r+m is very excited to welcome another recent Lincoln University graduate to their Christchurch team. Among the many facets of design Rafi is passionate about, he is particularly interested in sustainable design in an urban setting.
Following his gap year to Europe in 2016 Rafi returned to New Zealand motivated to push cities towards a more lasting model focusing on sustainable movement and diverse use of public space.
In his own time Rafi finds himself escaping the urban setting entirely, often catching himself exploring New Zealand’s wilderness both on the waters and the mainland. Driven to live sustainably Rafi enjoys the pursuit of wild game with the hope of filling the freezer.
Welcome to the r+m team Rafi!
Jess graduated from Lincoln University in 2020 and since then worked as the Yard Supervisor at Urban Paving, ensuring the yard processes ran smoothly, as well as managing the students working the weekends.
Working at Urban Paving gave her an insight into what people look for in their landscapes as well as learning a lot about the hard landscaping side of things.
It was while living in Perth where Jess became inspired to become a Landscape Architect. Seeing dry, open spaces that had little to no landscaping, except for some trees and grass. It seemed like such a waste of space, that could be used more effectively, so she came home to study Landscape Architecture.
Outside of work Jess spends as much time as she can out in the hills hiking and exploring different parts of Canterbury and the South Island. With a passion for Permaculture and regenerative living, Jess has completed a certificate in learning how to design following permaculture principles.
Welcome to the team Jess!
r+m are super excited to welcome Russell Cooper to our Auckland Studio bringing 5 years experience on a range of projects. He has a passion for New Zealand landscapes, innovative design and construction that capitalises on technology, new solutions and efficiencies through smarter process.
Outside of work Russell tends to gravitate toward the beach and water and spends a good chunk of time north of Auckland between Whangaparaoa and Mangawhai with family and friends.
Russell bumps our Auckland team numbers to four - thrilled to have you on board Russell!
Recently Nikki from our Christchurch studio tramped the Hump Ridge Track in Fiordland National Park and this is one of the many amazing landscape photos she took to inspire the team!
Well the young Ben Leech didn't fail to impress in his first 2-day individual Coast to Coast event!
Probably one of the younger competitors, he completed the two days in 13:56:23. He placed 20th out of 274 2-day individual competitors, 19th out of 178 male competitors and 14th out of 78 competitors in the open men aged 18-39.
It was great to be on the sideline cheering him along the way. A very talented young man so watch this space!
Last week r+m attended the opening of Stage 1 of OCHT's Brougham Street community housing development. It has been amazing to work alongside OCHT, Southbase Construction and South by Southeast Architects to create these wonderful homes for the new tenants.
We are looking forward to construction of the next two stages finishing this year and watching the landscaping along Brougham Street flourish!
r+m are very excited to have recent Unitec graduate Nicholas Fortier join the Auckland team. Nicholas was a student representative on the NZILA Auckland Branch for 3 years organising student’s attendances to local events.
Through studying Landscape Architecture Nicholas has gained a passion for creating functional landscape spaces that can evolve and grow over time with strong connections to the surrounding ecologies and cultural narratives.
In his spare time Nicholas enjoys exploring new locations by whatever means necessary (on water, legs or wheels), drawing, photography and learning new skills.
It is great to have you on the team Nicholas!
We are super excited to be sponsoring the young Ben Leech in the 2-day individual Coast to Coast event this year. Keep up the hard work Ben. Looking forward to supporting you over the 2 days.
Our year ended on a high with our epic end of year function. A surprise jet boat ride up the Waimakariri River, followed by a short walk to a couple of 4WD's took us to Flock Hill Station. A game of 'Kumara' was played for at least 2 hours before the most amazing dinner was enjoyed. A few drinks and songs around the brazier ended the night.
Day 2 saw more amazing food on offer for breakfast, clay bird shooting, a walk around Flock Hill to see where 'The Great Battle' scenes from Narnia were filmed and a pie for lunch at The Famous Sheffield Pie Shop on the way home.
While the Christchurch studio were waking up to alarm clocks at 4:30am in the wake of their fishing escapade to Kaikoura, our Wanaka team were adopting a more leisurely approach. The day started with a cooked breakfast before heading to Cardrona...aka 'Cardies' for their annual ski day.
Many runs were had with little to no queues and Gerard putting on a masterclass of sub-2-minute runs that kept Brooke on his toes. When the snow starting falling and visibility was limited, an executive decision was made to head to the Cardrona Pub early for refreshments in front of the roaring outdoor fire.
With time to spare Wendy suggested heading to 'Crossfire, Wanaka' where everyone enjoyed the driving range and some claybird shooting.
The day was topped off by settling into a wonderful meal, a few gins and a debrief of the day around Wendy's roaring 'Hooga' fire.
With the onset of spring, Tony Milne reflects on the wonders of simple pleasures and asks how we might create our outdoor space this season.
Winter is giving way to spring which in turn will roll into summer. I do like the seasons, albeit I feel somewhat short-changed by winter this year. There is a romance associated with spring, although possibly lost on me.
Following on from last year's success, not only did r+m take out the 10km mens team division at Mud Sweat and Tears they also won the 5km mens team! This years event was once again held at the Christchurch Adventure Park which is a pretty gnarly course. Costume inspiration from the popular Netflix doco Tiger King! Well done Tony, Ben T, Ben B, Fraser and Paul and our ring-in's Tony, Shaun and Cliffy.
Tony Milne reflects on the nature of comradery, privacy and a lockdown spent in the company of good neighbours.
‘Our house, it has a crowd
There’s always something happening
And it’s usually quite loud
Our mum she’s so house-proud
Nothing ever slows her down, and a mess is not allowed
Our house, in the middle of our street.’
Madness’s Our House is a classic 1980s pop song about family life in working-class London. One of those tunes that sticks with you, the lyrics are quite apt given the last three or so months.
At r+m we love seeing our projects come to life, especially with outlooks like this one. We have been working hard with a fantastic team of people to make this project a reality. With multiple outdoor living spaces, an outdoor fire, spa and vegetable garden we have everything covered. The planting chosen frames the beautiful views out to Lake Wanaka. Watch this space for the finished result, coming soon.
Our Auckland Studio recently undertook an inspection to mark the end of Practical Completion of Landscape Works for the Oneoneroa ‐ Wai‐o‐Roka development in Belmont, on Auckland’s North Shore.
This project comprises a 350‐lot medium density development on surplus Navy land in Belmont, Auckland. Named Oneoneroa after the local bay it overlooks, the development was approved in 2016 under the Special Housing Accord.
r+m has been engaged since 2018, beginning with the Concept Design of stages 1A to 1F and Stage 2A‐1 to Stage 2A‐3 to obtain Resource Consent. We were subsequently engaged for the developed and detailed design for Stages 1A and 1B (total 13 units), followed by contract observation.
r+m worked in collaboration with Brewer Davidson Architects and Aurecon.
23 March 2020
In light of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impacts on our everyday lives, Rough and Milne wishes to inform you that we are responding to the situation on the advice of the Government and the Ministry of Health.
Given the Government’s current directions we are now in the process of setting up our staff in all three offices to work remotely. Clients can access our people directly via our email or mobile numbers. We can also arrange video conferencing where required.
We remain committed to continuing to deliver our services in a seamless manner and assisting our clients in any way we can during these challenging times.
Tony Milne muses on how best to stay warm outdoors as the autumn nights grow colder.
Having enjoyed a hazy double IPA on the balcony of Craft Embassy this Sunday afternoon, winter still seems a distant blip on the horizon. However, as summer days give way to autumnal colour and morning chill, our minds turn to our favourite guernsey or ‘knit-frock’ if one is from Cornwall.
We are delighted to add a new Lincoln University Graduate to our Christchurch studio. Sophie Harrison finished studying Landscape Architecture at the end of 2019 and is passionate about creating spaces which express the cultural narrative of place and provide ecological habitat.
Sophie enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including tramping, bike packing, and orienteering, as well as drawing and gardening. Sophie is excited to gain experience and learn more about the world of Landscape Architecture with r+m.
We are thrilled to welcome Gerard O'Connell to our Wanaka team. Gerard has returned to New Zealand to lead the Wanaka office after seven years in Europe, five and a half of those in Copenhagen.
After spending some time travelling, driving tour busses around Europe and ski guiding in the French Alps, Gerard attended the University of Copenhagen where he obtained his master’s in landscape architecture.
During his time in Copenhagen, he worked in several Danish firms on all facets of landscape architecture, including design, building documentation, landscape evaluation, and contract observation and administration. Gerard has played a key role in designing and delivering several complex projects including public spaces, memorials, play spaces, cycleways, urban centre upgrades, public parks, theme parks as well as educational and health care facilities.
In his spare time, Gerard enjoys cycling, snowboarding/skiing, water sports, exploring local eateries, and brewing kombucha.
We welcome an exicting addition to our Christchurch studio, Dhanesh Amerasingam, Head of Urban Design and Masterplanning. Dhanesh will provide design leadership across a range of projects within the studio, with a particular focus on large scale residential and mixed use masterplans.
Dhanesh has over thirteen years’ experience specialising in masterplanning, regeneration planning and placemaking. He has held several design roles across local and central government with a particular focus on regeneration, housing, spatial planning and stakeholder engagement. He has also worked for number of established multidisciplinary design practices in the UK and New Zealand building up an array of technical expertise which ranges from site specific planning, to the development of city-wide masterplans, urban regeneration plans, urban design guidelines, integrated business cases and planning strategies for major growth areas.
Outside of work, Dhanesh is on the slow and never ending journey of renovating his central city villa, building a pair of micro houses in his back garden (fully consented, of course), walking his dog and in between all of that being reminded that he talks too much by his wife!
Our annual community work day this year was weeding for Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust at Hauroko in Birdlings Flat. The r+m team put in a solid fews hours of weeding and finished the day at The Bicycle Thief for some well earned food and refreshments.
Sarah Crawford, a 4th year Lincoln University Landscape Architecture Student, was one of six students selected to present her Major Design to Prince Charles on his recent visit to Lincoln University.
Her Major Design focused on Lake Kaniere and the balance between the future sustainability of place, increased tourism and the retention of natural character. Sarah is completing her practical work experience at r+m over the next couple of months.
We are over the moon to have picked up an award at the 2019 NZILA Awards in the category of Urban Spaces. The award was for our involvement in the Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct project. To top it off this project also won the George Malcolm Supreme Award with Boffa Miskell, WSP Opus, Landlab, Matapopore Charitable Trust and Otakaro.
Tony Milne presented at the recent NZILA 2019 Firth Conference which was held in Christchurch. With this years theme being 'disruption' Tony's presentation was titled 9/80 Schedule and covered shorter working weeks, including r+m's 9-day fortnight and overall work-life balance.
Rough and Milne are a proud supporter and participant in this years Life Education Trust Duck Race. Photos yet to come of our decorated duck (aka Quackie Chan). Come and watch Quackie race down the Avon River on Sunday 3rd November.
Life Education's vision is to enable children to reach their full potential, by educating and inspiring generations to embrace positive choices for a healthy mind and body.
The r+m Wanaka team enjoyed their annual ski afternoon up at Treble Cone in early September.
Blessed with a beautiful bluebird still spring day, allowed the opportunity for a number of great photos of the team and stunning scenery of Lake Wanaka.
Managing to hammer out a lot of runs in the short space of the afternoon, everyone’s legs and lungs were burning by the end of it, especially Brooke who decided to take on the challenge of a few alternative runs thinking he was 10 years younger!
In true r+m fashion the team settled in to reflect upon the afternoons skiing over a few Après-ski drinks and nibbles in front of Wendy’s impressive outdoor fire.
The next day brought all sorts of moans and groans around the office as everyone’s muscles eventually caught up with the physicality of the previous day!
Back from the IFLA World Congress in Oslo, Norway here is a photo taken by Tony in Malmo, Sweden.
In the shadow of the ‘turning torso’ is a mix of medium density urban living. A really nice interplay of architecture form and a very sustainable, organic approach to the open space design. Garden sheds, apple trees, long grass and vegetable plots sit alongside polished granite. Very clever approach to the retention and reuse of stormwater on site, it tells a strong story.
The r+m team are delighted to welcome Paul Smith to our studio in Christchurch. Paul has 7 years experience mainly working in the Queenstown Lakes District specialising as a landscape planner. Outside of work Paul likes to move like the wind, by bike and on foot.
On a recent family holiday to New York, Tony ensured Paley Park was on the list of places to see. It is a pocket park located at 3 East 53rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues in Midtown Manhattan.
On the former site of the Stork Club, it opened in May 1967 and is often cited as one of the finest urban spaces in the United States.
Measuring just 390 m2, the park offers a quiet urban oasis amongst the bustling city by the thoughtful use of falling water, airy trees, lightweight furniture and simple spatial organisation.
Definitely a place to visit of you are heading to New York!
As most of the country are probably already aware, r+m once again took out the 10km mens team division at Mud Sweat and Tears! This years event was held at the Christchurch Adventure Park with costume inspiration coming from 80's band DEVO. Well done Tony, Ben T, Ben B and our ring-in Mike.
r+m's Riparian Sidekicks are on an epic mission to save time, headaches, money and New Zealand’s precious ecosystems by providing a comprehensive and customised plan to farmers for managing and implementing their farm’s riparian scheme from start to flourish.
You choose your level of involvement in the process of your farm’s riparian scheme, and your Riparian Sidekick will take care of the rest. Better still, pay for your Riparian Sidekick service at a fixed price monthly if you wish. Too easy!
A day on site checking progress on the construction of the new Cascade Pools. Our design takes cues from the alpine setting and complements the giant redwood trees. Not long now until you will be relaxing in the pools with water spilling from rocky waterfalls.
Tony Milne discovers that indoor-outdoor flow is not such a new concept after all.
Arthur and Doris, my grandparents on my mother's side, had a relatively modest but well-kept house on the sunny side of Hindess Street in Halswell. As children, we always longed to visit. They had a conservatory of sorts, in the form of a modern interpretation of an Italian 'limonaia'. A limonaia was a hothouse with a solid back wall, a place to ripen lemons as well as other things.
The bi-annual r+m fishing trip was held on Friday, May 10. The team had an early start being on the road at 5am and on the water just after 8am. It was another stunning day out at sea although not as many fish were caught this year. Felicity had the biggest catch of the day! Thanks once again to the guys at Seamist Fishing Charters (www.seamistfishing.co.nz).
Tony Milne ponders New Zealander's preoccupation with maintaining green, manicured grass and suggests the possibility of a new approach to the kiwi lawn.
Derek, cajoled by Joy, has one, so does Trevor. Chris, Nigel and the glimpses I get of Cory’s confirms he too has one. Much to the chagrin of my family we don’t. I deflect blame to our carnivorous family pet Lulu, or more precisely her nitrogen loaded urine. We have suggested she adopts a plant-based diet but we’ll probably have better luck encouraging her to drink more water.
In recognition of Peter Rough's enormous contribution to the New Zealand profession of Landscape Architecture, the new Peter Rough Award of Excellence is to be initiated, of which r+m is a proud sponsor! This is an annual award given to the student at Lincoln University who achieved the highest overall mark in LASC409–Major Design.
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa's exciting new development dubbed 'Summer 19' is underway. Check out some more pictures on our project page of what it will look like.
The r+m team is delighted to welcome Natasha Milne to our studio in Auckland. Natasha has 3 years of experience working in the Auckland region as a Landscape Architect and has just come back from an intrepid 5-month adventure in Russia, Mongolia, China, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
Following the Canterbury Earthquakes, r+m worked with Heritage New Zealand, The Building Intelligence Group, Ruamoko Solutions, Hawkins, and Greenlinc Nursery & Landscapes on the restoration of the Lyttelton Timeball landscape.
After revitalizing the landscape surrounding the Timeball station in 2010, not long before the destruction caused by the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, r+m was keen to see the terrain look beautiful again.
On November 2nd, 2018, the Lyttelton Timeball Station reopened with a celebration attended by all those involved in the restoration project, as well as local iwi, families who had previously lived at the Timeball, and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.
Landscape Architect Tony Milne celebrates the arrival of spring
As ‘The Guru’ and I were running around Hagley Park recently, we couldn’t help but notice the daffodils in bloom. We weren’t setting a cracking pace – we never do – so we had plenty of time to admire the growth; it felt as though the blooms were colourfully smiling at us. Alongside the daffodils, snowdrops were poking their little white heads above the long green grass. It seemed as though we were all enjoying the warm, sunny winter’s day.
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The team at r+m has trialled a 9 day fortnight since the end of July. The office is closed every second Friday and everybody has the pleasure of a three-day weekend. So far it has proved successful, and hopefully, in the near future, it will become permanent.
Landscape Architect Tony Milne muses on our predilection for greening in our interior spaces
Historically we have associated surrounding ourselves with palms and other botanical specimens from exotic destinations in our indoor spaces with luxury, rest, and relaxation. Be it Victorian glasshouses in our public parks, or domestic conservatories, and sunrooms. I am sure the pointed leaves of a mother-in-law’s tongue will resonate for many.
From Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th August, the r+m team headed to Melbourne for a study tour. It was the first time the team had travelled abroad together and it proved to be very successful.
Everyone needed brunch upon arrival, and a bike tour around the gardens and out to St Kilda followed. A tour of the WE-EF lighting factory filled the latter part of the day, followed by a meal-out kindly provided by WE-EF.
Friday morning was filled with a bus trip to the truly amazing Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens. These are worth a visit if you're ever in Melbourne! Two architects from DKO Architects lead a walking tour of the Docklands area after having lunch at South Wharf. Friday ended with a team meal-out at Hochi Mama in Chinatown.
Saturday was reserved for leisure and doing anything you liked, including shopping, art galleries, eating, AFL, and soaking up the atmosphere of Melbourne. The team met at Bomba (another amazing Melbourne restaurant) for dinner that night.
An early pickup on Sunday morning saw everyone checking in to fly back to Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown at 9 am. All refreshed and ready for work on Monday.
Landscape Architect Tony Milne ponders over the value of the veggie garden
This article comes with a disclaimer. As a family, the majority of our vegetables are delivered in a brown cardboard box every Sunday by Green Dinner Table, and on the odd occasion, we forage for fruit in the residential red zone. Our own vegetable garden is bereft of diversity and bounty, with no evidence whatsoever of companion planting, crop rotation, or double digging.
r+m is delighted to welcome back Ben Taylor as part of their team. After graduating from Lincoln University in 2007, Ben started with r+m in Christchurch. Ben is now leading the charge in r+m's new Auckland Studio, located in High Street, after a few years overseas, and spending the last five years working in Auckland.