“I believe that design shouldn’t be affected by conformity and it should push the limits.”
ANDY STAPLES ASSOCIATE andys@ignitearchitects.com

We need to respond to the brief with designs that are both commercially viable and creative.

I have always been creative, along with being drawn to quality design and how it solves problems – it meant that architecture was the perfect fit for me. 

I believe that design shouldn’t be affected by conformity and it should push the limits. I am inspired by people who are creative and successful in their own field, such as Steve Jobs and David Bowie – they were ground-breaking and not afraid to make their own path.

BIM is continuing to evolve and it provides new perspectives for both designers and clients. We can interrogate our ideas virtually, and make informed design choices. I feel like we are just scraping the surface of its potential, which is exciting.

After graduating from Auckland University, I spent seven years working internationally from Australia, to the UK and then Abu Dhabi. I worked on diverse projects, including high-end domestic residential, retail and hospitality design, large-scale airport and rail projects and mixed use developments.

I want to keep travelling and experiencing different cultures. Leaving your comfort zone is important, and there is so much to learn from other’s perspectives.

My home away from home is in Wanaka, I escape there as often as possible and get into the outdoors, which restores me.