Natasha says studying Painting and Design at St Andrew’s College fuelled her artistic process and set her up well for her Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree and Masters with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland. “I loved the collaborative studio environment at St Andrew’s, which was a great way for me to learn and produce my work. In the Design class I was taught the programs I would be using when I left school, and how to present my work – skills I am still using today in the workplace.”
Natasha’s Masters’ thesis, which explored ‘poetic’ elements in architecture, received runner-up at the AAA Visionary Awards, and a Gold Award at the Australasian Best Design Awards in September.
Since graduating, she has moved to Seattle, USA, where she is working at Olson Kundig. “I have been exposed to some incredible projects around the world, including some Olson Kundig projects in New Zealand.”
Natasha is currently working towards her architectural registration in the United States, which could open possibilities for starting her own firm or working elsewhere overseas. “For now, I would love to work on urban scale land art interventions, which blur the line between art and architecture.”