New Indigenous Landscape Architects Network

Indigenous Landscape Architects network

An international indigenous landscape architects network is being established. While there are only very few trained and practicing at present, the network will help to build momentum and assist with mutual practice issues. This is occurring in conjunction with a multidisciplinary indigenous design conference which is to be held at Whakapara Marae in Whangarei, New Zealand February 26-29, 2016. Hosted by Ngā Aho, the Māori design professionals’ network, and Ngāti Hau, the four day hui aims to bring together the very best in both international and national architects, landscape architects, designers, urban designers, design thinkers and public art practitioners.

Two international speakers on the programme are David Thomas, a Canadian Peguis First Nations architect and environmental designer, and Nupur Prothi Khanna, an Indian landscape architect specialising in heritage and cultural landscapes. David Thomas who is from Manitoba, works with Prairie Architects, has completed a number of architectural projects for First Nations and has a special interest in exploring identity through design. Nupur Prothi Khanna, who a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes and Chair of this National Committee in India, will be discussing the multiple layers of meaning within the Cultural Landscape of the Indian subcontinent.

Ngā Aho has also been involved in the development of a set of cultural landscape principles which, with the support of local indigenous tribes in Auckland, have become part of the Auckland Council’s urban design guidelines, as well as being adopted by New Zealand practitioners. Ngā Aho are currently working with Auckland Council to see an indigenous designer appointed to the Urban Design Office, and are promoting indigenous participation in a newly established 10-year housing research programme. See

Those interested in being part of an international indigenous landscape architects network should contact Diane Menzies

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