Jem hails from a multi-disciplinary design background and draws on many of these influences in his work. Growing up in Western Australia sparked a lifelong interest in both plants and the outdoors, which developed through his travels and led him to landscape design.
He studied design at Curtin University, before moving to the UK and working for traditional architect Charles Morris. In 2004, Jem joined the renowned Heatherwick Studio where he was a key designer on a number of their projects, including Longchamp's flagship store in New York and the UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo.
In 2008, he decided to focus on landscape and spent a year designing and building gardens in Europe and Australia, before joining eminent landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith. Jem was an Associate at the practice, designing and managing large scale projects in the UK, France, Switzerland, Spain and USA.
Jem moved back to Australia in late 2017 and set up Jem Hanbury Studio. He is currently working in Australia and Bali, as well as consulting for Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd on international projects.