“I firmly believe that working in a 3D virtual environment from the get-go ensures the design process is well-resolved and incredibly efficient.”
OLIVIA PEARSON ASSOCIATE REGISTERED ARCHITECT (NZ & WA) oliviap@ignitearchitects.com

Architecture has proved a great way for me to work, doing something I love, in some of the most amazing places in the world.

Architecture has taken me to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia and now back to Auckland. I’ve really enjoyed the challenge, and the opportunity, of working in vastly different cultures and environments.

Using BIM is an essential part of the way I practice and manage projects – or, as I prefer to refer to it, designing and building in a virtual environment.

I firmly believe that working in a 3D virtual environment from the get-go ensures the design process is well-resolved and incredibly efficient.

As architects, we obviously want to produce buildings which are strong design statements. But I think that should go hand-in-hand with ensuring they are minimising their impact on – or even benefiting – the local environment.

I’ve managed a number of sustainable submissions, including projects located in countries where the idea of design sustainability was just emerging.

One of the most unique projects I worked on was the Green One UN House in Vietnam, which was a new headquarters to house 15 different UN agencies under the one roof. This was Vietnam’s first sustainable building and the design drew inspiration from the local culture. It ultimately achieved the top ‘Gold Lotus’ rating under Vietnam’s then-new Green Building Council system.

Outside of work, I’m in the midst of renovating my own home. So, my evenings and weekends are filled with things like painting, insulation and lots of trips to hardware stores!