AitkenTaylor is led by Den Aitken and Alice Taylor. Together we bring 20+ years of experience in the design, management and programming of public and private spaces.
Beside us is a talented team of design professionals whose expertise span urban design, architecture and landscape architecture - from strategic design to project delivery and every scale in between.
DEN AITKEN | DIRECTOR + LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Den is a registered landscape architect with broad experience across local government, academia and private practice. His project experience includes urban and waterfront sites, streetscape and public realm design, CBD analysis and strategic planning, parks and reserves design and landscape masterplanning.
ALICE TAYLOR | DIRECTOR + PROJECT MANAGER
Alice is a skilled project and events manager who has worked on major festivals, exhibitions and feature films in New Zealand and overseas. Her experience with project delivery ensures design continuity is maintained throughout the construction process.
LINNEA CALOV JACOBSEN | URBAN DESIGNER
A Denmark native, Linnea studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Copenhagen, specialising in Urban Design, before relocating to Aotearoa. Linnea feels strongly that good design should work for people and uses this approach to help improve the way we design for public spaces and the people who use them.
SARAH PICKENS | DESIGN MANAGER + ARCHITECT
A graduate of the Auckland University School of Architecture, Sarah worked on a range of award-winning architectural projects before relocating to Blenheim. Sarah has a strong design focus and interest in urban planning, particularly regarding the relationships between building and landscape.
ALEX KIRKWOOD | DESIGNer
Alex brings an extensive background in engineering to the studio, having worked on major construction projects in Dubai, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She has a particular interest in detailed design, ensuring each project has a satisfactory outcome for the people it is designed to serve, regardless of scale.
KAARA WIGHT | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Kaara has worked closely with government, commercial and residential clients in both the USA and New Zealand and is passionate about solution based design, ideal plant combinations and achieving the best design outcomes for her clients.
MARIUS WESTPHAL | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Marius is a German born landscape architect, with a broad understanding of urban design and landscape architecture. Previously working for well-known urban design and landscape architecture practice LAND Germany, Marius has contributed to a range of projects throughout Europe.