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Robin Simpson

Landscape Practice and Appointments

2007-
Private Practice and Consultancy. Robin Simpson Design Limited established 2007.
  • Design and advice in Urban Design, Landscape Architecture and Design Education
  • Advice to government authorities, design review, urban guideline & policy development e.g. advice to Wellington City Council on Wellington Waterfront Development, advice to Glebe Society Sydney, Glebe & Forest Lodge Urban Design Study
  • Design of urban environments, civic landscapes, parks, foreshore and commercial landscapes e.g. MacMillan Gallery Masterplan, Nelson, Mapua School Sculpture Project Landscape Plan, Waimea Nurseries Higgs Block Development
  • Urban Design for large scale development e.g. Motueka West Urban Development, Wakatu Corporation, Marsden Park Residential Development Concept, Nelson
  • Design and site planning domestic gardens, multi-unit landscapes and residential subdivisions e.g. Walnut Grove Residential Landscape, Waikenae, Butchard Residence Planting, Ruby Bay, Nelson, Shore Residence, Northwood Sydney, Callender Residence Annandale Sydney,
2002-current
Member Technical Advisory Group Wellington Waterfront, New Zealand
  • Member of 4 person panel giving design review & advice on development of Wellingtons Waterfront e.g. Waitangi Park review & design audit, brief preparation Frank Kitts Park, architectural competition selection, furniture review access issues.
  • Jury Member Frank Kitts Park Design Competiton 2007
1996-1999
Senior Project Officer Urban Design, Olympic Co-ordination Authority, Australia
  • Urban design management for Sydney 2000 Olympic site development
  • Design co-ordination & project management of public domain infrastructure at Homebush Bay, Millennium Parklands & selected other venues e.g. Haslamís Bridge, Homebush Streets & Avenues, Amenities Facilities, Water Quality Control Area
  • Liaison with and representation to Design Review and advisory panels, consultants, internal and external stakeholders
  • Preparation and implementation of EOI, interviews, tender evaluation and contract award for 460ha Millennium Parklands
  • Preparation and implementation of urban design strategies and design manuals for public domain and park lands
  • Selection, project facilitation and liaison with public artists e.g. Jamie Carpenter at Haslamís Bridge entry
1994-1995
Senior Landscape Architect, Clouston, Sydney, Australia
  • Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in medium size landscape practice covering full range of landscape practice, concept design, design development and documentation
  • o Strategic projects include Metropolitan Parks Strategy for Sydney Region, Newcastle Westend Urban Design Strategic Development Plan, Parramatta River Foreshore Master plan
  • o Residential & commercial Landscape Projects include Hereford Estate, Glebe Multiunit Housing, Self-care Housing Project, MacArthur Rd, Elderslie for Dept of Housing NSW
1992-1994
Landscape Architect, Context, Sydney, Australia
  • Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in large multidisciplinary practice covering design and documentation for major civic, institutional and residential projects with national and international clients
  • Large scale civic design projects include Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak, St Marys Cathedral Urban Design, Sydney, Sydney University Master plan & Design Manual
  • Residential landscape projects include 11 Cambridge Road, Artarmon, 69 Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman med density housing
  • Small scale projects include Botany Garden, Bosch Building Courtyard, Sydney University
1986-1988
Landscape Designer, Knox and Tanner and Associates, Sydney, Australia
  • Landscape design and technical assistance in small Sydney based landscape architectural practice with public and private clients, heritage and contemporary projects
  • Civic landscape designs include Lithgow City Park, Blue Mountains, Willoughby Park Proposals
  • Heritage projects include Willowgrove Garden Restoration, Homebush Abattoirs Landscape Plan
  • Residential Landscape Projects include, Baxter Residence Dundas

Teaching Appointments

2003 - 2006 Program Director Landscape Architecture, School of Design VUW, NZ
2003 -2007 Senior Lecturer Landscape Architecture Group, School of Design VUW, NZ
2002 - 2003 Lecturer Landscape Architecture Group, EMD Dvn, Lincoln University, NZ
1999 - 2001 Lecturer Landscape Architecture Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW, Australia
1985 - 1990 Part-time teacher Horticulture, Ryde College of TAFE, Sydney, Australia

Selected Presentations and Publications

Jury Member Frank Kitts Park Design Competiton, Wellington City Council, Nov 2007.

Awards Judge and Guest Speaker NZILA Pride of Place Annual Awards, Te Papa, Wellington, May 2006.

Presenter; Simpson R. & Fisher M. ‘Industrialised Landscapes’ NZILA Looking Forward to Heritage L’scpes, Dn Apr 2005.

Chair Keynote Session Urbanism Down Under; Creative Urban Futures, Wellington August 2005.

Co-presenter; Simpson, R. and Houghton, S. 2006. ‘Grounded Urbanism’, Urbanism Down Under Wgtn 2005.

Editorial ’Landscape Architecture’, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Design Graduate Yearbook, 2006.

Simpson, R. 2003, ‘Text Lies and Landscape’ Landscape New Zealand, May/June 2003.

Simpson, R. 2002, ‘Spatial Squeeze Poses Challenge’ Landscape New Zealand, May/June 2002, pp.10-12.

Simpson, R. 2000, ‘Landscape and Infrastructure: the Effect of Parallax’ in Double Frames, UNSW Press, Sydney.

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