A lifetime interest in design, disability, mental health and the environment coalesced into founding a landscape and urban design practice specialising in health and well-being. A natural speaker, teacher and experienced trainer, Gayle has run workshops, design studios, lectured and taught pre-school to adults. From the World Health Organisation to community-run Early Childhood Education providers, Gayle has presented to a global audience, written many articles and 2 books . Sensory gardens that provide places to pause, foods to pick and eat, objects to admire, scents to entice and sensations that enliven are her specialty.
BSc ( Hons), VUW, Wellington, 1984
Cert in Citizen Engagement, LSE, World Bank, 2015
DipTchg, UoC, Christchurch, 1985
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
We work across education, health and aged care to advocate for, advise and design biophilic, salutogenic landscapes.
3 main areas of research/practice focus:
1. Environmental design as a cost-effective public health intervention tool through biophilic urban planning and design
2. Environmental design of school grounds, using nature connections and natural play to facilitate and enhance learning outcomes
3. Sensory gardens for dementia, mental health and learning disabled
Personal Interests
People, gardens, the environment and travel fascinate me