NZILA Fellowships are conferred on leaders who have made a special contribution to the development and promotion of the landscape architecture profession.
Over a thirty-year career in landscape architecture design and planning, Catherine has helped improve many of Aotearoa New Zealand’s urban spaces, recreation reserves, coastal edges, public and private institutions, and spaces for children and young people. Play and its role in the development of Aotearoa’s tamariki is a particular focus of her work.
Nationally recognised for her expertise, Catherine joined WSP in 2013 after a busy nineteen years in private practice. Since then, she has led large-scale multi-disciplinary projects using a ‘landscape systems’ approach.
Catherine’s NZILA Fellow citation notes her role as a mentor for young landscape architects, professional advocacy, and commitment to the profession.
“Catherine is passionate about the power of landscape architecture to positively impact our landscapes and communities,” it reads.
“Whether returning laughter to the devastated city through her design of Tākaro-ā-Poi / Margaret Mahy Family Playground in Christchurch or re-imagining a tourism future for Milford Sound, her work is motivated by her love of our landscape and its people.”
Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition - from all your colleagues at WSP.