Ted Smyth

b. 1937d. 2019

Also known as:

  • Edmund Owen Smyth

Ted Smyth grew up in Auckland’s western suburbs and was strongly influenced by the landscape of the Waitākere Ranges.

Smyth produced works in painting, sculpture and landscape architecture. As a landscape designer he worked with Ron Sang, completed several children's playgrounds and came to notoriety with his design for the McMillan's Garden in Howick, Auckland in 1987.

Smyth was made an Honorary Fellow of the NZILA in 1998, and in 2000 was awarded an Honorary Bachelor of Landscape Architecture by Auckland’s Unitec Institute of Technology. His work has been recognised in numerous international books and publications. He was the subject of a monograph, the first book solely dedicated to a New Zealand landscape architect, in 2017.

See also:

Ted Smyth, ‘The Casting of the Nets’ (c1997), Mahuhu ki te Rangi Park, CBD, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021