Pete Griffiths

Senior Lecturer, Academic Leader, ; Senior Lecturer, Academic Leader, Architecture
Architecture
Location: Building 001, Room 1023

Qualifications

MLA Unitec, BLA Unitec

Professional memberships

NZILA

Profile

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/).

 

Research

 

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.

 

Conversations

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

Publications

Griffiths, C P. (2016). xsection journal: Divergence. Auckland, New Zealand, Unitec Institute of Technology (Vol. Issue 6).

Griffiths, C P., (Designer Presenter), & Foote, H., (Designer Presenter) (2016). Creative Living, TV Programme, TV3. Auckland, New Zealand, 2Tui Productions (Vol. Season 1, Episode 7).

Foote, H., & Griffiths, P. (2016). A Delicate Balancing Act. xsection journal (Vol. Issue 6).

Griffiths, C. P. (2015). X-Section Journal: Emergence. Auckland, New Zealand, Department of Landscape Architecture, Unitec (Vol. 5).

Ting, F., & Griffiths, C.P. (2015). What is Bottom-Up Design? X-Section Journal (Vol. 5).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3427

Griffiths, C.P. (2015). Drawing as a Fundamental Tool for Thinking in Landscape Architecture. Landscape Foundation (Vol. Online).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3426

Sisam, N., & Griffiths, C. P. (2014). Energy Exchange. X-section, ISBN 2230-6277 (Vol. 4).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2996

Griffiths, C.P., and Allan, J. (Eds) (2014). Xsection: Issue 4, Exchange. Department of Landscape Architecture, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. ISBN 2230-6277.

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.
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2743

Griffiths, C.P. (Ed.) (2013). Placemaking: How do we create a contemporary sense of place? Xsection Journal, Auckland, New Zealand: Unitec (Vol. (3)).

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.
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2742

Griffiths, C. P. (2012). Proof (lithograph print). Proof, Auckland Print Studio, Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. 24 Novermber - 22 December.

Griffiths, C.P., and Cray, R. (2012). The Ultimate Dichotomy: Conservation and Tourism. xsection (Vol. 2 2012/2013).

Griffiths, C. P., and Aitken, D. (2012). Context. xsection (Vol. 2 2012/1013).

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., Aitken, D., and Docherty, H. (2012). Master Class. Landscape Architecture New Zealand (Vol. Spring 2012).

Griffiths, C. P., Aitken, D., and Foote, H. (2011). "Context" a refereed show at Unitec's Snowhite Gallery. Snowhite Gallery, Unitec, Mt Albert, Auckland, NZ.

Griffiths, C. P., Aitken, D., and Foote, H. (2011). FIELD_LA: how bout a bit? Auckland, New Zealand: Longroom Press.

Griffiths, C.P., Aitken, D., and Foote, H. (2011). Multidimensionality. xsection, ISSN 2230-6277 (Vol. Issue one).

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. (2010). Una Mas. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, Artists Image Resource, 12 June - 5 July.

Griffiths, C., Aitken, D., and Foote, H. (2010). What Should Be Done On Our Waterfront? Ponsonby News (Vol. July 2010).

Griffiths, C., Foote, H., and Aitken, D. (2010). The Auckland Waterfront. Babbage Consultants Ltd. CPD Programme.

Griffiths, C., Aitken, D., and Foote, H. (2010). Landscape Leads the Design. Advance Magazine (Vol. Winter).

Griffiths, C., Aitken, D., and Foote, H. (2010). Transparent: Landscape Drawing. Auckland, New Zealand, Snow White Gallery, Unitec.

Griffiths, C., Foote, H., and Aitken, D. (2010). Queens Wharf Competition. Architecture New Zealand (Vol. 2).

Griffiths, C., Aitken, D., and Foote, H. (2010). Drawing Inspiration. Landscape Architecture New Zealand, Auckland (Vol. Autumn 2010).

Griffiths, C., Foote, H., and Aitken, D. (2009). Re-programming the costal edge. Rising Tides.

Griffiths, C., Foote, H., and Aitken, D. (2009). Departure from landscape architecture convention, arrival of academic and practice as a model for landscape architecture. Threaded (Vol. 7 7).

Griffiths, C., Aitken, D., and Foote, H. (2009). Welling-tongue. Positvely Wellington's Waterfont: Blue Sky Outer-T Architectural Competition (Vol. 178).

Griffiths, C. (2009). How about a bit? Threaded No.8 (Vol. 8).

Griffiths, C., Aitken, D., and Foote, H. (2009). Shift. Opening the Red Gates.

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.

Griffiths, C. (2008). Reframing the given. .

Griffiths, C. (2006). Reframing the given. Barnett, R., and Foote, H. School of Architecture and Landscape.

Griffiths, C., and Simon, K. (2006). Ambiguous city: Order and disorder in the erratic isthmus. Lincoln University Landscape Seminar Series.

Griffiths, C., and Foote, H. (2006). Design process. Design Conference or Teachers of Graphics. Design Educators Conference, Auckland. 3 March.

Barnett, R., & Griffiths, P. (2005). Here, not there; A manifesto for urban landscapes. A Ramp Magazine: Art, Design, Writing, 3 (August), 16-20.