Strategy and Planning
Strategy & Planning Manager
Tel 64 3 479 7663
As the Strategy & Planning Manager, Sue Larkins is in charge of the University's planning processes including the Campus Master Plan and the Space Plan, and ensures that these plans comply with the University's overall strategic direction. She makes sure the University's planning, development and design policies are put into action, with an eye to maintaining the special character of Otago's diverse campuses and centres.
Prior to joining the University Property Services Division, Sue was the Manager of Opus Architecture in Dunedin, and has been a Project Architect for the Architecture and Urban Design Department of the Dunedin City Council. In these capacities she has been involved in a both institutional and commercial architecture and urban design projects.
Sue has a passion for Heritage Buildings and beautiful environments.
Tel (03) 479 4123
As Strategic Architect, Murray Goldfinch gives early vision to concepts and ideas for projects envisioned for the various campuses of the University of Otago within a framework of the University's planning, development and design policies. His approach to concept design is for proposals to fit within a vibrant, relevant and inclusive built campus environment.
As part of that role Murray gets to steward those projects through the various University and external Consultant processes through to manifestation.
Prior to joining the University Property Services Division, Murray has held Design Architect and Project Architect roles within various New Zealand Architectural Practices.
In those capacities he had been involved in projects encompassing institutional, commercial and bespoke residential architecture.
Murray has a particular interest in the architecture of the 20th century and he holds genuine respect and love for Heritage Buildings that are essential in the character and experience of our Dunedin Campus.
Resource Planner / Policy Advisor
Tel (03) 479 8024
Katrina is a qualified Town Planner and joined the team in November 2009. She holds a Master of Regional and Resource Planning from Otago University and has a background in working for local Councils in the United Kingdom, including the City of Westminster in London, and the Department of Conservation and the private sector in New Zealand. Katrina is available to answer all your queries regarding the University’s planning obligations under the Resource Management Act and other relevant legislation associated with development projects, maintenance and operations and academic field research. She also liaises with the Dunedin City Council, and works on strategic projects and developing policy for management of campus planning issues such as transport and travel, signage and heritage buildings.
Environmental Sustainability Co-ordinator
Tel (03) 479 8002
See the Sustainability website for more information.
Hilary Phipps joined the Strategy & Planning group in early 2012 in a new position to the University of Otago, which focuses on embedding environmental sustainability into the University's portfolio and environment. Her role is to provide direction, investigate initiatives, assimilate data and develop processes advocating and implementing environmental sustainability. In recent years, Hilary has worked as an Environmental Investigator within the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, and undertaken interdisciplinary research exploring the value of community-based ecological restoration projects for which she is shortly to have a PhD in Environmental Science conferred. While Hilary is happy to answer your sustainability-related queries, please also take a few moments to explore our website to find out about environmental sustainability initiatives at the University of Otago.
Strategic Space Planner
To be appointed
The Design Office provides documentation and processes Building Consent applications for alterations, new works and building maintenance on the University’s Buildings.
Building work is documented in Revit and augmented with AutoCAD.
The Design Office is also the keeper of the University's drawing records and plans. We help to keep the building plans and service records as up to date as possible.
Property Services has electronic files of recent CAD drawings recording the construction of University space and infrastructure, plus hardcopies of some 30,000 old drawings.
The Design Office team are:
Architectural Technician / CAD Manager
Tel (03) 479 8099
Vince leads a Team of CAD Technicians, and in this role ensures that all building project work complies with the relevant standards and codes, Local Government and University policies.
Vince has worked in a number of Architectural practices in Dunedin and has a broad knowledge of Architectural detailing and compliance issues.
Working closely with the Property Management Team to keep as-built building models and parking records up to date, Jenny and Victoria are often visiting departments and buildings to check on space changes.
Tel (03) 479 8099
In addition to maintaining the CAD system and documenting small to medium size projects, Victoria holds the title of Accessibility Co-ordinator.
In this role Victoria is responsible for evaluating proposed projects to see that they meet and exceed the current New Zealand Building Code and New Zealand Standards.
Victoria works closely with Disability Information and Support and is working in conjunction with their team to develop a University Standard for Accessible Design.>
Victoria is currently working towards becoming a Barrier Free Advisor.
Victoria graduated in Architectural Technology at Otago Polytechnic in 2007, worked in a local architectural firm until 2008 and started at Property Services in 2009.
Tel (03) 479 9040
In addition to the project documentation on small to medium size developments, Jenny maintains the Design Office Technical Library with up to date literature and contact details for numerous product manufacturers and construction systems.
Jenny is also responsible for the administration of the University's Embellishment Collection. This involves processing department artwork requests and queries, artworks labelling, recording gifts of work to the University, and organising loans to local and national galleries for exhibitions.
Jenny graduated in Architectural Technology at Otago Polytechnic in 2010 and began work at the Design Office in the same year.