Wraight + Associates are thrilled to announce that we have taken home four of the top awards from last Wednesday evening’s NZILA National awards ceremony.

For our work on Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wraight Athfield Landscape + Architecture were presented with one of the highest honours bestowed in this profession, the George Malcolm Award, which recognises supreme excellence in landscape design.

Here’s what the judges had to say about it:

Pukeahu is an exercise in sophisticated design and spatial planning, executed with a confidence and attention to detail befitting of its status as our National War Memorial Park. The design team expertly weaved together multiple cultural and historic narratives whilst navigating a myriad of complicated technical challenges to realise both a park as a place of remembrance and a piece of urban infrastructure that offers much to its surrounding city.

Masterfully manipulating the topography with subtle plays in geometry to create a series of connected ‘rooms’, the park culminates in a large square in front of the national war memorial that commands a sense of real gravitas. This is place making on a grand scale, and yet a feeling of intimacy is retained, allowing the park to be enjoyed for a range of activities and everyday use that keep it vital and engaging.

Employing a restrained palette of materials and beautifully executed finishes, the park exudes a strength and calmness that reflects a clarity of vision.

The design elements embedded into the DNA of the park will withstand the tests of time and taste, as future memorials are developed within its framework and the city matures and grows around it. Pukeahu exemplifies the art and practice of landscape architecture at the very highest level. Those involved in its creation can be extremely proud of their work.

Pukeahu also won the category award for Parks with the judges commenting:

This complex, multilayered design has been executed with a clarity of vision, confidence, and restraint; the park offers much to the people of, and visitors to, Wellington.

For our work on the Cenotaph Precinct Upgrade Wraight + Associates with Wellington City Council were the NZILA Winner of the Urban Space Category. Wraight + Associates also took home an Award of Excellence for the Victoria University of Wellington, Hub project, in the Institutional Landscape category.

We are also very pleased to extend our congratulations to Oliver Pool, Wraight + Associates Graduate Landscape Architect, Winner of the NZILA Student Category for his thesis titled Pulse – Recovering the Lost Heartbeat of the Wellington Landscapewell done Oliver and very well deserved!