Director / Lead Designer / Project Manager
Tim Yuen is the Lead Designer and Project Manager at Skate Sculpture, having designed many of WA’s most acclaimed skate parks including Forrestfield, Mosman Park, Byford, Beyond Skate North Perth and Beyond Skate Whitford.
Beginning skateboarding at the age of four, Tim is still an active skateboarder who frequently skates the parks he designs. This extra invested interest gives him the upmost dedication in ensuring his designs reach full functionality, whilst positively contributing to the diversification of the WA skate park landscape. As Project Manager, Tim works closely with the construction teams on all Skate Sculpture projects to achieve world class standards.
When he isn’t designing skate parks or riding them, Tim is strongly involved with the youth community on a regular basis. He served as the director of the Beaufort Street Festival Family Zone in 2013 and 2014, continues to program activities for West Australian juvenile arthritis camp, and works as a consultant to various youth organisations.
MAT DE KONING
Director / Community Engagement / Co-Designer / Filmmaker
Mat de Koning uses filmmaking, public speaking and event coordination to advocate for positive change in the ongoing development of youth facilities. As a co-founder of Skate Sculpture, he strives to ensure all Skate Sculpture projects are delivered in alignment to his forward thinking vision for skate facility implementation.
In 2010, his public spaces documentary Share Path Skate Path, a social experiment that asks ‘cam skateboarders co-exist with the pubic in open spaces’ received high praise from the Tony Hawk Foundation for its effectiveness in communicating an important youth issue. He has been a guest speaker at many conferences and universities including RMIT, Curtin, University, and the annual Planning Institute Australia conference.
As part of his ongoing advocacy work, Mat has documented innovative public spaces throughout Australia, the U.K, Europe and North America, where, in 2015 he undertook an internship with Canadian based New Line Skate Parks, the world leaders in integrated skate facilities.
For his work in community arts facilitation, filmmaking and youth advocacy, Mat has been awarded the City of Bayswater Active Citizen of the Year Award, and the West Australian Young Filmmaker of The Year Award. As the Co-Founder of Skate Sculpture, Mat believes strongly is the positive impact of harnessing community involvement in all Skate Sculpture projects, from planning, right through to the documentation of Skate Sculpture designed facilities.