Sunday, 15 September 2013

Appreciating the Coromandel Highlands

Some pics from a trip to the Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand with Unitec 1st Yr students.


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Sited at Karekare

Students at the Unitec School of Architecture will be pondering the question, 'How does a site generate architecture?' for the rest of this semester. Following are views from our site visit yesterday.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Church Hall, West Auckland

Construction of this church hall in West Auckland was completed for handover on 9 August 2013. It was a pleasure to project manage it from start, 28 Feb 2013, to finish.

(Design & Build Contractor: Econobuilt, Auckland)

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Monday, 3 June 2013

Fitting the New into Old

A confident conversation with heritage in contemporary times: Heeren Shophouse, Malacca, Malaysia, by SCDA Architects, Singapore.

(more available here:

Thanks to the 3 website sources.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

1st Yr Students @ Unitec

Works in progress of my students on the 1st Yr Architecture Course can be viewed here. Comments are greatly valued. Thanks.

(Pic: Klecksograph by Daniel Lovelace)

Present Activity

Besides teaching architecture in Auckland I'm also administering the contract
for the construction of a church hall in one of her suburbs.

An architect can't really stay away from concreting for too long.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Studio 3 Rocks!

....and so they sail thru 5th Year! Well Done Students of Taylor's University (Studio 3, Jan 2008)!

(Pic credit: Gordon Chu, with thanks:)

Thursday, 6 September 2012

(, accessed 6 Sept 2012)

What’s Needed to Be a Global Citizen in the 21st Century

            In this article in Perspectives, Massachusetts educator/author John D’Auria suggests four proficiencies that students will need to be “nimble learners responding to challenges and opportunities that none of us can foresee”:

            • Seeking out diverse perspectives – “Too often, we gravitate toward like-minded people,” says D’Auria, “a behavior that insulates us from expanding our perspective… Preparing for a global society requires that we become curious about how others think.” It also helps to learn another language.

            • Valuing emotional insights – “Recent research into emotional intelligence helps us to appreciate that emotions often contain important data,” says D’Auria, “information that our cognitive processes are slower to grasp… Emotional connectivity also links us to other human beings, even when we cannot speak their language.”

            • Embracing creativity – “The global economy thrives on inventive thinking,” he says. “We need to value creative skills and develop them in our students. This should not be the domain of a ‘talented’ few” – nor should it be buried in test preparation.

            • Developing a growth mindset – Students will need to be continuous learners, which requires perseverance and resilience in the face of unknowable challenges and setbacks, says D’Auria. He believes educators need to explicitly teach Carol Dweck’s key insights – that intelligence and talent develop through working hard using effective strategies. “We need to provide time and support for our students to value experimentation and strengthen their capacity to learn from mistakes,” he concludes. “Though errors, failure, and setbacks are not what we seek, we need not fear them, and we should learn to recycle them into new learning.”
“Preparing Our Students for Global Citizenship” by John D’Auria in Perspectives, Fall 2011 (p. 14-15); D’Auria can be reached at

(From Student and Staff Learning, Accessed 6 Sept 2012, with thanks to Michael Sullivan)