HOW DO YOU HELP CLIENTS FULLY UNDERSTAND THE SCOPE AND SEQUENCE OF THE PROJECT?
We use a range of tools to convey the project to the client. The 3D model is particularly great during the concept design stage where we are trying different options for window placement, roof lines or cladding types. We can walk the client through the design so they are able to envisage the design in a way that can’t always be done with drawings.
I have recently been working on a house layout for a steep site where the positioning of the 3D model allows us to provide an efficient site layout for the retaining walls and driveway.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST FAVOURITE PROJECT? WHY?
One of the first projects I worked on involved the addition of ten floors of apartments on to an existing hotel. The design and construction process was really interesting and complex not just architecturally but understanding how it would work in terms of services, structure and operationally for the client.
The apartment layouts were finely tuned and had amazing finishes particularly the penthouses. The team also developed an innovative façade layout that meant the outdoor living area was able to be used all year round.
I am currently working on the design for an existing building that requires integrating significant structural strengthening so this experience of working on an existing building and dealing with the interface between the new and old is invaluable.
WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE AN ARCHITECT?
From a young age I would take great interest in the architectural plans and specifications brought home by my dad, a QS.
I would spend hours designing dream homes and holiday houses, it’s amusing to look back on the disproportionate rooms and the lists of finishes. It is a great field to study as it combines the creative and technical.
It was great recently to work with him on a project and bring together our Architectural and QS expertise.
Qualifications & Memberships
2017 Site Safe New Zealand
2008 Registration with NZRAB
2001 Bachelor of Architecture (with Honours) – University of Auckland