Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours 1st with University Medal), UNSW
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Allison is a landscape architect and graphic designer. Since joining Gallagher Studio in 2014, Allison has worked on a range of projects, including strategic and urban design projects, park master plans and detailed design proposals. Allison excels in developing well crafted designs that respond to underlying natural, social and cultural conditions. Recent projects at Gallagher Studio include the Prince Alfred Square Master Plan for the City of Parramatta and the St Leonards Park Master Plan for North Sydney Council. These master plans were based on a detailed understanding of place and developed with a focus on the rich heritage of the two sites - an area in which Allison has a particular interest.

Allison’s academic achievements are significant; she was awarded first class honours and the University Medal for Landscape Architecture from the University of NSW. Allison has been the recipient of several awards, including the AILA NSW Future Leaders Student Award (1st prize) and the Landscape Architecture Australia Magazine Student Prize (national winner) for excellence in her graduating studio project. While undertaking her bachelor degree, Allison travelled to Venice to study at the Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV), and participated in an intensive two-week interdisciplinary studio where Italian and Australian students worked together on an urban renewal project in the west of the historic Italian city. Allison was also nominated for the 2016 HASSELL Travelling Scholarship - Robin Edmond Award.


  • Wiley Park Landscape Masterplan, City of Canterbury Bankstown, 2018

  • Discovery Centre, Centennial Park, 2018

  • St Ursula’s College, Kingsgrove, 2018

  • Inner West Recreation Strategy, Inner West Council, 2018

  • St Leonards Park, North Sydney Council, 2017

  • Cronulla Public Domain Master Plan, Sutherland Shire Council, 2017

  • Lighthorse Park Landscape Assessment, Liverpool City Council, 2017

  • Prince Alfred Square Master Plan, City of Parramatta, 2016

  • ACT Catchments, ACT Government, 2016

  • Burton and Palmer Streetscape Upgrade, City of Sydney, 2015

  • ‘Cool Streets’ Pilot Project, Blacktown City Council, 2015

  • Green Square Quality of Landscape Study, City of Sydney, 2015

  • Banksia and Arncliffe Priority Precinct Master Plan, 2015

2017 - AILA National Award of Excellence, Cool Streets Pilot Project
2017 - AILA NSW Award of Excellence, Cool Streets Pilot Project
2017 - AILA NSW Award of Excellence, Green Square Quality of
Landscape Study
2016 - University Medal for Landscape Architecture
2016 - Nomination, HASSELL Travelling Scholarship - Robin Edmond Award
2015 - Landscape Architecture Australia Magazine Student Prize
(national winner)
2015 - Australian Institute of Landscape Architects NSW Future Student Leader Award (1st Prize)

"Allison Sainty is a young designer with an amazing future ahead of her. She received a glowing commendation from the UNSW, where her outstanding results have been highlighted as some of the highest achieved throughout the history of the course. Her assignments have demonstrated her skills as a designer to be capable of negotiating many scales and types of problems. In her group work, she led with clarity and purpose, and steered the team towards well resolved outcomes. Her leadership was recently tested through her selection as the sole landscape architect to take part in a two week intensive international design studio in Venice.

Allison is not new to the design industry, having previously completed an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design which she has used for over ten years in the workforce prior to commencing full time study in 2012. She has a love of travel and has taken extended periods to explore her love of built, natural and social environments. The Jury observed that this background has provided the perfect launching pad for the success she has achieved in her studies at UNSW. This success was consistent throughout her studies, and this was evidenced through her listing on the Dean’s merit list each semester.

Her outlook is diverse and bold, and she sees the role of the landscape architect ranging from storytelling through heritage interpretation to influencing the many challenges and opportunities posed by rapid urbanisation, including density, housing diversity, accessibility and resiliency. Allison plans to undertake future studies, at which we are sure she will excel, however in the near term she is now excited to be joining the workforce and gaining some real world landscape experience at Gallagher Studio."