Associate Professor - Spatial Design
Phone: +64 921 9999 #8362
Auckland Museum Pacific Advisory Committee Member, since 2015
Member of the Association of Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO)
Committee Member of the Pacific Arts Committee, Creative New Zealand, 2005-2010
Educational Associate Member of the Design Industry of New Zealand, since 2005
Member of the Board of Directors, Pacific Business Trust, 1998-2002
Board Member of Moving Image Centre 1999-2003
Board Member of Artspace, 1994-2000
Albert Refiti is a research leader in the field of Pacific spatial and architectural environment with an extensive research and publication in the area, supported by his teaching and lecturing in the last 15 years. Albert has worked in architectural practice in Auckland and London. He has lectured in history of art and architecture and related fields at the University of Auckland School of Architecture, Unitec School of Architecture and Manukau School of Visual Arts. Albert has served on a number of community and academic boards relating to Pacific culture, art and education. Albert has written a number of book chapters, journal and conference papers on indigenous spatial and environmental knowledge relating to the identity formation of people and communities in the Asia Pacific region. His current research is on Pacific concepts of space - how they are formulated and enacted, the aim which is to find out how this understanding might play a role in rethinking the ways that Pacific people can create new modes of working and creating new notions of place and citizenship in the diaspora towards a Pacific cosmopolitic.
This has led to the formation of Pacific Spaces (with Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul), a three year research project which combines the disciplines of architecture, spatial design, anthropology and sociology by convening a series of Fono or meetings (in Auckland – 2013 & 2014, Hawaii – 2014, Europe 2015 and the US – 2016) to discuss and develop scholarship on how new types of spaces and environment are to be imagined for the future by Pacific, New Zealand, US and European scholars. The outcome of which is to publish 2 monographs on Pacific Spaces starting in 2016.