Christina's (a.k.a Na) passion for design started from the moment she picked up her Nikon FM.
She has spent the last few years in California studying her Masters at UC Berkeley and working as an Architect for HOK in San Francsico. At UC Berkeley, Christina + team won the American Institute of Architects student design prize for "Lifebean"; an emergency shelter prototype catalysed by the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina.
Sharing a studio with Mark Dytham (creator of Pecha Kucha Night), curiosity drew Christina to his presentation at Pecha Kucha Night San Francisco. Drawn to its unique format and lack of such events back home, she presented at both Pecha Kucha Night San Francisco and Melbourne, in hopes of bringing the creative forum to Brisbane.
Christina is a registered Architect in Queensland working at Cox Rayner Architects. She was awarded a place on the 2011 Dulux Study Tour chosen as one of five emerging Architects in Australia, travelling to Europe visiting international design think tanks and projects.
Kirstie loves the versatility and creativity of architecture, an art form with a rock solid grounding in the pragmatics of everyday life.
For years she wanted to be a fashion designer; obsessed with fabric, texture and colour. She wanted to make beautiful things, creating objects of desire, necessity and lust. The slightly more practical half of her brain won out in the end, choosing timber over silk and opening up whole new world of possibilities. In 2002, she moved from Melbourne to start her architecture degree at the University of Queensland.
Kirstie’s current architectural obsession is diversity through culture; she is fascinated by the sharing of cultural knowledge and the sensitivity required when building in a foreign land. She wants to get out there and learn about other people, other places. How does culture influence that way in which we design and build? Kirstie is excited about exploring the world next year, with trips planned to Sri Lanka and Japan.
Growing up in the Gold Coast’s Hinterland, Luke gained a love for SEQ’s natural landscapes, fauna and climate. Following his first degree from University of Queensland, he studied German and Architecture in Cologne, Germany and worked in the office of Van den Valentyn Architektur. Valuable construction knowledge had been gained through working on construction sites as well as participating in aid work construction projects in PNG. Whilst completing his Bachelor of Architecture at UQ, Luke worked on environmentally sustainable residential projects under the guidance of Graham Davis, tutored timber technology subjects at UQ and his 2007 Thesis concerned Sustainable Public Transport. Luke completed a two year internship at the Department of Public Works Architectural Practice Academy worked at Riddel Architecture, and is now a senior associate at Conrad Gargett.