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.
Within Studio Pacific, Max hopes to work on a range of projects and learn more about New Zealand’s built heritage within a professional practice environment.