Director, Building Science
My current research projects investigate the practical nature of how to create architecture via building, focusing on good construction methodologies, as well as an on-going interest in creating sustainable weathertight buildings. I am also examining the exploration of social space as an architectural form maker, this continues to be a key area of interest. My ongoing research examines how design can create more vibrant spaces within our built environment, as is evident in my SAHANZ conference papers. Within my role at Studio Pacific I was involved in award-winning projects that include the design of Kumutoto public area on Wellington waterfront, the design and construction of the Meridian building and the refurbishment of Aorangi house. Solar Decathlon 2011: I am a Victoria University of Wellington Faculty advisor to the FirstLight House entry for the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2011. I have been working with the student team on how to design and construct a world-beating solar-powered building and arrange its transport to the USA in 2011.