Ignite appoints five new Associates

These appointments reflect Ignite's successful growth strategy, and illustrate the commitment to providing professional development and a career pathway.

Ignite Architects is pleased to announce the appointment of five new Associates, based in their Auckland and Christchurch offices. Nicole Delahunty, Andy Staples, Stephen Parkes and Jason King are all internal promotions, while Mlela Matandara-Clarke is a new recruitment.

These appointments reflect the practice’s successful growth strategy. They also illustrate Ignite’s commitment to providing professional development and a career pathway for their employees.

“These appointments are in recognition of our significant growth as a practice, and are a reflection of our focus for developing our future leaders from within. We wish to congratulate each of the new Associates, and acknowledge their achievement and significant contribution to Ignite,” said Jeremy Whelan, Managing Director at Ignite Architects.

Nicole is an accomplished interior designer, and has been with Ignite for almost six years. Her role is focused upon commercial, retail, hospitality and entertainment interior projects. This saw her recently manage the fit-out of four Città retail stores, along with the Five Stags and Cleaver & Co dining destinations.

Andy has been with Ignite for 18 months and is based in the Auckland office. He comes to Ignite from Abu Dhabi, where he worked on mixed use developments. Previously, he was based in the UK and engaged in large-scale airport and rail projects. He has also worked in Australia, focusing on high-end domestic residential, retail and hospitality design.

Stephen has been based in Ignite’s Christchurch office for the last two years. An experienced architectural technician, he has worked across the residential, education and healthcare sectors in New Zealand, in addition to working on large-scale projects in Australia. Most recently he was a key member of the design team for the new A380 airbridges at Christchurch Airport.

Jason King commenced his tenure at Ignite in 2012. He has worked throughout the architectural industry on many different levels and originally joined the company as a senior technician. Part of the company’s specialist residential team, Jason has a particular interest in the relationship of architecture and the urban environment, and the way private space relates to public space.

Mlela is a Registered Architect and joined Ignite this month after moving to New Zealand from the UK. She has worked in Jamaica, the UK and Singapore across the sectors of commercial design, residential design and public design. Mlela was also a part of the project team for the Moshe Safdie designed Jewel Changi Airport, the award-winning airport retail terminal in Singapore.

Ignite continues to grow its Australasian presence and now operates five offices across the region. The plethora of landmark projects to the company’s credit demonstrate a successful track record in delivering creative, innovative and commercially astute master planning, architectural and interiors projects.