Architectural Technician/Project Assistant, FIELD Studio of Architecture and Urbanism, Christchurch
Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design
He is excited about working on community-focused projects, says AUT spatial design alumnus Oliver Latimer who now works for FIELD Studio of Architecture and Urbanism in Christchurch.
“What I enjoy most about my career is the nature of the projects we work on. Many of them are community-focused. One of the main projects I’ve been involved in is the multi-use Youth Hub project, which includes recreation, short-term housing, counselling, medical and career advice for those aged between 10 and 24.
“This project involved an intensive co-design process with socially-minded organisations, and gave me the opportunity to interview young people to gather their input and values.”
Other projects Oliver has been involved in include the Power Pavilion, the Ōtākaro Orchard Information Centre and Café, and the creation of a meeting space for community organisation Cultivate, working with Vodafone Foundation New Zealand and Thrive Taumarunui Trust.
Valuable project work
Oliver first experienced working on community projects when he was studying spatial design at AUT.
One of the spatial design projects Oliver and some of his classmates were involved in at AUT was The Halo Project, a large -scale interactive light installation featuring thousands of handmade origami lanterns. Designed to encourage the public to interact with the installation, the project aimed to bring the Christchurch community together and was exhibited at FESTA, a public festival of architecture, design and food.
He was also one of seven students working on the multidisciplinary The Seed Project, Love: The Southern Sky, which resulted in an interactive weaving installation that was exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space.
Other projects Oliver worked on throughout his studies included an audio/visual live performance in his second year, and the Void Installation, a group project that was a finalist in the student category in the 2015 Best Awards.
A passion for art
He has always had a strong interest in art and design, says Oliver who completed his Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design at the end of 2016.
“I wanted to further my experience in a field that reflected that interest. I chose a spatial design degree because it covered many aspects of design that I’m passionate about and gave me an opportunity to study what I enjoyed most. I chose AUT because it’s a leading art and design school.
“It was extremely valuable being taught by practising artists, architects and designers throughout the degree. They all offered valuable insight about the industry, and were passionate about their craft and sharing their knowledge.”
He constantly draws on the skills he developed throughout his studies, Oliver says.
“I was able to develop a good balance of theoretical and practical skills. This enables me to tackle projects with a critical yet open mind at the early concept design stages and the technical skills to help bring those concepts to realisation.”