ISBC2016 Organizing Team
Speakers (abstracts) and program
Min Hall is a Registered Architect and Educator. After 30 years practising in the South Island she moved to Auckland in 2010 to take up the opportunity to combine practice with research, and a studio teaching role at the Unitec Department of Architecture. Min has a long standing interest in sustainable building and in using natural materials for site specific architectural solutions. She is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects and represented that organisation on the committee that drafted the 1998 New Zealand Earth Building Standards, as well as being a founding member of the NZIA Environmental Group.
In 2012 Min completed a Master of Architecture thesis, “Earth and Straw Bale: their performance and potential as building materials in New Zealand.” She is a founding trustee of The Yimfy (Yes! In My Front Yard) Trust, an organisation set up to facilitate a Centre for Appropriate and Natural Building Technology in New Zealand. Min carries out architectural projects in both the North and South Islands.
Registrations and general enquiries
Kerry holds a PhD in engineering from the University of Canterbury, and her current role at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology sees her teaching building science to students of architecture.
Kerry is passionate about alternative building technologies and design, and is interested in creating places that work for people and reflect their local identity and needs: places that are ‘from there, for there and of there.’ Working in post-earthquake Christchurch, she has taken up multiple opportunities to engage with the local community to demonstrate the huge potential of alternative building techniques. Partnering with community led place-making initiatives such as Gap Filler and the Festival of Transitional Architecture has resulted in several projects which showcase methods of earth construction. These projects introduce building techniques such as cob, adobe, light earth and rammed earth to the wider community by directly involving them in the construction process.
A recent sabbatical saw her spending 6 months in South America undertaking a Permaculture Design Certificate and a variety of other courses, and exploring local building solutions, including volunteering in the rebuild of a house using contemporary earth construction following the devastating fire in Valparaiso in 2014.
Her latest challenge is exploring alternative living, culminating in the design and building of her own portable tiny house.
Sarah Johnston (Francis)
Program, Entertainment and logistics
Sarah is an Architectural Designer of 19 years who has focused on natural design methods and materials, including straw bales, in hopes of creating both indoor and outdoor environments that work with existing site, local and occupant conditions. Originally from Pennsylvania, USA, she has called Geraldine, New Zealand home for the past 11 years. Sol Design, Ltd. is the design and consultancy business that her and husband run together. For 9 years they have been teaching week-long practical workshops on straw bale design and construction systems. The goal in teaching these workshops is to educate design & building professionals, tradespersons and homeowner/builders with the hope of increasing the interest, community and shared knowledge of natural building in New Zealand.
Before moving to New Zealand, in 2000, she co-founded and was the Executive Director of the Colorado Straw Bale Association (COSBA), a non-profit promoting and educating the Colorado community in straw bale and other natural building technologies. She is currently a committee member for AUSBALE, the Australasian Straw Bale Building Association. She also is a Licensed Building Practicitioner through the Department of Building & Housing. Locally, she co-founded the local and fabulous Geraldine Farmers' Market, is an organizing member of the Future Living Festival and now on the EBANZ sub-committee to organize the ISBC NZ 2016.
Tim Bishop runs SHAC | Sustainable Habitat Construction, which designs and builds small houses and buildings. They prototype sustainable buildings and release their designs open source.
Shac runs national competitions for students and their mentors to find good ideas and good people.
Tim has a background in engineering, energy, computer and building sciences.
Web presence, PR, media enquiries and finances
Verena is an earth building artisan with 23 years experience in the construction of earth buildings in Switzerland, Germany and New Zealand. Since 2002 she has been running SolidEarth Ltd, specializing in the construction of adobe buildings, earthen plasters and the restoration of historic earth buildings in New Zealand. For the past 10 years, she has been sharing her natural building knowledge through workshops and on community projects.
Verena has trained in Architecture and Building Biology and Ecology in Switzerland, where she has done extensive research on earth building and has written a paper on the health aspects of earth as a building material.
Verena was the chairwoman of the Earthbuilding Association NZ from 2007-2014. In 2010 she received the EBANZ Elizabeth Drupsteen Award for outstanding service to earth building in New Zealand. She is part of the sub-committee in charge of the revision of the NZ Earthbuilding Standards and now of the sub-committee organizing the ISBC2016.