ADNZ National Conference 2020 | Inspiring a Design Revolution

ADNZ National Conference 2020 | Inspiring a Design Revolution add

The ADNZ National Conference is coming to Auckland’s waterfront on the 19th – 21st of November. A highlight of the ADNZ event calendar, this year’s theme is focused on designing for the decade ahead.

The Conference will bring the best minds in architecture together to address and refocus our attention on adapting our design principles to some of the most pressing issues facing our environment today.

We sat down with Architectural Designers New Zealand’s CEO Gregory Watts to find out why this is such an important conference to be a part of.

So, what can attendees expect from the ADNZ National Conference?

Long renowned for bringing some of the most progressive minds to the architectural industry, this year’s conference line-up will not disappoint. We have experts hailing from all corners of the industry to share their knowledge, to push the boundaries, and to challenge perspectives.

Why is this an important conference to be a part of?

Due to the many disruptions we’ve seen in 2020, this is one of the first real opportunities the architectural industry has had to come together and to refocus ahead of 2021.

We’re right on the cusp of a revolution in design. This year has brought to the forefront some of the most critical issues facing our environment and society. We’re at a turning point where climate change, the state of our post-Covid economy, and the need for architecture to adapt to answer some of the most pressing socio-economic issues has never been more important.

Who are some of the speakers you’re most excited to see?

A focus this year when planning our Conference speaker line-up was to ensure we had a strong balance of academics, industry leaders, and mental health trailblazers.

Dr Paola Boarin is a highly respected figure in academia and comes with a wealth of experience. Paola will be addressing the climate-change challenges we’re facing and will delve into how we can be part of the solution through our design practices.

Our panel discussion with Pip Cheshire, Pete Bossley, and James Lundy will be a must attend. I’m interested to hear their thoughts on where they see design going in New Zealand and what the design revolution will look like.

Another speaker I’m really looking forward to hearing from is Matty Lovell. If this past year has taught us anything, is the importance of mental resilience. Matty has one of the most inspiring stories to tell of overcoming hardship, and how he turned some of the most challenging situations into the biggest opportunities.

Who should attend?

Anyone looking to elevate their knowledge, to push the boundaries, and to play their part in ensuring the architectural sector is evolving and adapting should be in attendance.

In particular, if you are an architectural designer, architect, building professional, a member of local council, or want to be part of the conversation shaping the future of architecture, I encourage you to come along.

Find out more about the ADNZ National Conference speaker line-up, social functions, and full programme at

Register today and take advantage of Early bird pricing, available until 16 October.