August 22, 2018
Star billing for Māori architect
A commitment to integrating te ao Māori design and values into architecture has earned Jasmax architectural graduate Elisapeta Heta the Rising Star Award at this year’s Hays National Association of Women in Construction Excellence Awards.
Ms Heta, of Ngāti Wai, Waikato Tainui and Samoan heritage, is one of four co-founders of the firm’s Waka Maia cultural engagement unit which focuses on bringing Māori and Pasifika values to architecture and design processes.
She is also in the design team working on the New Zealand pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai, which has a theme of kaitiakitanga.
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