The Hansen team culture is built on pride and passion for our work

The multidisciplinary nature of our practice applies to not only what we do, but how we do it. Our services may be defined by the fields of urban planning, urban design and landscape architecture, but in reality we apply a spirit of collaboration to everything we do.

Emily Harrod standing in city laneway

Emily Harrod

Senior Planner

Emily Harrod

Senior Planner


Emily comes to Hansen Partnership having graduated with First Class Honours from RMIT in 2016 and with a solid background in private practice.

With her sound client relationship management skills and ability to write concise and accurate statutory planning reports as well as assist with VCAT planning expert evidence statements for small, medium and large scale residential, mixed use and commercial developments, Emily is a highly valued member of Hansen Partnership’s busy planning team.

Emily’s passion for planning is centred on the opportunity to provide positive environments for people, housing affordability and projects that have, at their heart, a social conscience.


Contact Emily Harrod
  • development and land use applications
  • project management
  • statutory planning risk assessment
  • affordable housing
  • urban design review and advice
  • planning scheme amendments
Nick Jenkinson standing in city laneway

Nick Jenkinson

Senior Landscape Architect

Nick Jenkinson

Senior Landscape Architect


Nick is a Senior Landscape Architect at Hansen Partnership with five years’ experience working on a range of projects including greenfield developments, public realm, mixed-use developments and infrastructure projects.

Dedicated and creative, Nick enjoys the process of transforming a design concept to the built environment using smart solutions in a resourceful way. While being respectful to design themes and the environment, Nick quickly builds rapport and works collaboratively with clients, consultants, contractors and communities to achieve the best possible built project outcomes.

With considerable experience in contract administration as well as design and documentation, Nick is an efficient and detail oriented Senior Landscape Architect who is able to manage a range of complex projects and their key deliverables in a timely way. Technically and commercially intuitive, he understands the importance and value of using resources wisely to ensure projects are delivered on time and to budget.

Nick’s particular passion for public realm sees his experience and insight come to the fore with his unique understanding of how people use public realm and the relationship with built outcomes, ensuring his design solutions fit seamlessly with the environment resulting in intuitive use and interaction.

Following a philosophy of maximizing the urban forest, Nick believes the introduction of vegetation and greening of our environment, both indoors and out, is important to making our cities, suburbs and towns not only liveable but enjoyable.


Contact Nick Jenkinson
  • public realm
  • podium landscape
  • construction detail and documentation
Danielle Jewson standing in city laneway

Danielle Jewson

Senior Urban Designer

Danielle Jewson

Senior Urban Designer


Danielle joined Hansen Partnership in 2013 during her final year of university. Having previously worked in statutory planning, urban design and landscape architecture fields, she brings an integrated perspective to her design-centred role. Her experience extends to both regional and metropolitan local governments instilling a thorough appreciation of the vast complexities involved within individual projects in varying contexts.

Danielle maintains strong interests within the academic realm of landscape architecture and design theory, previously working as an editor for Kerb Journal of Landscape Architecture – an annual cross-disciplinary design publication produced by the RMIT University School of Architecture and Design.

Danielle’s multi-disciplinary background embraces an extensive realm of design disciplines from conceptual design development to design analysis. She has been involved in a variety of urban planning, landscape architecture and urban design projects including master plans, frameworks and structure plans, visual assessments, urban design guidelines and assessments, development applications and expert evidence.


Contact Danielle Jewson
  • urban design and public realm analysis
  • urban context assessment
  • urban design frameworks and structure plans
  • urban design guidelines
  • landscape concept plans
  • master planning
  • strategic planning
  • activity centre planning
  • regional and rural planning
  • GIS data analysis and production (Mapinfo, QGIS)
Joel Schmetzer standing in city laneway

Joel Schmetzer

Senior Planner

Joel Schmetzer

Senior Planner


Joel is a Masters qualified urban planner who brings to Hansen a solid knowledge base, with a strong theoretical foundation and practical understanding of planning. This has been honed through his management of a diverse range of strategic and statutory projects for both public and private clients.

Joel has a particularly keen interest in the intersection of urban settlements and the wider natural environment, and ensuring this relationship is managed in sustainable and innovative ways. His passion for planning is derived from a desire to create sustainable settlements and embed climate resilience within communities.

By utilising his strong critical and analytic skills, Joel brings this passion to strategic projects, which to date have involved a range of strategies, structure plans, township plans, character studies, and research-based projects such as discussion papers and policy reviews.

Joel’s exceptional ability to interpret policy and communicate detailed arguments has also been a vital asset for achieving successful outcomes across a range of residential, commercial, and industrial planning applications, and VCAT appeals in both urban and rural contexts.


Contact Joel Schmetzer
  • strategic planning
  • research and policy review
  • development and land use applications
  • statutory planning risk assessment
  • community engagement and consultation