Shereena Sumeran

Architectural Designer

Waikato / Bay of Plenty

A passion for Maori culture and sustainability in NZ Architecture. I have worked on a diverse range of projects including, Maori Studies buildings, agecare, residential and McD;s buildings. I am currently a Professional Teaching Fellow at Auckland University of Technology, School of Future Environments

Project Title
I was part of the design team that created Te-wananga-a-ihenga. This project integrated Maori tikanga and was largely based on my Architectural Masters thesis. The Te Wànanga a Ihenga building at The Waiariki School of Forestry and Primary Industries provides quality education and vocational services. The school was established over 60 years ago by the New Zealand Government to train students in plantation forest management, sawmilling and wood manufacturing. In keeping with the forest focus of this organisation, this new facility is a great example of modern timber design. There are a number of curved glulam and LVL beams on this project. The roof is curved, formed with the LVL rafters at different pitches. All timber was supplied precut and all components easily fit together on site. The exposed LVL veneers on columns and beams provide an impressive visual effect. Manufacture of the Glulam beams & fabrication of the LVL components for this project was carried out at the TimberLab (previously McIntosh) factory. Careful pre-assembly of the column and beam components assisted in the accuracy of on-site installation. Individual components were up to 18m long. The mixture of curved Glulam beams exposed in the main entrance as well as the functional LVL enhance this already wonderful educational facility.