The left side of centre, the open side of mindedness.
I am on the left side of centre, the open side of mindedness and border on obsessive when given a challenge. I am personable and easy going, focused and responsible. Ko Ngati Porou me Te Whakatohea taku iwi. Registered since 2009 with experience across all stages of project delivery, my primary interest is in public architecture.
I believe understanding the social and political environment in which we design is critical to producing great architecture. I like to develop and work closely to well-defined briefs, produce thorough and cohesive documentation and follow through with effective contract administration to ensure projects are realised. With several prominent projects involving major restoration, the integration of cultural and heritage fabric with contemporary work has become a defining design strength.
Collaborative by nature, I value working with others: clients, consultants, contractors, colleagues, peers, mentors, graduates. I seek common ground and herd knowledge to create the best outcome.
My career began in New Zealand’s leading Mäori practice working with iwi on highly collaborative projects spanning public housing, education and community facilities. More recently, I have practiced in Australia further developing specialty in public architecture. I have taken leadership roles for library, community centre and health projects. Within team environments, I have worked in large-scale justice and education. I have operated as a sole practitioner on both sides of the Tasman Sea since establishing the company Fresh Moko in 2006. In 2016 I joined CO-OP Studio in the role of Senior Architect.
My enduring research interest lies in the civic realm as a communication field. The cultural grounding for this work is in the marae atea and its spatial activation through the protocol of powhiri. Submitting for a PhD remains on my to-do list.
I have two sons and a brown dog.