Nick Robinson, Principal

Nick Robinson CMLI, MIHort, MA (Landscape Architecture) Sheffield, HND (Landscape and Horticultural Technology), York. Landscape Architect and Practice Principal.

Nick has twenty years’ plus experience of landscape architecture professional practice in New Zealand and Britain. Before setting up his own practice he worked on significant landscape projects across the North of England as a Landscape Architect for Arnold Weddle, for Rotherham Metropolitan Council, and as Design Principal for ECUS, the Environmental Consultancy of the University of Sheffield. This work included a number of award winning landscapes of industry, new roads, campuses, urban regeneration and parks. Nick has worked for over 10 years in New Zealand, gaining broad experience of landscape design in the varied natural and cultural landscapes of the South Pacific.

In addition to professional practice, Nick has taught landscape architecture at universities in the UK (Sheffield and Gloucestershire), USA (Cal Poly) and New Zealand (Lincoln and UNITEC) and has a range of publications to his credit including the Planting Design Handbook (now in its revised second edition) and journal articles. He has recently completed a sabbatical period working and studying at the Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield, UK, with a focus on current thinking on ecological approaches to urban design and innovations in planting design for biodiversity, and working with international experts on urban ecology, green roofs and green walls.

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Carl Pickens, Associate

Carl Pickens BLA (Bachelor Landscape Architecture) NCH (National Certificate Horticulture / Organic), member NZILA. Associate. 

Carl has more than 12 years experience designing and implementing public and private landscapes across New Zealand. His background includes project management for Auckland Council, landscape design and construction in Europe, biodynamic farming in Canterbury, and many years in private practice.

Carl has won several awards including gold and silver distinction medals for his exhibition gardens at the Ellerslie International Flower Show, where he promoted the use of ecological design techniques and materials. His current projects include eco-subdivisions and ecovillage design, school landscapes, large acreage lifestyle blocks, and urban residential gardens.