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Tessa Forde is an architectural designer and researcher interested in how architecture pedagogy and practice can can strengthen and build communities. She believes design should be a collaborative process accessible to all people and be driven by the people it serves.

Having worked in traditional architecture practice for the past five years in Aotearoa and Los Angeles, while co-organising the non-traditional Free School of Architecture alongside three other women, Tessa is now pursuing a PhD at Huri Te Ao - The School of Future Environments at AUT.

This research will explore subversive and radical pedagogy and practice in the spatial realm in Aotearoa, along side the establishment of some kind of platform that will promote, support and generate a dialogue around these ideas.

In her free time Tessa likes the beach, writing, taking (usually blurry) photos on old film cameras and exploring new places.

Please get in touch if you would like to collaborate or share ideas about community building and architecture. 


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I am currently available on a part time or short term contract basis for the following work:

-Architectural Model Making (highly skilled)

-Architectural presentation work (eg competition entry delivery)

-Revit BIM management and model cleanup

-Tutoring and portfolio preparation

-Small architectural jobs

-Art fabrication assistance

I am also interested in experimental collaborations in the realms of art, publishing, architecture and education and I am open to explorations of exchange and economy within these collaborations. Please use the links below to get in touch.



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