Carmel Wade is a New Zealand architect, specialising in educational design and currently working at Stephenson & Turner in Christchurch.
As part of the Canterbury earthquake rebuild, Carmel was involved with the Vodafone InnoV8 Building, which was an anchor project in the rebuild. Carmel was the construction phase project architect who led the team to deliver a green-star-rated design. This building was an exciting opportunity to see sustainable principles employed in practice. Building on this experience, Carmel is exploring ways of combining regenerative and sustainable design in her future projects.
As a leading member of Learning Environments Australasia in New Zealand, Carmel’s main focus is on improving the educational experience for students and schools affected by the Canterbury earthquakes. Engaging with local communities and their cultural narratives through the design process has been both a rewarding and positive outcome for the schools.
Carmel is committed to ensuring that architecture responds positively to its time and place, through authentic cultural expression, and includes creative design that bring joy to the spaces we inhabit.