About Orterra

Orterra is a Brisbane based Landscape Architecture practice creating spaces where the community and individuals can feel connected to place. Landscape Architecture has the ability to establish an identity for a community. It enables greater access to the natural spaces around them and creates memorable experiences for all who interact with it. We work across a variety of projects from large to small, with our clients and projects including:
  • Local government parks and streetscapes Bikeways and road infrastructure
  • Residential and community master planned developments
  • Commercial and mixed-use developments Schools, kindergarten’s and childcare centres - through our close working relationship with Nature Play Queensland
Our team is agile and we collaborate with our clients through an open and engaged process. We have the ability to pivot and adjust with the evolving needs of a project to achieve big results and make your vision a reality. For all of our projects, the goal has been to deliver not only a landscape that integrates seamlessly with the overall planning and design, but also to enhance biodiversity in a way that our communities embrace. Bringing these projects to life enhances, engages and conserves our culture and environment, and above all, creates Places People Love.

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Site Analysis

Site analysis is the study of climatic, historical, geographical, cultural, and legal…

Community Consultation

Orterra enjoys working together with communities. Providing them with a voice through…

Landscape Sketch and Concept Design

Orterra prides itself on development landscape sketch and concept design which meet…

Development Application and Operational Works Drawings

Orterra provides advice to clients for development applications and operational works applications.…


Orterra develops landscape masterplans that bring together practice, theory and user needs…

Play and Nature Play Playground Design

Orterra is an advocate for children’s play in all forms. We have…

About Debbie

Debbie Laporte

Debbie Laporte is the founding Director of Orterra, a Brisbane based Landscape Architecture practice.

As a registered landscape architect with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and over 15 years’ experience working extensively within Australia and Europe, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every project.

Debbie is a passionate advocate for landscape and its ability to connect people to place. Her love of nature and biodiversity, partnered with an inherent understanding of the design of outdoor spaces, ensures each project captures the essence of its community.

Working closely with clients – from engineering firms to local governments, schools, commercial and residential developers – she provides professional advice and design services that enhance the process and outcomes their projects.
Debbie’s experience delivers landscapes that are connected and engaged with their communities to create Places People Love.