Ignite appoints new Associate with strong background in public sector design

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“Stirling’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Ignite team.”

Ignite is pleased to announce the appointment of Stirling Burrows as Associate. Stirling brings to the role over two decade’s worth of experience across the sectors of residential, commercial and civic design.

Prior to joining Ignite, Stirling held the role of Studio Manager. This saw him create systems and processes to streamline the delivery of projects, as well as strategies to drive practice growth.

“Stirling’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Ignite team,” said Michael Bilsborough, Director at Ignite. “I’m confident that he will play a key role in leading the team to provide high quality solutions for our clients.”

Notable projects Stirling has delivered include his award-winning design of the Te Kauwhata Library. This seminal civic building reflects the aspirations of the community and was a first step in revitalising the village centre. It received an NZIA Regional Architecture Award in 2011.

Another key client is the Fire and Emergency New Zealand, which Stirling worked with on a variety of brigade facilities over 10 years. He has also delivered a number of Iwi projects. This includes his involvement in the design of Waka Maori. A cultural show case for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the Waka is a symbol of New Zealand culture representing a unified ‘many people as one’.

Stirling believes that the design of public and civic buildings is a unique privilege. Stakeholder engagement allows an architect to gain a unique appreciation of the community which the building will serve. By delighting and intriguing their audience, these types of buildings will be cherished for a long time to come.