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We're proud to bring some of the most inspirational and notable speakers to the architectural community.
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Whare Timu

Principal/Senior Design Lead,
Warren and Mahoney Architects 

Whare is passionate about  the the voice of indigeneity within  architecture.

­­­Architecture can empower indigenous and First Nations communities, and indeed all of us, giving rise to cities which are unique and powerful expressions of our civic identity. Indigenous cultures have relevance to everyone. They remind us of a time in our collective past when we were intrinsically more connected to Country, and they offer seminal lessons as we search for ways to solve the problems of our time.  Whare Timu will  use his presentation to  discuss the potential of co-design.

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Eman Yousef

BSc, MSc (Arch.Eng.)  University of Cairo, Proconsult

Eman Yousef is originally from Egypt, she will use her session to discuss the challenges facing a middle eastern woman  in the New Zealand industry.

Eman graduated from Cairo University with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in architectural engineering. Due to her qualifications and experience not being recognized in New Zealand, she  has gone back to university in Auckland. Eman   will describe her experiences in the New Zealand sector and give an insight into her learning process over the past six years.

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Nigel Latta

Clinical Psychologist

Blending real world pragmatism, the latest psychological research, and humour in an engaging and thought provoking manner. Clinical Psychologist Nigel Latta is a much sought after speaker. 

Nigel trained as a Clinical Psychologist and worked for over two decades in the areas of forensic psychology and family therapy. He’s written eight books which have now been published in 19 countries and 10 languages.  His television career has spanned almost a decade and he’s presented a number of series including Beyond the Darklands, The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show, On Thin Ice: Nigel Latta in Antarctica, and The Hard Stuff.

In late 2018 he decided it was time for a new adventure and founded a tech startup to develop a revolutionary parenting app.

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Stephen McDougall

Director, Studio Pacific Architecture Ltd 

Director of Studio Pacific, Stephen will be presenting on his leading role in  the design and delivery of Tākina, Wellington's new events and exhibition center.

With a career spanning over three decades, Stephen has established himself as a leading figure in the fields of urban design, strategic masterplanning, architecture, and interior design. 


Stephen will be discussing his recent architectural project, Tākina.   Stephen will talk about how the project showcases a    merging of functional requirements with aesthetic appeal, resulting in a dynamic and captivating building that serves the community.

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Tony Alexander 


Renowned economics speaker and writer, Tony will be  shedding some light on what the outlook is for the New Zealand construction sector and economy..

Tony Alexander was Chief Economist at the BNZ for almost 25 years and has been out on his own as an independent economist since late 2019. He distributes the free weekly “Tony’s View” publication to over 29,000 subscribers each week, writes a weekly column for OneRoof, has a weekly video blog, and speaks at about 80 functions a year around New Zealand. He also runs five monthly surveys which give coalface insight into what is happening in NZ industry and the housing market in particular.

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Roger Walker

Walker Architecture &  Design

Roger Walker is one of New Zealand’s most prominent architects, he has created a style which has affected New Zealand's architectural identity.

Roger Walker was born when modern movement architecture started to appear in New Zealand. He studied architecture when modern architecture reached maturity and the theories of post-modern architecture were being formulated, and he began to practice as post-modernism began its initial development.  During his growing practice, Roger  has contributed to an emerging concept of regional architecture and strengthened the notion of New Zealand architectural identity.

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Karl Wakelin

Associate, Sustainability, Aurecon 

Karl will cover why taking a proactive approach to sustainable design is critical for the  design community both from an environmental and legislative perspective.

Karl brings 14 years of experience working in sustainability for the built environment in the United States, France and New Zealand. Karl leads the Building Sustainability Practice area for Aurecon in Aotearoa, working on Residential, Commercial, Healthcare and institutional projects across the Motu. 

Karl will cover upcoming  changes to legislation and  will also touch on some of the bad practice  which is rife in the industry and how to ignite change to educate and design these practices out of our buildings.

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Linda Kestle

Associate Professor – Construction

Linda will facilitate an interactive workshop where delegates will share experiences, and diverse viewpoints, reflect and explore the value that could be added by implementing/incorporating a collaborative integrated Design & Construct process instead of the standard DBB approach.  From briefing to handover stages and beyond, to create outcomes that are best for project, the project team and the client, now and on future projects.

Linda  has a strong background in the international research publishing community, architectural and engineering consultancy practice, and on-site construction project management.

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John Walsh

Architectural Author

John Walsh is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading architectural writers. He has published a dozen books, many of them on residential architecture.

Much of the coverage of architecture and urban issues in Aotearoa is pessimistic: analysis  of unaffordability, complaints about intensification and reports of record-breaking prices for bloated houses in a few favoured suburbs. But there’s another story, one less told. John's talk will discuss  several current grounds for optimism.

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This year’s panel discussion will be focused on the transformation of the construction sector. What are the greatest challenges for Architectural Designers and Architects in the Mid 21st century? What are the biggest opportunities and what changes do we NEED to make? Join us for a lively discussion between four    industry experts, Antonia Reid from MBIE, Katherine Hall from ConCOVE Tūhura, Martin Pratchett from ENZ and Pamela Bell from NZIOB.

Panel Discussion

Pamela Bell, Martin Pratchett,  Katherine Hall and Antonia Reid

These industry experts will come together to discuss    transforming the construction sector  and what the implications are for designers and design.  

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Bridget is a qualified radio announcer, producer and journalist. She has worked for all of Canterbury’s major networks and honed her skills as an MC for corporate and stadium events during this time. She’s hugely proud of living in Canterbury and currently enjoys working with Exhibitions and Events New Zealand as the Manager of the Canterbury Home Shows every March and October at Christchurch Arena.

Bridget De Goldi

Conference MC

Bridget’s enthusiasm for life has been broadcast on Canterbury’s airwaves for over 25 years, and to make a good broadcaster, you’ve got to have some great stories under your belt.

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The Building for Climate Change programme is delivering a range of initiatives to reduce emissions and increase the climate resilience of our built environment. Suzannah will provide an update on progress, and highlight some of the key challenges and opportunities this sector faces in achieving New Zealand’s climate goals.

Suzannah Toulmin

Policy Manager Building for Climate Change

Suzannah Toulmin manages the Building for Climate Change programme at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

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