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

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Jamie is currently based in both Sydney and LA, where he continues to do what he loves – creating beautiful, innovative and sustainable designs both inside the home and out, and connecting people with the environment around them.

Some of Jamie’s notable achievements and personal highlights include:

33 garden design awards nationally and internationally, with invitations to exhibit and compete at shows around the globe, including Australia, USA, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia and the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in the UK.
Gold medal – Chelsea Flower Show, London.
Gold medal – Sydney in Bloom, Australia.
Gold medal – Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Australia.
Gold medal – Singapore Garden Show, Singapore.
Gold medal – Ellerslie International Flower Show, New Zealand.
Design and Innovation Award – Pacific Flora.
International (World Garden Competition), Japan.
Excellence in Construction Award – Pacific Flora International (World Garden Competition), Japan.
Urban Design Institute of Australia awards for Triptych project, 2011.
Large-scale designs and resorts around the world, including the US, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Morocco and Dubai.
Best-selling author of 9 garden design and inspiration books, including: 100 Gardens, Jamie Durie’s The Outdoor Room, Outside, The Source Book Editions 1 and 2, Inspired, Outdoor Kids, The Outdoor Room and Patio—Garden Design and Inspiration.
Completed the Al Gore Climate Project Training course and is now an official Al Gore Climate Project Presenter.
Hosted the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Spirituality and Sustainability Forum with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Ambassador for Plan International for 9 years.
Ambassador for Children’s Cancer Institute for 8 years.
Ambassador for Planet Ark and Planet Ark’s National Tree Day initiative for 11 years.
Ambassador for Earth Hour for 3 years.
Ambassador and former board member of the Royal Botanic Gardens Trust for 7 years.
Awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Television and the Australian Community by the former Prime Minister of Australia Mr John Howard.
Medal from the Order of Australia for service to the community as an ambassador and supporter of a range of charitable and environmental organisations and as a landscape designer.
2001 Individual Logie award for Most Popular New Male Talent.
6 consecutive Logie awards for Backyard Blitz for Most Popular
Lifestyle Program.
EMA Award (Environmental Media Association Award) for HGTV Green Home 2011.
Executive Producer for Jamie’s Journey – Hope for Uganda’s Children, and Jamie’s Journey with the Children of India. Both were produced in conjunction with Plan International for HIV Aids awareness in Uganda and awareness of the challenges and successes Plan’s early childhood care programs are having throughout India. The program aired in Australia on the Nine Network.