Kevin Sweet is the Architecture Programme Director and Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington’s (VUW) School of Architecture. He is a registered architect in the United States and focuses his research on contemporary design and fabrication tools as well as methods to enhance current education to be inclusive of these tools. He is an expert in parametric design, digital manufacturing and has an interest in linking design tools directly to the manufacturing process in the search for mass customisation over mass production.
Kevin established the robotics laboratory at VUW and an advanced digital fabrication facility, inclusive of two industrial robots at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Since arriving to New Zealand in 2014, his expertise in contemporary design and fabrication has been focused on prefabrication and various building technologies that are set to transform the building industry. He believes the advancement of software technologies such as BIM and other parametric tools combined with sophisticated computer numerically controlled machines such as industrial robotic arms, will redefine the built environment.
Kevin received his Master of Architecture at Columbia University in New York City, his architectural registration in New Mexico, USA and has been teaching for over 15 years. He publishes on various building methodologies and the architectural pedagogy in these changing times.
Dr Pelosi is a general specialist at Victoria University of Wellington. He as an impressive ability to identify critical issues and represent positive change through a holistic sustainable design led approach. His passion is improving the well-being of buildings and the people living within them. Ant says “My aim is to make things better, through design. … My research practice aims to expose known and unknown issues that lead to unknown solutions. I achieve this by having empathy for people beyond what they think they want, considering the well-being of people and the connected ecologies in which we live.”
Guy is a registered architect and a senior lecturer at Victoria University. With over 25 years of experience on a wide range of different projects in both the UK and NZ, he is a director at First Light Studio Ltd, a design-led architectural practice which focuses on compact, sustainable residential and small-scale commercial design. As a lecturer genuinely interested in furthering of the body of knowledge surrounding architectural construction, urban design and building performance, he encourages his students to both fully understand existing technologies and actively explore exciting new technologies. Guy is a Board member of PrefabNZ and has written for publications such as Architecture NZ, Home NZ, Idealog, Urbis, Top Gear, Blueprint, ArchitectureNow, as well as at conferences such as ANZASCA, and SAHANZ.
His first book “Tall: the Design and Construction of High-Rise Architecture” is out in 2019.