BA, Dip.LA, FNZILA Registered
Grant graduated from Lincoln University in 1983 and now has over 35 years experience as a Landscape Architect, working in both private and public sector. He currently lives and works in North Canterbury, New Zealand.
Grant established Edge Landscape Projects Limited in 1998 following experience gained at the Christchurch City Council (1983-87), London Docklands Development Corporation (1987-1990) and Boffa Miskell (1991-98).
He and his support team have since worked on a diverse portfolio of projects at varying scales including: urban - civic, commercial, industrial, institutional; roads and streetscapes; schools; parks and open spaces; subdivisions; residential and lifestyle.
Considerable design and technical expertise enables Grant to engage with clients, community, councils and other consultants. He organises full contractual documentation and tendering and will often project manage multi-consultant teams and contractors to ensure quality of delivery.
Grant strives for excellence in design and construction output. Designs are aimed at delivering creative solutions that excel client expectations whilst still meeting planning requirements, community/ client visions and budgetary constraints.
We undertake early site analysis and research to produce creative design responses that reflect the importance of significant natural attributes of the environment and that consider cultural and heritage values. To ensure that these values along with other spatial constraints lead to logical best fit solutions and creation of special places.
Grant engages and project manages quality support staff from a range of professionals to help deliver creative responses and quality graphic and technical documentation. This enables us to be flexible, cost effective and target team make-up to suit project scales.
Grant’s strong sense of helping communities has been recognised with Certificates of Appreciation from the Christchurch City Council and the Waimakiri District Council. Grant’s philosophy is that landscape architects have special skills and therefore a social responsibility to foster an understanding in the wider community of landscape values that can improve the quality of our living, working and natural environments.
Environment Canterbury/ Waimakariri District Council - joint Water Zone Committee 2008 - Current Deputy Chair. Responsible for preparing Zone implementation Plan Addendum now being reviewed by Ecan for sub-regional Land and Water plan.
Waimakariri District Council - Cam River Enhancement sub-committee, Kaiapoi Rehabilitation Working sub-committee, Central Rural Drainage Group, Keep Rangiora Beautiful Group (current).
CERA - Victoria Square Rehabilitation Referenced Group 2015-2016. Helping to save the inaugural NZILA George Malcom Award for Excellence in Design from being demolished.
Grant has been an active member of the NZILA since joining the institute in 1981. He is past Chair, treasurer and committee member of the Canterbury Westland branch, and former national Executive Vice President, Hon Secretary and Treasurer (2000-2013). He has recently been a member of the NZILA Registration panel (2018).
Grant has considerable experience and interests in many areas of landscape architecture including:
Lecturing: Lincoln University - Contract Documentation, Professional Practice
Urban Design Panels: Christchurch City Council (2008-16), Queenstown Lakes District Council (2008-09), Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council (2008-Current).