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collection of work landscape architecture portfolio + CV, 2016

Robert M Budge


The following work is a selection of studio based projects done throughout my five years of study at Victoria University of Wellington and a semester at L’ENSNP, Blois, France. I applied myself with an aim to explore different methods in design to challenge the conventions of the discipline while maintaining a specificity of place and contextual relativeness. Landscape architecture encompasses the medium which brings an individual or people and the surrounding environment together, transcending the purely physical realm. This potential has captivated me since the beginning of my studies and professional career. I hope you enjoy my work, RB

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Curriculum Vitae Projects

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design research resilient masterplan contextual interventions interstitial space detail design ecological development models

Robert Mark Budge curriculum vitae 09.08.1991


phone: +64 27 3655243

address: Nelson, New Zealand

About Myself -

Education 2013-14

Masters of Landscape Architecture (Distinction) Victoria University of Wellington


Masters of Landscape Architecture - Exchange L’Ecole Superiore de la nature et du paysage


Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Distinction) Victoria University of Wellington

After a year of gaining industry experience in the country where I studied I am determined to challenge myself and gain new skills while pursuing my career in Europe. I want to contribute to a team and expand my professional knowledge while engaging with a new culture and lifestyle.

Skills -

proficiency 5



Photoshop InDesign Illustrator





Sketchup Auto CAD Rhinoceros 3DS Max Word/Excell Model Making Sketching

Interests I am a keen sportsman who likes to spend as much time outside as possible. While running, swimming or cycling I find I balance the intensity of work in the studio with a period of reflection during exercise or team sports. I have found that the determination, diligence, co-operation, patience and communication of the activities I partake in also help in the work place with both colleagues and clients alike. Since studying in France I have a keen interest to improve my French and achieve a conversational fluency in the language. I believe that training or pursuing other interests helps me to focus in the studio.

Wo r k E x p e r i e n c e 2015

Full time graduate landscape architect with Rosa Barba 2015 winning firm WA (Wraight and Associates) Provided lectures of final year thesis project to students and independent groups


Part time intern (1 year) at WA while completing Masters of Landscape Architecture Research assistant for Prof. Daniel Brown investigating Resilient Flood Infrastructure for Slum Settlements in Chennai, India


Full time intern (3 months) at award winning London office of Vogt Landscape Architects Provided landscape architect advice to Bedales School, England


Invited to critique Victoria University 1st and 2nd year Landscape student presentations

Achievements and Awards 2015 2015 2014 2014 2013 2013 2012 2012 2011 2011

Graduated Victoria Universty with Masters in Landscape Architecture with Distinction Received a prize for research within the thesis in the field of place identity in fishing communities in Scotland Work entered in Rosa Barba (Barcelona Biennale) as part of Victoria University entry and awarded second place. Awarded scholarship to assist in the research of flood infrastructure and resilient housing schemes in India Studied on exchange in Blois, France (ENSNP) for 9 months and was awarded the top grade in Atelier Projet Awarded Victoria University Scholarship by Masters Thesis. Completed Victoria University’s International Leadership Program prior to being accepted for exchange to France Graduated Bachelor of Architectural Studies specialising in Landscape Architecture as top 5% of year group Awarded top academic award for the year group Included in the Dean’s List

Graduate Experience During my 1 year at Wraight and Associates I partook in all aspects of the design process from concept through to contract administration. With consistent work in the process of detail documentation my construction knowledge improved drastically as did my skills in producing the drawings. In addition to documentation I gained valuable experience in contract administration during the construction of some of the firm’s work. The design ethos of the firm helped to develop a strong sense of place appropriate design which is entwined with cultural narrative and physical characteristics of the landscape.

Referees Academic and Character references available upon request

masters thesis

The landscape “is more real than the people who inhabit it. Drowned in eternal mist, illuminated by a decrepit sun or by ephemeral meteors, it is a world of greyness.� Henry Okun, Ossian in Painting

This thesis will explore how a revitalised identity can be created with reference to the fishing industry and grounded with the unique characteristics of Balintore, such as landscape types, cultural tradition, climate conditions and architecture .An aquacultural insertion to the site will act as a driver to feasibly revitalise the struggling economy and also allow explorations into how an experience with the product can create place identity, alluding to fishing industry history. The experience of place aims to portray unique characteristics of the site, cultural traditions and an engagement with the product which associates a contextual relationship between the two.





masterplan for each site of landscape intervention and industrial stage

Bouchot maintenance

Spring, Summer and Autumn

Attaching spat stock

Spring and Summer

Storage and packaging

Harvesting bouchot (by hand)

coincides with harvest

Spring, Summer and Autumn (certain bouchot zones only)

Harvesting bouchot

Spring, Summer and Autumn

Spat collection

All year round

market/dry dock/work space - adaptable to each user group

winter dry dock

market/dry dock/work space

public market framework

market/dry dock/work space

net drying framework

The fact that the identity in question is fundamentally based on a spatial relation, despite having cultural, social and economic factors, allows landscape architecture to act as the perfect medium in exploring possible solutions. - 2.5 m -2 m -1 m

public/industry interface reacting to environmental rhythms

concept diagram linking cultural significance to the physical

instilling a unique sense of the environment through removal/exposure


A Tidal Haven Seeding

site A: Tidal Haven

B Raised Beach Harvesting

site B: Raised Beach

C Littoral Zone Consumption

site C: Littoral Zone

D Duneland Dispatch

site D: Duneland

Industrial and private spaces integrated functionally

Curative interventions restoring duneland

Duneland subterranean coolstores managing interaction

resilient masterplan

The masterplan of Lower Hutt used the flood protection structure as an urban device to increase density and improve the communal sense within the site. My project detailed the relation between community residencies and public space within the stopbanks of the river.

Wetland Space Public Land Public Land Existing Footprints Stop bank Housing Fen Housing Suburban Housing Stop bank


Stop bank interaction methods explored in section reflective spaces and thoroughfare

re-vegetating the river corridor

limiting contextual relation

integrating ecological treatment

inlet pipe after shallow slope planted buffer

timber walkway that connects the public’s movement on both sides

public nodal spaces created around ecological framework

communal orchard or ‘producing’ trees can give reason for a number of owners to tend low stopbank allowing garden plots and not preventing views to interior

hierarchy of spaces for public

contextual references can present a narrative of the river and the unique section of corridor ecology

les gorges du daoulas

While working within a large site, the challenge with creating a larger masterplan was to find significance within the detail of what exists and give it meaning within the greater context. The Gorges du Daoulas consists of a number of paths with destinations incorporating interventions to outline materiality and then belvederes or powerful ‘destinations’.

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path network site plan N

interventions of Les Alles Couvertes that link to wider environmental context

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historic moulin and network node

moorland summit of the gorge acts as emergence from finer environmental stimulus

The project links together a series of destinations which seeks to contextualise the site within the greater and diverse environment of Lac de Guerledan. The destinations are facilitated by a series of paths which stimulate a much more intimate scale of place experience through materiality and site nuances.

pathways link detail site experience to larger contextual significance

Allees Couvertes view structures

destinations within network act as punctuations within a wider sensual account of les gorges

interstitial space

This is a level of resolution and detail into one significant space within an urban masterplan. The quality of space is completely influenced by the surrounding context, historical surroundings and residential areas. The design was an exhibition that helped to make these defining nuances available for appreciation to better understand the space, and therefore its grounding within the city.

Zones of Interest in relation to surroundings

existing retaining wall creates central spine

change in terrain creates palimpsest feature to retaining walls

Visual axis that form elevated spaces

Positioning of seating to emphasise appreciation of surrounding qualities

Landings that suggest towards the qualities within

internal space provides contrast to external linear grain

descent into space is one that draws links from regional identity and frames surrounding geographical features

detail design

By refining the design intent and my knowledge of construction methods I was able to reproduce a better response to the site that developed into a much more intimate and interactable level. This paper taught me how to design across scales and represent my ideas through the use of construction details as well as larger scale interventions.

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plan of internal retrofitted structure linking to exposed terraces

Existing retaining wall ‘feature’

Base plates to support walkway anchors

600mm H beam galvanised steel support column for facade

Elevation changes in ground plane with recessed ground luminaires

Concrete footing with 300mm compact base course

B -

interior cross section of retrofitted structure

Downward wash lighting to provide light on first floor

D -

C -

steel grill walkway engaging with subtleties of material in retaining wall ‘spine’

12mm corten plate grill on galvanised steel I beams

Galvanised steel RHS posts set into concrete footing and 300mm of basecourse

C -

Steel grill walkway section

Plate is folded into stair treads and rise to

ensure a continuous plane of walking

Reinforced concrete retaining wall with 300mm base course. Waterproof membrane surrounding concrete.

RHS galvanised tubular steel posts. Set into concrete footing and also into retaining wall footing

Low wash light LED down lighting under walkways. Projecting through the grill

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Steel grill walkway cross section

ecological development

The basis for this design was a green field development in a very ecologically sensitive area of New Zealand. My residential development over 50ha was created around a spine of enhanced native vegetation that accommodated the wellbeing of the public through interactive planting and a yield of crops or products, but also the improvement of accessibility throughout the site connecting social and natural destinations. The destinations were improved natural locations such as waterway crossings or viewpoints enabling a better appreciation and interaction with the surrounding ecologies. The significant native flora became the materiality of the spaces that defined boundary, recreation and also interaction at a human level.

Native vegetation framework Building footprint indicators Wetland Proposed plots Existing plots Waterways Porirua 5m contours Road surfaces

development proposal plan

A project set within such a fragile ecology demands development to be proposed with a specificity and rigour beyond more than ‘sympathy’. The re-vegetation of the native ecology becomes the defining framework of pedestrian and public interface, allowing a hierarchy of public space which promotes pockets of private spaces stimulating pride of place.

incorporation of networks within ecology framework


This particular project is a representation of five models that are symbolic of different instances of my design at different scales: 1:5, 1:20, 1:100, 1:500, 1:2000. The theme that ties all models together is that of quantifiable mass and void. The experience of the cliff top pathway is one that has a constant tension between the emotive strength of the rock and that of the expansive sky.

Robert Budge - Landscape Architecture Portfolio  

The collective works from my five years of study including my CV.

Robert Budge - Landscape Architecture Portfolio  

The collective works from my five years of study including my CV.