We provide a variety of architectural services for commercial, community, government and non-governmental organisations.
We specialize on projects which have an emphasis on community engagement, participatory design and cultural/ contextual appropriateness.
Our holistic approach means that we are capable of working on a variety of different projects and typologies, providing a tailored response to fit the needs and wants of each project. At the heart of our approach is ensuring all stakeholders involved are heard and their needs and wants met, to ensure maximum value is provided to each and every project.
Our services include:
Cultural Landscape Assessment.
Architecture/ Landscape/ Interior/ Urban Design Development.
Te Whare o Ihumaatao
Training Centre in Baguio
Le Maota o Tina
MAU Tu is an innovative support-system for creative, arts, and design high school and tertiary students to create holistic and human-centered responses to human challenges.
The support-system highlights career pathways, connection to established practitioners, engagement in real-world projects, and international immersive experiences.
MAU Academy creates opportunities for high school students to use their creative skills and talents for social impact.
The academy is a place for aspiring designers and creatives to pursue their dreams. The students are exposed to design, creative, and artistic education and employment pathways. Additionally the academy provides creative outlets to showcase their work in their communities, tertiary facilities, and industries alike.
We believe these opportunities will allow students to create responses to social challenges that affect their neighborhood. It demonstrates how they can become social change agents, and ultimately take charge of not only their future, but also the futures of their family and wider community.
The programme creates opportunities for tertiary students to create human-centred and holistic responses to social and humanitarian challenges.
The course engages the students in real-world experiences on how to use their specific skills as a contribution to holistic responses. The students are supported by design and creative professionals and mentored in how this can inform employment pathways.
We believe these real-world opportunities will enable students to realise how their creative, design and construction skills can make a meaningful impact, locally, nationally, and globally.
Our advocacy component gives MAU Studio a unique platform to contribute to education, research and policy making through the creation of research findings, workshops, symposiums and built responses. These outputs will bring together, and enable students, professionals and traditional craftsman to engage in a talanoa (discussion), where all stakeholders can contribute their unique ideas and perspectives to the challenges our communities face now, and in the future.
The outcome of our advocacy work is not just to produce more research findings and literature, but to use these research findings to provide a methodology to actionable and tangible steps forward, through the provision of built responses.
LE VA TALANOA 2019
A RETURN TO THE FALE: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
1ST SAMOAN ARCHITECTURE SYMPOSIUM 2018
Le Va Talanoa was a mobile three-day workshop based in Samoa. The workshop brought together students, professionals, and academics from Samoa and Aotearoa/ New Zealand. It was an open forum that discussed the past, present and future of Samoan architecture and its space making traditions and legacies. The workshop was designed to bridge the gap in generational knowledge that exist in the Pacific. Tufuga Fau Fale (master traditional builders) contextualized ancient cultural heritage through talanoa – story telling the space-making and craft of the Fale Samoa (Samoan traditional house).
“Past, Present, and Future” was the theme for the Talanoa. Participants experienced an educational discovery of how the history and thinking behind Samoan and pan-pacific architecture over the years can be utilized for solutions for sustainable development. It was an opportunity learn how the built environment can be more reflective of our Samoan culture.