Digital design technology is rapidly changing the architecture profession, according to Olivia Pearson, who recently joined GHDWoodhead creativespaces as Studio Director, National Architecture. In her new role, Olivia leads 35 architects working across the GHD network of studios and offices around New Zealand.

“One of the changes that excites me is using technology to generate multiple design options. We can then evaluate the options against criteria such as aesthetics, cost, reduction in building materials or efficiency. These tools really complement the core design, creativity and judgement attributes that architects have, and help us achieve our clients’ objectives,” Olivia says.

“Having said that, it’s not only a question of using a particular software package. It’s making sure that we can adapt these tools to our projects and ensuring we have the right people, skills, processes and systems to support the evolution in design practice.”

In addition to being heavily involved in the innovation and evolution of digital design technology, Olivia also brings broad experience across a variety of public and commercial projects in New Zealand, the Middle East and Australia.

Beginning her career at GHD enabled Olivia to work on all phases of design, delivery and construction support of major projects around the world, including the Green One UN House in Hanoi, Vietnam – a ground-breaking project that achieved the country’s highest green building rating.

Olivia then gained additional experience at other architecture practices before returning to take on a leadership role at GHDWoodhead creativespaces.

A graduate of Unitec, Olivia is a Registered Architect in New Zealand and Western Australia.

Russell Hawken, Market Leader, Property & Buildings, says, “I’m delighted to welcome Olivia back to GHDWoodhead creativespaces. She brings excellent leadership and project management capability, alongside strong interpersonal skills which will enable her to build relationships with clients and stakeholders, and deliver projects that meet our clients’ needs.”

Olivia says, “I’m excited to be leading a dedicated team of architects at GHDWoodhead creativespaces. I look forward to bringing my passion for technology and sustainable design, and to sharing my knowledge with others in our national team.”

GHDWoodhead creativespaces was formed in 2016 when GHDWoodhead and Creative Spaces joined forces. The integrated practice combines architecture, interior design, urban design and project management with the wide range of technical services offered by GHD.