Residential & Commercial Design

Host: Feng Zhan – Vice President of NZCBIA
As a registered architect, Feng has practiced architecture in New Zealand over twenty years. Feng has always had a passion for design and enjoys the journey to transform every concept into built realty.
As an Executive Director in Woodhams Meikle Zhan Architects, based in Auckland and Christchurch, Feng has designed numerous medium to large sized projects throughout New Zealand, including retail, commercial, and industrial design projects. The clients Feng has worked for include Farmers, Placemakers, Westfield, Progressive Enterprises, Property for Industries and many other prominent New Zealand companies and organisations.
Since 2007, Feng has played a pivotal role in WMZA’s business venture into India and China. He has been the driving force behind successful design and delivery of all our large-scale master planning and architectural projects in both countries.

Topic One: How to response to the challenges of Higher Density design trend
Topic Two: Collaboration between mainstream and Chinese design consultants within the commercial design supply chain

Executive Summary:

The passing of Auckland’s Unitary Plan has confirmed what designers and architects have long been advocating; the need for higher density house. This follows a worldwide trend and as such, Kiwis can look for expertise and inspiration overseas, including China. The discussion will focus on the challenges of current residential and commercial design consultancy market and how cross cultural cooperation can have positive effects.
The host will invite several panel speakers who have in-depth understanding and significant experience of the NZ design market, they will share their view on the current and future challenges of design market.
The host and panel speakers will identify the major obstacles and together with audience input, they will try to discuss the potential solutions to these challenges.