Interdisciplinary foundation education, Bauhaus pedagogy,New Zealand Architecture, Modernism, Material Culture
Dip. Interior Environmental Design (AUT)
Masters of Architecture (VUW)
PGCert Higher Education Learning and Teaching (VUW)
Both design practice and design education are evolving dynamically with the re-emergence of an interdisciplinary and more comprehensive approach to the pedagogy and discourse surrounding culture within design thinking and making. A demand to widen the scope of design inquisition away from the predominantly euro-centric model currently practiced to a more culturally inclusive approach acts as the principle catalyst in my endeavours to develop pedagogical models to enable this paradigm shift. A focus of my research is the use and understanding of the universal and the more culturally specific examples of visual-spatial languages. My research aims to place indigenous knowledge within design pedagogy in order to enable more diverse and inclusive approaches that engender more fluid, transparent and coherent communication. This research involves a critical approach to the application of Bauhaus ideals amalgamated with cultural and indigenous practices to address both contemporary and future scenarios involving design thinking, teaching and practice.
As a pedagogue my relationship with the Schools of Architecture and Design has been an enduring one and one of which I am very proud. For the bulk of my career I have combined both teaching and design practice. In recent years I have centralised my efforts in pedagogy and research. My focus has been the interdisciplinary and extremely diverse first year studio. Currently I am the Deputy Head of the School of Design the Programme Director of First Year Design. I believe by taking an inclusive approach to the teaching and learning environment, and embracing diversity in order to introduce students to the multiplicities and intricacies of the design world, its vocabulary and its possibilities. I encourage an environment in which our students are both well-equipped and confident enough to confront and challenge, in an innovative way, the complexities held within the environments they both inhabit and design within.
Programme Director First Year Design Victoria University of Wellington, 2013
Tutor/teaching fellow Victoria University of Wellington Schools of Architecture and Design, 2000–2012
Established in 1991, nan-odesign has endeavoured to bring to each project a level personal and personalized design work. Each project is a portrayal of each client.
Athfield Architects, 1982–1987
Bossley/Cheshire Architects, 1987–1988
Craig Moller Architects, 1988–1991