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 RIVA 1920, 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 US 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 has hosted The Apartment – Asia’s biggest reality show.
2019 saw Jamie Durie join the House Rules family as the new expert design judge. Using his experience as an award-winning international designer to both mentor and judge the contestant’s rooms, alongside fellow design and style experts, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Wendy Moore. House Rules returns for its eighth season in 2020, with new hosts Jamie will move from his role as judge, taking on the position of host.
This is another step towards Jamie spending more time back on home soil and we love seeing him showcase his design expertise and creativity in this top rating Seven Network Show. Jamie is also currently hosting Australia by Design, exploring the beauty and creativity of extraordinary design in Australia through four disciplines – Architecture, Innovations, Landscapes & Gardens and Interiors.
Jamie Durie’s Groundswell is a revolutionary content project that will change the way people connect with global environmental issues. Distributed across multiple digital platforms, it will celebrate the great people, ideas and innovations in Australia and around the world, and inspire viewers to make sustainable choices in their lives. Groundswell is a direct response to the apathy and disinterest of traditional media outlets to the extensive work being done around the world to find better ways for humans to exist on planet earth. Jamie Durie’s Groundswell will also look at what corporations and industry are doing to change the planet for the better, including energy projects, architecture, agriculture and healthcare.
These stories will help people realise that their desire for sustainable change is shared by people all over the world.
Flashing back to Jamie’s days in Manpower Australia back in the 1990s – Jamie is dusting off his dancing shoes and is appearing on Channel 7’s new show The Real Dirty Dancing, which has Jamie and the rest of the cast on location in Virginia where they filmed the Dirty Dancing film, to recreate all the magic moments and perform the routine in front of a live audience of die-hard Dirty Dancing fans.
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.
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