“The person who had the biggest influence on me was the first guy I ever worked with.”
MATT GILLILAND ASSOCIATE mattg@ignitearchitects.com

Every building has to deliver a business opportunity to the owner and the tenant.

The person who had the biggest influence on me was the first guy I ever worked with. He taught me that every building has to be commercially viable. It’s not enough to create pretty buildings, they have to serve a purpose.  

I think for a building’s design to be considered excellent, it also has to be relevant to the local context. We can’t just take overseas design ideas and implement them here, we need to consider what will work in our environment. The other critical thing to me is that the building ages well – too many buildings in New Zealand haven’t stood the test of time.

Initially I wanted to do yacht design. I have always had a fascination with the sea. I nearly pursued a career in naval architecture and marine engineering.

Competitive and offshore sailing has always been my sport. I love being on a boat, as part of the team that’s making it go. If I’m not at work, I’m often out on the water. I live in Napier and go sailing whenever I can.