“I thrive best when working with communities of people, empowering them to envisage the future and to enact change, to bring a wonderful sense of ownership and belonging to their built environments.”
Marianne Riley is a highly accomplished architect and Associate Principal at Jasmax with over 25 years of experience within the industry. Her significant experience in engagement, briefing, master planning and design has contributed to the award-winning success of the projects she has led in the arts, culture and education sectors.
Marianne is passionate about projects that reach beyond physical architecture to manifest transformational change, empowering communities to meet the challenges of the present day and the future. Over the last decade, Marianne has focused on projects in the arts and culture sector, collaborating with mana whenua and pacific communities to develop concepts that rebalance identity and embed belonging. This is particularly evident in Te Ao Mārama South Atrium at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Marianne excels in communication and is a key team member in developing Jasmax’s education portfolio as a master planner and a project architect on the University of Waikato’s Tauranga Campus, AUT’s Sir Paul Reeves and Ngā Wai Hono Buildings.
Marianne co-chairs Jasmax’s Diversity and Inclusion Group and is a member of Jasmax’s Kaiawhina Collective, working with Waka Māia. In her personal life, Marianne is a founding member of Cohaus in Grey Lynn, a community housing development comprised of 20 families with a shared vision for socially and environmentally responsible housing.