Q & A with Gregory Watts

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Defign recently sat down with Gregory Watts, the new Chief Executive Officer of Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ) to find out what drew him to ADNZ, his first impressions of the New Zealand architecture industry and why ADNZ has an important role to play in helping more kiwi families into their first homes. Gregory has a diverse background and has held leadership roles within several organisations in New Zealand and abroad.

A film festival favourite

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Frank Lloyd Wright is arguably the greatest ever American architect. In Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America, we go on a journey to find out how he earned this title. We get to know his most well-known and loved buildings, how they were conceived and how they work. We also uncover his life, his family and how his Welsh roots shaped him and his work.

On the world stage

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You will have seen this Puhoi bach before. In 2017 it captured the imagination of the world. A viral sensation, the home has been viewed on social media channels like Archipro and ADNZ close to a million times. It was featured on Seven Sharp, Stuff.co.nz, archdaily.com and many more international architecture and lifestyle publications. It was also a 2017 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Award winner. As a result of the design’s popularity, the designer received several hundred enquiries both locally and off-shore. In today’s Defign blog we explore how he handled the subsequent media attention, project enquiry and his advice to any designers looking to reap the benefits of an award win.

Practice Profile: Macfie Architectural

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Husband and wife team, Michael and Rebecca Macfie, are the talent behind architectural firm Macfie Architectural in Auckland. In this defign blog we spoke to Michael about their practice, their signature style of high ceilings and exposed trusses and what they bring to the architecture sector.

Super Street Arcade

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A total of 5,098,711 aliens were destroyed in 2018, in more than 127,000 games of ‘Space Raiders’. These games were not played sitting in front of a computer screen – they were instead played out using an oversized joystick, situated at the intersection of two busy streets, on a 5m-wide screen mounted to the side of a building. Architectural designer Pippin Wright-Stow of F3 Design was one of the street arcade’s masterminds.