Bruce takes a step towards retirement

December 18, 2017


As many of you will be aware, over the past year Bruce Echberg has been transitioning to retirement. While he will continue to be involved in the practice, Bruce will be reducing his hours in 2018 to spend more time with his family and travel.


In 1981, Bruce established Urban Initiatives after gaining qualifications as an architect, urban designer and landscape architect, and working in number of private and public practices locally and internationally. Founded in the front room of his Princes Hill home, the firm was runner up the 1984 Royal Park Design Competition which provided the practice with significant recognition and momentum.


From those humble beginnings, Bruce built and established a highly renowned landscape architecture and urban design firm – one that now has offices in Melbourne and Tasmania, and currently employs 16 professionals. His abundance of knowledge across multiple fields and his passion for quality design in the built environment has seen Urban Initiatives establish itself as a multi-award winning and long standing firm with significant projects across Australia.

In addition to his work with Urban Initiatives, Bruce has significantly contributed to the profession – as a lecturer at RMIT for many years, being actively involved in the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and the co-founder and Secretary of Urban Design Forum, a not for profit initiative formed to encourage better design of our cities, towns and regions.

Bruce has continued to serve the industry by providing a place for professionals to work and gain experience. With a wealth of knowledge, calm demeanor and uncompromising ethics, Bruce has been an invaluable guide and mentor to innumerable aspiring and experienced landscape architects.


We extend our sincere thanks to Bruce and wish him, and Kerry, all the very best in their (semi) retirement and travels.


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