Megan Wraight

Megan Wraight (b. 1962 d.2020)
Founding Director + Principal Landscape Architect

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture – Hons. RMIT University, Melbourne, 1992
Certificate of Amenity Horticulture, Capal Manor Environment Centre, London, 1986
Registered Member, New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA)
New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate

Megan Wraight, established Megan Wraight Landscape Architects in 1998, restructuring the practice into Wraight + Associates Limited in 2003. From a sole employee of one, Megan facilitated the growth of the practice into the thriving multi-studio company it is today. An enormously dynamic creative, Megan’s presence and energy in our studio family is deeply missed. As a studio we owe to Megan a great debt of gratitude for the path she has co-steered with Wā Principals Nicole Thompson, Diccon Round and Nathan Young. We are especially thankful for her generosity as a design collaborator, her unfailing optimism and the clarity of vision she bought as both a creative thinker and astute business woman.

Megan has been lead landscape architect on numerous large scale urban projects throughout New Zealand and has been involved in a wide range of public and private sector work including harbour foreshore developments, port redevelopment, educational facilities, transport facilities and urban renewal projects.

In addition to the practice of landscape architecture Megan was an advocate and regular contributor to the education of landscape architects in Wellington’s Victoria University Landscape Architecture programme. Through her reputation as a leading designer in her field she built up a team of talented landscape architects and an expansive list of high quality landscape projects.

Professional experience

2003 – 2020
(WA) Wraight + Associates Limited, formed from MWLA.
Director and Principal Landscape Architect
(WALA) Wraight Athfield Landscape + Architecture, a joint venture company between Wraight + Associates Ltd and Athfield Architects Ltd.

1998 – 2003
Megan Wraight Landscape Architects (MWLA).
Principal Landscape Architect

1996 – 1998
Boffa Miskell Limited, Christchurch.
Landscape Architects / Planners / Ecologists.

1995 – 1996
Denton Corker Marshall Pty Ltd Melbourne.
Architects / Planners / Landscape Architects.

1993 – 1995
Urban Initiatives Pty Ltd Melbourne.
Landscape Architects / Urban design

On graduating from RMIT, Megan was awarded the Australian National Prize, Hassell Travel Scholarship, for her final project.

Selected awards

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

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

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

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

New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate
Award o f Excellence, NZILA for Urban Design – Jellicoe Street, North Wharf + Silo Park
Distinction Award NZILA for recreational park design, Cobblestone Park
Distinction Award NZILA for residential landscape, Waiwhero
Award of Excellence for Urban Design in Landscape Architecture, AILA – Jellicoe Street, North Wharf + Silo Park
Award of Excellence, NZILA for Urban Deisgn – Taranaki Wharf West
Distinction Award, NZILA for recreational / Park Design – Cobblestone Park

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
NZ Urban Design Award of Excellence – Jellicoe Street, North Wharf + Silo Park

Gold Award NZILA for landscape design (visionary landscape) – Wellington Gateway
Silver Award NZILA for landscape planning (communication & promotion) – Rotorua Lakefront

Wellington Civic Trust Award, Supreme Winner – Waitangi Park, Wellington (WALA)
Sustainability Award of Excellence NZILA – Waitangi Park, Wellington (WALA)

Competition wins

Hayman Park Competition, Manukau, Auckland,
joint venture with Athfield Architects.

New Zealand Memorial Park Competition, Wellington
with Athfield Architects

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.

Wellington Gateway Competition, with Taika Waititi and Claude Hidber

Chaffers Park Design Competition (Waitangi Park), Wellington with Athfield Architects (WALA), Department of Public Works (Sydney) & Stantiall Studio

Selected projects

Christchurch Coastal Pathway; community consultation, landscape architectural design, and feasibility study for Christchurch City Council.

Maitai River Walkway; landscape architect for the design, documentation and resource consent of the walkway for Nelson City Council. The Maitai Walkway is the first stage of the Rutherford and Trafalgar Parks Master Plan developed by Wraight + Associates.

Jellicoe Street Area Public Spaces; Auckland Waterfront; Urban Design implementation with Taylor Cullity Lethlean; for Waterfront Auckland.

New Zealand National Memorial Park: concept works and development of Buckle Street; Wellington, with Athfield Architects; for Ministry of Culture and Heritage and New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA).

Basin Reserve improvements urban design scoping, scheme evaluation, consultation and developed design, with Wraight Athfield Landscape & Architecture for Opus for NZTA.

Ocean Exploration Centre, Wellington South Coast. Pre-feasibility Study; concept including feasibility, urban design and natural character assessment for the Wellington Marine Conservation Trust.

Waitomo Caves Visitors Centre, with Architecture Workshop for Tourism Holdings Ltd and the Department of Conservation

Wellington Indoor Sports Centre; site design with TBA for Wellington City Council.

Tauranga Waterfront Masterplan; Resource Consent for Tauranga City Council.

Waitangi Park, Wellington. With Wraight Athfield Landscape & Architecture in collaboration with Department of Public Works and Ecological Engineering (Tony Wong) for Wellington Waterfront Ltd.

Auckland University Masterplan with Tasman Studio (Architecture Workshop)

Centreport Masterplan and implementation; Wellington; Landscape / Urban Design consultant with Studio of Pacific Architecture, with Ecological Engineering (Tony Wong) for CentrePort Wellington Ltd.

Lambton Harbour Masterplan and Taranaki Wharf; Wellington; with Athfield Architects for Wellington Waterfront Ltd.

Te Mata Peak Vistiors Centre, with Architecture workshop for Te Mata Peak Trust.

Rotorua Lakefront Development, Rotorua. For Rotorua City Council.

Expert witness

Basin Bridge Project, Board of Inquiry, Wellington
Jellicoe Street Area Public Spaces, Wynyard Quarter Auckland
Overseas Passenger Terminal, Wellington Waterfront
Wellington Marine Education Centre, Wellington South Coast
Waitangi Park, Wellington Waterfront
Taranaki Wharf Public Spaces, Wellington Waterfront

Advisory groups

Victoria University of Wellington, Professions Advisory Group
Aotea Precinct: Outside the square. Review Panel