How did you get into this line of work?
I’m an architect and health planner with over 28 years in design and construction of complex healthcare projects. I did 1 year of engineering as well and started as a healthcare architect straight after graduating and things took off from there.
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
My work means I get to work on big super-sized developments, as well as complex renovations. This work has taken me all round the world, including Australia, Singapore, Belgium, The Netherlands, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
What are some of the big hospital projects you’ve done in your career?
There are have so many and I’ve loved them all! Here in NZ: Christchurch Women’s, MercyAscot and the refurbishment of Auckland Hospital. Internationally: Prince of Wales (Sydney), Sengkang (Singapore), Al Noor (Abu Dhabi), and Canal Point (Dubai).
What do you enjoy about working on the New Dunedin Hospital project?
My role is to make sure the design meets everyone’s needs, and at the same time is modular and adaptable for the future as changes occur (such as new ways of treating patients or evolving technology). I get to work with doctors, nurses, architects, engineers and lots of others who are all incredibly talented and committed to what they do. It’s inspiring for me, and I can’t imagine ever doing anything else. (Well, as a career anyway, but if you ask me about classic cars then that’s a different story!)
What’s your advice for people wanting to get into the industry?
Do what you love (which goes without saying). Start early, get your qualifications and get job experience on any project as soon as you possibly can.