About Architecture + Women NZ

Architecture+Women-NZ simply shines the spotlight on women working in the field of architecture, because it so often misses them.

The core aims of Architecture+Women•NZ are; visibility - to provide a support system which helps make visible the hard work of A+W•NZ members, and inclusiveness - to remove or reduce as many barriers as possible, (class, religion, culture, sexual orientation etc) working from the strong platform of gender, for the benefit of all those who work in architecture.

A+W•NZ do this via four strategies;

1. Networks - online database, Facebook page, Twitter, Newsletters, mentoring events etc

2. Events - Exhibitions, Awards, Symposiums, Lectures, Breakfast talks, Waiata mornings etc

3. Research - Publications, Journal articles, Magazine articles, Oral Histories, A+W•NZ Timeline etc

4. Policy - Guidelines for Institutes, Practices, submissions etc

A+W•NZ is free and accessible to all who meet the 3 criteria as listed in the Rules below;

  1. Architecture: To have trained to the equivalent of a Bachelor Degree in architecture or similar.
  2. Women: To identify as female or non-binary,
  3. New Zealand: To have either trained in New Zealand or reside in New Zealand.

A+W•NZ is a non-profit Incorporated Society. It was initially founded in May 2011, with the website launch in November 2011. A+W•NZ became an Incorporated Society in January 2013 (certificate number 2573642), and Annual General Meetings are held each year in May - AGM minutes and financial reports are available.

The purpose of this website is to provide a current database and network of women in architecture associated with New Zealand. You may be working within New Zealand or elsewhere in the world, or currently not working in the architectural field. Whatever your relationship to architecture, your information counts to us, and we would like to help keep you connected and visible.

Individuals are encouraged to upload their details to build this growing database. Watch the pie chart on the Home page change as more join the database. Information collected will create a relevant and important resource of statistical information displaying how women make architectural lives, whether in the profession or in expanded fields. The 'snapshot' of the data in September 2013 contributed to a national series of exhibitions of architecture + women, and the launch of our publication Snapshot 500 in 2013. (For documentation of the exhibitions, see the Articles and Exhibition sections.) It also allows for the many diverse working lives of women trained in architecture to become more visible, one of the key aims of the organisation.

Following the success of the original 1993 exhibition "Constructive Agenda" the A+W•NZ Exhibition 2013 was held to mark the passing of 20 years since that event. It provided another snapshot of the activities of women in architecture, so that the issues of what has changed, and what hasn't, since that event can be seen. A publication, Snapshot 500, accompanied the four exhibitions, held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

The relationship of Architecture + Women changes throughout the decades, as recent research by Professor Errol Haarhoff, from the Auckland University Architecture School, has indicated. We can also compare the New Zealand situation with Australian statistics, and are lucky to have access to excellent data and analysis published by (New Zealander) Gill Matthewson for Parlour.

Wherever, whenever and however you work - we want you to be a part of A+W•NZ. The organisation is free and accessible, if you meet the three criteria (listed below in the Rules, 2.0) then please upload your profile onto our website. We will keep you updated with news and events via our monthly email newsletter. Check out our Mentoring Page and social media pages as well, links are under 'Networks' of this website.

A+W NZ is a radical and inventive organisation, which seeks to remove social and professional barriers through the design of its many activities and platforms.

(Please note that all information on each A+W NZ Database profile page is controlled by the person who created it, A+W NZ cannot accept responsibility for misrepresentation.)


In 2011 a core group set up the A+W•NZ database and website, with the intention of short and long term research, exhibitions, events and publications. Energy for this project grew quickly and widely and in January 2013,  A+W•NZ became an Incorporated Society. The organisation is conceived of as having an 'umbrella' structure, with the core team holding the handle, while members and non-members can come and go as suits them - and can choose how close to the centre they stand. The organisation is and will always be free and accessible. There are too many wonderful volunteers and participants to name here, but most are named on the event pages themselves on the website, and below (before The Rules). The organisation ebbs and flows over time, but the initial main structure of this non-profit organisation has been established by the following people;

Current A+W•NZ Group (2021):

Core Team;

Co-Chairs: Maria Chen & Anner Chong

Treasurer: Raina Singh

Secretary: Ysabelle Empiso

Kaiurungi: -

Porfolio Leaders;

Networks: Vanessa Coxhead & Wing Chan

         Social Media:  Kitty Fan & Ornella Priotti

         Mentoring: Anner Chong

         Newsletter: Vanessa Coxhead & Wing Chan

Events:   Bianca Maneva & Theja Jayalath

Policy:       Lynda Simmons

Research:  Lynda Simmons

Specialist Roles;

Archivist:   Lynda Simmons

NZIA Liaison: Gaelle Domingue

Sponsorship:  Lindley Naismith

Mana Taumata: Sarah Treadwell

A+W•NZ Group (2020):

Co-Chairs: Divya Purushotham & Lindley Naismith

Treasurer: Teresa Munro

Secretary: Ysabelle Empiso

Kaiurungi: -


Networks: Anner Chong

Events:   Theja Jayalath

Policy:      Kitty Fan

Research & Archivist:  Lynda Simmons

NZIA Liaison: Ysabelle Empiso

A+W NZ Newsletters: Vanessa Coxhead and Wing Chan

Mana Taumata: Sarah Treadwell

2019 A+W•NZ Group:

Co-Chair: Divya Purushotham

Co-Chair: Lindley Naismith

Treasurer: Suchi Undevia

Secretary: Ysabelle Empiso

Kaiurungi: -


Networks: Anner Chong

Events:   Theja Jayalath

Research:  Lynda Simmons

Policy:      Kitty Fan

Archivist:  Lynda Simmons

Mana Taumata: Sarah Treadwell

2018 A+W•NZ Group:

Co-Chair: Lynda Simmons

Co-Chair: Divya Purushotham

Treasurer: Suchi Undevia

Secretary: Sukshma Paranjpe

Kaiurungi: Amber Ruckes


Networks: Anner Chong

Events: Ysabelle Empiso

Research:  Ashleigh Smith

Policy:  Lynda Simmons

Mana Taumata: Sarah Treadwell

2017 A+W•NZ Group:

Co-Chair: Lynda Simmons

Co-Chair: Elisapeta Heta

Treasurer: Nicole Allan

Secretary: Divya Purushotham


Networks: Anner Chong

Events: Sukshma Paranjpe

Research:  Ashleigh Smith

Policy:  Kitty Fan

Mana Taumata: Sarah Treadwell

2016 A+W•NZ Group:

Chair: Lynda Simmons

Secretary: Elisapeta Heta

Treasurer: Nicole Allan


Networks: Lauren Speer

Events: Sukshma Paranjpe

Research:  Rebecca Green

Policy:  Kitty Fan

Mana Taumata: Sarah Treadwell

Core Group (2011-2015):

Lynda Simmons

Megan Rule

Julie Wilson

Sarah Treadwell - Mana Taumata

Specialist Area Leaders:

Project Manager: Elisapeta Heta

Sponsorship: Lindley Naismith

Treasurer: Lindley Naismith / Lynda Simmons / Fritha Hobbs / Nicole Allan

NZIA, NZRAB Liaison:  Christina van Bohemen

A+W•NZ Wellington:

2018-2019: Sarah Bookman, Bron Phillips

2013-2017: Marianne Calvelo, Peggy Russell, Ariana Pia, Kirsty Jones, Bridget Lensen, Amanda Kissling

A+W•NZ Christchurch:

Maria Chen (2018) Jane Rooney, Chloe Coles, Brita Corbett, Jessica Short (Johns)

A+W•NZ Southern:

Virginia Barlowe (2017), Anne Salmond, Hannah Sharp (2013)

A+W•NZ Taranaki:

Emily Batchelor

A+W•NZ Hawkes Bay:

Courtney Vuicakau, Renee Woods

A+W•NZ Incorporated Society Foundation Members:

Megan Rule

Lynda Simmons

Sarah Treadwell

Julie Wilson

Nicole Stock

Lindley Naismith 

Elisapeta Heta

Kathy Waghorn

Christina Van Bohemen

Ainsley O'Connell

Jane Aimer

Raukura Turei

Wendy Shacklock

Sara Lee

Linda Tyler

The Teams Behind The Events:


Camia Young (OHU); Development and Communities: Lynda Simmons, Sukshma Paranjpe, Divya Purushotham

In:situ Conference Breakfast: Divya Purushotham, Ysabelle Empiso, Theja Jayalath

Whiskey + Women; Distilling the Design Process: Sarah Bookman, Chloe Coles, Bronwyn Phillips

A+W NZ Speed Mentoring Christchurch: Maria Chen, Jane Rooney, Joy Partridge

A+W NZ with NZIA Auckland Branch Practice Forum - How do You Practice?: Ysabell Empiso, Theja Jayalath + NZIA organisor Megan Rule

A+W NZ Hosting Interstices Lunch with Prof Felicity Scott: Theja Jayalath, Lindley Naismith

A+W NZ Public Speaking Masterclass: Divya Purushotham, Olivia Wong

A+W NZ Speed Mentoring with Architectus: Kitty Fan, Theja Jayalath, Joy Partridge

A+W NZ Speed Mentoring at Victoria University of Wellington:  Ekta Nathu, Bron Phillips, Sarah Bookman, Chloe Coles

A+W NZ  Father’s Forum 2019: Lynda Simmons

A+W NZ WikiLounge Project (ongoing): Blagica Maneva, Lynda Simmons

A+W NZ Hawkes Bay Monthly Group: Renee Woods


A+W NZ Timeline On Tour - Hawkes Bay: Lynda Simmons, Alison Miranda, hilary Finn

Early Women in New Zealand Architecture Lecture Series by Elizabeth Cox: Lynda Simmons, Maria Chen, Chloe Coles, Sarah Bookman

Megastructures: The Women Behind The Pacifica: Lorna Hamilton, Lynda Simmons

Speed Mentoring Night @ Architectus:  Lauren Speer, Joy Partridge

Public Speaking Masterclass: Maria Chen (Christchurch)

A+W NZ ChCh Meet & Greet: Maria Chen (Christchurch)

Diversity & Inclusion: A Panel: Divya Purushotham

A+W NZ Dulux Innovation Tour 2018: Dulux - Philip , Lynda Simmons

A+W NZ Hawkes Bay Armstrong Site Visit: Courtney Vuicakau


A+W NZ at Auckand BuildExpo 2017: Lynda Simmons, Yenegh Badimayalew, Gaynor Eade, Katie Corner, Jane Waldegrave, Aish Basrur, Pip Newman, Krupa Patel andTerese Fitzgerald

A+W NZ Timeline for University Centenary: Lynda Simmons,Marianne Calvelo, Joy Roxas, Lucy Treep, Ashleigh Smith, Alex Pirie

A+W NZ Dulux Awards 2017: Lynda Simmons, Elisapeta Heta, Nicole Allan, Divya Purushotham, Peggy Russel, Bridget Larson, Amanda Kissling, Sukshma Paranjpe, Anner Chong

A+W NZ and SGA Building Workshop: Lynda Simmons

A+W NZ Interstices Lunch with Moira Gatens and Susan Ruddick: Lynda Simmons

A+W NZ Wellington Archi Tour: Marianne Calvelo, Peggy Russel, Bridget Larson, Amanda Kissling


A+W NZ at Auckand BuildExpo 2016: Lynda Simmons, Sukshma Paranjpe, Siran Li, Anner Chong

Local Women Speak: Lauren Speer, Kitty Fan, Rebecca Green, Nicole Allan, Lynda Simmons

Ra Waiata: Elisapeta Heta, Nicole Allan

The Common: Housing Our Communities: Lynda Simmons, Elisapeta Heta, Nicole Allan, Sukshma Paranjpe, Hannah Sharp

A+W•NZ Timeline @ Silos Revisited: Lynda Simmons, Elispaeta Heta, Nicole Allan

Toast Breakfast Series: Marianne Calvelo, Peggy Russell, Ariana Pia, Kirsty Jones, Bridget Lensen

Lunch with Lene Transberg: Nicole Allan, Lindley Naismith

Rachel Bevan Lecture: Min Hall, Megan Rule

Spektrum Arkitektur Breakfast: Hannah Andrews, Nicole Allan


Fernanda Cabral A+W•NZ Breakfast: Hannah Sharp

He Wai: A Song?: Elisapeta Heta, Lynda Simmons

Wiki Lounge: Rebecca Green, Victoria Streeter

Date Night Ak•02: Dasha Tapa, Kayley Feng, Pam Sando, Siran Li

Date Night: Janice Au, Siran Li, Kayley Feng, Bojana Kavrakovska, Pam Sando

Kissing Breakfast: Hannah Sharp, Nicole Allen

Black Friday Breakfast: Megan Rule, Lindley Naismith, Elisapeta Heta, Lynda Simmons


A+W•NZ Awards: Lynda Simmons, Elisapeta Heta, Megan Rule, Julie Wilson, Nicole Allan, Hannah Sharp, Aimee Lee

Gentle Foundations: Elisapeta Heta, Rebecca Green


Symposium:  Sarah Treadwell, Sue Hedges, Charissa Snijders, Wendy Shacklock, Shandiz Shahram

Graphics: Sara Lee and Lucs Doolan Mill Space

Media:  Nicole Stock

'Between Silos' Curator:  Ariane Craig-Smith

Architecture Women NZ Incorporated Society         RULES

1.0         Name:

Architecture Women NZ Incorporated

2.0            Membership Criteria:

Architecture Women NZ Inc is a not-for-profit organisation made up of voluntary members who meet the following criteria;

  1. They have trained to the equivalent of a Bachelor Degree in architecture, spatial design, or similar.
  2. They identify as female or non-binary,
  3. They have either trained in New Zealand or reside in New Zealand.

3.0            Objectives:

3.1     The purpose of Architecture Women NZ Inc is to raise the level of visibility of women trained or working in the architectural field, in order to achieve equity in the architectural field, as well as to provide support, advocacy and information. This may be achieved through several methods, including;

  • Providing research opportunities in the areas of gender equity, (eg website database as archival reference tool)
  • Providing research opportunities into areas of diversity, eg gender, cultural, spiritual, and physical disability,
  • Providing publication opportunities, (magazine, broadsheet, journal, catalogue and book publication)
  • Providing the platform for award and sponsorship opportunities and development
  • Providing an online database, which is voluntary and self-uploading/deleting,
  • Providing mentorship, (via website and events etc)
  • Assisting communication and connection (via monthly newsletter, online forums etc)
  • Holding events (such as exhibitions, symposiums, book launches etc),
  • Providing survey opportunities and results,

3.2            It is the intention of Architecture Women NZ Inc to be inclusive, as it is recognised that women often have a variety of work/life patterns throughout their working lives. This inclusive aim applies in several ways, including;

  • A core aim is to maintain free membership for the online database, in the recognition that not all those trained in architecture are working professionals,
  • If the three criteria for membership are met, exclusion of any member can only occur if they behave in an unlawful manner, or one which is not related to architecture and/or related creative arts.
  • There is no requirement for members to be currently active in the architectural field,
  • A wide variety of training options into, or out of, architecture are recognised.


4.0            Membership and Meetings:

4.1   To become a member of Architecture Women NZ Inc, members upload their details to the online database at www.architecturewomen.org.nz. To complete registration, each member is to provide two images and their name. Any further information is optional. Database membership is free.

Members can amend, suspend or delete their membership at any time by signing in to the Architecture Women NZ Inc website with their own password. No notification is necessary and no costs apply.

4.2     The Architecture Women NZ Incorporated Society is to have a minimum of 15 members at all times.

4.3   There is to be a Chairperson, a Secretary and a Treasurer at all times, elected by current Architecture Women NZ Inc members. (This is called the core committee.)

4.4     The core committee can establish and disestablish sub groups at any time during the year, as deemed necessary to meet the aims of the incorporated society. Leaders of the sub-groups are to be agreed upon by the core committee. The timing of meetings for the core group and/or sub-groups can be determined as necessary by those groups.

4.5   There is to be one annual meeting (AGM) to elect a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer, and to have members approve the Architecture Women NZ Inc Society’s annual financial statement.

  • The timing of this annual meeting is usually held between the months of April and September, and is determined by the current core committee. Notification of the meeting will be given via the website ‘News/Events’ page. (Other notification methods such as the A+W•NZ newsletter and A+W Facebook page may also be used, however these are optional.)
  • Nomination for election is called for via the Architecture Women NZ Inc website one month prior to the AGM, and can be provided via personal contact, email or mail to Architecture Women NZ Inc at any time up to and including the meeting.
  • Voting will take place at the AGM meeting, by ballot.
  • At an AGM, all members can provide the Chairperson with topics for discussion prior to the meeting. The Chairperson is to determine the order of discussion and length of time allocated to each item.
  • Minutes are be taken at each meeting and distributed to all members present or with apologies to that meeting.
  • Resolution to issues may be reached through general debate, a voting process, or by a Chairperson’s decision. If resolution is unable to be reached, the item concerned will be closed and re-presented for further debate at the next meeting called.


5.0            Financial:

5.1     All income and sponsorship raised on behalf of Architecture Women NZ Inc is to be deposited into the nominated Architecture Women NZ Inc bank account. This account is not to be used for any financial transactions not related to Architecture Women NZ Inc.

5.2  There must be two approvals for any financial transaction relating to the Architecture Women NZ Inc bank account, and anyone benefiting from a payment must not be one of those approvals.

5.3     Architecture Women NZ Inc should operate in credit at all times and borrowing funds to meet operating costs is not encouraged. If it is deemed necessary by the core committee that short-term borrowing is necessary, agreement must be reached from the core committee and at least 15 members.

5.4     Any profits are to remain in the nominated Architecture Women NZ Inc bank account to gain interest for future use by Architecture Women NZ Inc to meet the main objectives of the society. These funds should not be directed into alternative investment accounts.

5.5     All profits raised by Architecture Women NZ Inc are to be used for the activities and benefit of the Incorporated Society. Income to Architecture Women NZ Inc cannot be used for financial gain of any of the Architecture Women NZ Inc members.

5.6     Architecture Women NZ Inc can employ people, including society members, and pay them for the work they do.

5.7     Annual financial statements are to be prepared by either the Treasurer or an accountant and filed with the Registrar of Incorporated Societies, Ministry of Economic Development.[1] There is no requirement for financial statements to be audited. The financial year ends on 31st March, in accordance with the New Zealand IRD financial year.


6.0            General:

6.1     The Architecture Women NZ Inc website (www.architecturewomen.org.nz) is to be maintained in operation as a priority.

6.2     Contact information is to be provided on the website ‘Contact’ page at all times. At the time of establishment, (2012) this contact information is;      

website:            www.architecturewomen.org.nz

                                                Email:                        architecturewomen@gmail.com

                                                Mail:                        PO Box 105972, Auckland 1143

                                                Physical:            2/28 Anzac Avenue

                                                                          Auckland 1010           

6.3     Any changes to the contact information can be made on agreement at a core committee meeting. The physical office for Architecture Women NZ Inc can be a selected architectural office of any one of the members, as agreed by members of the core committee.

6.4     Architecture Women NZ Inc is to maintain an identity as a group rather than be a vehicle for personal identification. The intention of this rule is to ensure the A+W•NZ Inc group identity can continue to exist indefinitely, after committee members leave their positions.

6.5     The Committee shall provide a common seal for the Society and may from time to time replace it with a new one.

6.6     The Secretary shall have custody of the common seal, which shall only be used by the authority of the Committee for matters directly related to the aims of Architecture Women NZ Inc. Every document to which the common seal is affixed shall be signed and countersigned by at least two members of the core committee (Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer).

6.7     Architecture Women NZ Inc Rules can be altered by agreement of the core committee and with the vote of at least 15 members.

6.8     All activities of Architecture Women NZ Inc and its members must be lawful.

6.9     Any activity carried out by Architecture Women NZ Inc must fall within the objectives as stated above and as set out in the rules.

6.10     Architecture Women NZ Inc can be brought to an end as an Incorporated Society when the members decide through a voting ballot. On closure, all assets are to be donated to a nominated charity with similar objectives to Architecture Women NZ Inc, which works towards achieving gender equity in the field of architecture and associated creative fields.


[1] The annual financial statement should include the following information:

  • The society's full name
  • The financial year that the financial statement has been prepared for
  • The income and expenditure of the society for that financial year
  • The assets and liabilities, as at the close of the financial year
  • All mortgages, charges, and securities of any description affecting any of the property of the society at the close of that year.