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Michael BilsboroughMichael Bilsborough

Michael Bilsborough


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I get a real enjoyment out of projects that make a difference to people’s day-to-day experiences. I believe that by creating a personal connection to the project and having empathy with the user, we can create environments where people can truly thrive. For me, form follows function. This mindset puts the user at the front of mind and ultimately results in a seamless experience for those who inhabit the space. Whether it be thoughtful master planning, healthy social housing, or vibrant residential apartments, we can add value through architectural innovation and smart thinking. My goal is to leave a space in a better position than I found it.

Registered Architect (NZ & UK); Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Architectural Studies; Bachelor of Science in Architecture (Honours)
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My career spans over 30 years. In this time, I’ve managed multi-headed clients and delivered high-profile projects in both New Zealand and the UK. I take a sensitive approach to stakeholder engagement, where I bring diverse groups together by identifying their shared values.


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I’ve been privileged to have lived in many countries, and I enjoy seeing how different people respond to the same challenges that all of humanity face. Functionally smart, efficient design inspires me. Take the bicycle; a simple machine that is accessible yet highly engineered.

Competing in triathlons
Two wheels. Fast enough to get somewhere but slow enough to enjoy the journey
The Chrysler Building in New York is one of my favourites