Architecture should be creative, inspiring and foster the development of the next generation.
My father was a regional town planner and worked all over the world, I spent hours working with him and knew at a young age that I wanted to be an architect.
After graduating, I spent four years drawing, watching and learning, which was a wonderful way to start my career and gave me an excellent understanding of detailing to complement my design skills.
Helping with the earthquake recovery in Christchurch, I saw, not only how the earthquake had affected buildings, but the importance of seismic design. The standard to which each structure had been built related directly to the amount of damage it had sustained.
The way buildings sit in a landscape and then in a larger plan, is critical to the success of an area. Good architecture creates convenient and convivial places to live, where spaces between buildings are also attractive and usable.
I have a strong desire to help people develop. I want to help them achieve their goals; it is good for the individual and their career as well as the firm and the industry.
I am passionate about sword fencing and have represented New Zealand; I specialised in épée (a type of duelling sword). My épée was assembled from different components and is a beautiful, well-balanced tool, it is one of my dearest possessions.