I believe that design functionality is critical. With my background in draughting, I have a robust understanding of the technicality and buildability of design. I get a huge sense of satisfaction when I sit down and figure something technical out. There are so many complex details—both small and large—in a design, and getting them right is vital to the overall success of a building. Weird and wacky designs are the most exciting to me – does the technology exist to support the vision? Is it buildable? To push the boundaries of design means we push the boundaries of technology and drive innovation.
I’ve been in the architectural field for almost 40 years; I started my career in draughting before moving into design and delivery. With my solid technical experience and documentation skills, I’ve built a reputation for delivering successful projects across typologies.
I do a lot of DIY around the house – I enjoy using my hands to create something. Not only does it give me the satisfaction of having built it myself, but it gives me an appreciation for the effort that goes into building something – especially large structures.
The thirteen households each have six to seven bedrooms and a carefully crafted home environment. Residents are encouraged to help with cooking, laundry, gardening, or simple tasks like making tea, reinforcing every-day routine – and consequently familiarity, into the village lifestyle.
The CARE Village is an aged care facility located in Ngongotaha, just outside of Rotorua, and as the NZ pioneers of a recently approved care model, is steadily transforming the aged care sector around the country.