Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington
Max joined Studio Pacific Architecture in 2017 after completing his Masters of Architecture at Victoria University.
From Wellington, he has a strong interest in local history and the built heritage of New Zealand, particularly the cultural history of place.
This interest in local history and cultural memory was explored in Max’s final year thesis project investigating the history of Haining Street as Wellington’s Chinatown, proposing strategies for reasserting memory in environments from which they have been erased. To address this issue, a contemporary Chinese art gallery and housing scheme was designed providing accommodation, working, and exhibition spaces for an artist in residence programme between New Zealand and Chinese artists. This design mediates between traditional Chinese architectural principles and the built history of Haining Street.
Max has been involved in numerous projects since joining Studio Pacific, including 30 Madden, Massey Refectory Building, Hannah’s Factory Apartments, William Weir Wing, Tākina – Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre, and many Heritage Conservation Plans and Assessments of Environmental Effects. He is also a keen member of our in-house Sustainability team – working to ensure sustainability is at the core of our practice and projects.