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Mr. Grant A Donald

Creative Director

Design for an ageing population

Languages : English - Native, Mandarin - Basic


Grant is a Shanghai based prize-winning Australian Urban designer/ Landscape Architect focused on creating nurturing environments for the elderly. He has 35 years experience in the design & development of urban, suburban & rural projects around the world, with 20 years work experience in Australia the Asia Pacific Region & 10 years in the Middle East. He has worked and/or lectured in 40 cities globally including lecturing at Universities in Abu Dhabi, Ankara, Beijing, Dubai, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Nairobi, Perth, Prague, St.Petersburg and Shanghai. His experience covers large-scale strategic and master plan designs as well as recreation and open space strategies and policies. His design experience includes working on projects such as "The Palm" in Dubai, Durrat Al Bahrain and Expo Shanghai as well as working as an advisor on iconic projects such as Shanghai Disneyland and the Presidential Palace Abu Dhabi. Grant also had a roving ambassadorial role with the International Federation of Landscape Architects which entailed working globally with students and governments to further the cause of the federation. In this role Grant was one of the initial coordinators for the development of the profession in Africa. He also assisted UNESCO for the development of world heritage sites in China (Da Zou & Suzhou) as well as providing advisory assistance to them for the development of Qur’anic gardens in the Middle east. Along with his experience as a landscape architect and designer he is considered a renown keynote speaker and champion of the profession of landscape architecture. In his current role as Creative Director of Silk Tree International he is championing the use of open space and parks to promote Active Ageing. His theories on the development of open space systems for the elderly has seen him lecture on the subject in Beijing, Shanghai, San Francisco, Washington, and the UK. His approach to aged care and open spaces see him as one of the worlds most innovative designers.


Streetscapes for public and wildlife alike
World Congress of Parks

Streetscape Design

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Street and Road Landscape Design
Australian Engineers Journal

Streetscape Design

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Campus Planning
Landscape Design China

The complexities of Campus Planning in China

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Security Design and CCD
Landscape Australia

Camouflage, Concealment and Deception in design

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Sustainability of Cultural Landscapes
Construction Weekly, Middle East

How to design and maintain a significant cultural Landscape

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Sustainability of Urban Development
Construction Weekly, Middle East

The need to be sympathetic with societal needs in a large scale development

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Green Roofs and Green Infrastructure
New World Design

The design and development of Green roofs

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Longevity Park
China Connections

Longevity Park, Beijing

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Area of Expertise

Design guidelines and policy development

Landscape Design

Master Planning

Urban Design


Australian Institue of Landscape Architects

Shanghai Society of Landscape Architects

International Federation of Landscape Architects

Previous Chair of the Africa Committee for IFLA


Health Care - Facilities

Elder Care

Training and Development

Program Development

Architecture and Planning



University of New South Wales, Australia : Landscape Architecture

The University of Melbourne :

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