Tessa Forde

Is an architectural designer, teacher and researcher addressing architecture as a social practice that can mobilise community, allow everyone to feel agency in the built environment, and provide tools for re-imagining the world. She is currently undertaking her PhD in architecture at AUT’s School of Future Environments. She has had co-leadership roles in and/or been awarded by some of architecture’s most recognised and effective international communities including The Architecture Lobby, Free School of Architecture, RIBA, and the NZIA/Te Kāhui Whaihanga.

Leonard Hobbins

Is an architectural designer with an interest in popular forms of architectural media, how the culture and values of place can be captured in the built form, and making good design accessible to everyone through novel use of conventional materials. Leonard is a Licensed Building Practitioner (design) working in Whiritoa and Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. He has completed more than 10 projects on the Coromandel including 5 new homes in Whiritoa, and worked on medium density eco-housing in suburban Los Angeles.

Simon Glaister

Simon Glaister is an artist, seismic engineer, and architectural designer. His expertise is in turning complex, abstract, and/or loosely defined, hard-to-elaborate ideas into intuitive and affective outcomes at any scale. As a PhD candidate in engineering he authored the foundational paper in analytical seismic vulnerability assessment and meta analysis for reinforced concrete and steel structures now used by the reinsurance industry around the world. Simon cares about revealing and evolving the connection between people and the places they live.