MArch (Prof), BAS, NZIA Grad
Intermediate Architectural Graduate
Aaron Miller and Leonardo Da Vinci would have a lot to ‘Teams’ about. Like using knowledge across a range of disciplines to imaginatively solve design problems.
While Leonardo is star-architect of the Renaissance he considered himself a scientist and engineer. Aaron shares the sentiment. For him, being an architect was a middle ground between a structural engineer and graphic designer, ‘My projects often have nothing to do with buildings but just need a technical mind to solve complex issues.
‘Wellington City Council’s Evans Bay Cycleway is one such case. We have designed a linear park to separate cyclists from pedestrians. We’re aligning lookouts to geographical features. And positioning steps down to the coast to improve accessibility.
‘My first job at Isthmus was urban coastal development North Kumutoto; I worked directly with the contractor to get this job built. The pavilion being one of my favourite works.’
Aaron often applies modular design thinking to a problem. But not always using traditional materials. ‘I’ve always been into up-cycling; I’ve created a prototype to turn old pallets into interlocking building blocks—an ideal material for temporary structures due to their lightweight, transportable and being literally everywhere’.
As much as Aaron likes getting his hands dirty architecting, he has a predilection for distilling large data sets of say 20,000 entries, ‘For both the Wellington and Porirua bus interchange briefs I’ve analysed Metlink datasets of bus movements and created some pretty epic diagrams to justify design moves,’ says Aaron. ‘Apply logic and solutions just emerge’.