Speed-Mentoring in Christchurch

27 April 2019

Architectus’ Christchurch studio, in association with Architecture + Women NZ, hosted a sold-out speed mentoring evening Wednesday, 1 May. The interactive networking event involved a series of short, informative conversations with mentors from different architectural studios, stages of career, or related work fields. The quick fire nature of the event resulted in a lively and convivial atmosphere with conversations continuing well after the final bell had been rung. Deemed well worthwhile by both mentor and mentee attendees, the evening provided a hugely successful platform for forging fruitful relationships and industry networks.

A+W NZ Organising Team:

Maria Chen, Jane Rooney, Joy Partridge

Images: James Mooney, Arrchitecus


If you are in Christchurch on 1 May, get along to our fifth A+W NZ Mentoring 'Date-Night'.  The speed-dating format provides opportunities for people at various stages in their architectural career to engage in fun, fast-paced and informal conversations about their experiences in the field which can lead to impromptu mentoring moments.

Architecture+Women NZ are in collaboration again with Architectus,  in a follow-up to the very well-attended combined Auckland event last year.

Come along to chat with people working in architecture who you may never cross paths with. This event is the opposite of a formal mentor/mentee type of function - it is fast and loose, with an organic and casual approach to forming mentor relationships.
You may be a student, a graduate, an experienced architect, having a break from practice or working in a parallel field – all experiences are helpful and may be just what others are curious about.

When:   Wednesday 1 May 2019,  5:30-7:30pm
Where:  Architectus Christchurch
              124 Peterborough St, Christchurch

Cost:     $12
Tickets via Eventbrite

For more information, you can see the A+W NZ webpages on our past events: Date Night (Auckland, June 2015), Speed Mentoring Ak 02 (Auckland, September 2015), The Fast & The Curious (Wellington, October 2015), as well as Speed Mentoring Night at Architectus (Auckland 2018).

All are welcome. (Every A+W NZ event is inclusive, men are always welcome.)

Thank you to Architectus and Athfield Architects for sponsoring this event.

You may be a Mentor and/or Mentee....
...Come along to share your stories and hear others.

Others attending include;
Camia Young – Founding partner, OHU
“My experience weaves together architecture, property development, community development and entrepreneurship. I am passionate about building the 21st Century city and creating the foundations for the Age of Belonging.”
Carmel Wade – Associate, Stephenson & Turner, Reg. Architect
“Carmel believes that architecture needs to be generous in spirit; and responds positively to its time and place, through authentic cultural expression, and includes creative design that brings joy to the spaces we inhabit.
Britta Corbett – Director, Brita Corbett architect, Reg. Architect
“Brita Corbett has a considerable knowledge and experience in all disciplines of architecture from the humble garden folly to medium scale medical buildings.”
Bernadette Muir - SASM Year 3 Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Ara Institute of Canterbury
“Bernadette Muir is an architect with over 10 years’ experience working in both the residential and commercial sectors on projects with sustainability frameworks. She is currently researching, writing and teaching in the area of sustainability in architecture.”
Carsten Auer – Director, Architectus, Reg. Architect
“Carsten has 20 years’ experience working in Berlin, London and New Zealand. He joined Architectus in 1999 and has been a Director since 2008. From 2013, Carsten has been leading the Architectus office in Christchurch.”
David Smith – Director, David Smith Architects, Reg. Architect
“David Smith Architects has been established since the mid 1990s based in Christchurch providing the full range of architects’ services to a range of complex building types. He is actively involved in NZIA branch committee and NZRAB Registration Board.”
Jane Rooney – Associate, Architectus, Reg. Architect
“Jane has a broad range of experience in the commercial, education, retail, and residential sectors in New Zealand as well as in the United Kingdom where she spent ten years working on a number of high profile commercial and mixed-use developments in London.”
Pippa Ensor –Associate, Athfield Architects, Reg. Architect
“We make architecture that responds with spirit and ingenuity to the pressing challenges of our time: the need for sustainable design, quality housing, public spaces that reflect the community, and genuine collaboration.”
Ekin Sakin - Team Leader Architectural and Structural Technical Services and Design, Christchurch City Council
“My team is a multi-disciplinary architectural, structural and geotechnical team delivering advice, design and documentation for local government assets such as bridges, marine structures, libraries, halls, community centres, social housing, parks facilities and heritage structures.”
Maria Chen - Associate, Athfield Architects
“We believe Architecture has a social responsibility beyond the building, client & architect.”
Carolyn Savage - Senior Development Manager, Housing New Zealand, Reg. Architect
“As a Senior Development Manager for Housing New Zealand in the Canterbury Region she coordinates the development of social housing, from concept to territorial authority consents, budgets, preparation of business cases, building contracts and oversee the projects to completion.”
Clare Kelly - Clare Kelly Architect, Reg. Architect
“I am a New Zealand registered architect and have practiced in Taranaki and Christchurch. I have worked for architectural practices and began sole practice in 1990.  y focus was Residential and Heritage Interpretation work. In 2008 I completed my Masters and am currently working on Heritage Conservation projects”.