“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 utilises her architectural background and experience to contribute to initiatives that aim to improve the sustainability and liveability of the built environment.
An Associate Principal at Jasmax with 24 years’ industry experience, Marianne has worked in the tertiary education, civic and cultural sectors. She is the Project Architect for the Auckland’s iconic War Memorial Museum Masterplan and Phase One works, and the Communications Studios within AUT’s multi-award-winning Sir Paul Reeves building.
Marianne has significant experience in managing stakeholder engagement, to develop aspirational and functional brief’s. Coupled with master-planning and design experience she has contributed to many recent Jasmax projects, including the University of Waikato’s CBD Campus in Tauranga and the Strategic Masterplan designed to transform for the university’s Hillcrest Campus. She is currently working on the first project of the masterplan, the Pa Project, a new student and cultural heart for the campus.
She was the masterplan and concept design project architect for AUT’s recently opened Nga Wai Hono building, and project architect responsible for the interior architecture of Grafton Boyle Building. With significant client-facing roles in these projects, Marianne’s strengths lie in communicating and working with people.
Marianne is the kaihautu of Waka Maia, Jasmax’s formalised cultural advisory group and is passionate about driving change towards better diversity and inclusion in the industry.
In 2013, Marianne led Jasmax in contributing to the Architecture + Women festival. This consisted of a panel discussion about the complexities and potential strategies to tackle architecture, gender and diversity and a documentary video about Jasmax and its people. As a result, Marianne is now working with large practices to collaborate on what equality in architecture might look like in the future.