MLA Unitec, BLA Unitec
Pete graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Unitec.
During this time Pete worked as a lecturer teaching papers in both studio and visual communication. Upon graduating he was asked to join the Unitec lecture team permanently.
In 2005 Pete was promoted to Programme Director of the BLA and ran the Programme for four years. He gained his masters in landscape architecture, through an exploration into the relationships between analysis techniques and site.
Pete's interests in these relationships are documented in his book Reframing the Given, published in 2008. The book details Pete's focus on exploratory techniques for design and tracks his journey through representational techniques.
As well as his current role as Senior Lecturer, Pete is a practicing landscape architect and Principal Partner of FIELD_LA (www.fieldla.co.nz/1.html), an Auckland based landscape architectural studio. Read more on the FIELD LA Blog (fieldla.wordpress.com/).
Pete's current research explores the how to' of contemporary Landscape Architectural technique. He is interested in the way we go about doing design and the relationship this has with representational strategies.
These topics are explored through a series of real world projects in collaboration with FIELD_RESEARCH and are accompanied by writings that attempt to situate the work in contemporary Landscape Architectural practice.
The profession of landscape architecture is about drawing. After all, tracks dug into the ground, paths, fields, and cities, all originate from drawingsdrawing is in the eyes, mind, and handsdrawing works using all the senses: through observingthrough representingthrough projecting (Catherine Collin, Ed, Sketch Landscapes, Loft Publications, Barcelona, 2009, pp. 11-13)
And, drawing can fulfill a role as a vehicle for imagination, as a means for exploration and communicationdrawing is then an instrument for research: an element in an iterative process for finding form (Clemens Steenbergen, Composing Landscapes, Analysis, Typology and Experiments for Design, Birkhauser Verlag AG, Switzerland, 2008, pp.23.)
Supervised thesis projects
Davie-Martin, Raewyn (2015). Wastewater for resilient 21st century cities
Warne, Grace Ann (2014). Social interaction and the sustainable industrial landscape
Parlane, Jennifer Lesley (2013). Pretty / gritty : an investigation into revealing the enjoyment of industrial landscapes around Mangere Inlet
Hodgson, Ryan (2013). Designing community appropriation : how can a change in infrastructure on Dominion Road facilitate community appropriation?
Coombes, Daniel Reginald (2011). Unfamiliar terrain: From the paradox of intervention to paradoxical intervention
Yu, Yushan (Joelle) (2010). How can landscape function as a medium for integrating stadium events and surrounding suburbs? Eden Park, Kingsland
Ting, F., & Griffiths, C.P. (2015). What is Bottom-Up Design? X-Section Journal (Vol. 5).
Griffiths, C.P. (2015). Drawing as a Fundamental Tool for Thinking in Landscape Architecture. Landscape Foundation (Vol. Online).
Sisam, N., & Griffiths, C. P. (2014). Energy Exchange. X-section, ISBN 2230-6277 (Vol. 4).
Griffiths, C.P., and Aitken, D. (2013). Xsection: Aucklands Contemporary Architecture Journal. In R. Davies and D. Menzies (Eds.) Proceedings of the 50th International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress, 'Shared Wisdom in an Age of Change'. Auckland, New Zealand.
Griffths, C. P., and Cray, R. (2013). Conservation and Tourism. In R. Davies and D. Menzies (Eds.) Proceedings of the 50th International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress, 'Shared Wisdom in an Age of Change'. Auckland, New Zealand.
Griffiths, C.P., Aitken, D., and Foote, H. (2012). 'Factor 5: public life'. A contribution to the chapter in the form of a set of experiential drawings depicting a proposed lane way circuit in Auckland City. City Centre Masterplan 2012 (Vol. 2012).
Griffiths, C. P., and Allan, J. (2011). Ken Smith Workshop, write up of a Master Class undertaken at Unitec by visiting American Landscape Architect Ken Smith. Landscape Architecture New Zealand (Vol. Spring).
Griffiths, C. P., Foote, H., and Aitken, D. (2009). "Shift" finalist entry in the Queens Wharf Design Competition. Exhibited at Union Fish Company buildings, Auckland, Part of the Opening the Red Gates Exhibition.
Barnett, R., & Griffiths, P. (2005). Here, not there; A manifesto for urban landscapes. A Ramp Magazine: Art, Design, Writing, 3 (August), 16-20.