“If people enter the space and experience what you intended, and use it in the way you intended, then that is successful design.”
MLELA MATANDARA-CLARKE ASSOCIATE mlelam@ignitearchitects.com

Housing doesn’t make a community, but good design does.

I’ve always been drawn to the creativity of building. When I was 16 years old, I realised that I wanted to make spaces for people.  I love people-centric design – particularly working on projects that focus on how people live and the way they use spaces.

I have worked with different firms around the world, including in Jamaica, the UK and Singapore. This has given me broad experience across commercial design, residential design and public design.

I started working with BIM early in my career to develop technical strategies and 3D models. I enjoy integrating it with design to streamline and optimise workflow.

Being able to fuse the outdoor environment with the inside space that people use and experience on a daily basis makes a building more alive and personable. I think that should involve blending materials and environments.

Being able to tap into what people should feel in a space, and then being able to create that, is a part of excellent design. If people enter the space and experience what you intended, and use it in the way you intended, then that is successful design.

I love rock climbing, and am excited about exploring New Zealand’s outdoors with my family. I have also heard you have some of the best ice cream in the world!