POMO are specialists in urban design and delivery projects that have a placemaking focus. We collaborate with landscape architects and local governments on projects for public places that seek to tap into and express the narratives of place and the aspirations of the community.
We also have a long history in communication design including graphic, brand and digital and we therefore bring a visual rigor to everything we do.
Stephen is founder and design director of POMO having started the business in the late 90’s. Stephen has evolved the practice by focusing not just on the design of ‘things’ but on the design of experiences, in particular the process of generating connections between people and physical places. This has led to a focus on design and delivery projects that have a placemaking focus.
Stephen has an undergraduate degree in Arts (Media and Culture) and Law (Hons) and postgraduate qualifications in Urban Design and Planning. He has also studied Art History & Theory.
John holds a Bachelor of the Built Environment (Architectural Studies) and a Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts (Graphic Design). John is a senior designer with a unique skill set that spans graphic, environmental and built environment design.
John’s background in architecture means he understands the built environment and how people experience spaces.
Nathan works to translate design into practice, using a logical approach to define the hidden structure and foundation of a digital project, working on the parts you don’t see in order to ensure the stability and usability of the parts you do.
He enjoys problem solving, regularly challenging himself with difficult puzzles and practicing logical thinking, his work consists of looking at the goals and expectations of a digital project, defining an efficient way to meet those criteria and then implementing it.
Nathan has a Certificate IV in Website Design and Development and a Bachelor of Interactive Media at QUT.
Richard works to build frameworks of cultural heritage and identity that inform design strategies adopted by POMO for urban revitalisation and placemaking projects.
His passions lie in the realm of human centred design, where spaces and places are designed to enhance liveability and add value to the surrounding environment. His current research area is determining to what extent does built form (Materials, street geometry etc) influence urban microclimates and add to Urban Heat Island and the relationship this has with the use of public space. Richard is currently completing his Urban Design and Town Planning studies at the University of The Sunshine Coast.
We research, engage, report and carry out all phases of design and project delivery - a unique beginning to end methodology that helps create meaningful, rich, highly bespoke urban environments that are deeply connected to the people and places in which they exist.
When we set out to design our studio we approached it like any design project, we began by identifying the priorities and creating a strategic framework to guide the decision making.
The initial priority was to create something simple to build, something sustainable, creatively inspiring and something that was cost effective. Through research it became clear that achieving these things was not necessarily difficult.
Working with the landscape design team POMO were able to create a number of key design initiatives that would contribute to the locally inspired placemaking program and deliver on practical community needs.
POMO was engaged to design and construct a number of landscape elements. Each element was custom designed and born from the uniqueness of Palmwoods, they reference local history, using locally sourced materials and were being made collaboratively with local craftspeople and artisans.
Underlying this was a larger design and management process run by POMO involving construction design, design reporting, engineering certification, construction and project management and installation on-site. A true multidisciplinary and multi-skilled program with a wide range of stakeholders and projects participants.
The project won the Excellence Award at the 2018 Queensland AILA awards for Civic Design. It also won gold in the same category at the national awards.