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 5 Landscape Architects and Designers, with a range of experience and expertise across all areas of landscape architecture, and a Project and Studio Manager.


Experienced Design Team, Our TeamRobin 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.

Experienced Design Team, Our TeamZlatko (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.

Experienced Design Team, Our TeamJoe Yuhyung Cho BLA, Grad NZILA
Joe is a qualified landscape architect. He was employed by Shafer Design in 2007. He has excellent technical knowledge, computer skills and extensive experience with permit/consent production. Joe brings to Shafer Design a depth of  experience having worked and managed teams on large scale infrastructure developments throughout Asia.

Experienced Design Team, Our TeamJessie 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.

Experienced Design Team, Our TeamTracy 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.

Experienced Design Team, Our TeamRicky 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 ChambersExperienced Design Team, Our Team
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.

“We have used the services of Robin Shafer on three major projects.

The first one was for our Heritage Gothic design house in Devonport. The main centre feature of the garden was a revolving close line.

Robin was able to transfer the garden into a beautiful formal classical garden with Pergolas, summer house, heritage designed patio and formal planting which enhanced the period features of the house

and made it look like it had always been there. The garden was open to many charity garden tours including Trinity gardens.

Our second project was a lifestyle property with a French Styled house. We wanted to achieve an English/ French influence in the grounds with deciduous trees.  Her choice of trees and the design lay out has been fantastic. Robin redesigned the driveway with lovely curves including parking spaces and

helped to re-establish a third pond area close to the driveway which creates a lovely drive in to our home.

More recently we did a subdivision which required a 3500 native plant out with design.  We found Robin very helpful in dealing with the Council to obtain resource consent which enabled us to retain the ambience we required.

Robin has the ability to adapt the design over a broad set of requirements whatever the garden setting be it small, large, private, pool setting, modern or formal.

We would have no hesitation in recommending her to other potential clients in fact we have.”


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