ADNZ National Conference 2014

ADNZ is thrilled to announce this amazing line-up of speakers for the 2014 ADNZ National Conference. Calling on expertise from international and local architects and inspirational New Zealanders, this year’s line-up is sure to be insightful, educational and highly motivational.

In addition to our formal seminars, there are also several workshops sessions. These smaller sessions will be interactive and offer delegates the opportunity to have a more intimate session with some of our key speakers and sector professionals. 

Professor Mark Burry

ADNZ is delighted to announce our key note speaker for this year’s conference is Professor Mark Burry.  An internationally renowned architect, most recognised for his work as Senior Architect to the Sagrada Família Basilica Foundation in Barcelona, Mark has been working on this internationally significant and innovative building since 1979.

A creation by the famed Antoni Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia, although incomplete, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Construction of the Cathedral commenced in 1882 with Gaudí dedicating much of his final years to the cathedral. At the time of Gaudi’s death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. Funded purely by private donations, construction of the Cathedral has been a slow process with a completion date estimated for 2028. An awe inspiring building for those who visit, the Sagrada Familia attracts approximately 2.8 million visitors a year.

In addition to his work on the Sagrada Familia, Mark Burry is an internationally published writer on the life, work and theories of the architect Antoni Gaudí and putting theory into practice with regard to ‘challenging’ architecture.

Mark is a Founding Director of RMIT University’s state-of-the-art Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) in Melbourne Australia and is currently the Founding Director of the RMIT University’s Design Research Institute (DRI).

It is an incredible privilege to welcome Mark Burry to the speaker line-up and we look forward to getting a small insight into the captivating world of working on one of the world’s greatest structures.

Paul Hobbs

Paul Hobbs is the newly appointed Registrar of Licensed Building Practitioners New Zealand. Appointed to the role on 21 July 2014, ADNZ is thrilled to be able to welcome Paul to one of his first speaking opportunities in his newly acquired position.

An experienced and knowledgeable speaker, Paul has 20 years’ experience in the building industry, and has worked for MBIE, formerly the Department of Building and Housing, for the past six years. Most recently he was National Manager for the Weathertight Services Group and previously played a key role in the Canterbury earthquake recovery work for the Building System Performance team, within MBIE.

As Registrar, Paul works with the Building Practitioners Board to help promote, recognise and support professional skills and behaviour in the building industry. 

Dr Lance O'Sullivan

ADNZ is pleased to confirm Kiwibank’s 2014 New Zealander of the Year, Lance O’Sullivan, will be presenting at this year’s National Conference.

Awarded New Zealander of the Year in recognition of his initiatives to improve the health of Maori and children in the Far North, Lance O’Sullivan is a fascinating speaker with an undeniable passion and drive.

A GP based in Kaitaia and a Maori doctor fluent in Te Reo, Lance was responsible for establishing MOKO (Manawa Ora, Korokoro Ora, “Healthy Heart, Healthy Throat”) and V-MOKO, a school based and online service focused on preventing rheumatic fever among primary and intermediate students in and around Kaitaia.

Lance also set up Kainga Ora (“Well Home”), a home improvement project tackling one family home at a time, a proactive measure against ailments resulting from poor living conditions.

In recognition of his achievements, Lance has been a recipient of The Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award; The Public Health Association Public Health Champion Award in 2013 and in 2012 was named TVNZ Maori of the Year.

Passionate and insightful, the seminar from Dr Lance O’Sullivan will be sure to motivate and inspire.

Ian Butt

Award winning architectural designer, Ian Butt, will be stomping on home ground at this year's ADNZ national conference. Ian has been working with the Waitangi National Trust since the 1990's when he designed an extension to the original administration centre, so he was an obvious choice when it came to selecting key speakers for this year’s conference.

Ian will talk about two key projects during his address - the Hundertwasser Art Centre in Whangarei and the work he and business partner Grant Harris (Harris Butt Architecture) have completed for the Trust. Since completing the original work on the administration centre, Harris Butt Architecture has gone on to work on the Gateway building which provides the main entry to the site and also an NZIA award winning ablution block. Harris Butt Architecture is also working on the new Waitangi Museum.

Ian Butt started his working life in the Ministry of Works as an engineering cadet, he then ventured on an OE to Australia for around five years. He returned to Whangarei to work for two architects for 12 years and then broke the shackles to start an architectural design business in 1984, known as Butt Design Ltd.

In 2007, Grant Harris of Ignite Architects and Ian formed a new practice that became Harris Butt Architecture Ltd.

Ian Cumberpatch

Ian Cumberpatch is the principal and director of the six person architectural practice Ian Cumberpatch Architects Ltd, based in Christchurch. Ian is a Life Member of ADNZ and is the immediate Past Chair of the ADNZ Board. He is a Registered Architect, a Fellow of the NZIA and a past Chair of the NZIA Canterbury branch.

Ian Cumberpatch Architects specialises in residential architecture and has built its reputation on high quality design and documentation from project conception through to occupation. By listening to his clients he provides a personalised service, working with them and other consultants and contractors in a team environment to realise their dreams.

Over Ian’s architectural career, that has spanned almost 45 years, he has been the recipient of many ADNZ and NZIA Design awards. His current projects include numerous earthquake related repairs and rebuilds in Christchurch and new residential and commercial projects in Nelson, Marlborough and the West Coast.

Ian is committed to his profession and the rebuild of Christchurch and acknowledges the expectations of the public on his profession to work with all people and groups to deliver a new and vibrant city for the future.

Grant Harris

Grant Harris is the other half of Whangarei architecture practice – Harris Butt Architecture. Speaking on their work with the Waitangi National Trust, the pair will focus on the special requirements associated with working on such a sacred site.

Qualified in1973 Grant Harris received a New Zealand Certificate in Draughting (Architecture) from the Auckland Technical Institute and in 1977 completed his Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) at Auckland University.

In 1983, Grant became a Registered Architect and joined the NZIA.

He has also attended the Master Class in Architecture led by Glenn Murcutt at the University of Newcastle – Australia in 2002.

Grant has spent the majority of his working career employed by architectural practices, including 15 years employed at Warren and Mahoney Architects in Christchurch and Auckland. In 1999 having reached the position of Associate Director, he left to join ASA Crone Architects, which was later rebranded as Ignite Architects.

In 2007 Grant Harris and Ian Butt started Harris Butt Architecture Ltd (HB Architecture).

During his career he has worked on many award-winning projects and has had the opportunity to lecture at Auckland University in the capacity of Senior Lecturer.

Cymon Allfrey

With over 20 year's industry experience, Cymon Allfrey established Cymon Allfrey Architects in 2010. Cymon has a simple focus of providing high quality, professional design input to clients from various genres including commercial, residential, industrial and educational architecture.

Cymon Allfrey Architects offers meticulous attention to best practice that ensures the company will continue to achieve and deliver the highest level of design. Cymon has won the ADNZ National Supreme Award three times in the past five years.

Currently Chair of the ADNZ National Board.  Cymon gives freely of his time to help others in his profession and to advance the cause of quality design in New Zealand.

Mark McLeay

A recipient of more than 40 regional and national ADNZ design awards, Mark McLeay and his architectural practice, Creative Arch, are a force to be reckoned with. This year, Mark will still be present at the ADNZ conference, but this time as a spectacular addition to our line-up of conference speakers.

Drawing on more than 20 years in the architectural profession, Mark has owned his own practice for 16 years. Starting out as a Sole Practitioner, Mark has grown his business from a practice of one to an award winning team of fifteen.

Not only an owner of a thriving architectural practice, Mark has focused his attentions on developing a product called ‘The Smarter Smaller’  which provides affordable quality architecturally designed homes for all New Zealanders.

A member of ADNZ since 2001, a past Auckland committee member and ADNZ Assessor, Mark currently sits on the ADNZ Executive Board.

A familiar face of ADNZ and a stand-out member, we look forward to welcoming Mark to the stage.

Tony Biesiek

Tony Biesiek is an award winning architectural designer with more than 20 years’ experience in the building industry under his belt. 

His New Plymouth-based practice, Imagine Building Design, has been responsible for hundreds of projects in Taranaki as well as many locations throughout New Zealand and Australia. With a team of six designers, the practice specialises in residential and commercial architectural design across a range of budgets and functions. 

A strong passion for quality design, Tony regularly shares his love of architecture in his local column published in the Close2Home Lifestyle newspaper and in his occasional public speaking outings. He also encourages the work of other architectural designers in his Director role on the ADNZ board. 

Well respected in the industry and an enthusiastic member of the architecture community, Tony Biesiek is sure to stir and re-ignite anyone’s passion for design.