, ‘Kangaroo Island Dreaming’, No. 37 Autumn - 2009
Green Garden and Home, Shades of Grey’, No. 1 - 2008
Waterwise Gardens, No.2 - 2008
Melbourne Living Annual 2008
Landscape Outlook, ‘Grey Water’, No. 29 Autumn - 2007


Spring 2019
Autumn 2013
Summer 2012
Spring 2011
Spring 2008
Autumn 2007
Summer 2006

Teaching Experience

Higher Education

705-294 Guest Lecture: Plants and Planting Design Semester 1, 2010, Title Plants and Their Use in the Landscape
705-294 Guest Lecture: Plants and Planting Design Semester 1, 2009, Title Sustainable Use of Plants in the Landscape
705-695 Guest Lecturer: Advanced Landscape Technology Semester 1, 2009, Title: Water Management Case Studies
705-695 Guest Lecturer: Advanced Landscape Technology Semester 1, 2008, Title: Sustainable Water Management
705-695 Guest Lecturer: Advanced Landscape Technology Semester 1, 2007, Title: Integrated Water Management
705-195/899 Landscape Materials Semester 2, 2006
705-294 Plants and Planting Design Semester 1, 2006
705-236/899 Guest Critic: Designing Conserved Natural Landscapes 2006


‘Raingardens, Stormwater and Indigenous Plants’
Debney Park Secondary College, 2008


‘Native Plants and Planting’ - Glen Iris Primary, 2010
‘Raingardens, Stormwater and Indigenous Plants’ - Armadale Primary, 2007
St Johns Primary (East Melbourne), 2007
St Bedes Primary (Kew), 2007
Clifton Hill Primary, 2007


‘Planting and Tree Establishment’
Monash Caulfield Kindergarten - Planting Day, 2009
‘Integrated Water Management’
Solar Systems Community Open Day, 2008