Over his career, Kevin has built a strong portfolio in the mixed-use sector, delivering high-profile international projects in countries such as Australia, the UK, and Singapore. Now based in the Auckland studio, he will play a key role in shaping Ignite’s mixed-use projects across the Asia Pacific region.
Principal Grant Armstrong says Kevin’s niche set of skills will be an asset to the practice.
“His design skill and collaborative approach fit well with Ignite’s passion for creating great spaces for people. Kevin’s appointment continues to strengthen Ignite’s position as a key design leader in the mixed-use space.”
Kevin believes that great mixed-use design has placemaking at its core.
“It enriches the amenity of a place and creates an attractive destination that people are drawn to," he explains. "I’m really excited to contribute to and build upon the work Ignite is delivering.”
Kevin's interest in the sector began in Singapore, where he worked on a retail, commercial, and hotel development in the Marina Bay area.
“This was the first time I got a taste for balancing typologies in a way that responds to the local context and way of living. I now thrive on creating these sorts of mixed-use environments.”
Kevin most enjoys projects that help shape a community. Highly skilled in stakeholder engagement, he says the process gives the design team a clearer insight into local needs and behaviours, which results in a more responsive, focused design.
“When you learn about a new culture, you can appreciate the subtle differences and create an architectural design that celebrates them. To get it right, you have to engage with communities, people, and conversations.”