Nicole Thompson

Nicole Thompson
Director + Principal Landscape Architect

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture – Hons1, UNSW, 1995
Registered Member, New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA)

Nicole is a landscape architect with over 17 years experience. Her work includes master planning, concept design, detailed design and documentation and construction administration. She has a particular interest in design solutions that draw together environmental sustainable + sophisticated, stimulating form. Prior to joining Wraight + Associates Ltd Nicole was employed by NSW Government Architects Office, Sydney. Her work focus has been in urban public domain design and includes large-scale projects such as Centre Port, Waitangi Park and the multi award winning Victoria Park project.

Professional experience

March 2004 – Present
Wraight + Associates Limited, Wellington
Director and Principal Landscape Architect with a focus on design, graphics and contract documentation

City Museum, Wellington
Clyde Quay Wharf, Wellington
Memorial Park, Wellington
Jellicoe Street, North Wharf and Silo Park, Auckland
Taranaki Wharf West, Wellington
Hood Street Upgrade, Hamilton
Waitangi Park, Wellington
CentrePort Area A, Wellington with Studio of Pacific Architecture
Wellington School of Medicine, Wellington Hospital
Hamilton CBD Concept Master Plan
CentrePort Master Plan development with Studio of Pacific Architecture
Whitireia Community Polytechnic Library Learning Centre, Porirua
Whitireia Community Polytechnic Master Plan, Porirua
Logan Plaza, Upper Hutt
Mana Tamariki School, Palmerston North
Tutoring & guest lectures, School of Architecture & Design, Victoria University Wellington

1996 – 2004 Feb
Landscape Environmental and Urban Design, New South Wales Government Architect’s Office, Sydney
Design and Project Landscape Architect on various public projects including large scale urban redevelopment, schools, judicial courts, prisons, parks and interpretive projects.
Wilcannia Hospital landscape works, Wilcannia New South Wales
Nepean Hospital Cancer Care Unit landscape works, Sydney
Cumberland Hospital, Sydney
Waitangi Park, Wellington
Parramatta Children’s Court, Sydney

Selected awards

2017
Winner – the ‘Ath Cup’, NZIA Wellington Awards
Winner – George Malcolm award, NZILA Landscape Architecture Awards – Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
Winner – Parks category, NZILA Landscape Architecture Awards – Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
Winner – Urban Space category, NZILA Landscape Architecture Awards – Cenotaph Precinct Upgrade
Excellence –  Institutional Landscape category, NZILA Landscape Architecture Awards – Victoria University of Wellington, Hub

2016
Winner – Public & Institutional Spaces award, Best Awards  – Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
Winner – Planning and Urban Design award, NZIA Wellington Architecture Awards – Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
Winner – Public Architecture award, NZIA Wellington Architecture Awards – Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

2015
Winner – Landscape Award, Infrastructure Award and the Supreme Award, NZ Concrete Society Awards – Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
Merit – Urban Design and Architectural Award, Wellington Property Awards – Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
Winner – NZ Indigenous and Speciality Timber Award, NZ Timber Design Awards, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

2014
Winner – Rosa Barba Award – North Wharf, Jellicoe Street and Silo Park

2013
Award of Excellence, NZILA Urban Design – Jellicoe Street, North Wharf + Silo Park
Distinction Award, NZILA Park/Recreation Design – Cobblestone Park

2012
Waterfront Center Washington DC: Excellence on the Waterfront Award- North Wharf and Silo Park
Resene Colour Award for landscape – Jellicoe Street, North Wharf and Silo Park

2011
Wellington Civic Trust Silver Award – Taranaki Wharf West, Wellington

2007
Gold Award NZILA – Centreport Area A, Wellington. With Studio of Pacific Architecture

2003
Lloyd Rees Award for Civic Design: Royal Australian Institute of Architects – Victoria Park Public Domain Team member Landscape

Competition wins

2010
Hayman Park Competition, Manukau, Auckland, joint venture with Athfield Architects.
2009
New Zealand Memorial Park Competition, Wellington with Athfield Architects
2007
Cobblestone Park Competition, Wellington
Frank Kitts Park, Wellington, with Athfield Architects Ltd
Rotorua Lakefront Design Competition, Rotorua, with Athfield Architects, Graeme McIndoe, Albert Stafford, Louise Ryan-Wright and Isobel Gabites
Otago Regional Council Headquarters Public Spaces, Dunedin Waterfront