The Judges

Tim Nees

Tim is an experienced and distinguished architect leading his own practice in Christchurch. A year ago he was appointed to the role of Architect in Residence at the University of Canterbury, a part-time role teaching engineering students about architecture, integrated design, and creative collaboration. He is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Architects, a committee member of the NZIA Canterbury Branch, and last year convened the NZIA Local Canterbury Awards.

Before establishing his own practice in Wellington in 1993, Tim worked for Athfield Architects, gaining valuable experience and contributing to a wide range of buildings. He then established a joint architectural office and contemporary art gallery, New Work Studio, in Cuba Street, becoming well known for his highly crafted private homes and for his advocacy for some of NZ’s leading artists.

In 2013 he shifted his practice to Christchurch. Taking on the role of Architect in Residence has been an enjoyable challenge, and a good fit for his skills. The expression and integration of structure with architecture, and building effective professional relationships, has always been of primary importance in his design approach.

Tim has won many awards for his buildings, including the NZIA National Award for Excellence in Architecture. His buildings can be found in many parts of New Zealand, from Central Otago to Kaiwaka, north of Auckland. He is currently working on residential and commercial projects in and around Christchurch, in Marlborough, and on the Kapiti Coast.

Sheila Watson

Sheila Watson started her new role as Southern Region General Manager of Heritage New Zealand, based in Christchurch, on 16 November 2015. “I am excited to join Heritage New Zealand and contribute to the stewardship of New Zealand’s important historic and cultural heritage,” says Sheila.

Sheila is a planner by training and has previously held senior positions with Mighty
River Power, Meridian Energy and CERA. She also spent seven years as a commissioner on the bench of the Environment Court.

“Sheila brings considerable expertise and awide range of skills to this position,” says Heritage New Zealand Chief Executive Bruce Chapman.

“Her general management, environmental policy and planning background, coupled with significant mediation experience will be very useful in her new role.”

Grant Wilkinson

Grant is the managing director of Ruamoko Solutions, a consulting structural engineering firm, since 2006. He was formerly a project director at Holmes Consulting Group, where he was the director/structural engineer for large public building projects such as the base isolated Christchurch Women’s Hospital and the Christchurch Art Gallery. Grant is a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

His passion is developing solutions for his clients, and often this includes the design of advanced seismic protection systems where Grant has been at the forefront of pioneering seismic design.

Grant has a long association with seismically strengthening heritage buildings in Christchurch. He was project director for the Christ Church Cathedral, The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, The Canterbury Provincial Buildings, Public Trust Building, Old Malt house, several Christ’s College buildings and he was project director for part of the Parliament Buildings base isolation and refurbishment project.

Grant is currently working on several stabilisation and strengthening projects in Christchurch, including strengthening the Canterbury Provincial Buildings, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and rebuilding the Lyttelton Timeball Tower.

Jenny May

Jenny May is an architectural historian and heritage consultant and Director of Heritage Management.  Post the February 2011 earthquake she has spent the majority of her time as the principal consultant heritage adviser to the Christchurch City Council Heritage Recovery Team.  She has also been involved with the Council teams working on the conservation and repair of the Council’s heritage assets.

Jenny has been involved in a number of Trusts and Boards over the years including the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Board, the Arts Council – Creative New Zealand, the Board of Te Papa Tongarewa and she is immediate past chair of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) (NZ).  She is currently a trustee of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Foundation and a Lay Canon of the Dean and Chapter of Christchurch Cathedral. She received the ONZM in the 2007 New Year’s Honours for her work in heritage.

Dr Anna Crighton

Dr. Anna Crighton, QSO, JP, the champion for these awards, has a proven record as a staunch heritage advocate and is committed to the retention and conservation of New Zealand’s bi-cultural heritage. In 2011 she was appointed Chair of the Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund Trust as well as President of Historic Places Aotearoa.  A Christchurch City Councillor for twelve years (1995–2007) during which time she chaired the Arts Culture and Heritage Committee, a Director and Chair of the Christchurch Arts Centre Board (1994–2004), her establishment of the Christchurch Heritage Trust in 1996 of which she is still a director, her role on the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Board since 2003, all attest to her long-standing commitment for upholding heritage values.

Anna has a strong personal commitment to community affairs and has been a member of the Theatre Royal Charitable Trust since 2001, is on the Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings Advisory Committee. Anna was awarded the Queen’s Service Order for Public Service in 2005. In 2012 she completed her Doctorate at the University of Otago, awarded with distinction.