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Dan Heyworth

Bespoke and broke: Why New Zealanders are overdosing on over-design

Opinion

Bespoke and broke: Why New Zealanders are overdosing on over-design

What makes a piece of architecture well designed – is it its surroundings, sustainability, longevity, performance and return on investment? Or is it just the aesthetics? Director of new projects at design-and-build company Box, Dan Heyworth, explains why he thinks New Zealand design shouldn't always aim for just the 'wow' factor.

Opinion

Dan Heyworth is the CEO and founder of Box, the only combined registered architectural practice and registered master builder in New Zealand. Here, he outlines why despite advances forward in 3D printed housing, a shake up to the construction sector isn't imminent – yet. He also explains how the role of architects is changing, and construction companies are now leading the way in innovation.

Construction conundrums

What does off-site construction or prefab have in common with electricity or the Internet? Like most 'breakthrough technologies', the breakthrough can often take decades before it gets established and even longer before it shows an improvement in productivity, says Box CEO Dan Heyworth.