Gerard O'Connell
Staff Gerard O
Senior Landscape Architect MDL, BAS, MSc Landscape Architecture & Urban Design, NZILA Member Wānaka
Gerard leads the Wanaka office of RMM and has over 7 years experience working in Denmark and New Zealand. He returned to New Zealand in 2020 to start with RMM in Wanaka after seven years in Europe, five and a half of those in Copenhagen.

After spending some time travelling, driving tour buses around Europe and ski guiding in the French Alps, Gerard attended the University of Copenhagen where he obtained his master’s in landscape architecture. During his time in Copenhagen, he worked in several Danish firms on all facets of landscape architecture, including design, building documentation, landscape evaluation, and contract observation and administration.

Gerard has played a key role in designing and delivering several complex projects including public spaces, memorials, play spaces, cycleways, urban centre upgrades, public parks, theme parks as well as educational and health care facilities. 

In his spare time, Gerard enjoys triathlon, snowboarding/skiing, water sports, and exploring local eateries.
  • Moves Preferably by bike — however when one must, by Subaru XV.
  • Plays In, on or around the water or in the mountains.
  • Place The family farm at Seacliff.
  • Supports Global climate crisis reform.
  • Listens Huge podcast nerd, always on the lookout for recommendations too. Otherwise anything especially if it’s live.
  • Reads Biographies, NYT and
  • Drinks Nature wine or craft beer, something less conformist, interesting and surprising.
  • Eats Anywhere serving local and interesting produce, NZ food truly is up there in quality.
  • Wishes For a national train network connecting all of New Zealand, reducing the need for bus and car travel.
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