Meet the Team

Toby Mason

Toby Mason

Toby is a Director of CREATE and co-leads the Sports & Aquatic Design Team and has significant experience in the lead design and coordination of a wide spectrum of community projects through to high performance facilities throughout New Zealand and Australia.

Toby’s breadth of understanding and holistic approach to design provides valuable strategic input to client and stakeholders across all project disciplines. His passion is delivering innovative and appropriate solutions that respond directly to a client’s specific brief.

He brings over 20 years’ of European experience in specialist design of innovative and high performance cladding systems such as ETFE and geometric timber structures. He is able to combine creative and sustainable design with a deep understanding of specialist facades that achieve enhanced energy efficiency and building performance.

Prior to setting up CREATE, he acted as the project coordinator and specialist designer for several significant aquatic and sport facilities in New Zealand including; the new North Island Velodrome, and was responsible for the award-winning design of the new feature ETFE and timber roof, on the new Coastland Aquatic Centre.

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CPEng, BE (Hons), MSc, CMEngNZ, IntPE (NZ), IStructE

Bryan Greig

Bryan Greig

Bryan is a Director of CREATE, and together with Toby, co-leads the Sports & Aquatic Deign Team.

Bryan has extensive experience leading multidiscipline design teams and has developed an understanding of the complexities involved and the collaborative solutions required to achieve high performance, efficient, well integrated facilities responding to unique and challenging environmental conditions and user requirements. He brings a proven ability to deliver legacy community assets across a broad spectrum of facilities, from small provincial projects through to iconic, innovative landmarks.

He seeks to develop strong relationships and utilises his skills and experience to obtain appropriate responsive design solutions that deliver against the clients brief. Bryan is passionate about holistic integrated design, considering buildings and structures as inter-connected systems across all design disciplines, rather than a series of discrete separate components.

A Chartered Structural Engineer, he has developed specialist knowledge around high performance building systems such as Structural Insulated Panels and Screw Piles, as well as providing structural advice and design services regarding seismic assessment and improvement, bridges, prestress concrete, and inground fluid retaining structures.

His design skills have been nationally recognised with several award-winning projects including Northern Arena, Alpine Aqualand and the former Hastings Opera House Plaza.

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CPEng, BE (Hons), CMEngNZ, IntPE (NZ)

David Wright

David Wright
Associate Architect

David joined CREATE in February 2016, from his previous role as an Associate at Architectus Sydney. He brings a wealth of experience across the sporting, commercial and education sectors.

David has been involved as a project architect on a number of large scale multi-use projects across Australasia. He has a developed a skill set in working alongside the client, consultants and contractor to ensure project deliverables are achieved.

David is passionate about the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) promoting its benefits as a communication medium. He takes a lead role in the implementation and management of internal workflows and project delivery.

While embracing new technologies he equally values the use of hand drawing as a powerful design tool.

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BArch (1st Class Hons), Reg Arch, ANZIA

Mat Wilson

Mat Wilson
Architectural Designer

Mat has joined the CREATE team with over 13 years’ experience in Architecture, Design and Project Management. He has been involved in a wide range of projects including Commercial, Industrial, Educational, Heritage Re-adaption and large scale Residential projects throughout New Zealand. Having previously won several NZIA Architecture awards he has a strong focus on design, whilst balancing the project budget and its delivery.

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BArch (1st Class Hons), BDes (Spatial)

Martin Vlnas

Martin Vlnas
senior Assistant Architect

Martin has ten years’ experience working on medium to large scale international projects in commercial, residential and education sectors, and holds a Ph.D in the field of long term sustainability and usability of sports venues.

Working as a project architect for Bogle Architects, Martin was one of the key team members in delivering ELI Beamlines, an award-winning project located south of Prague, providing international research and technology facilities for high powered laser experimentation.

Prior to this, Martin worked for Foster + Partners on a number of competition projects including a Mosque, a 7 million sqft residential quarter and a bank headquarters building all in Saudi Arabia. He also worked on a large scale mixed use development in Paris and a residential tower in London when his experience extended to the Scheme Design and Detailed Design stages of these projects.

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Ph.D, Ing. Arch, CKA (Czech Republic Registered Architect)

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PRINCIPAL structural engineer

Zavien, the newest member to the CREATE team, has joined with 19 years international experience in the UK, Asia & NZ within a consulting environment.

He actively looks to incorporate low damage technology for seismic engineering, performed non-linear analysis, displacement based design for seismic assessments and soil-structure interaction analysis. He has mentored engineers in achieving Chartered qualification in the UK and NZ.

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MENGST BEng (Hons)

CPEng CEng MIStructE

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abdus hansrod
senior architect

Abdus joined CREATE in July 2018. He is a skilled Architect and team lead with over 20 years industry experience with a successful track record in the design and delivery of multifaceted, award winning projects spanning three continents and multiple sectors.

Abdus brings along his integrated multi-disciplinary project delivery experience, he was previously the Christchurch Architecture Lead for AECOM.

His key strengths include exceptional organisational and strong communication skills with extensive experience of working closely with clients, consultants, user groups and stakeholders in the delivery of complex projects in both community and commercial environments.

In addition to his front-end creative design skills, Abdus has a strong knowledge of technical detailing, ensuring implementation of robust, practical and cost-effective solutions without compromise to functionality or aesthetic design.

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Diplôme d’Architecte D.P.L.G. (Summa Cum Laude)

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aimee whiting

Office Manager & Project Administrator

Aimee has the role of Office Manager & Project Administrator, and joined CREATE in 2014. Aimee has over 15 years administration experience and 10 years working within a large global food industry supplier and engineering based industries, offering project support and management, and contract administration. She offers invaluable support to the Directors at CREATE through office management, financial tracking and health & safety. In addition Aimee coordinates the technical and HR requirements for the CREATE team, across all our offices.

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