A major milestone for the landscape architect profession

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What is perhaps one of the most misunderstood professions in the country is set to take a big step as it increasingly comes to the fore of a number of key issues facing Aotearoa New Zealand .

Tuia Pito Ora New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) celebrates its 50th anniversary next week and President Henry Crothers says its members are in greater demand than ever as practitioners are increasingly employed to mitigate the effects of climate change , conduct strong urban planning, guide large-scale infrastructure projects, and undertake landscape assessment, transportation projects, and the development of parks and open spaces.

Crothers says it’s an abiding joke within the profession that members are constantly asked about plants or retaining walls, but what many Kiwis don’t realize is the huge impact the profession has. on creating places in New Zealand.

“And it doesn’t stop there,” he says. “Landscape architects are increasingly working with mana whenua and developing a collaborative approach to urban design to create a design philosophy that truly reflects Aotearoa and its people.”

The 2022 NZILA Firth Conference will take place at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland from October 11-13 and will reflect the first five decades of the Institute. On the evening of October 13, the Resene New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture awards will be presented at a gala dinner also at the Cordis Hotel. This includes three supreme award shows.

Henry Crothers says the NZILA awards program aims to celebrate the creativity, technical ability and diversity of skills that landscape architects provide as integrators of landscape, people and place in Aotearoa.

Speakers will include landscape architects who were directly involved in the founding of NZILA in 1972 as well as international leaders presenting both virtually and in person.

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