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 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 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.