Angela Pennington

Angela works in the office part time, currently involved on projects as they move through documentation and construction observation.


Why did you choose Architecture as a career?

In high school I really enjoyed the subject Graphics, particularly the architectural assignments. We had a lot more homework for Graphics than any other subject, but I really enjoyed it, and didn’t mind staying up late to get it done. I thought if I can enjoy homework, then this is what I should do as a career.

Where in the world has architecture taken you?

Architecture school took me to Wellington, which is not that far away, but really opened my eyes to what a compact, walkable city could look like. We lived centrally and walked everywhere – to the weekly veggie markets; along the waterfront; to class; to cafes or the Supermarket. Wellington taught me a lot about great urban design, particularly outside the classroom.

If you weren’t in architecture, what would you be doing?

Something in the sustainability sphere. I strongly believe in meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Outside of South Architects I am also a mum to our wonderful toddler, so perhaps I would be spending more time with her.

What is your proudest moment?

There are lots of moments in life that I’m thankful for and proud of, such as achievements in waste reduction at large events that I facilitated;  speaking to large groups about sustainability; graduating from University; and modelling complex roofs in ArchiCAD. But the most wonderful achievement so far is of course bringing our daughter Emma into this world.

Dinner with one person, past or present, who would it be and why?

My Grandmother who passed away when I was 10. There are lots of questions I would ask her now as an adult that I didn’t know to ask as a child.

Published on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020, under


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