Simon Cocker

Welcome to Simon Cocker Landscape Architecture Ltd.  Formed in 2009, we are a Whangarei based landscape architecture and landscape planning practice with a satellite office in Warkworth.  The practice operates throughout the North Island, but with a principal focus on the Far North, Whangarei, and Kaipara Districts (the Northland Region), and the Auckland Region.

What we offer

Offering a range of skills and experience in all aspects of landscape architecture; the practice specialises in environmental planning (including landscape and visual assessment), landscape design, and site planning.  The broad skill base and experience of the practice is reflected in our practical approach to planning.  We have extensive experience of working as part of multi-disciplinary teams, with individuals, local and regional authorities, and corporate clients on a wide variety of projects from inception to implementation.  Often, this involves input into the concept and developed design, the assessment of landscape and visual effects and detailed design.  Projects undertaken have varied in scale from domestic and commercial garden design, urban and rural park design.  In addition, we have been commissioned to undertake numerous larger projects.  These have included the assessment and design for larger infrastructure projects (including marinas, jetties, roading and rail corridor schemes, and power stations), extraction projects such as quarries and sand mining, dams, and institutional projects including schools, retirement villages and hospitals.

Our design philosophy

Our guiding design philosophy is grounded in the desire to craft sustainable systems.  This is achieved through analysis of the landscape to evaluate existing natural landscape patterns and biophysical processes.  With an understanding of these, we work to develop a design which both achieves the client’s needs whilst restoring, enhancing or replicate the natural patterns and processes.

About Simon Cocker

Simon Cocker is the principal of the practice and a Registered Landscape Architect.  Originally trained in the UK, Simon has worked in local government and private practice in the UK, Australia, Canada and, for the last 25 years, in New Zealand.  He has been based in Whangarei for 17 years, during which time he has worked within the Council’s Parks Division and in private practice.  He is experienced in presenting evidence at Council hearings, and in the Environment Court.



Simon Cocker