LAA Profile: Catherine Hamilton of WSP Opus

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Catherine Hamilton is a principal landscape architect at WSP Opus and was the lead designer for the hugely popular Takaro a Poi/Margaret Mahy Family Playground in Christchurch, a key investment in the post-earthquake regeneration of Christchurch.

Speaking recently to Jesse Mulligan on Radio New Zealand Catherine spoke of the science and standards involved in creating playgrounds in New Zealand and the delicate balance of managing risk while still allowing children to push their boundaries.


Catherine is committed to collaborative, design-led processes to achieve the best and most enduring outcomes for clients and users. Speaking to LAA Catherine explains how she was attracted to the profession and how important it is to her to be part of creating democratic public spaces.