Dr Wendy Hoddinott

Founder and Principal

Landscape Architect (Registered)

PhD, MLA, B.Soc.Sci

Wendy is an award-winning landscape architect and researcher with 13 years experience in professional practice. Based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, her experience ranges from larger multi-disciplinary, public space projects to developing innovative design strategies alongside smaller communities. She has led strategic projects with iwi, schools, community groups, local government and government agencies throughout Aotearoa, and is experienced in facilitating creative workshops with a special focus on engaging children and young people.


Wendy’s PhD research explored the relationship between design expertise and public participation, where she discovered that the best results occur when people are involved in the same creative, collaborative and mutual learning process as the designer. 


Wendy has played a strategic role in the development and creation of transitional public space projects in post-earthquake Christchurch, a particularly rich context in which to test ideas for the long term. These innovative projects have been unique and in dialogue with their local contexts, highlighting how short-term projects can become integral to long term planning. Importantly they have not only addressed the physical outcome but also the social processes of their development.


At Gather Landscape Architecture, design is also a research tool, a way of investigating and reflecting on the most effective ways to design collaboratively in the creation of active and socially engaging urban spaces. Wendy has presented to both national and international audiences and regularly contributes to the teaching programme at the School of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University.

Gather Landscape Architecture is a small and flexible landscape architecture practice with a large network of collaborators, that among others includes urban planners, architects, social scientists, graphic designers, photographers and videographers. 

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