The design of public and civic buildings is a unique privilege.
The stakeholder engagement process for public and civic projects allows you to gain a unique appreciation of the community the building will serve. You are then able to weave their stories into your design.
These types of buildings are markers of place and provide the community with a sense of identity and pride – often unknowingly.
A favourite project would be the Te Kauwhata Library. It reflects the aspirations of the community and was a first step in revitalising the village centre.
I’ve led a number of iwi projects during my career, which I’ve found very rewarding. Growing up in a very bi-cultural part of New Zealand, and with Maori heritage, it has helped me discover a lost part of myself.
Being involved in the design of Waka Maori was an uplifting and spiritual experience. This amazing symbol of New Zealand culture represented a unified ‘many people as one’.
I believe the reward for doing architecture well is having given the world something greater than the sum of its parts – and I never tire of that.
Family takes priority when I’m not at work. I also enjoy drawing as a catharsis, given enough down-time, and I’m a keen car and motorsport enthusiast. More recently, I have taken up Taekwondo as I have always wanted to learn a martial art.