One of the highest awards conferred by the NZIA, a Fellow is an architect member who has achieved a high standing in the profession or obtained a degree of eminence, or given meritorious service to the profession of architecture or to the Institute.
Stephen has contributed significantly to the profession and practice of architecture in New Zealand. Founding Context Architects in 2004 after a long tenure as an Associate at Jasmax, he has grown the business to more than 60 people operating across the North and South Island with clients in Australia, Korea, China and the US.
During that time he has employed more than 120 people and mentored many architects, investing in their training and development to progress through the profession. He has and continues to support in the order of 20 graduates through registration, running a continuous professional development programme at Context.
He has instigated a family‐friendly culture, where the team can work flexibly. This has contributed to more parents and part‐time workers operating at their potential, and not being restricted by responsibilities outside of work. Context is also a highly diverse practice on measures including ethnicity, gender and age. Investment in staff wellbeing is high on his list of priorities, with everything from annual ski trips for all staff and partners to long service leave.
Stephen actively advocates every staff member contributing to projects, demonstrating the non‐hierarchical culture he has created.
He has grown the business from just him operating out of a spare bedroom in West Auckland, to the thriving practice it is today, involved at the forefront of social housing provision, delivering some of the largest residential and commercial projects in the country.
Congratulations Stephen. We’re very proud of you.