Winston Dewhirst

Dewhirst Design is a Landscape design and build practice based in Nelson. The studio was established in late 2018 in Auckland where I practiced in for 4 years. I previously worked for O2 Landscapes, a research based practice, with a focus on integrating native plants with exotic flowers. I am currently working on projects through-out New Zealand.

Design Values

We have a research informed design focus that is directly responsive to the site. This includes the geography, topography, history, built form and client preferences.

We take a naturalistic approach to planting design, seeing plants as a living medium to create the character and feel of a space. We sensitively integrate the design with the build form through a rigorous design process.

Spatial and planting design should be timeless both aesthetically and functionally, the landscape is subject to temporal change, age should only enhance the design.

We have an active role in the planting and construction phase of every project, ensuring design theory is grounded in reality.


Bachelor of Architectural studies, (VUW)
Master of Landscape Architecture (VUW)

 Awards and Memberships: 

NZILA/Dr Diane Menzies Supreme Award 2014

New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA)

A big thanks to Edward Smith, who is essential to the business. Eddie manages the installation of all Auckland based projects. Website by Edward Smith.