Rameka Alexander-Tu’inukuafe

Rameka Alexander-Tu’inukuafe

Architectural Graduate, Jasmax
Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design
Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours)

Ngāpuhi, Ngāi te wake ki te whenua, Ngāti Rehia


AUT’s spatial design degree makes it easy to develop your own creative practice and find your career direction, says Rameka Alexander-Tu’inukuafe who completed a Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design.

“I chose spatial design because it offered a wide range of creative options without being overly prescriptive. I also loved that AUT’s campus is at the heart of the city, which enabled us to be inspired by the city and meet other like-minded creatives.

“The lecturers are really open to your individual design approach. Having attended kura kaupapa Māori for the majority of my schooling, my Māori perspective has a huge influence on my approach to design and architecture. The lecturers always encouraged me to pursue this,” the AUT alumnus says.

Internship at Jasmax
One of the highlights of Rameka’s studies was being awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Spatial Design at the beginning of his third year.

“This was a fantastic opportunity because it included an internship position with Jasmax. My month at Jasmax was invaluable – I participated in project meetings, site visits to construction sites, social activities and had the opportunity to learn new digital skills. One of the most memorable experiences was being able to spend an hour speaking to interiors team principal Tim Hooson.”

A great place to learn new skills
Since joining Jasmax in 2009, Rameka has been involved in a number of roles in both interior design and architecture.

“Jasmax is a great place to learn new skills – there are always experienced people who are open to passing on their knowledge and experiences. My career highlight to date has been being part of the Te Whare Hou o Tūhoe project, which won a Best Awards Purple Pin in 2014 for the Ngā Aho design category.

“Another highlight has been leading the creation of a Jasmax waiata and helping raise an awareness of Māori culture at Jasmax, which is something I’m very proud of.”

He says he is constantly using the skills he developed at AUT, including networking and being able to communicate ideas to a larger group.

Employer comment
“His very good drawing skills and design thinking have certainly impressed us over the last year and a half with our studio. He has an ability to think and explore projects from a broad, big picture angle. Originally, after completing his AUT degree, he joined our practice to work with our Interiors team but we quickly realised that his skills could potentially be more effectively utilised in my studio which works with many of our ‘cultural’ projects. This has worked out really quite well for both Rameka and the practice.”

Hamish Boyd, Principal, Jasmax

Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.37pm

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