“The level of modelling we can do before a contractor even sets foot onsite is fantastic, and benefits everyone involved.”
STEPHEN PARKES ASSOCIATE stephenp@ignitearchitects.com

I like design that is sculptural in form, and uses quality local materials and good detailing.

It is interesting seeing the way technology has influenced the industry in the last 20 years. When I started, I was using a drawing board and working by hand.

With CAD and BIM, we can extract so much information from our models. The level of modelling we can do before a contractor even sets foot onsite is fantastic, and benefits everyone involved.

Renovating our home made me aware that our designs and how we construct them need to be respectful to builders, so that we give the contractor every chance to succeed.

Safety in design, and the awareness of health and safety throughout the construction process and the maintenance of the building during its lifetime is a great development. It all leads to better quality, safer buildings for those that build, use, and maintain them.

One key project I was recently involved with was the two new link bridges for Christchurch Airport to accommodate the new A380 aircraft. Although very challenging in scope, it was satisfying to help create such a successful outcome.

I planned a three-month trip through Europe around the architecture I wanted to see. The Millau Viaduct in France, designed by Norman Foster and Michel Virlogeux, was a highlight. It is an incredible structure.