Our Team


Our studio is led by Robin Shafer who has in excess of 30 years experience in Landscape Design. Robin’s work is extensively documented across a number of landscape publications. Robin is supported by a team of 4 Landscape Architects and Designers, with a range of experience and expertise across all areas of landscape architecture, landscape design, swimming pool design and a Project and Studio Manager.


Robin Shafer (Principal and Picture Drawer)
Robin Shafer is a well-known landscape designer and author, creating urban and rural gardens throughout New Zealand for over 30 years.  Robin’s work was featured in the recently published book ‘Gardens by Top NZ Designers’ and on the cover of ‘Contemporary Gardens of New Zealand’. She was head judge for the Landscaping NZ 2006 and 2008 National Awards and judges for Ellerslie Flower Show.

Zlatko (Zed) Zivlak (Head Designer)
Zlatko (Zed) is an awarded Architect holding a Masters Diploma in Architectural Engineering. For the past 15 years Zlatko has worked on many architectural projects throughout Europe. His passion for plants and a love of the outdoors has moved his focus into the field of Landscape Architecture, and for the past 5 years he has worked in Landscape design projects in the UAE. He has specialised in residential landscape and swimming pool design for which he has also received prestigious awards.

Zlatko brings to Shafer Design a wealth of international design experience and an architect’s perspective to landscape and pool design.

Jessie Hope BLA
Jessie joined Shafer Design in 2015 after graduating from UNITEC. Jessie brings a strong skill set in building consent, detail development along with 3D modelling and strong graphic design skills. Jessie has worked on numerous commercial and residential projects throughout Auckland.

Tracy Chalmers UKGD
Tracy is a Landscape Designer, with vast experience in residential projects. Tracy studied landscape design at Capel Manor, London graduating in 1999. With her broad plant knowledge she is engaged on numerous Shafer Design projects.  Tracy’s friendly and open communication style means she is a favourite with many of our clients.

Ricky Tattersfield BLA (Hons)
Ricky joined the Shafer Design team in early 2018 after graduating from Lincoln University with an honour’s degree in Landscape Architecture. Ricky’s skill set includes experience with Vectorworks, specifically in 3D Modelling, accompanied by a strong, practical mindset and a keen interest in residential landscape architecture.

Clare Chambers
Clare is Shafer Design’s Studio and Project Manager, her role is to manage the day to day client and team liaison.  Clare’s passion for creating positive client experiences and strong business process workflows stems from her previous experience as a Conference Manager.

“Our company has installed and maintained a large number of Shafer Design gardens in the past eighteen years and every one of them has been a pleasure to work on.  The designs are extremely elegant, well thought through and successful. Many of the gardens we have installed, we also maintain and have seen them mature into beautiful gardens.  The team at Shafer Design are professional, very friendly and great to work with.”


Christine Ramage, East West Landscaping Limited