ADNZ National Conference 2015

The conference is all about creative people, and the unexpected leaders that have risen from the rubble
and the architecture that will ultimately define this
city and impact on New Zealand’s architectural history.
Canterbury post-earthquake is a fascinating region;
it is exciting, innovative, emerging, transitional and
quite complex. Don’t miss the chance to experience
this historic point in time_

Hon. Dr Nick Smith_

Hon. Dr Nick Smith has held 12 Ministerial portfolios in the Bolger, Shipley and Key Cabinets, fr
om Conservation, Building and Construction, Housing, Education, Immigration, Corrections, Social Welfare, Treaty Negotiations, Environment, ACC, Climate Change and Local Government.

His greatest passion has been improving New Zealand’s management of the environment and natural resources. Hon Nick Smith is currently Minister Building and Housing and Environment.


Vicki Buck was Mayor of Christchurch for nine years from 1989. She retired from Council after three terms, having been very popular.

To give service to Christchurch post-earthquake, Vicki Buck returned to local politics and stood as a councillor in the 2013 local elections as was returned with the highest number of votes across all city wards. She is currently Deputy Mayor of the City.

Di Lucas_

From her turangawaewae of mud brick buildings amidst the schist and open dry tussock country of Central Otago, Di Lucas advocates for planning and design to respond to the underlying nature and culture of a place.

With a natural science degree, landscape architecture qualification and landscape planning master’s degree, her Lucas Associates team has been involved nationwide since 1979. Everywhere she explores the context and has been widely awarded for innovative geomorphologically-based landscape approaches.

In 1981 Di developed NZ’s first landscape guideline publication. The following year she designed the inaugural Colorsteel range, with her palette, for example Ironsand, standing the test of time.  Di was the Resene Lifetime Colour Award Winner 2012.

Dr Jessica Halliday_

Dr Jessica Halliday is an architectural historian based in Christchurch.  With a passion for public education and participation in architecture and urbanism, Jessica is the director of the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA), which had its inaugural event in October 2012.

David Hill_

David graduated from Victoria University School of Architecture with a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) in 1989 and became a Registered Architect in 1991.  He worked in the long established Christchurch practice, Don Donnithorne Architects Ltd where in 1993 he became an Associate in the practice.

David founded Wilson and Hill Architects Ltd in 1995 with Christopher Wilson and as a founding Director has been involved with many of the projects Wilson and Hill Architects have produced in their 20 year history.

He has designed a number of award winning residential and commercial projects including Gallery Apartments, a 14 level apartment building in central Christchurch, Houses in Carlton Mill Road and Clifton Hill, the Forte Health building and 'The Chair' Lifeguard Tower. His current projects include 'The Crossing' retail development in central Christchurch.

Kaila Colbin_

Kaila Colbin is an entrepreneur, a connector, and a person who loves to see ideas turned into action.  She is a co-founder and trustee of the not for -profit Ministry of Awesome, the starting point for making things happen, as well as the Curator of TEDxChristchurch and the founder and director of New Zealand social media consultancy Missing Link.  She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Christchurch Transitional Architecture Trust.

In 2011, she spoke at TEDActive in Palm Springs, one of three official TED conferences, about the Christchurch earthquake that had just devastated the city. This talk prompted her deep and largely volunteer involvement with the rebuild and recovery, leading to her being awarded a Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Local Hero Award in 2013.

Dr Ryan Reynolds_

Dr Reynolds is a freelance academic and consultant in creative practice and community engagement, working primarily with not-for-profits and local governments to establish frameworks for creative projects that provoke community engagement and social change.

Dr Reynolds is a founding member and chairman of the Gap Filler Trust, and the founder and strategic advisor for Life in Vacant Spaces Charitable Trust. He holds a PhD from Canterbury University on contemporary strategies of political theatre, and has had teaching and research roles in Theatre and Film Studies at Canterbury; in Environmental Management at Lincoln University; and at Copenhagen University in Landscape Architecture.

Katelyn Orton_

Katelyn is the Development Manager for the East Frame Residential Precinct.
The East Frame will be located in the centre of Christchurch. It will combine residential development comprising 940 new dwellings with cafés, restaurants and outdoor entertainment areas, presenting the best that inner city living has to offer. The success of the project is crucial to achieving the accessible, vibrant and prosperous central city envisaged in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.  Katelyn has more than 20 years industry experience and has worked with some of Australia’s leading property development companies and retirement village providers delivering a range of projects.

Katelyn is passionate about creating communities that people want to live in: places that protect and enhance the natural environment, are built for resilience, and that have people at their heart.


Tom McBrearty_

Tom has had a thirty five year involvement in a range of industries, print, health, agricultural, construction, tourism, light industry, electronics, and retail. Tom works strategically in, management, marketing, customer relations, service and staff retention.

With a wide network of connections in business and community, both nationally and internationally his focus is to develop, deliver and maintain a long term economic strategy that reflects both business and community objectives.

Tom has developed a consultative and solutions based focus with the local business community and remains engaged in community work.


Dr Billy O'Steen_

The Director of the UC Community Engagement Hub, Associate Professor Billy O’Steen, invites you to engage with how a student-led response in the form of the Student Volunteer Army became an integral part of the University of Canterbury’s new Graduate Profile.

While the University had adopted tangata tu tangata ora (people prepared to make a difference) as its statement of strategic intent before the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, the actions of the students gave true effect to the statement and embedded it as the institution’s reason for being. The lessons learned at UC are applicable to any organisation that is trying to articulate why they do what they do instead of focusing on what they do.

Mike Kerr_

Mike specialises in property and development, and routinely advises clients on complex property matters. Mike joined Anderson Lloyd in 2005 upon returning home from London. In London he worked for a law firm based in Westminster working exclusively on development projects.  He focuses on commercial property, construction and development, and leasing work, while also advising on general commercial and contract issues.

Mike acts for Christchurch City Council, SCIRT, MBIE (DBH), along with numerous private development, builder and commercial clients.  Since the Canterbury earthquakes, Mike has acted on a number of CBD development projects, both for public and private entities. He also advises on property acquisitions, supermarket and warehousing developments and leasing deals for client Foodstuffs.

Kevin Cawley_

A lighting designer with 30 Years in Electrical Industry and Design, internationally respected and known for his skills in matching the clients lighting need for cost effective, location specific, people friendly solutions that reflect the market he is designing for.  Kevin Cawley offers lighting solutions that work for and with the environment and the location.

His influence internationally as a creative designer, who delivers reality has created a niche leading designer speakers spot, both nationally and internationally.  His formative years in the Electrical Industry combined with his education and parallel career as a Lighting Designer for the Theatre has created a unique “professional combination”. 

George Shaw_

Prior to moving to New Zealand from the UK in 2009, George Shaw and his wife Shannon Webster found themselves at the epicentre of the street art movement as it exploded across the northern hemisphere.  Their passion for the genre saw them amass a major collection of artworks including 22 by Banksy. With this as its core, they set about producing street art events in this part of the world. 

Under the name of Oi YOU! They are now behind the biggest street art festivals in the southern hemisphere. These events have already seen 25 large murals painted in Christchurch with many more to come.

Cymon Allfrey_

Cymon Allfrey is an award winning Architects  
He has held a variety of leadership roles within ADNZ.  At the time of the Canterbury Earthquakes, Ian was ADNZ Board Chair, and Cymon was the Vice Chair.

Showing leadership and support to the Architectural community during the period post-earthquakes was critical.   Ensuring ADNZ members and their families were safe and able to operate their businesses and support their clients and the community was critical. 

Ian Cumberpatch_

Ian Cumberpatch is an award winning Architect.  He has 
held a variety of leadership roles within ADNZ.  At the time of the Canterbury Earthquakes, Ian was ADNZ Board Chair, and Cymon was the Vice Chair.

Showing leadership and support to the Architectural community during the period post-earthquakes was critical.   Ensuring ADNZ members and their families were safe and able to operate their businesses and support their clients and the community was critical.