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Gerrard Thomson
Landscape Architect BLA, Honours (2013), Lincoln University; BCom (2004), University of Canterbury

Gerrard joined r+m in 2014 after 15 years as an analyst in the finance sector. He’s committed to improving Christchurch’s urban layout. He envisages open green spaces, pedestrian-friendly zones in the city centre, safe and convenient cycle ways connecting neighbourhoods with popular amenities; and public sculpture throughout the city.

At r+m Gerrard works across residential and commercial projects and has a support role in landscape and visual assessments. He prepares landscape concept plans, detailed design and working drawings, and specification documents. He also has input into r+m's operations, helping streamline in-house processes and procedures. Gerrard is a Hagley Park Harrier and keen competitor in r+m social and sporting challenges, and is a keen mountain biker on the weekends.

Loves about his job: Friday morning teas, the range of work, staff outings and the office atmosphere. Having the opportunity to design meaningful and interesting landscapes, and ultimately see people enjoying them.

Moves: by car and bike

Drinks: seasonal beverages

Plays: a range of sports and activities

Favourite space in Christchurch: Port Hills

Supports: emerging artists

Listens to: Radio NZ National and Concert, RDU Alternative and R&B

Reads: responsible design and architecture, biographies and new scientist

Gets his coffee at: Up-shot

Eats at: Anywhere that has an interesting atmosphere and good food

Wishes: for more cycle lanes and well-designed public spaces