Media release: 18 May 2021
Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects is pleased to announce the new
President Elect of the Institute is Judith Taylor FNZIA.
Judith, an Auckland-based associate at Context Architects, commenced this role on 17 May
2021 and her presidency will begin in 2022, following the tenure of current President Judi
Keith-Brown. Judith will serve as president for two years.
Hailing from Wellington, Judith brings almost 40 years professional experience to this role.
As well as her extensive work as an architect, which includes multi-storey construction
projects, seismic upgrades and refurbishment of heritage buildings, she has been chair of the
Wellington branch of Te Kāhui Whaihanga, served as a member of the former Architects
Education and Registration Board (now the New Zealand Registered Architects Board) and
has been a New Zealand Registered Architects Board assessor.
She was Building Projects Manager, then Group Manager, for Parliamentary Services, before
joining Context Architects, where she is Associate of Professional Development.
Judith will be the fourth woman president of Te Kāhui Whaihanga since it was founded in
“I’m honoured by this nomination and by the opportunity to serve the architecture
community as Te Kāhui Whaihanga President Elect,” Judith said. “I look forward to working
with my peers and colleagues to advance our professions here in New Zealand.”
Teena Hale Pennington, Chief Executive of Te Kāhui Whaihanga, said: “We are thrilled to
welcome Judith as President Elect. Judith has been a leader in the architectural community
for a long time, particularly in the areas of education, architect registration and continuing
professional development of registered architects, which are so key for our profession. I look
forward to working alongside her as President Elect and President.”