Our studio has been using the Microsoft Surface suite of products since 2017. Director of the studio, Jo Aitken, shares a little bit more about her experience with the technological advances of this suite of products and our work processes.
Our team, Alice O'Brien-Gortner, Madumal Gunaratna, Sophie Daly and Daniel Christev worked with the University of Auckland's Biotech scientist Dr Svetland Boycheva and the talented guys, Isaac and Stephen from Monmouth Glass Studios on this project.
Thanks to Elle Magazine and Architecture NZ for writing about our Project: Intelligent Futures: Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology and Architecture.
We are lucky to have Alice O'brien-Gortner, Seattle born and New Zealand trained, join our team at Atelier Aitken. In addition to excellent architectural skills, she is a talented photographer, recipient of the Simon Devitt Prize for Photography, and artist. Her keen interest and background in environmentalism and botanical taxonomy puts her in good stead to be key member for our new Biotechnology project that we are carrying out in partnership with a leading Synthetic Biologist from the University of Auckland.
South by South West (SXSW) 2017 left us feeling super inspired to kick off some new in-house research based projects. We've had conversations with robots, lunch with an astronaut, attended humanitarian design & smart city workshops, played with AR, VR, art installations, new biotechnology & so much more
This is a future focused event, where Technology, Design, Architecture, Art, Branding, Business, Music + Film collide. We will be presenting one of our educational projects: 'The Environmental Playscape : Transforming School design through AR, Gaming and Sustainability'. The School of the future will be environmental hubs for each city The diagram above is a birds eye view showing the conceptual layout for the school of the future. Open, flexible, playscapes that are environmentally focused and responsive to the rapidly changing needs of learning and technological developments. A mixture of permanent and temporal enclosed spaces will be found within. The active learning layer will be created from an evolving mixture of physical elements and mixed reality technologies. For more information go to: http://www.atelieraitken.org/futurelab/the-future-of-learning-environmental-playscape
We are very excited to be named as a winner in the 2016 Architecture Awards, part of the Global Awards Programme, for 'Best in Bespoke Residential Design'.
Both Madumal and Sophie have been trained in Architecture at the University of Auckland. Sophie, a talented all-rounder who has won several awards across a wide range of areas including design, art and research is an absolute asset to all parts of our practice. Madumal has won various architectural design and graphics prizes and helps lead our graphic design and audio visual work.
New Plymouth’s Len Lye Centre is a finalist in the prestigious World Architecture Festival Awards. The awards celebrate global architectural excellence and are judged by international panels of architects and critics who are experts in their fields.
The Len Lye Centre is a finalist in WAF’s Culture category. Jo Aitken was the main personnel and Project Architect, for Patterson Associates, who were the lead consultants for the project.
All category winners will compete for the title of World Building of the Year. Category winners will be announced at the festival in Berlin, Germany on 16 and 17 November, with the World Building of the Year winner announced on 18 November. Click image above for source article.
In June, Local Government New Zealand named the Len Lye Centre as a finalist in the Creative New Zealand Excellence Awards for Best Creative Place. The centre opened to the public on 25 July last year.
On behalf of the NZ Institute of Architects Auckland, we installed the exhibition on New City Architecture in Auckland City. It is open 24hrs for public viewing at the Britomart Atrium. The exhibition was designed by Atelier Aitken and fabricated and installed by the talented team at Angus Muir Design. We have also partnered with Panuku, The Roots Creative Entrepreneurs, Makerhood, Architecture + Women, NZ Institute of Landscape Architects and a few individuals to create a series of exhibitions at the Silos. They are open 11am - 4pm daily and 11am - 8pm on Friday.
A large number of other events took place during the week including a 24hr Architecture Competition, an interactive workshop on building houses and cities, seminars on co-housing, and the Ngati Whatua, hosting guests at the Orakei Marae. They took guests through Rā Waiata, which combines the joy of singing waiata (songs) along with some understanding of tikanga (protocol) in relation to powhiri (welcoming). There was
We are proud to be supporting this year's Architecture Week as one of the main organiser's for the event, which is focused on ‘Housing the Future’. Could a curlier theme be chosen for a week of architecture-related events and activities? Housing (whether it’s the lack of, affordability, quality or type) is the word on everyone’s lips and more often than not it’s a word with the worrying suffix “crisis”. As prospects for affordable home ownership diminish for many, difficult conversations are needed about how we design and build, the nature of our cities and how we live in them. Click the image above for more details.
Check out the July / August 2016 issue of Metro Magazine to see an article about our director, Jo Aitken.
Director, Jo Aitken, was the Project Architect and main personnel for this project, spending four years working with Patterson Associates, from the inception of the design through to construction.