About Sentient Design

Practice Profile

Sentient Design develops creative, innovative and exceptional design solutions in landscape architecture. Based in Central Victoria, Sentient Design provides services to local government, business and private property owners.

With a strong knowledge of local government requirements, Sentient Design specialises in developing attractive, functional and stimulating places that encourage community ownership.

Strong on-the-ground outcomes are built on a thorough and collaborative design process, engaged communities and a flexible, responsive and dedicated approach.

Justine Image

Sentient Design was founded in 2014 by Justine Image. As a Registered Landscape Architect Justine has extensive experience within local government, as well as within private consultancy. She has a broad background of projects, including open space master planning, play space design, urban and streetscape design, and project management.

Justine combines a strong commitment to site-specific design with an innovative  approach and strong skills in visual representation. She works collaboratively with contractors, artists, engineers and other professionals to develop unique and practical solutions to client needs.

Based near Castlemaine, Justine has a particular understanding of the richness, challenge and potential of living in regional Victoria.

Professional Memberships


Australian Institute of Landscape Architects


Play Australia


Sentient Design produces projects that are creative, innovative and pragmatic. A strong philosophical framework, developed from both education and experience guides process and decision making from beginning to end.


We believe every site has a unique physical, environmental and cultural context that can be respected and enhanced by a sensitive and thoughtful response.


Honest, clear and professional communication are important factors of a successful working partnership. This applies equally to clients, collaborators, and with the public.


Diligence and thoughfulness of approach allow the development of simple and eloquent design responses that shine through in the final landscape.


The notion of a sustainable landscape has many aspects and is not a tick-the-box process. It requires considered analysis of the project context, objectives and benefits.


While respecting tradition, we are open to the benefits that may arise from new ideas, materials and ways of doing things.


Ultimately, landscape architecture is about engaging people with their physical environment. This is never more visible than a child engaged deeply in the act of play.

Selected Projects


                LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE    Creating attractive, functional and stimulating places

                URBAN DESIGN    The creative and collaborative process of shaping our urban environments

                MASTER PLANNING    Developing a shared vision for the future

                PLAY SPACE DESIGN    Providing inclusive, welcoming and fun spaces for children of all ages

                RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN    Crafting extraordinary environments for families

                PLANNING PERMIT DRAWINGS    Accurate  drawings for statutory planning requirements

                CONCEPT PRESENTATION    Using sketches, plans and 3D imaging to communicate ideas

From the Notebook


Adapt_illustration_flatIn the wake of the talks in Paris, there is much focus on a commitment to actions to minimise the effects of climate change. While this is absolutely vital, there is no doubt that these changes are already in motion, and will have far-reaching impacts.

What might life be like in a large Australian country town in 30 years time? Through a process of  scenario planning and design I have prepared an exhibition that reflects on these issues. I propose some wholistic solutions that respond to a changing climate while addressing social equity and resourcing issues.


A Sensory World

Sensory_illustrationSensory experience has long been a deliberate and vital element of the curriculum of early learning environments. Now, local goverments are experimenting with the deliberate addition of sensory elements into the public open space of communities.

But what is sensory play, and why is it important?

Sensory integration can be broken down into three main systems; tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive. The tactile system refers to the information processed in the brain from under our skin, such as temperature and pressure.  The vestibular system refers to the brain’s ability to understand the position and angle of the head even when the eyes are closed. Proprioception is the ability of the body to work with the physical environment around us, and relates to motor skill ability.

Children learn naturally when engrossed in play, and play environments are well-placed to provide stimulating sensory opportunities. This is particularly important to children where one of these systems does not work optimally, and the child perceives things differently to others.


Public open space?

publicopenspace_illustrationThere was an article published in The Age this morning about a radical proposal from Gilbert Rochecouste, founder and managing director of Village Well, a place making consultancy business. The proposal is to tear up the asphalt of Elizabeth Street within the Melbourne CBD, and expose the hidden waterway that runs underneath, and flank the watercourse with a variety of amenity spaces.

While the proposal is purely conceptual and far from fleshed out, it certainly raises many issues regarding the appearance, function and symbology of public space within the city. The different perspectives and opinions raised in a public debate of the concept can inform the scope and direction the direction of public policy, if the government is listening.


Miscellany on Pinterest

For a curated collection of inspiring images of landscape architecture and design
please visit the Sentient Design page on Pinterest


If you would like to discuss a project you have, please phone or email Justine.

Address: PO Box 128, Elphinstone VIC 3448, AUSTRALIA
Phone: 0457 412 274
E-mail: jimage@sentientdesign.com.au
Website: www.sentientdesign.com.au