Our Team


Hayden Stark

BRS, BLA (Hons)

Landscape Architect, Director

Hayden, an award winning landscape architect with 19 years experience leads the Xteriorscapes team. Prior to setting up Xteriorscapes, he worked for a prominent Christchurch landscape design and building company, and a leading multi-disciplinary landscape architecture, environmental planning and heritage consultancy in the UK. During this time Hayden has built up an extensive range of residential and commercial landscape projects throughout the South Island.  As a result Hayden has honed his design skills on many residential properties from townhouse gardens to lifestyle blocks, rural homesteads and dairy farms, both new builds, and existing properties in need of a major revamp.

Hayden has also worked on many commercial projects in education, industrial, healthcare, and private sectors and also specialises in the overall landscape development of many residential subdivision projects and an achievement of this was receipt of a Landscape Industries Association of New Zealand (LIANZ) award for design for the Preston Downs Subdivision in West Melton. Xteriorscapes is able to offer you the benefit of Hayden’s experience in delivering to you outstanding, innovative and creative exterior solutions of the highest quality to suit your individual requirements.  Hayden’s personal approach to each client will engage and guide you through the landscape design process from initial consultation through to construction

Chris Owen

BLA (Hons)

NZILA Registered Landscape Architect

Chris is a senior landscape architect with nine years’ design experience, which has included leading award-winning projects. He enjoys working closely with clients, consultants and contractors throughout the design process, with expertise in concept design, detailed documentation, and project management. His passion lies in establishing great working relationships, and combining problem-solving with creative thinking.  

Chris has been involved in a number of successful projects in Canterbury and throughout the South Island including schools, health resorts, civic spaces, public reserves, commercial developments and private residences. He also teaches into the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture programme at Lincoln University.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys helping his wife chase after their two wayward children, and is always keen to spend time in the mountains or on his mountain bike. 

Anna Hoffmann

BLA (Hons)

Landscape Architect

Anna has been working as a landscape architect for over 6 years and joined the Xteriorscapes team in mid 2014. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Anna has gained a wide skill set working for a prominent Christchurch landscape design and build company, and a New Zealand District Council. She has also had experience in assisting at a larger planning scale, working alongside other disciplines and with community groups. 

At Xteriorscapes Anna works with other talented Landscape Architects on a range of residential and subdivision designs. She particularly enjoys the challenge and satisfaction of swimming pool design, creating 3D visualisations and working with clients to achieve a landscape they love.

Outside of work Anna has a range of hobbies. She is often training for or playing Roller Derby, going for walks in the Port Hills with friends, cake decorating or painting.

Ellen George

BLA (Hons)

Landscape Architect

Ellen started at Xteriorscapes in April 2017 as a graduate Landscape Architect. Before joining the team, Ellen worked alongside a prominent Christchurch Garden Centre where she gained a great plant knowledge, worked directly with the public and began to build on her design skills.  

In her first year with us, Ellen has been involved in a range of projects, from small residential spaces to lifestyle properties and subdivisions. She is excited to develop her skills further on each new job.  

In her spare time, Ellen enjoys spending time outside and going on walks in the Port Hills.

Louise Overtoom

BLA (Hons)

Landscape Architect

Louise has recently joined the Xteriorscapes team, after a period of time raising her two children. She has seven years of design experience, working primarily on concept and detailed design for residential and commercial projects. Much of this experience was obtained working at a prominent landscape firm here in Christchurch. She also spent two years living in London where she worked for an Urban Design company and a London Borough Council. 

This range of work experience has provided Louise with a wealth of knowledge of design from large scale urban areas to private gardens. She enjoys enhancing or creating a place to thrive in, from both a functional and creative perspective. Her time spent raising her young children has provided invaluable insight into designing for play, making spaces accessible and allowing the imagination to flourish in various landscape settings.

When free time arises, Louise enjoys painting and print making, yoga, catching up with friends and visiting new urban attractions as our city regenerates.