Ben has more than 19 years landscape planning experience, including five years with Queenstown-based regulatory contractor Civic Corporation Limited as the principal of the Landscape Architecture Department. Ben has broad-ranging skills and experience in assessing landscape values and the effects of development on such values. His approach to landscape assessment is considered balanced by his peers, an important quality in a subjective and often controversial discipline. Ben has extensive experience as an expert before the Environment Court in advising on the landscape and amenity effects of a wide range of activities, ranging from large infrastructural projects to recreational activities and individual dwellings. Ben is a member, and past chairman, of the Southern Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects and also a member of the Resource Management Law Association.