I am a researcher and lecturer in Art and Design ethnography and material culture with a particular focus on Pacific spaces, art and architecture. After graduating with a Bachelor Honours in Architecture with a minor in Anthropology and Art History, I worked in architectural practice in Auckland and London from 1990-2000 on projects that range from an art gallery (Camden Art Gallery, London), private houses, hospitality design and light commercial buildings.
I have tutored and lectured at the University of Westminster School of Architecture (1991-1992), University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning (1994-1996), Unitec Institute of Technology School of Architecture (1995-1999), and the Manukau Institute of Technology School of Visual Arts (1997-2001). I am currently a faculty member of Auckland University of Technology School of Art and Design, New Zealand where I was Head of the Spatial Design Department from 2005-2010.
I have written for a number of journals and books on indigenous knowledge and identity formation in architecture and art of the Asia Pacific region. After completing a PhD on the anthropology of Samoan architecture and cosmogony in 2014, I am now researching the links between traditional Pacific thought and contemporary art and architecture in the Pacific diaspora.