Judges Panel

Thank you to our Judges

Dr Jacky Bowring - Judging Panel Chair
Dr Jacky Bowring is Professor of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University, and has published widely, including the book Landscape Architecture Criticism (2020) which has a specific focus on evaluating and interpreting designed landscapes.  Jacky maintains an active involvement in design, currently working on the memorial landscape at Pike River. She has also been a member of a number of design juries including as Jury Chair for the Future Park International Design Ideas Competition (Melbourne); Canterbury Earthquakes National Memorial; Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitors’ Centre; and the Pacific Memorial (Wellington). Jacky is on Christchurch’s Urban Design Panel.

Charles Gordon
Charles is a registered Landscape Architect and has been practicing for 35 years, graduating from Lincoln University in 1986.  Since that time he has been involved in mainly local body work, largely for the Wellington City Council.  This included work in Parks and Gardens, Urban Design, and Infrastructural areas delivering a wide range of projects for Wellington city.  Charles recently started Days Bay Design and is now working as a sole practitioner.  His background is in public space development with a focus on spatial layout, visual amenity, outdoor structures, sculpture, and planting design.

Peter Kensington
Te Papa-i-Oea (Palmerston North) born and bred, Peter has been based in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) since 1999, following stints in Ōtautahi (Christchurch) and Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington).  As a landscape architect, Peter is primarily involved in planning and resource management projects; and he enjoys collaborating with people to reach amicable solutions to conflict.  He and his family reside within the Muriwai Beach community, absorbed as a part of the dramatic and raw west coast landscape which edges the city.  In his spare time, Peter enjoys assisting, as required, with the local volunteer fire brigade.

Dr Diane Menzies, ONZM, Rongowhakaata, Aitanga a Mahaaki
Diane is the chair of the Landscape Foundation, a member of the ICOMOS IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscape, a Kahui Whetu member of Ngā Aho (Māori designers network), a past president and honorary member of the International Federation of Landscape Architects, and life member and past president of NZILA. She was an elected local government representative, and a member of the New Zealand judiciary for eleven years. She returned to academia and consulting in 2012, focusing research on cultural justice and cultural landscape, and spent 2021 on a Māori language immersion course. 

Jamie Roberts
Jamie has developed a breadth of practice experience through his involvement in award winning projects in both the private and public sector.  With a reputation as a skilled collaborator, he has played a leading role in the re-imagining and strategic development of natural and urban landscapes across the Wellington region. He has also been a contributor to the academic programme at VUW and holds a post-graduate qualification in Antarctic Studies.

Jamie has been recognised in the recreation sector for innovations in community engagement, and for the way his work has helped to support mutually mana enhancing partnership between iwi and local government.
Debbie Tikao
Tēnei a mihi e rere atu nā ki a koutou katoa.

He Kaihoahoa Whenua (Landscape Architect), He Kaiwhakahaere Matua mō Matapopore Charitable Trust anō hoki, ā, he Pouārahi Tikanga Taiao mō Te Rūnanga o Ōnuku aku tūranga i te wā nei.

Heoi anō rā, nō Ngāti Pākehā me te iwi Cherokee o Amerika ahau.

Ko Debbie Tikao taku ingoa.

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Debbie Tikao is an NZILA Registered Landscape Architect with 24 years’ experience. She is the General Manager of Matapopore, a panellist on the Christchurch City Council Urban Design panel and manager of te Taiao Portfolio for Ōnuku Rūnanga. Over the past 8 years Debbie has worked closely with local and central government to ensure post-earthquake Christchurch embeds the values and stories of Mana Whenua and emerges as a 21st century city rich with meaning and character that expresses our dual histories and treaty partnership.