For Jeff, studying architecture at Victoria University of Wellington has taught him to see the world in a completely different way.
Jeff credits Victoria University of Wellington for much more than learning about Architecture.
“At Victoria University of Wellington you learn skills that make you view the world in a completely different way, you end up noticing things and questioning them, and pushing the boundaries of what is possible.
“The skills that I have gained have expanded my repertoire beyond the scope of the architecture profession. I feel that once I have completed my Master’s, the world is (quite literally) my oyster.”
Jeff has relished the opportunities available to him through the Wellington School of Architecture with the support of Te Rōpū Āwhina.
“With the help of Te Rōpū Āwhina, a Summer Research Scholarship and supervisor Natasha Perkins, I was able to pursue research into implementing Māori values into an acoustic free-form structure. I then travelled to Japan to exhibit in the Tokyo Designer’s Week 2013. This project was recently published in the International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design.”
Being Māori in the Wellington CBD, Jeff quickly discovered his new Wellington whānau.
“For me, this support system was vital in terms of being successful in both my academic and personal life.”
Once Jeff graduates and gains his registration as an architect he plans to spend some time in the UK, using the skills gained during his degree at the University.