V4 Emerging Identities

Thesis 2013
University of Auckland
School of Architecture and Planning

Sarah Al-anbuky –
Sarah is originally from Iraq but grew up in Christchurch. She is interested in how design can be proactive and play an active role in responding to the social challenges we face in the world. She loves the outdoors, travelling, and being creative.

Rex Braganza –
Rex is originally from India and moved to New Zealand at the age of 11. Apart from completing his bachelor degree in Architectural studies, he has also accomplished a diploma in business management and international fitness training. With regards to Architecture, he is interested in design solutions that could help the current issue of urban sprawl in cities. Rex believes that by pushing the boundaries of transportation, mix used development, and organic architecture cities can venture forward to become dynamic and livable places.

Mona Ibrahim –
Mona is from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She completed her Part I Bachelor of Science (Architectural Studies) in International Islamic University Malaysia. She is interested in photography and lomography (analog photography), and in particular how one looks at their surroundings through different lenses so one can see different perspectives. With respect to architecture Mona is interested in housing because she believes that one of the basic needs of a human being is ‘shelter,’ and by providing a proper ‘shelter’ / ‘home’ it shapes who we are and how we are, as ones ‘home’ greatly impacts our well-being.

Joo Kim –
Joo was born in Korea and moved to New Zealand 10 years ago. She is interested in how Architecture engages with the environment, and believes that architecture should be integrated into the surrounding environment. Beside architecture, she enjoys music, travel, and graphic design.

Jin Kyung Janice Lee –
Janice was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was 14 years old. She is interested in the function of public spaces and what influence it has on the quality of life and in the creation of life patterns of people that use it. Beside architecture, she loves drawing (especially cartoons) and playing the piano.

Yin Wah Yvonne Mak –
Yvonne was born in Hong Kong and raised in New Zealand. Having started her tertiary education with a science degree, she would also have loved to delve into other worlds such as engineering, planning or spatial design, but settled for architecture because it had a certain creative spirit where she could draw inspiration from interests spanning such a wide range of disciplines. Her addiction to travel led to a semester abroad in Berkeley, California, which has broadened her understanding of how architecture can be approached and its influences across all walks of society.

Wenzuo Zody Yi –
Zody was born in China and moved to New Zealand when he was 12 years old. In his spare time, he loves to read, paint, and solve Rubik’s cubes. He also enjoys sports such as badminton, soccer as well as playing pool. Regarding architecture, he believes buildings should be integrated with their surrounding environment and be able to respond to external information such as weather conditions and human activities.


From Left to Riight: Chris Barton (Advisor), Rex Braganza, Camia Young (Advisor), Yin Wah Yvonne Mak, Joo Kim, Janice Lee, Mona Ibrahim, Sarah Al-anbuky, Wenzuo Zody Yi

Camia Young – Design Tutor & Thesis Advisor –
Camia has been teaching the Future Christchurch design courses since 2011 at The University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning. The course aims to generate creative, practical solutions and deliver ideas to inspire quality design for the future of Christchurch. In addition to teaching, she is the liaison between The University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning and Christchurch. In this capacity she has assisted in the set up of Studio Christchurch, a collaborative Christchurch based research and design unit focused on praxis oriented outcomes with the intention to produce meaningful investigations and design propositions to contribute to the development of the city.

Outside of teaching Camia is actively involved in the creative scene in Christchurch. She is one of the founding trustees on the board for the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA). As well Camia was the lead designer for Gap Filler’s Summer Pallet Pavilion, a temporary events pavilion made out of 3000 pallets.

Camia has nine years of architectural experience: five years with Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland, two years with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and two years with Studio B Architects, an architecture firm in her home town, Aspen, Colorado, USA. Beyond her work experience, she has three degrees in Architecture: a master’s degree from the Architecture Association in London, a master’s degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles, California and an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Chris Barton – Thesis Advisor
Chris Barton is a regular critic/supporting thesis advisor. He is a business feature writer for the New Zealand Herald, a journalist of 25 years experience in newspapers and magazines. He also trained at the Auckland School of Architecture gaining a Bachelor of Architecture in 1977 and a Master of Architecture in 1985. A press fellowship in 2010 to Wolfson College, Cambridge enabled him to research the relationship between architecture and mainstream media – in particular architectural writing and its history. He remains interested in how architects communicate what they do and how architectural issues surface in the media.

David Sheppard – Thesis Advisor
David Sheppard graduated from The University of Auckland with a BArch. (Hons) in 1965. He received a post graduate scholarship together with a Fullbright Travel Grant to study at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After graduating in 1967 he remained in Philadelphia and worked with Wallace McHarg Roberts and Todd Architects Planners and Landscape Architects. In 1968 he joined BSD Inc., Architects and Planners, in Washington DC. In 1969 he transferred to its head office in San Francisco and set up its urban design section. In 1971 he helped establish its London office and was responsible for a range of projects in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East.

In 1975 David Sheppard returned to New Zealand to head the Rolleston New Town Project near Christchurch. This was followed by the preparation of the Canterbury Indicative Plan in 1976, which established the future urban settlement pattern for the region. Throughout the 1970’s he carried out, among other projects, regional planning studies and reviews in Wellington, Auckland and Dunedin.

In early 1982 David Sheppard founded Sheppard and Rout Architects Ltd. with fellow Architect Jonty Rout, based in Christchurch. Over the past 30 years the Practice has carried out a diverse range of projects including residential, educational, health, sports, commercial, industrial and tourism, and it has received numerous local and national design awards.

David Sheppard is a convenor of the Christchurch City Council Urban Design Panel and has served on several design award juries, including being chairman of the NZIA National Award Jury a few years ago. Most recently he has been a member of the Blueprint 100 Consortium, engaged by CERA to prepare the recovery plan for Central Christchurch. He is currently National President of the NZIA.


Christchurch is at a very unique crossroads where, in the wake of the recent earthquakes, it will rebuild large parts of the city. This is a pivotal time in its history, as the decisions of what to build where and when will come to define the city. Recognizing that the resources for reconstruction are limited, it is critical to think strategically about what types of construction could attract further investment, as some projects are more likely to act as catalysts for growth then others. It will be the aim of this group of thesis students to research the economic and political undercurrents of the city and to propose environmentally responsible architectural and urban schemes that attract further development and bring life back to the city. (MORE)