10 Isthmus people promoted

Our whole team has grown in experience and confidence this year; ten individuals have been specifically recognised for promotions as they have crossed a threshold to take on their roles at a new level.

Graduate to Intermediate

Ivy has been a key team member on Roksill South neighbourhood masterplan, Eastern Porirua masterplan, and Buckley B precinct at Hobsonville Point. A landscape architect passionate about community, she’s well organised and conscientious under pressure. She’s been working out-of-hours on some interesting design competitions.

Hew is an up-and-coming architect who has contributed to too many projects to list. Her graphic and presentation skills are second to none. She has a hunger to learn and to succeed; this has led to her working with greater independence and self-direction. Hew has also entered a number of design competitions this year with her friend Ivy.

Sophie joined us from the UK in time for the Schools PPP3 – she was part of the competitive design tender and since then has been heavily involved in the developed design and documentation. Sophie has impressed us with her design thinking and thirst for knowledge.

Charlotte’s final year thesis explored ageing in place in rural communities. Her research has led her to a keen interest in designing for both ends of the community spectrum- from kids to oldies. Since she started at Isthmus where she has grabbed the opportunity to get into the middle of Northcote projects – the town centre masterplan and the Awataha greenway in particular – helping maintain integration and information flow between projects.

Intermediate to Senior

Wade took a decade out from landscape architecture to set up and run Sandwiches club, a Wellington institution. In his 4 years at Isthmus Wade has worked on numerous projects including Kenepuru, Civic and Riddiford Gardens, Porirua CBD and Cobham Drive Cycleway. He is now leading the next stages several projects; his eye for detail at site observation stage has led much of our recent work through to successful completion.

James started at Isthmus when still a student, quickly proving himself to be very helpful around the studio. Five years later he has worked on just about every project that has been through the studio, providing bullet-proof graphic support. This year he’s stepped up to take on bigger project roles, and he continues to cast his visualisation magic on many other projects. ‘Not a problem’ is James’ catchphrase.

Senior to Associate

Kamelia is qualified in both architecture and urban design. In her two years at Isthmus she has brought a sense of purpose, ambition and fun to the masterplanning work she has been involved with. She is passionate about trying to solve Auckland’s housing problems, and much of her work has been on the Auckland Housing Programme, including the spatial delivery strategies for Mangere and Mt Roskill Precincts and the Owairaka Neighbourhood masterplan. Kamelia is involved in women in leadership initiatives of the property council and the NZIA and is a committee member of the UDF. Kamelia has embedded herself in isthmus’ culture and become a critical part of the team not only on project work but also leadership and mentoring.

Greg has been instrumental in setting up and managing our BIM server and coordinating project collaborations with other practices. In his two-and-a-half years at Isthmus he been working on varied projects, most recently the Ferry Basin. In addition to his project work, Greg has contributed to mentoring and knowledge sharing – especially on technical issues – and has demonstrated his ability to help actively manage the studio. As a new father, Greg is functioning surprisingly well for someone so seriously sleep deprived.

Associate to Principal

Earl came to Isthmus back in 2015 and quickly and quietly delivered Isthmus’ biggest building to date, the 1,000m2 McKee Mangahewa Control Centre for Todd Energy. It’s a simple looking building that belies great complexity. Earl is a go-to industry expert on pre-fabrication and modular construction, having built a solid reputation for innovative and delivery with both clients and constructors. Earl is successfully collaborating with leading designers in NZ to advance exciting new projects. His calm demeanour, enquiring mind, attention to detail and encyclopaedic knowledge of the world around us have earned him a position among Isthmus’ design leaders.

Haylea is one of those people that seem to have always known where they are going.  She joined us full time 11 years ago, working as an intern while studying at Unitec. Since then Haylea has progressed in a straight, steady line all the way to Principal. The one constant throughout that whole time has been Hobsonville Point. Haylea has pushed the boundaries of the landscape architect to the limit, and beyond. As a residential masterplanner she has a deep understanding of place, community and development strategy. Today Hobsonville Point is a thriving, proud community and as HLC has expanded beyond Hobsonville, so has Haylea. She’s currently working on suburban regeneration projects such as Mt Roskill and Mangere, among much more. Haylea was appointed to the Isthmus Board a year ago in recognition of her strategic thinking and innovative approach to top table projects.