Nick Robinson, Principal

Professional affiliations: CMLI, NZILA(Reg), ProfaccredGDSNZ, MIHort.

Academic qualifications: MA (Landscape Architecture) Sheffield, HND (Landscape and Horticultural Technology), York.

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 and winning awards for innovative cemetery design, urban landscape and town centre rejuvenation.

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 third edition, published 2016) and many journal and web articles (see the publications pages of this website). He 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

Professional affiliations: member NZILA. 

Academic qualifications: BLA (Bachelor Landscape Architecture) Lincoln University, NCH (National Certificate Horticulture / Organic)

Carl has more than 12 years experience designing and implementing public and private landscapes across New Zealand with an emphasis on sustainability in landscape design, construction and management and a special interest in productive plants. 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, sustainability centres and urban farms, large acreage lifestyle blocks, and urban residential gardens.

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vira feng, associate

Professional affiliations: member NZILA

Academic qualifications: MUDD (Master of Urban Development & Design) University of New South Wales, BLA (Bachelor Landscape Architecture)

Vira has more than 14 years experience designing and implementing public and private landscapes across New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and China. Before joining Nick Robinson as associate she was involved in the design and project management in a wide range of projects from master planning, urban design, infrastructure, institutional development, streetscape enhancement, local parks and private residential developments.  She also has experience in taking the leading role in multi-disciplinary consultancy management, procurement advice and contract management for projects.  

During her practice in Australia and Hong Kong, Vira developed a particular expertise in complex infrastructure projects in the Highway and Metro transportation sector and the urban renewal and redevelopment projects. The combination of overseas’ experience and knowledge of the local environment has provided Vira with a refreshing insight into designing landscape spaces.