Stephen Vigilante is the director of Vigilante Landscape Architecture Pty Ltd (est. 2005). He is based in the regional centre of Geraldton in Western Australia.
Stephen grew up in the Murchison-Gascoyne region of Western Australia from 1976-1993.
In 1995 he commenced a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture course at the University of Western Australia. The UWA course was co-located with the Architecture and Fine Arts courses, so he gained significant exposure and was inspired by students, staff and coursework across all three schools.
The idea of a multi-disciplinary approach to Landscape Architecture became apparent to him early in his learning, with Craig Burton the founding lecturer of the UWA landscape architecture course, having combined qualifications in architecture and landscape architecture as too did Walter Burley Griffen (1976-1937), whose work forms a key text in the history of landscape architecture in Australia. On completing his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1999, Stephen formally extended his studies into architecture at UWA by completing the Bachelor of Environmental Design in 2001.
Within the landscape architecture course he was heavily influenced by his key teachers and pioneers of the UWA course – Craig Burton, Richard Weller and Grant Revell – whom offered distinct and diverse approaches to the field of study.
In 2002, Stephen returned to Geraldton and began his professional career with the then Department of Conservation and Land Management, working with the Regional Leader Parks and Visitor Services Midwest Region as a landscape architect.
In 2004 he moved to the Kimberley Region taking on a contract as a National Park Ranger, this led to further project management work in protected areas in the region and a long term working relationship with Purnululu World Heritage Area.
In 2005 he commenced a Master of Architecture at UWA, studying part-time whilst continuing to work on a project basis for the Department of Conservation and Land Management (later the Department of Environment and Conservation).
In 2005 he also formed Vigilante Landscape Architecture Pty Ltd. and began working on independent landscape architecture and land management projects whilst commencing undergraduate architectural work including contract documentation for a number of remote Aboriginal community buildings with Greg Eastman of Eastman Polletti Sherwood Architects in Geraldton and then a number of Geraldton-based residential and commercial projects with Corey Jones Architect.
From 2006-2010 Stephen took on the role of Caring for Country Unit Coordinator with Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, the native title regional representative body for the Midwest and Pilbara regions.
In 2010 he completed the Master of Architecture at UWA, allowing him to formally expand his business to take on architectural projects.