New associate appointed to Ignite residential team

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“When I had my own practice, I saw myself as a facilitator guiding my clients through the design process as we made their ideas a reality. Now at Ignite, I’m very much looking forward to mentoring others.”

Residential specialist Stuart McKechnie has been welcomed to Ignite’s Auckland studio as an associate on its Residential team.

An experienced design practitioner of 17 years, Stuart has worked with a variety of architecture firms in London, Vancouver and Auckland, and until recently has been in private practice specialising in small-scale residential projects.

“I really enjoy the journey of a project – having a role in it from start to finish,”, Stuart says.

“When I had my own practice, I saw myself as a facilitator guiding my clients through the design process as we made their ideas a reality. Now at Ignite, I’m very much looking forward to mentoring others.”

Ignite Residential Director, Michael Bilsborough, says Stuart’s extensive knowledge of the Auckland residential environment and meticulous attention to planning requirements, consents and buildability gives him great credibility with builders as well as local authorities.

“Having run his own business and earned a separate degree in Construction, Stuart has really strong, holistic project management experience as well as outstanding design ability, and we feel very lucky to have his unique skills on the team as we enter a new phase of significant growth.”

One of Stuart’s favourite projects was designing a home in Auckland’s Māngere Bridge. Reflecting his passion for “cocoon-like” structures featuring metal or concrete exterior shells with a contrasting warm interior, he took inspiration from nearby Māngere Mountain and its volcanic rock, designing a dark metal clad structure with precise, clean lines concealing the softer timber ply of the interior.  

He looks forward to helping create more homes for New Zealanders, particularly working with medium and high-density typologies.

“While the way we use modern technology and inhabit the digital world has the potential to separate us from each other, I love the way good high-density design creates community spaces that have the capacity to bring people together.”