Rachel Venables, Fellow of Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects, steps into a new role as principal architect and associate director. She is also a winner of multiple industry awards for residential and furniture design. Having become one of the youngest Fellows of the NZIA in 2010, Venables is currently serving as the Institute’s Auckland Director.
Previously employed by Context Architects, Venables will lead the Maynard Marks architectural and design team in developing new projects for their client base. In the role, Venables will be tasked with introducing a broader array of projects, along with overseeing the ongoing delivery of high-quality remedial work.
“I’m looking forward to leveraging the design skills and technical expertise of the architectural team into exciting new projects and areas of work.” Venables says. “The site experience and knowledge base the team has gained from remedial projects provides an un-paralleled insight into our industry and an assured basis for delivering sustainable new-build projects. My recent work in medium-high density residential and social housing has focussed on integrating high performing buildings with urban design and landscaping that also have a sound business case. Innovation in delivery to improve efficiency and time to market has been an area of focus for me, and I am always looking for ways to build creative and technical excellence”.
Maynard Marks director, Stuart Wilson, says “Our purpose is to create built environments where people and communities thrive. Having someone of Rachel’s calibre on board to lead and inspire the team will further assist us in achieving this. Rachel is highly regarded in the industry and tremendously talented. She and the team will deliver quality architectural solutions that will delight our clients.”
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