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AN AWARD-WINNING LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, CLAUDIA HAS A PASSION FOR INCORPORATING SUSTAINABLE, CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES INTO A PROJECT IN ORDER TO PUSH BOUNDARIES

With a degree in Architectural Studies and a Masters in Landscape Architecture, Claudia joined the 4Sight team in March 2019 as a Landscape Architect.

Currently working alongside our Landscape and Urban Design team, she is the lead designer on a project for Kimi Ora School, a decile 1 primary school in the Hawkes Bay. The aim of the project is to design a collection of engaging, challenging and educational outdoor spaces that connect the 50% Maori / 50% Pacifica students, and their whanau, with their rohe (region). The design will reflect the student’s cultural identity through clearly referencing and connecting Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pasifika. It will also integrate cultural narratives and native ecological spaces into the landscape, which Claudia hopes will set a precedent for creating similar spaces at comparable schools across New Zealand.

Throughout her time at University, she had an interest in sustainable outcomes and subsequently minored in Sustainability and in 2016, while working on the Hurunui O Rangi Marae project, Claudia was able to realise her passion for cultural designs that integrate sustainable concepts. The project involved designing a culturally rich landscape that was both educational and sustainable and had a specific focus on engaging children and creating a self-sufficient papakāinga. Her work on the project was so well received that she received both national and international recognition for it, winning an NZILA student award here in New Zealand and then the International Federation of Landscape Architects Presidents Choice Award at the International Biennial of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona.

She sees landscape architecture as a field that creates innovative solutions within spaces that inspire people. She wants her work to be the foundation for physiological change, as well as physical change, and is particularly interested in creating community-based spaces that explore how Māori values, narratives and customs can be integrated into public spaces to create culturally and educationally rich environments for mana whenua and local communities to enjoy.


In her spare time, she loves getting outdoors and playing sport, specifically football and running. She also has a passion for travelling and exploring new places and is heading off on a trip in late June to explore parts of Europe. But in the meantime, she is sticking by her mantra that if you provide people with functional, informative and beautiful public spaces they will become more aware and proactive, ultimately changing the way they think and behave in both a cultural and sustainable sense.

 

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