A New Zealand Snapshot of the Latest in Learning Environments

Published: Thursday 8 December 2016

Our term four event this year was hosted by ASC Architects, with four architects from various practices sharing quickfire talks about recent or current projects.

Alistair Wells (past principal of Unlimited School, Christchurch) explored that school’s unique approach to education and John Sofo (ASC) shared a proposal that was designed to match the vision of the school with a suitably adventurous inner-city building.

Gwena Gilbert from Jasmax took the audience through a virtual tour of an agricultural visitor centre proposed for the Mt Albert Grammar school farm, complete with a tractor showroom and 3D Revit cow.

Rameka Tuinukuafe (Jasmax) showed his latest project: Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o te Tonga o te Hokianga, a Maori immersion school on an incredible site on the southern shore of the Hokianga harbour.

The site carries with it very unique opportunities and constraints, including being located in a marine environment, no public water supply, stormwater or wastewater: all challenging for designers!

The evening’s sponsor, Furnware, was represented by Jeremy Ross. In speaking of the company’s challenge of growing to over 200 employees, Jeremy reaffirmed what the company stands for as a ‘values-based organisation.’

The evening’s networking continued after the quickfire talks with lots of animated conversation and discussion of the projects.

A very successful event that the committee is keen to repeat next year.