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Collaborators

ADW 2024’s curatorial theme of ‘Bold & Brave’ urges a departure from the prevailing white-on-white aesthetic and encourages vibrant expression through daring choices in colour, shape and materiality.

More than visual, Bold & Brave extends influence to environmental responsibility – calling for the industry to challenge the status quo of how we design. It’s an invitation to redefine spaces with flair whilst courageously addressing the environmental impact of design.

These are the design collaborators who are boldly and bravely accepting that challenge, and sharing it with you as part of the event; and where you can find them.

Speakers, Guides and Creatives

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Aakifa Chida | Graphic Designer & AUT lecturer | Studio Chida

Panellist for visual art of storytelling speaker event

Aakifa is a graphic designer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Alongside running Studio Chida with her sister Afifa, Aakifa is also a part of the teaching team for the Communication Design course at AUT School of Art and Design where she completed her Bachelors and Masters. Her creative practice revolves around using design to promote positive social change through trying to bring about education and awareness.

Alex Fulton | Interior Design | AFD

Tilespace panelist and Ligne collab partner

Alex Fulton is a multi-disciplinary and award-winning Christchurch based Interior designer, artist and creator specialising in bold colour, form and function. In all the projects she has undertaken over the last 18 years in the design business, these are three cornerstones of her work. Colour is the lens through which she sees the world.  Colour makes her as curious as it creates a deep connection – personalising a space and a home.  Combinations of colours and how they work together to drive all her projects, and the unexpected alchemy has led her to use this in a wide variety of places and spaces. Being analytical about colour can help bring together a cohesive design plan, tell a story and set the scene for forming a unique interior style.  The combination of functionality and the aesthetic should be both considered and effortless. Alex comes to ADW to share this knowledge with anyone who will listen.

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Alex McLeod | at.space | Interior Design

Bold and Brave Design panelist at Tile Space

Alex McLeod has worked in the field of interiors and design since completing her Bachelor of Architecture 25 years ago. In 2019, after working alongside each other as friends and colleagues for many years, Alex and Tomi Williams realised that combining forces was not only great for the client but also for each other - it was an opportunity to grow and provide well considered and debated design solutions - and at.space was born. As a design studio their passion is to bring together spaces for residential and commercial projects that are harmonious, intentionally consistent and thoughtfully constrained. Colour is integral to their design intent and approach to every project to ensure that it is threaded through seamlessly and at times theatrically. Yet at the heart of every colour scheme is their understanding of a clients requirements. It is their relationship with their clients that determines how this use of colour is then permanently applied and embraced.

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Alexander Wastney | Creative Director | Designwell

Panelist for the Harrows event

As the founder of Designwell & Daymark, Alexander blends his extensive experience as a multi-disciplined designer with an insatiable drive to create brands and spaces that create connection and lasting impact for their customers. His Hamilton-based studios focus on bringing design excellence to the regions of Aotearoa.

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Amanda Linnell | Editor | APN Media

Moderator for Studio Red design talk

Amanda Linnell is one of the most respected magazine editors in Aotearoa, renowned for creating content that is always at the forefront of our cultural conversation. As the former managing editor of Viva weekly magazine in the New Zealand Herald, for the past 15 years, she was responsible for growing the brand to be a market leader, winning multiple awards across print and online. In 2020 she was pivotal in the launch of the gloss Viva Magazine which immediately became New Zealand's number one quarterly magazine, won first place in the Best Use of Print at the INMA Global Media Awards in 2021, and was inducted into Kātoitoi - the Aotearoa Design Archive. Architecture, design and luxury are all areas, as a lifestyle editor, Amanda has a discerning respect and knowledge of, making her the perfect person to discuss the design approach and build of the award-winning luxury yoga space Studio Red with architect and director DJ Tai of Cheshire Architects.

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Amanda Pearson | Senior Consultant, Sustainability and Resilience | Aurecon

Panellist for circularity speaker event

Amanda’s background began in the creative sector before being passion driven into sustainability and climate resilience advisory roles within the public sector and consultancy. This has shaped her views and insights on systems thinking and human centred design to enable an equitable, climate resilient transition to a low carbon and circular economy.  She is also currently a practicing Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional (ISAP) on a large design & construction project.

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Anna Hill | Interior Design Lead | Prinicpal | Jasmax

Panelist for the Harrows event

Anna Hill is a Principal and Jasmax’s Interior Design Lead with over a decade of local and international experience in executing world-class interior design projects across a variety of sectors. With a sharp eye for detail, she draws on experience in residential, recreational, commercial, and hospitality projects to support her multi-skilled design approach, which strengthens Jasmax’s fully integrated design offering.

Anna’s designs aim to create spaces that convey unique personalities, connecting existing and prospective users. Her design acumen, alongside a comprehensive understanding of different user experiences, allows her to create spectacular design outcomes that align with the specifics of each project. Her track record of delivering professional, well-executed projects is testament to her ability to build strong relationships and negotiate the complexities of large teams, significant projects, and multiple stakeholders.

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Annie Moir | Design Director | James Dunlop

Speaker for James Dunlop textile design event

Design director of New Zealand-based textile brand and global textile wholesaler, James Dunlop. AnnieMoir is a 5th generation James Dunlop family member, born in the South Island of New Zealand with textiles in her blood and a desire to continue a century-long commitment to delivering the very best in interior furnishings. Growing up Annie worked across all departments of James Dunlop Textiles, familiarizing herself with the complex world of textiles and gaining an appreciation for the family business. Upon graduating University in 2012, Annie began her career in product development from James Dunlop’s Auckland based Studio before moving to Sydney, Australia in 2015 to join the Mokum Studio where she expanded her textile design acumen over the 7 year period. In 2021 Annie was offered the position of James Dunlop Design Director, once again returning to this New Zealand brand. Annie is excited to bring the experience and knowledge gained from her time in Mokum Studio to the James Dunlop brand to offer accessible trend and decorative colour for all levels of the market; textiles that feel luxurious and can be confidently lived on within the family home.

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Arron O’Hagan | Senior Associate | WAM

Host of Aurecon Workspace Tour

Arron is a multi-talented professional with a diverse skillset and a passion for making a positive impact. As Project Lead on the award-winning Te Tihi Aurecon Auckland workplace, Arron is a champion for obtaining a deep understanding of clients, the environment around us and the unique perspective of incorporating a Te Ao Maori view to our work. As a sustainability leader, Arron is committed to creating a greener and more sustainable future. With a deep understanding of environmental challenges, Arron actively promotes innovative solutions that make a difference.

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Ashe Seatter | Sales & Ops Manager | The Comfort Group

Panelist for the Kovacs event

Ashe is responsible for two divisions of The Comfort Group’s New Zealand operations; the Consumer Division that manufactures and distributes soft consumer goods, like pillows, duvet inners, toppers for local retailers an export markets. And the Industrial Foams Division that manufactures and processes foam and fibre for a vast array of categories including furniture, bedding, healthcare, marine and agriculture. Ashe has been with The Comfort Group for over 10 years, spanning roles in Product Development, Innovation, Sales and Operations and has a wealth of knowledge across a wide array of products and challenges and continues to be heavily involved in Innovation within the business. The NZ Comfort Group is a 4th generation NZ owned and operated business with six factories across New Zealand and Australia. As Australasia’s largest foam manufacturer, The Comfort Group produces mattress and soft consumer goods for retail as well as processed foam and fibre for other local manufacturers and is the home of well-known brands like Sleepyhead, SleepMaker and Dunlop foams. With a strong belief and passion for keeping things local, The Comfort Group continues to invest and support local manufacturing and local manufacturers.

Cody Hill | Sales Specialist | JD Blinds

Speaker at the James Dunlop event on the frontier between technology, design and energy saving

Cody Hill is an optimistic and enthusiastic sales professional with over 10 years of experience as a sales specialist in the window coverings industry. His in-depth knowledge of what his customers' needs are and what technology is available today allows him to exceed customer expectations and provide excellent service. He is passionate about developing and maintaining strong relationships centered on trust with each of his customers.

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Dan Ahwa | Editor | Viva Magazine, Style Editor, Canvas Magazine

Moderator for future of fashion design panel

Dan Ahwa, Creative and Fashion Director of Viva Magazine and the style editor for Canvas magazine, specialises in premium magazine features across fashion, design, arts and culture. Specialising in premium magazine features across fashion, design, arts and culture, Dan Ahwa's work combines both writing and visual storytelling, producing photoshoots and helping mentor and amplify the work of some of New Zealand's leading creative talent.

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Dane Tumahai | Cultural Adviser | Te Manu Taupua

Panelist for Arup’s most regenerative workspace event

A 7th generation direct descendant of his tupuna, Chief Apihai Te Kawau who gifted land during the period of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi to establish Tāmaki Makaurau/ Auckland City. Through conquest and continued occupation, he exercise his ahikā (keeping the home fires burning) in the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau. His identity is acknowledged and strengthened through being authentic and working in reciprocity. As well as being Māori he also has whakapapa (ancestry) to Tahiti. His father - the oldest living member of their tribe at 93 - reminds him that they are both hula and haka and Dane has had the privilege of being mentored by him to become a servant leader to their iwi and community underpinned by manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whakapapa and humarie. Dane has worn several different potae (hats) over his career working mainly alongside and with Māori and Pasifika as well as providing cultural advice and guidance to both the public and private sector. He is currently involved in facilitating culturally empowering learning experiences both local and international, through tourism.

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Darcy Utting | Senior Principal, Design | Unispace

Key speaker at Arup panel event

As Senior Principal, Design at Unispace, Darcy heads up the New Zealand design team. With over 18 years’ experience in the industry, Darcy is an exceptional, award-winning designer and has worked across multiple sectors throughout Australia and New Zealand. He is passionate about creating destinations that bring people together and facilitates a culture of collaboration and excellence. Darcy’s portfolio includes workplace projects for BNZ, Dentons and most recently, Arup - where he will be part of a panel event discussing NZ’s first regenerative workspace.

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DJ Tai | Architect | Cheshire Architects

Architect and guide for Hotel Britomart tours and Studio Red design talks

Dajiang set about making not only great streets, buildings, rooms, furniture, or lamps, but extraordinarily reimagined experiences of our city. He did so from the midnight hand-painting of poetry in calligraphic graffiti on the walls of basement noodle dens, to the construction of the ten-storey half-city-block Hotel Britomart. He is the architect of the country’s first five-star Greenstar hotel, and the recipient of the nation’s Emerging Design Professional of the year, the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Sir Miles Warren Award for commercial architecture, and a dozen gold pins at the Designer’s Institute of New Zealand’s Best Awards

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Ellyn Hui | Director and co-founder | Meide

Panellist for the future of fashion design speaker event

Ellyn runs Meide Engineering, an agency that specialises in direct to consumer business and modern brands, servicing worlds of designer fashion and contemporary culture in Aotearoa and globally. Meide is well known for their web design and development trade where Ellyn’s background in motion graphics has been key in the direction.

Her work inhabits a sweet spot between art and commerce, aligning with the energy of the fashion houses she works within. Partnering with creative directors and their projects, she’s been part of the success stories of many labels that have become household names.

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Emily Priest | Creative Director | Cheshire Architects

Faradays designer and tour presenter

Emily refuses to accept disciplinary or typological boundaries within design. She leads a team of designers that push the studio’s work beyond building and into interior, graphic, product, web, furniture, lighting, and textile design. With them, she pursues totally immersive experiences, through a fierce commitment to the bespoke - from master plan to apron button.

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Emma Harvey-Gibbs | Procurement Manager & Stylist | Ctrl Source

Moderator for TWD panel event

Emma is an experienced Senior FF&E Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the Design & Architecture industry.

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Esther Stewart | Artist | I was moving too fast to see

Objectspace installation artist

Esther Stewart lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. She creates paintings and installations that call on visual languages and concepts from architecture, design and geometry. Recently, Stewart has collaborated with architects and craftspeople to extend the spatial and material possibilities within her practice. Recent major works exhibited in Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and in The National 4; Australian Art Now at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Stewart completed a Bachelor with First Class Honours at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 2010, where she has lectured in the School of Sculpture and Spatial Practice, and is currently completing a Masters of Architecture. Stewart has worked on major commissions for Bendigo Hospital, SlowBeam, ChenChow Little, Shepparton Art and for the Crowsnest Metro City train station in Sydney. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries and art fairs, including at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne. Stewart’s work is held in public and private collections internationally, including Artbank, Australia; Ballarat Art Gallery; and Lyons House Museum, Melbourne. She is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney and Station Gallery, Melbourne.

Ethan Reid | Landscape Architect | LANDLAB

Design lead and guide for Tank Park and Quay Street landscape developments.

Ethan is one of the founding members of LandLAB, a design studio working at the convergence of urbanism, landscape, ecology and place. For the last decade he has been involved in the design and conceptualisation of much-loved public spaces in Tāmaki Makaurau and Ōtautahi, in particular the regeneration of Wynyard Quarter and the Downtown Waterfront. He is interested in how we can use design-led processes to approach complex urban problems. While he can often be found buzzing around downtown Auckland on two wheels, he’s always up for a good chat and will be discussing the design intent for two CBD projects - as well as offering some Q&A.

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Eva Charlton | Graphic Designer | Extended Whānau

Panellist for Lamplight speaker event

Eva Charlton is a graphic designer based in Tāmaki Makaurau who has a particular interest in design supporting the arts and culture sector. She currently works as Graphic Designer for design studio Extended Whānau run by Tyrone Ohia and on independent projects, collaborating with artists, curators, and writers.

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George Gregory | Designer | Cheshire Architects

Faradays designer and tour presenter

George is obsessed with detail, richness and concentrated, crisply resolved environments. He applies those obsessions broadly: from the layered improvisations of restaurants to large-format inner city transformations and intensely considered, bespoke residences. For George, this means fighting just as hard for custom-made door handles as for the efficiencies and potentials of multi-storey planning. George has a lead role in the Cheshire studio’s work, running several projects at once in support of the continually evolving whole.

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Grace Wright | Artist | Grace Wright Studio

Panelist for Nanette Cameron School event

Grace is an artist based in Aotearoa New Zealand. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts in 2019 and has exhibited across New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore. She is represented by Yavuz Gallery in Singapore and Sydney, and Gow Langsford Gallery in New Zealand. Grace has an intrinsic affinity with colour. Her work radiates with tonal shifts, dancing across the canvas illustrating her comprehensive understanding of colour.

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Hercules Noble | Celeb / Private Chef | Hercules Noble Food

Host of food design event

Brimming with flavour and personality, Herc is taking the dining and digital worlds by storm. Herc discovered his love of cooking in high school, largely inspired by Jamie Oliver. Whilst he’s predominantly self-taught, his love of cooking has taken him all the way to kitchens in Europe. During his time in Bandol in the South of France, Herc quickly found himself cooking for both the owner, staff and guests on a daily basis, despite his original role being a cellar hand. His time in the Mediterranean had a big impact on his style and preferred palette when cooking. Fresh produce, rustic simplicity and meticulous presentation are all staples of a Hercules Noble dish. Working in an open kitchen att Ozone Café in London has helped curate the charm, style and entertaining aspects that all come with having Hercules Noble in your kitchen; meanwhile in working alongside a dietician in New York, he developed his knowledge of macro and micronutrients of products. The value of food for Hercules goes beyond just tasty, he wants people to feel good after one of his creations. Known well on social media for his alter ego, where he satirically refers to himself in the third person as ‘mans’, Hercules reflects not only his confidence, but his humour and personal style. At his core, Herc is a people person. Whether it is through food, fitness, fashion or his endearing frivolity, Hercules is leaving his mark one plate and post at a time, and we can’t wait for our ticketholders to experience this first hand at what is expected to be our most popular event on the ADW programme.

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Hilary West-Reeve | Circular Economy Leader & CSO | Phoenix Metalman Recycling

Panelist for our circularity speaker event in partnership with NZGBC

Hilary is focused and passionate about New Zealand’s environment.  Her 30 year career as a commercial architect has evolved now focusing on the circular economy (CE) of secondary raw materials; made locally and globally.  Hilary has spent the last 4 years owning and leading Phoenix, an award winning New Zealand nationwide CE services business.  Providing services and crucial infrastructure for the resource recovery and construction sector, delivering Toitu Envirocare verified resource recovery sustainability data and carbon emissions reporting; Phoenix are ensuring the CE becomes an embedded reality across multiple sectors. Hilary is taking action within the construction industry across multiple governance roles to ensure CE opportunities and challenges are embraced to ensure change is delivered.  The construction industry must build sustainably for future generations and be climate positive through all construction phases.  Recently appointed to the NZGBC Advisory Board and currently an advisor on the NZGBC’s Expert Reference Panel for Construction & Waste.  A graduate of NZ’s Sustainable Business Council - Sustainable Leadership Programme, and recently; the Stanford Graduate School of Business - Executive Programme.  Hilary also contributes to the University of Auckland Circular Innovations - CIRCUIT research centre as an advisory board member, and also as an Industry Advisory Group (IAG) committee member for HERA’s ‘Circular design for a changing environment: a design framework to reduce construction waste, lifecycle embodied carbon, and to enhance the circular economy for construction materials’ and HERA’s “Developing a Construction 4.0 Transformation of the Aotearoa New Zealand Construction Sector” research initiatives.

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Hildy Kovacs | Designer | Kovacs

Panelist for the Kovacs event

Born into the family business (along with brother, Johnny), Hildy gained incredible experience and exposure to the ever-changing nature of furniture design and construction. Whilst wearing many hats on different days, her work primarily focuses on designing exceptional built-to-last furniture and although technology has advanced some aspects, the integrity and honesty of the work remains the same. Gather that long history with the demands of today’s environment, matching expectations around creativity, performance and environmental influences. Hildy will discuss how that process sustainably evolves and excites.

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Jack Wu | Architect + Artist

Creator of our Bold & Brave ADW installation, Jack was born in Aotearoa and found his love for design through actively being part of diverse growing communities. Being from a first-generation immigrant family where conversations carry and constitute culture; he was fascinated by the possibility of architecture, installation art, and activation for its capacity to connect worlds that are otherwise hostile to others. With that, he has worked on various public installation projects for Auckland CBD, communal built spaces, and designed with local resources that are site or context-specific making him an obvious partner for our main event activation.

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James Goggin | Creative Director | Practise

Panelist for our graphic design event at Lamplight Books

James Goggin is a British/Australian creative director, graphic designer, and teacher from London via Sydney, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Arnhem, Chicago, Providence, and Tāmaki Makaurau. He runs a design practice named Practise together with partner Shan James, working on art, architectural, civic, cultural, and publishing projects in Europe, Asia, Australasia, and North America.

Janice Kumar-Ward | Designer | JKW Interior Architecture & Design

Panelist for Nanette Cameron School event

JKW is a collaboration of experienced professionals working alongside director and designer Janice Kumar-Ward, (BDes Int Arch). With a wide range of skill sets in house, JKW ensures each project is executed with a considered, exciting and bespoke approach. She operates a full design studio in Auckland where they display a cache of samples from leading local and international suppliers, making them a complete destination for your interior design needs. Be it residential or commercial, before or during your renovation or build process.

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Jayden Klinac | Founder & CEO | Anew

Circularity in design panel speaker

Jayden has spent the past 11 years making materials, products and packaging more sustainable, alongside developing systems that allow for true circularity. He is experienced in bio-material development and circular systems. He has built multiple businesses in this space and worked with some of New Zealand’s and the world's largest organisations. Jayden has developed plant-based, compostable bottles and packaging as well as plant-based, reusable and recyclable bottles and packaging. Jayden's goal is to design waste out of the system. On top of tackling the bottled water space, Jayden has been offering new materials and circular systems to develop packaging for other businesses in multiple formats including bottles, jars, films and paper coatings. Jayden is bringing sustainable polymer production to Australasia through leading a PHA facility build and has won multiple national and international awards for his work over the past decade. Join Jayden and others for a panel discussion on circularity as part of the ADW programme.

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Kayla Gordine | Awhina Wellness | Holistic Wellness Advisor & Singer Songwriter

Facilitator of biophilia themed wellness talk and sound bath experience

Kayla Gordine seamlessly integrates Te Ao Māori into her multifaceted career as an Artist, Speaker, Holistic Health Coach, Yoga and Group Fitness Instructor. She shares her creative expression through singing, songwriting, and musical endeavours as Kayla Jade. At the heart of her business, Āwhina Wellness, lies the harmonious convergence of Music and Wellness. Here, she crafts immersive experiences that captivate the mind, invigorate the body, and awaken the senses. Using sound as a central focus, Kayla facilitates an enhanced state of presence while equipping individuals with tools and practices for nurturing self-worth, emotional resilience, and overall well-being.

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Ken Sin | MAKE Architects | Social Entrepreneur

Panelist for the Harrows event

Kenneth is passionate about the power of design to enhance holistic wellness.  His approach is to consider social, emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing cohesively.  Built environments need to be more than shelters, they should be salubrious.  He loves to design in collaboration for well-considered solutions and mutual learning.  Kenneth has 20 years’ experience in architecture and is also co-founder of What Hope, a charity that focusses on holistic well-being for young people in South Auckland.

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Kirsti Simpson | Workplace Architect | Woods Bagot

Moderator for Harrows panel event on human-centric design

Kirsti is an internationally recognised expert in workplace architecture with significant expertise in the design and delivery of major complex projects, drawn from over 25 years’ experience across the design and construction industry. With global architecture practice Woods Bagot, Kirsti holds the positions of Global leader – Workplace Interiors, Studio Executive Chair (Brisbane) and Principal. Throughout her 25-year tenure in the industry Kirsti has designed groundbreaking workplaces for international and local clients, acting as a mediator in how design can foster organisational change.

Beyond this, Kirsti is an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland (UQ) School of Architecture. She is a Member of the Economic Development Queensland advisory panel and a member of the Division Council of the Property Council of Queensland.

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Laura Cowie | Sustainable Buildings Consultant | Arup

Panelist for Arup’s most regenerative workspace event

Working with Unispace and Arup’s cultural advisors Dane Tumahai and Pāora Puru from Te Manu Taupua, Laura played a lead role in delivering the regenerative and sustainable design approach for the Arup Auckland’s office fitout. She is now supporting Arup’s business through the implementation of the Living Building Challenge in the Perth and Brisbane Arup offices due for completion over the next year. This push towards healthy and net-positive design goes beyond net-zero, representing Arup’s desire to showcase international best practice and Total Design philosophy.

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Laura Heynike | Interior Designer | Pocketspace Interiors

Creative Director for 159Design installation

Laura is ambitious, bubbly and approaches interior design with a refreshing problem solving perspective. With a Bachelor of Interior Design, and as founder of Pocketspace Interiors, Laura has extensive industry credibility and experience in both residential and commercial sectors. Pocketspace Interiors is Australasia's leading small space specialist and continues to push the design parameters of space. That said, there is nothing ‘small’ about her design direction for the 159Design installation, she’s gone Big, Bold and Brave - just like ADW 2024’s curatorial theme (minus the big!).

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Leon Mckay | Owner & Designer | SAINTLEO

Listenting party host and Design Day exhibitor

Leon Mckay is the founder of Saintleo - a multidisciplinary workshop of design. Saintleo is hosting an interactive event around sound and light featuring the Altec A7's (Voice of the Theatre) speakers - considered by many to be one of the most iconic and revered speakers ever produced. Recently completed for the first time in polished stainless steel as a design vision inspired by hypermodernism. The speakers will debut alongside a collection of occasional seats during Leon’s Friday night preview event, and our Saturday Design Day.

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Lisa Day | Architect | Day Architects

Panelist for Nanette Cameron School event

Lisa pursued her architectural degree at Auckland University where her academic prowess earned her the title of Senior Scholar, a testament to her commitment to excellence in the field. Experience in the UK on concert halls and public architecture projects honed her technical skills but also developed a deep appreciation for the humanistic aspects of architecture. In 2008, Lisa Day founded Day Architects with a singular vision—to create spaces that resonate with the human spirit. At the core of Lisa’s design philosophy is the concept of "Intuitive Design," an approach that seamlessly blends form and function to create spaces that feel instinctively right. Her belief in the power of design to enhance the human experience has driven the studio to consistently push boundaries and challenge conventional norms. Lisa's expertise extends beyond the structural aspects of architecture; she is also celebrated as an award winning colour expert. Her keen understanding of the psychological impact of colour and texture on spaces has added a distinctive layer to her designs, creating environments that not only please the eye but also evoke emotional responses - a skillset she’s going to share with attendees during her panel event.

Liz Mitchell | Creative Director | Liz Mitchell Design

Panelist for the Kovacs event

New Zealand designer, Liz Mitchell MNZM, specialises in bespoke tailoring and championing New Zealand wool. Whether in her atelier or felting workroom, Liz is passionate about handmade craftsmanship- creating clothes and art of quality and sustainability. Liz’s interest in wool-focused, circular design encouraged the establishment of her Wool and Natural Fibres Textile Hub at the Corban Estate Art Centre in 2023. Liz believes that addressing the challenges of today’s wool industry and working towards solutions for a more regenerative, healthier planet start with community, slower production and promoting this incredible fibre. Her mission for Liz Mitchell Home is to see New Zealand strong wool used in every home, showcased in architectural spaces in a multitude of ways that will realise economic and environmental benefits for everyone across New Zealand's wool supply chain.

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Maria Walker | Senior Sustainability & Climate Change Consultant | Aurecon

Panellist for circularity speaker event

Maria is NZGBC’s Future Thinker of the Year and a biomaterials expert with a strong understanding of barriers and enables to market uptake. She sees opportunities in incentivising circular economy and making it more accessible through digital technologies, collaboration, and resources like the new Circular Economy Fit-out Toolkit.

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Mat & Blair | Cardboard Engineers | Think Packaging

Collab partners for our table activation

Like their packaging projects, Think doesn’t fit the standard template. They’re an award-winning structural packaging design agency established in Auckland, New Zealand in 2010. Their focus is purely cardboard. Lovely, adaptable, sustainable cardboard: how to cut it, crease it, and engineer it into something unique and ownable for a brand. They take on projects small and large, local and global, for clients who are tired of the norm and looking to express the personality of their products through structural packaging design. The plastic blister pack users and standard box template companies probably hate them. They’re not sorry. Your product is driven by your purpose and deserves packaging that enhances it at every touchpoint. So they obsess over the finer details and dielines, coming at every project with fresh thinking, and produce precise hand cut prototypes so you can feel the passion and craft with your own fingertips. This was no different for our table activation - the creation or their submission!

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Mayurie Gunatilaka | Principal – NZ Country Leader | Arup

Moderator for Arup hosted panel event

Leading our New Zealand business, Mayurie is focused on growing and diversifying Arup’s business across New Zealand. Her diverse career spans more than 20 years in professional services and management in the private and public sector, including regional and central government experience in Australia and New Zealand. Mayurie is a transformational leader focused on developing strong client relationships to deliver enduring, sustainable development outcomes, including transport, water, energy, and urban environments. She is also committed to enhancing partnerships with Māori communities and businesses to strengthen New Zealand communities and help Arup deliver genuinely transformative projects

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Michael Leng | Senior Associate – Interior Design Lead | COX Architecture

Panellist for TWD speaker event

As an avid supporter of the wider industry across sectors, Michael's superpower and design ethos lie in his lateral thinking and ability to view things from an objective lens that offers a point of difference. The "power of three" for Michael is the culmination of people, place, and purpose - creating meaningful environments that respond to how we experience spaces with a natural, instinctive relationship to narrative, conscious considerations around indigenous design, and the way we create, craft, and curate environments that add value to people's lives.

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Miranda Brown | Biophilic Design Consultant

Heritage Carpets x Miranda Brown

Miranda has been a leader in the sustainable design movement in New Zealand for the past two decades and is driven by regenerative design principles that look after nature and all life. Miranda’s unique art and biophilic design offering includes a range of textiles and commissioned works for interiors and the built environment. Her portfolio includes residential, workplace, hospital, hotels and public spaces including Burwood Hospital Christchurch, Public Art in New Lynn, Auckland. For ADW, Miranda has collaborated with Heritage Carpets to release a range of biophilia inspired rugs that represent the four elements. They will be showcased at the Design Depot in Ponsonby.

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Nathan Swaney & Ella Lilley-Gasteiger | Architects | Gestalt Studios

Collab partners for our stool activation

Gestalt Studios is a multi-disciplinary design studio from Auckland, New Zealand. Established by partners Nathan Swaney & Ella Lilley-Gasteiger, Gestalt Studios pursues creative projects through Architecture, Interiors and Product Design. Nathan & Ella have combined their collective architectural experiences to realise new works with a focus on expertly crafted, well resolved spaces and objects. Throughout their practice, careful attention is paid to details, user experience and materials - allowing for a body of work that can move between single objects to larger architectural scales. Gestalt Studios are exhibiting their new body of work at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February and will not only be sharing that with ADW attendees, but are also collaborating with Critical to design a stool that sits around our table activation.

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Nick Dunlop | Executive Director | James Dunlop

Speaker at the James Dunlop event on the frontier between technology, design and energy saving

As a fourth-generation director of James Dunlop Textiles, Nick’s passion is to ensure the James Dunlop brand continues to be market leaders of colour, design, and texture in the most sustainable way.

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Nick Riley | Graphic Designer | Nonfiction

Creator of ADW Brand Identity

Nick Riley, director of branding and design agency Nonfiction, has been in the industry for over 15 years working across a diverse multitude of brands and businesses from events to tech startups to international airlines. Having been to many global design events including London and Paris Design week, Nick passionately believes in the power and influence this event will have in celebrating and promoting Aotearoa’s truly innovative and diverse creativity.

Rachel Smith-Robb | Design Coordinator | Te Tehi

Panel moderator for Nanette Cameron School event

The Nanette Cameron School of Interior Design has been educated fledgling designers to push the bounds for 50 years. Their coordinator, Rachel, has a background in interior design and project management, working in both residential and commercial projects. She has practiced around the world, in Rome, London, Melbourne, and Auckland. Rachel has a passion to see students connect the dots and bring new appreciation and beauty to the spaces around them, making her the perfect candidate to lead a panel on bold and brave design

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Richard St John | HARO NZ | Sales & Ops Manager

Lead speaker for HARO event

Richard is at the helm of HARO NZ, a premier provider of German-engineered timber flooring, wall, and ceiling products, including sports flooring. With over two decades of experience with a prominent appliance company, Richard now leads the HARO NZ business arm, choosing a company that resonates with his business philosophies and a profound commitment to sustainability—a legacy HARO German has maintained since the late 19th century.

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Rui Peng | Director | Critical

Gestalt x Critical collab partner

As a Māori owned company, the founders of Critical believe that our wellbeing and our future depend on the mauri (life force) of te taiao (natural world). Therefore our life’s work is to uplift that mauri by caring for our planet. They started Critical because they wanted to be good tīpuna (ancestors) for future generations so their tamariki (children) can prosper for thousands of years to come. Climate change and plastics pollution are the defining challenges of our generation. In Aotearoa NZ, we import over 400K tonnes of new plastics, and send into landfill up to 330K tonnes of used plastics every year. Meanwhile 11% of global carbon emissions are from the production of building materials. At Critical, they are building both the products and the technology platform to transform plastic waste into beautiful, low carbon and endlessly recyclable materials to empower the next generation of buildings that will make our mokopuna proud. Rui co-founded Critical with the goal of building an enduring company that exists to manaaki (care for) people and land. As an architect by training he obsesses over making great products and cares deeply about the creative process designers often embark on to realise their projects.

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Samantha Elliot | Interior Designer | Green Room Studio

Creative Director for Design Depot installation

Hailing from a remote high country station in South Canterbury, Sam embodies a unique blend of design prowess, holistic practices, and a passion for minimalism. Armed with a Bachelor of Design (Interiors), a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, and a Level 1 Reiki Practitioner Certificate, Sam's journey has forged a distinctive approach to interior design & architecture, developing an ethos that emphasises sustainability and an organic way of living. Sam recognises the profound impact of natural elements—be it light, materials, or greenery—on our mood and well-being. "Just as eating well makes us feel good, residing in a space that resonates with us enhances our overall well-being," she asserts. With an unwavering dedication to infusing simplicity, functionality, and a touch of artistry into living spaces, Sam continues to inspire a new wave of mindful design, making her the perfect fit to lead the installation design for our biophilia inspired Design Depot.

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Sarah Hull | Director of Sustainability and Brand | Cooper and Company NZ

Panelist for Arup’s most regenerative workspace event

Sarah oversees sustainability activities and manages brand quality across a diverse range of operations and projects, including the nine-block downtown heritage precinct of Britomart, The Hotel Britomart, luxury charter vessel MV Ata Rangi and The Landing, a 1000-acre heritage property and single-estate winery in the Bay of Islands.  This includes working with the different teams to create goals and report on progress annually across all elements of sustainability specific to the location and industry of each business.

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Stephanie Moffitt | Design Director | Mokum

Speaker for James Dunlop textile design event

Design director of Sydney-based textile brand Mokum, Stephanie began her career with the company in 1993 when she was just 22 years old, fresh out of design school in Wellington. Since then, she's risen through the company and moved to Australia to lead Mokum’s design team. From the Sydney based studio, Mokum creates luxury textiles and wallpapers developed with the finest international mills from around the globe, which reflect our Antipodean lifestyle. Mokum’s designs are exported throughout the world with three established markets, Australia, New Zealand and the USA, where Mokum has built a passionate and loyal following.

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Tim Webber | Designer & Director | TWD

Panelist at own speaker event

As a New Zealand based designer of furniture, lighting and beautiful objects for home and work, Tim sees inspiration everywhere - from a small detail on a historical building lit by a quality of light only found in Aotearoa, to an old tool found in the workshop of one of his talented makers. Concentrating on both the form and function of every piece and believes it’s imperative the two sit in harmony. Tim works closely with local manufacturers and craftsmen from concept sketches through to perfectly resolved products. In concert, they bring his designs to life through both handmade and technology based processes.

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Wendy Hannah | Artist | XX

Artist contributor to our NZ-design exhibition space

Wendy Hannah is a colour and light artist known for her vibrant reflective sculptural forms.
Her beacons of light are a celebration of what is possible when an artist has an unbridled love of colour, light and play. She has a firm commitment to bringing modern innovation to time honoured processes.
Winner of the Akel prize in the Molly Morpeth Canaday 3d Awards has catapulted her career to a new level. She is working with Botany Town Centre at this time with her Installation “Liberty - Herekoretanga” The installation spans 26m by 8m and holds 31872 camellia flowers made from recycled bottles which not only celebrates our Suffrage Heroines but also the use of waste to create sparkling jewels which hold a narrative of the feminine and ecology.

You can view Wendy Hannah’s work at our NZ-design exhibition space at White Studios.

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William K Fitzgerald | Designer

Panellist for future of fashion design panel

William Fitzgerald is a multi disciplinary artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau, exploring their passion for design, fashion and sustainability at Whitecliffe College.

William has performed around the world to critical acclaim with: The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Collective Aotearoa,  Primarily dance and LoCo Arts. He has appeared in a number of films, performed on runways and has designed costumes in New Zealand, Australia and America.

In 2023 William won the Viva Editorial award at Mindful Fashion NZ's Circular Design Awards, for their work "Cockroach Jacket and pant." The work utilised Textile Products RETEX fabric to create a 100% circular, infinitely recyclable, garment.

Wynn Crawshaw | Founder & Designer | Wynn Hamlynn

Panellist for future of fashion design panel

Wynn Crawshaw is the founder and Creative Director of Tamaki-based label Wynn Hamlyn. Wynn Hamlyn is the cross-section between two fundamental design principles - Innovation and Craft. Since its formation, close to a decade ago, Wynn Hamlyn has become known for its Signature Knitwear, Feminine dresses, and classic tailoring.

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Tickets on sale now

General Admission - Full Week Access

$150 $99 Our week is underway but many of our activities still have capacity - grab a bargain and head to anything you can the rest of the week.

  • 7 Days
  • 20+ Activities
  • 5 Districts
  • 30+ Speakers
  • 17+ Pop ups
  • 50+ Brands

One ticket, full access to the entire ADW 2024 programme of events, between 10-16 March, subject to registration caps.

Registration to attend individual events will be open to ADW ticketholders only; registrations open early March.

Ticket numbers are strictly limited to ensure experiential installations, workshops and tours can be enjoyed more easily by design professionals and enthusiasts alike.

General Admission: Design Day Pro Only Friday 15th March 10am – 4pm

$75

  • 1 Days
  • 4 Districts
  • 17+ Pop ups
  • 50+ Brands

ADW has partnered with furniture, interiors and product showrooms to provide a stage for designers spanning various disciplines – spatial, architectural, interiors, product, fashion and more –  from all over Tāmaki Makaurau to showcase their work in a distinctive and engaging way.

Travel through our 18 partner venues across our three Design Districts (Grey Lynn, Parnell, Mt Eden / Uptown) on designated event transport to experience feature installations that blend these various design disciplines to create a dynamic and immersive experience for you, the ticketholder – all whilst showcasing the prowess of our design community.

Please note this ticket does not include access to other events in the ADW Programme outside of the 10am – 4pm Design Day.

General Admission: Saturday Design Day Only Saturday 16th March 10am – 4pm

$75

  • 1 Days
  • 4 Districts
  • 17+ Pop ups
  • 50+ Brands

ADW has partnered with furniture, interiors and product showrooms to provide a stage for designers spanning various disciplines – spatial, architectural, interiors, product, fashion and more –  from all over Tāmaki Makaurau to showcase their work in a distinctive and engaging way.

Travel through our 18 partner venues across our three Design Districts (Grey Lynn, Parnell, Mt Eden / Uptown) on designated event transport to experience feature installations that blend these various design disciplines to create a dynamic and immersive experience for you, the ticketholder – all whilst showcasing the prowess of our design community.

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