Chris Punt earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree(2006) with honors from Lincoln University, in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was awarded First in Class for his graduating year and his graduate work was recognized with accolades, including the Frank Boffa Award for design excellence and the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects(NZILA) Gold Award. Chris was elected as a Registered Member of NZILA in 2011.
Growing up on a farm in rural New Zealand, Chris had an early appreciation for the relationships between agricultural, and natural and urban landscapes. He developed a keen interest in land-use management, community, history, and culture that influences the way he approaches design. Chris enjoys creative design detailing and working with contractors to ensure successful project implementation.
Before moving to the United States, Chris worked for eleven years in New Zealand as a Principal Landscape Architect and Design Team Leader for the landscape architecture firm and environmental consultancy, Boffa Miskell.He led multi-disciplinary teams in the design and implementation of large scale developments in public and private realms, integrating urban renewal with ecological restoration. Notable project experience includes the design of civic infrastructure as part of the post-earthquake Christchurch rebuild and the design and implementation of the Auckland Central Business District shared spaces program. Since joining NBW in 2016, Chris has contributed to a number of residential projects in Florida and California, as well as Centennial Park in Nashville, Hudson Yards in New York, and Cornwall Park in Auckland.