Speaker Profile: Gary Lawson

Gary is one of the founding directors of Stevens Lawson Architects Limited established in 2002. The practice’s strengths lie in the creation of innovative design responses with a high level of aesthetic sensibility and functional resolution, collaborative design with clients, consultants and users is intrinsic to their approach to architectural practice.

Gary’s key skills include: managing clients needs, design background across multiple project types, leadership with a focus on client service, innovative design and technical resolution, oral communication with individuals and groups, project brief consultation and formulation, promoter and exponent of collaborative/team based working models, liaisons with local authorities, leading regular PCG meetings to co-ordinate consultants and manage the budget, managing the programme against key deliverables, and managing the project team.

Gary has strong formal design and model making skills. Gary was a senior lecturer to semester 1 Master of Architecture students at Auckland University lecturing in Critical Regionalism; Identity, Themes and Materials. He was a jury member for the AAA/Cavalier-Bremworth Design Awards in 2005. He has regularly lectured and participated as a guest critic at AUT, Unitec and University of Auckland School of Architecture design studio programmes. Gary was appointed 2010 & 2011 Adjunct Professor of Design at the Unitec School of Architecture. He was the conveyor of the 2011 Auckland Branch Awards and appointed member for 2011/12 NZIA National Awards jury. Gary was a 2014 Home of the year jury member.

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