Who Abri Are

  • John

    John Durkin, Director, Registered Architect
    BArch University of Auckland ANZIA

    I love to question, see things differently, explore ideas and reveal hidden opportunity.

    I do this through architecture and coaching, photography and writing — and by advocating for people to make their lives better.

    My golf is a work in progress, and my passion for Liverpool Football Club a certifiable genetic malaise.

  • Taulata

    Taulata Gjerqeku, Registered Architect
    BAS MArch Prof (Hons) University of Auckland

    My aim is to make buildings fluid; a changeable backdrop to our constantly changing modes of life. I get inspired by the way we interact emotionally with spaces that we inhabit and our immediate environment.

    I enjoy travelling, spending time with my family and friends, and most of all the lessons that my daughter is teaching me on a daily basis.

  • Naomi

    Naomi Tate, NDAT BAS Unitec

    I enjoy gardening and great cups of English Breakfast tea.

    I find the context behind the site and building fascinating, and enjoy the problem solving that comes with analysing each site and coming up with a unique solution that will improve the environment in that location.

  • Sam

    Sam Lawrence, BArch Unitec

    I believe that our lives and the built environment can be improved by functional beauty, by way of thoughtful, quality design on all scale.

    I have a passion for all facets of design, and enjoy using mechanical and physical mediums to explore and solve problems.

    I'm a fan of Charles & Ray Eames for their masterful integration of mechanical simplicity, function and beauty, and have a fascination with Saabs and their alternative yet logical approach to design and engineering.

  • Gaylene

    Gaylene Rodgers, DipFA University of Auckland, NZCAD Unitec

    I'm interested in bespoke design. Individual lifestyles and the changing environment demand critical thinking and constant re-evaluation. For me, architecture evolves from personality; from the clients to the site, and the materials used to create this union.

    I enjoy up-cycling and creating objects. My collection of cookbooks keep me experimenting in the kitchen and I love growing food in the garden.