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Growing Careers: Sam Parkes

Growing Careers: Sam Parkes

For the first installment of our ‘Growing Careers’ series we will be introducing Project Landscape Architect Sam Parkes and his growing career path.
Twelve years ago Sam began his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at Unitec, NZ eventually topping the class for his Final Year Project , winning that award, plus a series of others including the ‘Sustainability Award and ‘Progressive Graphics Award’
Seven years ago Sam began his Career at Natural Habitats in Fiji; Managing Implementation and Maintenance teams on the resorts of Denerau Island. Back in NZ he gained experience working on a variety of commercial and residential projects; some gaining awards further down the track:
sam4Bronze at the 2010 NZIA Awards for his first ever residential Design.
NZILA Distinction Award: Maungarei Springs at the 2013 ‘Pride of Place’ Awards

5 years ago Sam was drafted by Unitec to Lecture for the Department of Landscape Architecture where he lead the 2nd Year Studio class in Masterplan Concepts for what is now New Zealand’s largest new suburb at Stonefields, Mt Wellington

4 years ago Sam left for Dubai where he worked for the global Project Management firm Mace Group’ on the highly landscaped ‘Al Barari’ development in the middle of the desert.
2 years ago Sam embarked on his own project, designing and developing a snow chalet that recently won Best house under 150m2 in the Central North Island region
1 year ago Sam returned to Natural Habitats bringing a wealth of experience with him in a multitude of areas. As our Project Landscape Architect, it’s the above experience that enables him to lead projects from concept to construction in an efficient and enjoyable manner.

Contact Sam on 027 4949049, or sam@naturalhabitats.co.nz to begin your landscape transformation.