You’ve recently been appointed as Associate Director –Congrats! What are you hoping to achieve with this role?
I want to give back to the studio. I’m fortunate to have worked alongside inspiring individuals, who have been generous with their time and wisdom. I hope I can cycle that experience and inspiration to the people I’m now supporting.
As part of my new role, I’m enjoying fostering our existing client relationships, along with building new ones. We have so many diverse clients out there wanting to deliver for the community, which is amazing to be a part of and help deliver.
What attracts you to the concept of adaptive reuse - Are you seeing growth in this area?
I’m seeing adaptive reuse appearing more as a consideration in design briefs. Not just adapting current buildings, but designing new buildings with future reuse in mind, planning how the space will grow and evolve.
Sustainability is a key driver of this - and not just in the construction phase, we need to ensure they aren’t going to be a burden and cost a lot to run. I’m seeing deeper analysis around negating carbon footprints, as well as flexibility for variations of use in the future.
Tell us about your involvement with Architecture & Women NZ
I co-lead the sponsorship role at A+W NZ with Melanie Bourke. It’s been amazing to build connections with other women in the industry and help provide financial support to the organisation. We’ve held some exciting events, with recent ones including the book launch of Making Space by Elizabeth Cox. The book spans the course of a century, telling the stories of remarkable female architects in NZ.
I also started A+W NZ’s Care | Work Series, which aims to offer a rich resource of curated stories on people balancing their careers and commitments outside of work. It’s important to not feel alone and be able to discuss options and support available.
You’ve previously led Ignite’s graduate programme – what advice would you give to graduates?
The graduate programme was started by my colleague Shara, which I helped to lead for some time. My advice would be to keep connecting with peers, in and outside of your organisation, to hear other experiences and different ways of approaching challenges. It’s the best way to build a support network –with shared knowledge. Don’t let mistakes set you back. We are human beings and we all started in the same position. Use mistakes as a learning opportunity, to build character and expand your knowledge - it will make you a better architect in the long term.