July 21, 2022
Heta shines in indigenous design
The kaihautū whaihanga of architecture and design firm Jasmax, Elisapeta Heta, has received the New Zealand Institute of Architects President’s Award for her influence as a changemaker and cultural leader in indigenous design in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.
NZIA president Judi Keith-Brown says Ms Heta has contributed tirelessly to the Institute, including gifting its Māori name, Te Kāhui Whaihanga, and helping implement a covenant with Ngā Aho, the national network of Māori design professionals.
At Jasmax she plays a key role in advancing the practice’s bicultural design strategy and commitment to cultural design excellence.
As the leader of Jasmax’s Māori cultural design roopū, Waka Māia, she has contributed to cultural design outcomes for projects including Tāmaki Makaurau’s City Rail Link and the New Zealand Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai.