School Wainui Beach
Teacher Francis Rowland
Having spent most of my life in Gisborne, I moved to Wellington in 2009 to study for five years at Victoria University of Wellington to obtain a Masters of Architecture (Professional). Five years of study helped me to see that each of us has a unique, messy, inspiring perspective of what architecture is and how we shape our lives in relation to it.
Creativity to me is the way in which I perceive things. I am left-handed and that has always been something I have celebrated and used as a distinction in how I approach things.
I draw all the time and as a child, I would draw these hotels - I used to think I wanted to be a hotelier when I grew up but over time I realised that I was more interested in how the hotels functioned and what the atmosphere of the spaces would be. That was when I thought I would be an architect and have pursued that dream all my life - I can't imagine pursuing anything else.
I feel very fortunate to have grown up in Gisborne. There is a relaxed pace to life that has always been grounding for me as I explore larger cities and travel afar. I make a point of returning to Gisborne as often as possible to visit family and friends and to re-ground myself.