Paula MacDonald

  • Paula MacDonald
  • Principal – People and Practice Manager

Paula joined the Studio in early 2009. As our People and Practice Manager, she manages the support services for our busy architectural practice and has a passion for shaping and supporting the positive and engaging organisational culture the Studio is renowned for.

With responsibility for the company's human resources and administrative functions, she leads a committed team of people providing these services.  Paula is responsible for developing and implementing the Studio’s people strategy to support our business goals and create a great place to work.  With a strong focus on culture and engagement, she is also responsible for performance management and talent management strategies, recruitment, learning and development and sits on the Studio’s Health and Safety Committee.

Paula has a diverse background, spanning two decades in business management; including human resources, operations, public relations and communications management across a number of industries.

Qualifications and affiliations

  • Member of Human Resources Institute of New Zealand
  • Member of New Zealand Institute of Management
  • Certified Mental Health First Aider


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