local is a collective of established Landscape Architects with a commitment to advancing our experience and respect of our surroundings through collaboration and creativity. Together with a network of like-minded specialists we respond to local needs with bespoke design teams conceived around unique project requirements. Our vision proposes an innovative way of working that nimbly responds to the individual needs of our clients, communities and environment. We work collectively to enable meaningful designs that strive to be a universal benchmark while remaining local.
Mark is a registered member of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects and studied landscape architecture, ecology and resource management at Lincoln University in Canterbury, before moving to Melbourne and then London to work on a range of public and private realm projects. Since starting his own practice in Wellington 14 years ago, Mark has established himself as one of New Zealand’s foremost garden designers and his award winning work is regularly featured in books and magazines. Through his work on over 60 school projects, including 20 in Christchurch as part of its earthquake recovery program, Mark has developed a special interest in educational and playground design. Mark also has a special interest in tikanga maori and culturally specific design projects as well as advanced skills in large scale master planning, social housing design, retirement and healthcare design, ecological and water sensitive design as well as landscape and visual effect mitigation.
Dan is a registered member of the New Zealand institute of Landscape Architects and received his postgraduate and degree in landscape architecture from Leeds Beckett University following studies in the UK and USA. He has almost 20 years experience as a Landscape Architect working in the UK, USA, China and, for the past 10 years, New Zealand. With a focus on collaboration Dan has been responsible for a collection of local and high profile projects throughout the UK and New Zealand. He has worked closely with clients and specialist teams to deliver some of New Zealand’s most loved and award winning landscapes, ranging from the gardens of Government House to the Kumutoto precinct of Wellington Waterfront. With a passion for the environment, and our connection to it Dan has written articles and been published across the world, while continuing to ensure his work is local, a collaboration with the client, community and it’s context.
Kate is a registered member of the New Zealand institute of Landscape Architects and received her postgraduate and degree in landscape architecture from Leeds Beckett University in the UK. Kate has almost 20 years’ experience as a Landscape Architect working on a range of projects from public waterfronts, urban parks, educational institutions and residential projects in the UK, USA, China and, for the past 10+ years, New Zealand. With a focus on high quality sensitive public realm design, Kate has been project landscape architect and engineer to the contract on a wide range of high profile projects, helping to deliver some of New Zealand’s most admired and award winning landscapes. With a passion for highly functional landscapes which respond to their settings environmentally, historically and culturally, Kate has a high level of organisation skills that ensures timely and thorough delivery of projects for Clients.
James has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with honours from Lincoln University. In 2017 James became a Registered member of the NZILA. While James’ experience is predominantly in New Zealand he has also worked in Australia and the UK. James has experience in a range of projects including schools, parks and reserves, ecological restoration, urban regeneration, neighbourhoods and communities and residential. Driven by a robust multi-layered approach to all projects, James’ focus on culturally meaningful, ecologically sensitive and inspiring design is key to providing quality spaces, places and outcomes.
Martha has spent 5 years practicing as a Landscape Architect in the UK. She has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with honours and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture, from Birmingham City University, UK. In 2016, Martha became a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (Royal Chartered body for Landscape Architects, UK).
Martha has a special interest in art and design, as well as an affinity for the natural environment. She carries a range of experience in both large and small-scale projects throughout a variety of sectors including; education, residential, recreation and urban public realm.
Daniel McEwan graduated with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Unitec New Zealand in 2012 and has since gained broad experience in landscape architecture. With a demonstrated history of working in the commercial & residential sectors of the industry, he is skilled in site planning, sustainable design, play-space and educational design with a background in photography and visualisation. Daniel has a passion for projects that have a strong sense of community, providing social and environmental equity to our local and national economy.
Carolina joined us in 2018 following her immigration to New Zealand from her home country Chile, with her family. With 4 years of experience working on high-density residential projects, she provides efficient and high quality design, documentation and contract administration with us on a wide range of private and public realm projects, learning fast about our culture and contributing from hers. Carolina has a strong interest in large-scale projects with special attention to detail and construction.
Michael graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Masters in Philosophy from the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, and Victoria University in Wellington with a Bachelor of Design specialising in Landscape Architecture. He has spent the last five years working within research and academia in the fields of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism. Michael has a strong interest in the relationship between design and the social roles of public and communal spaces.
Hossein has more than 9 years’ experience in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning. He has been involved in various high-profile development projects, within Europe while working in an Austrian urban planning consultant. In 2014, He got his Master Degree in Architecture and Urban Designing focusing on the spatial configuration of public open spaces in residential areas”. He is currently undertaking a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington looking at the Urban Design criteria in the temporary event planning process in urban squares.
Thaddeus is the newest graduate on the Local team. He received his degree in landscape architecture at Victoria University in Wellington in 2018 finishes his master’s thesis exploring the development and social potential of sacred spaces within Wellington in early 2019. Thad has an interest in experimenting with inner city spaces, testing their spatial limits and programmatic potential.
Francesca Di Leva
Fran is our most recent intern here at Local and is currently undergoing her Masters qualification in Landscape Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington. Fran has a passion for creating spaces that provoke thought and conversation, while encompassing practicality and ultimately enriching its users, both human and non human. Fran’s inspiration is driven by truly understanding, the tangible and intangible aspects of space and the connection to people, regardless of how big or small the scale.