Gary is a passionate designer who discovered permaculture in 2001 as part of his ongoing investigations into all things design and his growing interest in sustainability and resilience.
After completing his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in 2003, Gary completed an advanced permaculture course in Golden Bay, which included living and working with David Holmgren and his family on their property in Victoria, Australia. Having spent a year immersed in permaculture, he went on to complete a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture.
Gary is now an award winning landscape architect, permaculture designer and educator with over ten years experinace. During this time, Gary has been design and studio manager at two of New Zealand’s leading practices working on a range of public and private sector projects. More recently, Gary has cofounded Resilio Studio – a sister organisation to Auckland Permaculture Workshop, established to fulfil a critical need we see for Auckland and New Zealand – an issues-driven and solutions-focused design practice that embodies the positive, transformative change needed to thrive in the face of the immense challenges of the 21st century.
Through Resilio, Gary has been working on a wide range of projects including ecological restoration of waterways and wetlands, policy and infrastructure for walking and cycling, urban agriculture, tertiary education in design and sustainability, landscape analysis for cultural landscapes, closed loop organic waste systems, and design thinking and social innovation initiatives for local boards and other public bodies and organisations.
Gary brings to APW an extensive understanding and working knowledge of landscape design, urban design, design history and theory, social innovation, permaculture and design education.
Bachelor of 3-Dimensional Design (UNITEC, New Zealand), Masters Landscape Architecture, (Lincoln, New Zealand); Advanced Permaculture Design training (Golden Bay, New Zealand and Victoria, Australia).