While working towards her masters degree, Sarah was involved in the 5th Auckland Triennial ‘If you were to live here’, an exhibition held at the Auckland Art Gallery. It involved international artists and Masters of Architecture students from the University of Auckland, AUT and UNITEC reimagining Auckland. Sarah looked at how the nuclear family fit with Auckland housing in the 21st century. This sparked her interest in residential architecture.

After graduating from University, Sarah worked for a number of years on heritage and bespoke design projects in the residential sector. She was involved throughout the entire process from concept design to construction. This experience gave her a good insight into how to approach tricky design details and thoughtfully designed outcomes.

At Maynard Marks, Sarah documents designs for a range of projects for schools, commercial and multi-unit residential property owners. She is an advocate for adaptive reuse to conserve land, reduce urban sprawl and give existing buildings a new lease of life.

Sarah works closely and collaboratively with her clients, and prides herself on her strong communication with both clients and consultants, which helps to ensure good design outcomes. She is meticulous and thorough in her design approach and manages her time efficiently.

Sarah is currently working towards becoming a registered Architect in New Zealand and wishes to advocate for the importance of heritage within buildings and explore methodologies for coherently designed buildings encompassing new and old. Sarah actively follows, and promotes, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) charter in NZ, which is a set of guidelines on cultural heritage conservation that forms a recognised benchmark for conservation standards and practice.

Qualifications

  • Master of Architecture (Professional) with Honours
  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies