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Jamie
Durie

Garden designer par excellence.

Profile

Jamie Durie is an award-winning international designer and author, with over two decades of design experience.

Current work
Since launching his own design business, Durie Design, in 1998, Jamie has received more than 33 international design awards, while building a strong reputation as one of the most knowledgeable and innovative designers in the industry.

Durie Design was born in the field of landscape architecture, giving the practice the foundation of its design philosophy. Today, Durie Design has evolved into a multi-disciplinary design practice, specialising in the areas of architecture, interior design, landscaping, and Jamie’s greatest passion - furniture design.

Previous experience
A gifted designer, Jamie’s first furniture collection was created over a decade ago in 2003 and has since retailed in more than 200 department stores throughout Australia. After a successful launch in Europe, Jamie’s collections continue to sell today in over 16 European countries. This includes his collection for the renowned Milan-based furniture manufacturer RIVA1920, which launched in 2013, with a second collection launched in 2016. With over two decades in the industry, Jamie and his team have become famous for creating seamless transitions between the indoors and out. In all of his designs, Jamie’s key focus is enabling a greater connection to the outdoors in a carefully considered environment where furniture takes inspiration from nature.

In addition to his design work, Jamie is also a passionate and committed environmentalist. At present, Jamie works with numerous environmental organisations dedicated to conservation and sustainable design practice.

Awards:
In honour of his work in the area over the last two decades, Jamie was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2013 for Services to the Environment & Design, while in 2004, he received the Centenary Medal for Services to the Environment, Television, and the Community. A committed and passionate environmentalist, Jamie has greatly impacted the face of landscape design, inspiring a whole new generation to rediscover their gardens again by showing them how to truly live outdoors.

Author:
On top of his dedication to his environmental work, Jamie has also managed to author several best-selling books, including Jamie Durie’s The Outdoor Room, Outdoor Kids, Patio: Garden Design & Inspiration, and Edible Garden Design, amongst many others. Jamie’s books aim to introduce readers to the art of landscape and interior design, sharing his knowledge and passion in a way that both educates and inspires.

Television
As well as this, Jamie has also hosted over 52 prime-time lifestyle/design shows on television, airing in over 90 countries worldwide. Since his debut on Oprah - where he made regular appearances as a celebrity designer - Jamie has also hosted The Outdoor Room and Green Home TV, and Outback Nation in the US. In Asia, Jamie hosts The Apartment - Asia’s biggest reality show. Similarly, in Australia, Jamie is a guest celebrity presenter on the Logie winning The Living Room.

Expertise
Talking Points

Cultivate for Long-Term Growth

Using the principles of good gardening and letting nature be our teacher, Jamie draws on wisdoms learnt by viewing nature and the creation of the garden as a metaphor for life.

Sustainable Gardening: Looking Toward a Sustainable Future

Jamie looks at the important questions we face today and what sort of Australia we want to leave to our children. The future is not somewhere we are going, but something we are creating right here, right now with every decision, action and choice we make.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Jamie's observations on global garden/landscaping design trends.

Urban Renewal

Jamie discusses how forward thinking city dwellers are sowing a green revolution amidst our urban skyscrapers, greening our concrete jungles by planting gardens in the smallest and most innovative of spaces.

The Secret Garden

Jamie discusses his whole outdoor room philosophy - whilst many may think he is in the business of gardening, he sees himself as being in the business of wellbeing.

Climate Change

As an official Climate Change Presenter, trained by Al Gore, Jamie speaks of the real impacts of Climate Change and what we can do to help turn the tide.

The Human Garden

Jamie explains the connection that we as humans have to our gardens and what we need to do to make the gardens that we create more friendly, interactive and therefore, human! How do we take our gardens to that next level to gain the emotional experiences and to enhance our contact with the outside?

The Outdoor Room

Jamie explains his Outdoor Room Philosophy and why the whole world is embracing it. Covers all emerging outdoor room trends from around the globe.

Going Native

Jamie talks about the importance of creating Native Australian gardens - why it's not only good for the environment but also how important it is to create natural habitats for native fauna.

Where It All Began

Jamie takes you through the landscape of his own journey in the garden design industry. How he first got started in the business and how he got to where he is now.
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Jamie was the perfect choice for our event. He was very professional, incredibly motivating and inspiring and had a fabulous amount of energy for such a busy person. He has achieved much success in his career and this was a positive message for our staff, to drive them to follow their dreams and win! Telstra Corporation
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