Landscape Design

we're only as good as our people

Delivering the best outcomes demands depth and breadth of skills - and a passion for getting the balance right. That's why we don't just look for talented people, we seek out experts who share our vision that the best approach is one that meets the needs of land, water and people.

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HAVING STUDIED AND WORKED ALL OVER THE WORLD, BENOIT'S PRIMARY FOCUS IS TO PROPOSE SOLUTIONS THAT SATISFY CLIENT NEEDS AND RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT 

 

With a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Gembloux Agro-Bio Tec in Belgium, Benoit currently works alongside the Landscape and Urban Design team where his knowledge and industry experience, including previous work with a number of prestigious landscape & architecture firms in Paris, have made him an invaluable member of the team.

 

His diverse range of field experience includes managing work sites, overseeing territorial strategy, supervising large-scale landscaping, garden and urbanism projects through to assisting with local neighbourhood and community projects.

 

His time at university saw him carry out a study on the flooding problems of the urban landscapes of Antananarivo in Madagascar. While time spent studying at the University of Montreal saw him honoured as a laureate for a competition organised by the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environment for his work on the new Triangle District close to Montreal’s CBD.

 

Hugely aware of protecting his surroundings and its way of life, Benoit intends to utilise a holistic approach when it comes to considering, designing and implementing both living and non-living landscapes.


Benoit Coppens

Landscape Architect and Urban Design Consultant

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A PASSIONATE DESIGNER AND MENTOR, MEL IS ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S LEADING SPECIALISTS IN LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND GREEN WALL SOLUTIONS

Mel joined the Landscape and Urban Design Team in June 2019 in the role of Landscape Architecture Lead.

Mel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture with Hons from Unitec, as well as a BA in Political Studies & Spanish from The University of Auckland. She is a commercially astute Principal Landscape Architect with more than 13 years relevant professional experience in the Auckland market.

Prior to joining 4Sight, Mel had been with Natural Habitats for 3 years leading a variety of medium and large scale projects in a wide range of sectors. She has extensive experience in all phases of landscape design projects, from concept design right though to construction.

Recent projects include Lead Design of NZ’s tallest outdoor Green Walls on the St Marks luxury apartment development in Remuera, which was awarded NZ’s inaugural Homestar Innovation Point for Green Walls, and more recently, Lead Design on over 1000m2 of Green Walls for the Scentre Group 277 Shopping Mall development in Newmarket, and Lead Design on Seascape, Customs Street - Auckland’s tallest residential tower (currently under construction).

Recent Awards include Best in Multi Unit category for St Marks luxury apartment complex and Best in Heritage Category for Campbells Bay Childcare at the recent Property Awards 2019.

As a public speaker she has presented on Landscape Design and Green Wall Solutions at Green Building Council and Garden Design Society events and has lectured in Design at the Unitec School of Landscape Architecture.

On a personal level Mel feels a strong responsibility to give back to the community and has volunteered for the Garden to Table Trust, designing and overseeing the install of Dingwall Residential Trust’s Organic Kitchen Gardens and regularly volunteers for Everybody Eats, a non-profit organisation that feeds people in need on K’ Road Monday evenings.

Mel Robinson

Principal, Landscape Architecture Lead

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REBECCA'S THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX ATTITUDE HELPS HER TO ACHIEVE BALANCED ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES  

 

Rebecca is a Senior Landscape Architect currently assisting in the leadership of projects within the Landscape Urbanism team. 

 

She has been a practising landscape architect for the last six years working across design, planning and project management in both public and private companies. During that time, she’s been involved in community parks and recreation, environmental and civic development projects for Council’s in Rotorua, Wellington, and Kapiti, before working in multi-residential and commercial design in Vancouver. Rebecca also brings with her extensive experience in iwi and community engagement, resource consent application reviews and project coordination from concept through to installation.

 

Throughout her career, Rebecca has helped organise the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) conferences and events, and assisted the Rotorua Branch as Treasurer. She also holds a Certificate in Environmental Management and is studying towards a Masters In Applied Management to support the responsibilities of her role.

 

Rebecca is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects and the New Zealand Recreation Association.

 


 

Rebecca Cray

Senior Landscape Architect

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RENÈE'S DIVERSE CAREER PORTFOLIO HAS PROVEN HER EXCEPTIONAL CAPABILITIES AS A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT AND COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION IN THE FIELD, BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY 

Renèe is a Principal Landscape Architect, leading an innovative landscape urbanism team and delivering high-quality outcomes for the human and natural environments.

 

Renèe has been a practising landscape architect, educator and manager for the last 22 years. During that time, she’s been involved in public development, protection and community instigated projects throughout Auckland, as well as working for Councils across the country, including Wellington and Waitakere City Councils. She’s also led the Landscape and Architecture Department at Unitec Institute of Technology, before being made Dean of Construction, Infrastructure and Engineering - providing strategic project and management leadership to the University’s largest academic team.

 

A number of Renèe's projects have been recognised with New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) awards and as a result, she was made a Fellow in 2008. 

 

Throughout her career, Renèe has reviewed landscape architecture projects and gardens (both private and public) from throughout the country in her role as a judge for a number of National (and International) competitions and awards and as a NZ Gardens Trust Assessor. She has also been a regular contributor to NZ Gardener magazine and other landscape and lifestyle publications.

 

Renèe is also a member of the Auckland Botanical Society, Ecological Society of New Zealand and a member of Green Roofs For Healthy Cities.

Renèe Davies

Principal Landscape Architect

SAM’S AN INNOVATIVE THINKER AND BRINGS NOVEL DESIGN SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS THE ENVIRONMENTAL, CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES OF OUR PUBLIC OPEN SPACES

 

Sam has on the ground experience constructing and maintaining landscapes throughout Auckland, and he brings a deeper and often overlooked layer of intricacy and practicality to his work in addition to the determination and problem-solving skills gained on-site. Not only are his designs thoroughly developed using key analytical tools and testing, but the work is beautifully presented in a detailed, yet clear manner.

 

Sam has cleverly planned and constructed our very own living partition in the office and utilises his green fingers in the care and maintenance of the office greenery. With a great working knowledge of plants, Sam understands what plants to use and where to plant them so they will thrive in the landscape. 

 

With a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a deep interest in digital design, studying landscape architecture was the natural path for Sam to pursue. Sam recently graduated with honours in Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Unitec Institute of Technology.


Sam Hendrikse

Landscape and Urban Design Consultant

ZOË IS PASSIONATE ABOUT CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE NEW ZEALAND BY PLANNING, DESIGNING AND CREATING URBAN ENVIRONMENTS THAT WORK  

 

Zoë has been working on sustainable development in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, including the encouragement of green infrastructure through design, planning and policy development for over twenty years. With a knack for managing multiple demands Zoë has acquired an unmatchable expertise in guiding multi-disciplinary teams whilst successfully managing a number of large scale developments and subdivisions, from design through the planning process. 


With a technical planning background and an environmentally focused mind-set, Zoë works with developers, architects and landowners to effectively provide planning, landscape and urban design advice on developments, policy issues and assists in obtaining required permissions. 


In addition to her role as Principal at 4Sight Consulting Limited, she is a Board Member of Green Roofs Australasia, Director of Living Roofs New Zealand and member of the World Green Infrastructure Network. Zoë’s values are very much founded on the principles of an equitable society, in terms of economic, social, ecological and cultural capital.

 

Zoë holds a Master of Landscape Architecture (by Design), a Bachelor of Planning (Hons) and is currently completing a Master of Urban Design. 

Zoë Avery (née Cooper)

Principal Planner, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer