awards

2020

Di Lucas
Life member of the NZILA

Landscape architect for life - Di Lucas

2019

Di Lucas
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

New Year honour for Di Lucas

2017

Di Lucas
The John Taylor Award for Leadership in Horticulture

2014

NZILA Landscape Planning Award
Natural Character of the Marlborough Coast. Boffa Miskell, Lucas Associates, Department of Conservation, Landcare Research.

2013

NZILA Distinction Award
landscape planning & environmental studies
Canterbury Regional Landscape Study to Boffa Miskell Ltd. (Lucas Associates had a review role in the project)

 

2012

Resene Total Colour Lifetime Achievement Award

"The Resene Total Colour Lifetime Achievement Award recognising a person in the architecture and design industry who has shown dedication to innovative and excellent colour use in their work, was awarded to Di Lucas of Canterbury.

Ever since Di graduated from Lincoln with a Landscape degree she has been advocating the sensitive use of colour. Perhaps being born and bred on Bendigo Station in Otago among the muted colours of tussock and rock, she was imbued with a sense of colour as something that complemented the landscape.

In 1970s when she was working as a landscape architect with Ministry of Works she was able to change the application of paint to public structures. She had the highways maintenance teams stop putting white paint on all structures, and blue and white on bridges. She encouraged and demonstrated the use of paint colour to respect the local landscape, such as the changing of the AJ Hackett bungy bridge from primer pink to possum brown. White was only to be used for where needed for safety.

As well as doing lots of private projects, Di ran workshops and produced New Zealand’s first rural landscapes guide in 1980.

In 1982 Di was contracted by NZ Steel to design the first colour range for Colorsteel manufacture. It was a challenge to select a small range that would look good anywhere in New Zealand. For the standard range of colours she chose and named colours – Ironsand, Lignite, Scoria, Karaka, Lichen and Tussock. It’s a tribute to the enduring quality of those colours that after 30 years, five out of the six colours remain in production and are some of the most popular colours available.

It’s not only in rural areas that Di has shone, but in the use of colour for heritage buildings in towns and cities. In her warm and friendly manner, Di has had a profound influence spanning more than four decades on the way colour is used."

-Resene

2011

 

48 Hour Challenge, Team NZ Wood

Orion NZ site category winner & supreme award winner

 

2010

Ellerslie International Flower Show Award
Mackenzie Basin display garden, for Forest and Bird

2009 

Marlborough Environment Award 
Hunters Winery

2008

GOLD NZILA
"landscape planning 1c planning and environmental design"
Te Waka Windfarm Evidence

"This entry is in the form of evidence that describes the effects of a proposed wind farm on landscape and visual amenity. The site is the Te Waka Range, Hawkes Bay. The entry includes Di Lucas's evidence with graphic visual analysis, and Environment Court Judge Thompson's decision. An outstanding assessment. Thoroughly researched and analysed encompassing the culture, history, archaeology, and natural character of the Te Waka Range. Highly effective communication through text and discerning graphics. With high sensitivity to cultural, historical, physical and natural context. The rigorous and compelling arguments led the judge to be convinced that, in this landscape, the context is more important than the perceived need for the activity. The work incorporates excellence in furthering the understanding and interpretation of landscape, through thorough and perceptive description and judgment"

2006

Award of Merit Christchurch City Council / Canterbury Horticultural Society

Presented in recognition of this outstanding native garden which notably contributes to Christchurch's natural heritage.

Native Garden, 349 Manchester Street. "This courtyard garden references the city of Christchurch built on an active floodplain. Forested patches have come and gone over the millennia periodically being stripped away by the ever-changing gravel patterns following catastrophic flood events. This is represented with the curving timber boardwalk - forest timber peeled back, trees upended, trunks horizontal, roots vertical. Timbered land changes to gravel bed; decking to the north of the building changing to concrete paving to the south"

2002

BRONZE NZILA

landscape planning

Jericho – Te Koawa Turoa O Takitimu Restoration Plan

From the NZILA Judges’ media comments: "Bronze award winner Lucas Associates’ entry in to the same category, the Jericho Te Koawa Turoa o Takitimu Restoration Plan, was an exciting, clear, readable document with a practical, hands on approach.  The judges said it was very well researched and communicated in a positive way, and that this study empowered the local community, enabling them to take charge, and stimulating knowledge of processes though action. It provides information and education in a lively and encouraging style for lay people. It is a very good example of using the skills and knowledge of landscape architects for a group of people who wish to improve the sustainable management of their property for the benefit of present and future generations"

 

2000

CHARLIE CHALLENGER AWARD NZILA
landscape planning, research and communication category
Restoring Avoca Valley Stream: A Community Model

SILVER NZILA
landscape design category (residential)

SILVER NZILA
sustainabale resource use category
Marokapara Courtyard

MERIT AWARD Trends Magazine
Garden Design
Marokapara Courtyard

"Marokapara Courtyard recognises the 1946 duplex as constructed during the beginnings of modernist design, and celebrates the underlying braided greywacke plainscape and kahikatea forest"

1999

HIGHLY COMMENDED Christchurch Environment Centre ‘Green Heart Award’ to Lucas Associates
For showing commitment to sustainable environmental practices

1998

GOLD MEDAL NZILA
landscape planning, research and documentation category
Indigenous Ecosystems of Otautahi Christchurch

CANTERBURY RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AWARD
community category
The Peel Forest Plan

1997

COMMENDED NZILA
landscape design - rural category
Glenfoyle homestead

Pacific Wave Environmental Award
click here to download distinctive appearances article

click here to download Eco-friendly Courtyard 2000 article

click here to download Kiwi Cool 2001 article

1996

CHARLIE CHALLENGER AWARD NZILA
landscape planning and environmental studies category
Indigenous Ecosystems. An Ecological Plan Structure for the Lakes District

HIGHLY COMMENDED NZILA
landscape planning and environmental studies category
Sumner Concept Plan / The Shape of Christchurch within the 4 Avenues

HIGHLY COMMENDED NZILA
communication category
Buller Water Conservation Order Evidence

COMMENDED NZILA
communication category
Indigenous Ecosystems of Otautahi Christchurch

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1995

HIGHLY COMMENDED NZILA
landscape work in written form - landscape planning and environmental studies category
Canterbury Regional Landscape Study
(in association with Boffa Miskell)
Canterbury Regional Landscape Study 1993

1993

Di Lucas
New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal

1992

HIGHLY COMMENDED NZILA
Landscape work in written form - communication category
“Can natives be improper?”

1990

Di Lucas
New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Award (for services to the NZ environment)

1989

MERIT AWARD NZILA
Landscape work in written form - research category 2
“Limits of visual project analysis”

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MERIT AWARD NZILA
Landscape planning and environmental studies
- research category 1
Timaru 220KV Transmission Line Visual Impact Assessment

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1986


Di Lucas
Fellow member of NZILA
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LINCOLN FOUNDATION AWARD
To present paper and explore rural landscape management in Poland