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Announcing the new President Elect of Te Kāhui Whaihanga, Judith Taylor

18 May 2021

Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects is pleased to announce the new President Elect of the Institute is Judith Taylor FNZIA.

Judith, an Auckland-based associate at Context Architects, commenced this role on 17 May 2021 and her presidency will begin in 2022, following the tenure of current President Judi Keith-Brown. Judith will serve as president for two years.

Hailing from Wellington, Judith brings almost 40 years professional experience to this role. As well as her extensive work as an architect, which includes multi-storey construction projects, seismic upgrades and refurbishment of heritage buildings, she has been chair of the Wellington branch of Te Kāhui Whaihanga, served as a member of the former Architects Education and Registration Board (now the New Zealand Registered Architects Board) and has been a New Zealand Registered Architects Board assessor.

She was Building Projects Manager, then Group Manager, for Parliamentary Services, before joining Context Architects, where she is Associate of Professional Development.

Judith will be the fourth woman president of Te Kāhui Whaihanga since it was founded in 1905.

“I’m honoured by this nomination and by the opportunity to serve the architecture community as Te Kāhui Whaihanga President Elect,” Judith said. “I look forward to working with my peers and colleagues to advance our professions here in New Zealand.”

Teena Hale Pennington, Chief Executive of Te Kāhui Whaihanga, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Judith as President Elect. Judith has been a leader in the architectural community for a long time, particularly in the areas of education, architect registration and continuing professional development of registered architects, which are so key for our profession. I look forward to working alongside her as President Elect and President.” 

Find out more about the role of the President and the structure of Te Kāhui Whaihanga