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Speaker Profile: Gary Lawson

14 September 2020

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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