Bachelor of Town planning & postgraduate Diploma of Landscape Architecture
Stephen is the founder and director of Brown NZ Ltd (formerly Stephen Brown Environments Ltd). He is a Fellow and past President of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects and an Affiliate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute. Stephen has practiced as a landscape architect for 26 years. Over this time he has specialised in landscape assessment and planning, this has included undertaking the evaluation of landscape effects associated with a wide variety of development proposals including the assessment of various Waitemata Harbour crossing options, the Marsden Point port development, Eden Park for the Rugby World Cup 2011, the Sylvia Park commercial centre, and various other commercial, residential and infrastructure developments.
More strategically he has undertaken and participated in many landscape assessments aimed at identifying landscape values at the district and regional levels. This has included undertaking assessments of the Auckland Region’s landscape, Auckland’s urban coastlines, eastern Manukau City, North Shore City, Waitakere City's Northern Strategic Growth Area Study, Franklin District, the Mahia Peninsula and Wairoa District, the Kawhia and Aotea Harbour catchments (2006), the Thames Coromandel District, Buller District and Otorohanga District (2008) – among others. He was a key participant in the recent assessment and identification of the Auckland Region’s outstanding landscapes and in 2006 was part of a team under the ‘umbrella’ of Urbis Ltd that was awarded the (UK) Landscape Institute’s Strategic Planning Award for the “Landscape Value Mapping Study of Hong Kong” for the Hong Kong Government.