Samantha joined Studio Pacific Architecture in 2015 after completing her Masters of Architecture at the University of Auckland.
Originally from Jackett Island, Nelson, she has a strong passion for practical crafts and the outdoors, having spent hours exploring the coastline of Nelson via land and sea.
This combined interest in the built and natural environment was extended in Samantha’s final year thesis project as she explored the concepts of resistance, flow and adaptation in the extreme and ephemeral surroundings of Wellington’s south-west coastline. Three dwellings of differing degrees of permeability were designed in response to the tenuous yet harsh conditions of the site. This thesis project was shortlisted for the NZIA Graphisoft Student Thesis Design Awards and was a finalist in the AAA Visionary Architecture Awards.
In further attempt to bring together a love of design and outdoors, Samantha builds carbon fibre and bamboo skis, aided by the use of laser cutting, CNC technology and the 3D modelling programme, Rhinoceros.