Our highly experienced design team can offer a complete service from landscape master planning through to project supervision. We often work closely with multidisciplinary project teams on large-scale projects for developers and government organizations to ensure unified, cohesive and beautifully functional results. We understand that every project is different and our goal is to provide our clients with the exact service they require whilst maintaining incredibly high design standards, no matter the project budget.
Our design methodology prioritizes context, longevity, and usability whilst paying strong attention to the desired outcome of all involved parties. We are continually mindful of social, economic, and ecological sustainability with a wide breadth of horticultural, construction and consenting knowledge spread throughout our staff. Being involved with the New Zealand landscape industry for over 20 years has allowed us to build a great network of suppliers and contractors and often help our clients find the right collaborators to realize their vision to its true potential.
We love solving problems creatively and working alongside like-minded professionals including project managers, architects, planners, engineers, builders, and landscapers to achieve big things for our clients! If you are looking for a point of difference, professional approach and proven results Greenwood Associates delivers an innovative and exciting product.
Richard has been practicing landscape architecture in New Zealand and around the world for over 30 years. After graduating from RMIT in Melbourne in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree (with honors) majoring in landscape architecture Richard gained extensive experience in complex large-scale projects whilst working in Sydney, Hong Kong and the Middle East (Dubai, UAE and Saudi Arabia) prior to settling at Piha beach with his family and kelpie Taz.
He is an innovative designer who has an aptitude for marrying avant-garde ideas with practicality to achieve functional yet striking results. He wants all of his work to stand the test of time both conceptually and physically. His wide range of experience in the field of landscape architecture spans from conceptual and detailed design, master planning, consenting, ecological restoration, visual assessments and project management to various forms of consulting including providing expert evidence in Environment Court. He has worked on everything from landmark international projects to countless high-end residential landscapes and everything in between.
Prior to founding Greenwood Associates with Richard in 1999, Andrew had an extensive career in horticulture and construction project management. Andrew honed his management skills running construction companies and large production orchards and in New Zealand and abroad (United Kingdom and USA).
These days he has a sharp eye for design and his trademark modern aesthetic can be seen across many of Greenwood Associates’ projects. One of his best assets is his attention to detail, which results in smooth running projects and well-considered, functional landscapes. Having studied horticultural science Andrew leads the way for Greenwood Associates staff in plant specification and ensures maximum plant suitability and survival rates on all of our projects. His extensive and varied project management experience ensures there is a high level of communication with the client and our collaborators on every project. In his spare time, Andrew can most likely be found on the Muriwai golf links or spending time with his active family.
Project Landscape Architect
Greenwood Associates employs a dynamic and skilled team of qualified landscape architects that is led by Mitch Burn. Mitch has been with Greenwood Associates since 2013 and plays a crucial role in the day-to-day operations of the company. He has a diverse range of skills and offers his valuable knowledge and experience to our projects and staff both in the design and technical facets of the profession. His strengths include construction knowledge, streamlining documentation and production processes and design, where he often leads or contributes to many of our projects.
The unique and varied backgrounds of our team members, allows us to assign specialized knowledge to the diverse range of projects we undertake. We have the ability to assign team members who are fluent in Chinese and Korean languages to projects for communication purposes at the request of our clients. We are a close-knit, dedicated bunch and we love what we do, we pride ourselves on our efficiency, professionalism and conscious sensitivity to people and place in our design.