“simplicity in design is achieved through complex detailing and creative approaches.”
PRITISHA UNKA ASSOCIATE REGISTERED ARCHITECT pritishau@ignitearchitects.com

People should love the neighbourhoods they live in and I am an architect who wants to create those built environments.

Auckland’s immediate need for housing means architects need to balance a robust design process with fast paced development. It’s a real challenge. We rise to this challenge by making active use of the array of different skills and experiences within our entire team.

I think a good architect is a good listener first; someone who pays attention to the requirements of the client as well as the community who will use the space. An architect needs to challenge and add value to a client’s vision.

My interest in architecture and construction was sparked when I was quite young. It was really engaging to watch my parents work with an architect to design their dream home, and later seeing the bare land grow with foundations, walls and a roof.

My previous experience in high-end, bespoke residential architecture taught me the importance of quality details, and that simplicity in design is achieved through complex detailing and creative approaches.

Currently I have a project under construction in Queenstown - The Remarkables Residences. This development provides medium density housing, responding to Queenstown’s ongoing growth and expansion. Seeing the neighbourhood develop and realise its relationship with the surrounding environment – both natural and built – is incredibly rewarding.

In my own time I love to travel and experience the cultures and flavours of different parts of the world. It’s shown me how influential culture and society is to good design. I often find myself reflecting on spaces I’ve encountered on my travels, as I am working through the design process.

More recently I’ve developed an interest in maps and I’ve started collecting them digitally, in books, and on my travels. I find them fascinating because they work at a scale so much greater than architecture and urban design, yet in many ways they interconnect with architecture and the built environment.