Masterspec
18 May 2022
The Different Ways to Create a Specification
In previous articles, we defined what a specification was and its importance. Now that we understand the basics of specifying, it is important to...
18 May 2022
What is a Construction Specification?
A construction specification or, architectural specification, is a document that states how a building is to be constructed, demolished, altered, or...
23 Feb 2022
Boosting the Masterspec Writing Team
We’re happy to announce the appointment of five experienced professionals to the Masterspec team. This equates to an almost doubling of the...
23 Feb 2022
Introducing Masterspec Cloud Issue
Masterspec has introduced a new way to output and share your specification, targeted to the recipient’s requirements and totally secure. The process...
08 Dec 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: SOLUTIONS ARCHITECTURE
Solutions Architecture is a small but knowledgeable team with over 20 years of experience in the industry. This highly skilled design practice uses...
01 Dec 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: MIA CASA ARCHITECTURE
Mia Casa Architecture is an Auckland based architectural practice driven to create functional designs that are aesthetically pleasing. With a growing...
24 Nov 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: CGW CONSULTING ENGINEERS
CGW Consulting Engineers is a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy with offices located across New Zealand. With over 40 professions, this...
23 Nov 2021
MASTERSPEC FAREWELLS MANAGING EDITOR ALEX SHAW
It is with some regret that we must announce that Masterspec Managing Editor Alex Shaw, having now completed a six-month handover period, has retired....
23 Nov 2021
WET AREA TIMBER FLOORS NOW AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION
With the adoption of the Building Code updates in November, timber-based products covering a wide range of timber flooring types are largely excluded...
17 Nov 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: FABRICATE ARCHITECTURE
Fabricate Architecture is an emerging, design-driven studio that is focused on delivering unique, functional, and affordable homes. Led by Hamish...
10 Nov 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: IGNITE ARCHITECTS
Ignite Architects is a full-service design practice that specialises in master planning, architecture, and interior design. Masterspec assist this...
28 Oct 2021
BUILDING MATERIAL SUPPLY SHORTAGES
It has been well publicised that there is currently a global shortage of building materials, stemming both from demand and a disrupted supply chain...
22 Oct 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: PONTING FITZGERALD ARCHITECTS
Ponting Fitzgerald Architects is an architectural practice committed to delivering world-class architecture through design and service excellence....
01 Oct 2021
WORKING TOGETHER - MASTERSPEC INTEROPERABILITY
Masterspec extends to many areas of the construction sector, that’s why we’ve made sure it’s versatile and interoperable.
30 Sep 2021
UNIVERSAL HOMES USES MASTERSPEC TO EXCEL DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION WORKS
Universal Homes are a major New Zealand building company and prepare over 200 sets of compliance documents for Building Consent every year, with that...
24 Sep 2021
AMPS MATTER WITH ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
In this article we will give a background of amps, cables and mains for house designers. It won't get too technical as that can get very complicated...
13 Sep 2021
THE HISTORY OF MASTERSPEC
Construction Information Limited (CIL) is a New Zealand owned and operated industry organisation incorporated in 1995 to manage and create information...
09 Sep 2021
THE BEST WAY TO COLLABORATE THROUGH MASTERSPEC
There’s nothing quite like the peace of mind of a professional, well-thought-out specification. Build quality specifications in Masterspec with...
31 Aug 2021
SPECIFYING SCNZ STRUCTURAL STEEL ON MASTERSPEC
Structural Steel New Zealand (SCNZ) has had a Structural Steel specification document based on AS/NZS 5131 since 2018. However, a new industry...
04 Aug 2021
PURLINS & GIRTS MOVING DAY
Masterspec existing branded Purlin and Girt sections are on the move, but not far. For a long time they have not quite been in the right CBI number,...

Boosting the Masterspec Writing Team

23 Feb 2022

We’re happy to announce the appointment of five experienced professionals to the Masterspec team. This equates to an almost doubling of the specification writing team and will boost capacity across the board. All our writers have decades of experience in the construction industry across a broad range of projects and methodologies, and the newest are no different, having extensive international and local experience including the preparation of documentation both for Consent and throughout the Construction phase. To find out more check the bios below.

Susanne-img Susanne graduated from the University of Applied Science in Cologne, Germany, as an Engineer for Architecture and has four years work experience in Germany and 10 years in New Zealand.

Susanne is a highly organised and efficient Architectural Designer with a thorough and precise approach to projects with particular expertise in detailed drawings and specifications. With an expert knowledge of building regulations and building materials plus experience in residential, commercial and industrial projects, Susanne’s focus has been on bringing clients’ ideas to life while navigating the pressures and potential pitfalls of the construction process.
Susanne Baldemair  
Graduate Engineer for Architecture
CAITLYN IMG Formerly a Design Lead at Box, Caitlin believes no other building has more direct and intimate impact on the human spirit than our own homes and is a huge fan of human-centred design. Caitlin’s experience includes the nuts and bolts of professional practice - producing working and detail drawings for building consent and construction to tight deadlines, liaison with council, engineers and other consultants and quality assurance/peer review.

Caitlin is also passionate about religious architecture, which became the focus of her Master’s thesis, due to “its ability to deeply move and inspire people through beauty, scale and a sense of awe.”
Caitlin Bartlett  
MArch(Prof), BAS
FERN_IMG Fern has significant experience in the design of small and large scale educational and residential projects across the UK, Germany and New Zealand, with a strong focus on sustainable building design.

With clear analytical thinking, strong graphic skills, highly developed architectural sensibilities and an extensive understanding of building construction, Fern’s effective communication skills have helped manage the various stages of a wide range of architectural projects. Fern also successfully completed the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant - Introduction course in 2020.
Fern Cole  
MArch, BArch
KEVIN_IMG Kevin qualified as an architect in the UK and has over three decades of architectural experience, with several years working on a wide range of projects in England, Scotland, and Wales before moving to New Zealand. Kevin is committed to sustainable design and has a special interest in health work and universal building access. He notes that it is crucial to be able to establish good relationships with clients, consultants, and contractors to realise a successful project and looks forward to bringing that philosophy and attention to detail to his work on the Masterspec writing team.

Kevin’s most recent experience includes projects for Early Childhood Education Centres, Ministry of Education and Kāinga Ora.
Kevin Harty
B A (Hons) Architecture
Post-Grad. Dip Arch
MAARTEN IMG A registered architect who trained in Europe, Maarten’s experience across forty years of working in architecture in New Zealand has included a number of Pacific projects (Orakei Marae: Whare Kai) and many Pakeha ones. He has developed an understanding of the detail required to achieve a good product, focussing on the planning and documentation of buildings and developing a sound, straightforward construction methodology in conjunction with the many building professionals involved in that process.

Maarten’s extensive experience includes commercial buildings, hotels, swimming pools, factories and warehousing, health centres and a host of schools and colleges.
Mr. Maarten van Rossum  
 Ingenieur Bouwkunde:
Technische Universiteit Delft;
Ret Reg Architect NZRAB; ANZIA


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