Passion. Can’t think of another job I’d rather do. If I was to have my rime again I’d do the same thing.
Chance and opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives and the environment. When I was a teenager I wanted to be an architect. Applied, backup was building services. Ended up in BS. Dad was a building services engineer (and artist), brother is an artist. In my blood. Mixture of beautiful and ?? While doing my degree - late 80s, early 90s - definition of sustainability wasn’t even there. But I knew I just wanted buildings to work the best they could on their own without intervention.
I studied at an emerging time for sustainability in the building industry. As I left university I tried to ‘design myself out of a job’. Was a heating/mechanical engineer for Arrups. Was basically trying to get the buildings to perform with minimal heating requirements.
Boss Peter Rice for Arrups was amazing engineer, type of role model.
Faith. Responsibility to earth/environment/people was ingrained in my in catholic upbringing. Not sure if it was from Mum and Dad or church (wasn’t a specific thing, but picked up ideas like ‘pollen’ - these days it’s more specific. The pope is being very explicit about this stuff). Should try to do our best to leave things in better shape than we find them. I think of earth in a very precious way, almost as a gift…
I’m a project manager for sustainability (or independent advisor to clients re sustainability). Take a big picture role, moving across the different displciplines. Like Paul B says, hovering at the 30/000 foot level, swooping in with engineering mindset when required. That 30/000 foot level - I’m helping move the whole package (holistically) towards its goals.
- Because my time is limited, like to work on acupuncture projects that have the ability to have influenctial change in NZ or around the world through that ripple effect that moves awareness and understanding.
- It can come down to the people. If a project has a benefit to people, the community and the environment - and it makes the world a better place by it being there, then it fits. It’s a question of ‘thriving’. By being there, does the building and space around it and community around it beneficially impacted. Are they thriving as a result? Are they supported? This is why the LBC resonates; looking at thriving, supporting, nourishing - the whole body and our connection to this…
TLC - Jo and Fiona and contractors.
Location/Affiliations - Shay, Steve, Matt, Caroline in Aus (could tap into networks in Au/US) and work it out. If Phil was sat here he’d say Auckland.
Tyopes of projects - multi unit residential, affordable housing (aligns with philosophy of helping people), not interested in big/flash houses.
Best time to get involved. Right at the beginning when the client has their first idea, sometimes before architects. Now like to be appointed to the client.
ILFI - ambassador, presenter, collaborative facilitator.
It’s a ‘vocation’’ was called a vocational course at uni.
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