On March 22nd, Natasha moderated the Architecture + Women NZ Diversity and Inclusion panel which included three D&I champions form the corporate sector: Russell Windsor, Felicity Evans and Kirstin Te Wao. Our panellists shared insights on their learnings and some of the D&I initiatives they have implemented in their work places. It was a great session, with lots of humour and robust discussion for the audience. While there is more work to be done on measuring broader diversity issues within the profession, the statistics on the gender balance in architecture don't make for great reading. Just 19% of registered architects are women and the proportion of females in senior positions are below 10%. This event was a timely forerunner to the launch of the diversity agenda, an initiative to increase when in both the architecture and engineering professions. Thanks to everyone who attended the panel event.
Natasha joined Dowse director Courtney Johnston and architectural photographer Patrick Reynolds for a panel discussion on architecture and photography at the Dowse on the 18th February. The discussion was one of a number of events the gallery has hosted in response to their current exhibition Gavin Hipkins: The Domain.
"Whether it’s a recent suburban development in Auckland, the beat-up facades of 1970s buildings on New Zealand university campuses, or Le Corbusier’s ‘radiant’ city Chandigarh, architecture appears as subject and symbol over and over in Gavin Hipkins’ photography and films."
We kicked off the year with a shoot at our recently completed Twin Peaks House, for a special project due out later this year. Watch this space for more news.
We have new digs at the bottom of Franklin Road! We've been working on the fit-out of M Studio for the last few months so it's great to finally move in and set up shop.
Here's Natasha talking about "what architects do" at the studio presentations, hosted by Warren and Mahoney as part of the NZIA - Auckland Branch Festival of Architecture. Five other practitioners also spoke about various aspects of their day to day work, followed by a Q&A session with the public.
This month's Urbis magazine features the penthouse project we collaborated on with Huset. August 2017
Natasha is delighted to be named as a finalist for the Wirihana Leadership Award, at the Architecture + Women Dulux Awards 2017. The A+W•NZ Awards are held every three years and seek “to highlight ‘bodies of work’, rather than single architectural objects, an area already so well served by the many excellent award programmes that already exist”.
After 10 months on site our Twin Peaks project is nearing completion. The project included the restoration of the existing Edwardian villa and a contemporary double gabled addition to the rear. Here’s a sneak peak of some of the finishing details.
The Langs kitchen fronted a piece on The Kiwi Kitchen in April’s edition of Houses NZ magazine. In the article, Natasha talks about flexibility and the need for the kitchen to be considered in the context of the home and the client’s lifestyle. You can view the web version of the story here.