Project Details

Client: Arts Centre Christchurch
Dates: February 2013
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Whilst working at: Arup


The Arts Centre Christchurch is one of the many victims of the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. A collection of 23 heritage buildings all dedicated to supporting the Arts and Culture of Christchurch, the task of picking up the piece and starting all over was not a small one...

The then recently appointed CEO Andre Lovatt engaged me to lead his executive team and the Board of Trustees on a journey of self determination to develop an Arts Centre that would have renewed relevance and appeal to the Christchurch community and the visitor economy. Through a series of workshops with leaders of the creative community and members of the community, we developed a bold vision to position the Arts Centre as the centre for Christchurch's creative industry, mixing creativity to business. Since then Andre has been forming partnerships and progressively releasing buildings to the market until the site is completely reoccupied in its new incarnation.